A Gift for the Body of Christ
Jesus said in:
Mar 9:49 For everyone will be (salted with fire,) and every
sacrifice will be (salted with salt.) Translation: For
everyone will be (-----Purified-----) and every sacrifice will be
(---Preserved----) And then we have this testimony from John the
Mat 3:11-12 I indeed baptize you in water to repentance; but He who
is coming after me is stronger than me, of whom I am not able to
lift the sandals. He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and
fire, whose fan is in His hand, and He will cleanse His
floor and will gather His wheat into the storehouse. But He will
burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Now if these verses are read with a traditional religious mindset,
we will find ourselves easily slipping into an Us
vs. Themmentality, but for the purpose of this
study we will confine our attention to our Fathers dealings with
the wheat and the chaff within the intricacies of our own souls.
Please note that in the preceding verse the word unquenchable
does not mean eternal and merely denotes the nature of the fire as
being beyond your ability to extinguish it. The fire shall burn
until it has accomplished the purpose for which it was sent, namely
the total consumption, or the complete destruction of every
unregenerate aspect of the first creation, that the new creation
might be revealed in all of Fathers out-raying Glory as He shines
forth in His S ons body of many members.
Rev 2:11 Let all who have ears give heed to what the Spirit is
saying to the Churches. He who overcomes shall be in no way hurt by
the Second Death.
Ok, so just what relationship does the Lake of Fire (second
death) have with the Overcomer?
First of all I do not view Rev. 2:11 as a superfluous statement.
The surface implication of this verse is that in spite of the
Overcomers exposure to the Lake of Fire he shall not be hurt. But I
believe there is something deeper to be seen here.
A Flaming Fire
It is my belief that the
reason the Lake of Fire has no effect upon the Overcomer is because
he has become completely one with the fire. This select body
of people, referred to as the Overcomers, actually constitute the
Lake, just as the greater body of people are referred to in total
as the Sea of Humanity. These have had the purifying effect of the
fire completely worked through every aspect of their being and have
entered into the 100-fold realm of the fullness of atonem ent. I
and the Father are become one in purpose, but also in the exercise
of His authority: SONSHIP (which is not gender specific).
This exercise becomes evident when and if you ponder the real
implications of John 17, while keeping in mind that our God is a
Psa 104:4 States that He makes His angels (messengers)
spirits, His ministers a flaming fire.
A single overcoming Son of
God can be considered a Holy Flame of Living Fire, but if you take
into account all of the Overcomers together, they constitute a
great lake of fire.
1Tim 4:10 clearly defines the Overcomers purpose in the plans of
God: it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our
hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of
Especially? Ok, so how does He save those that have not come to
Rev 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, the small and the great, standing
before God. And books were opened. And another Book was
opened, which is the Book of Life. And the
dead were judged out of the things written in the books, according
to their works. And the sea gave up the dead in it. And death and
hell gave up the dead in them. And they were each judged according
to their works. And death and hell were thrown into the Lake of
Fire. This is the second death. And if anyone was not found having
been written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the Lake of
Death and hell (Literally Death and the grave) and all those
who have proven by the character of their works to be void of Life,
are passionately consumed in Gods Holy Fire of Living Energy. Death
may go in, but only Life can come out. This process continues until
every single aspect of the realm of death is swallowed up in the
glorious victory of Christ!
Cor 15:28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son
Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things
to Him, so that God may be all in all.
Yet, all of this begs the question, just what aspect of us can die
even after we die? (ie: Second death?)
In the culture of the first century, when the scroll The Revelation
of Jesus Christ was penned by the apostle John, both fire and
brimstone (fire and sulphur) were commonly known by everyday
folk as agents of purification. And so this ancient IDIOM, a Lake
burning with Fire and Brimstone, would be readily and only
interpreted as a Lake of Purification. Alchemists would later
evolve these ideas of purification into the belief that base metals
could be changed into gold through the application of fire and
To those in the Christian Community of this era, the concept of
eternal torment, as it is preached today, would be so foreign that
they wouldnt even know what you were talking about.
Were I to say something like, I smell a rat or We're on a
wild-goose chase, my meaning would be readily understood by those
who have grown up in American culture. But to a foreigner, these
same IDIOMS are totally baffling. Anyone who has grown up isolated
from our culture is at a total loss for understanding this type of
speech. The reason for this is that they have no choice other than
to take the words literally. They simply have no frame of reference
for the subtle pictures that are being painted beyond the
Our modern western culture is isolated from the pen of the Apostle
John by 1900 years and also by language barriers and foreign
cultural idioms. Not to mention the fact that the book of
Revelationdeclares itself right from the gate, to be a book
of signs and symbols. Truly apart from the Mind of
Christ, we have no frame of reference to understand the beautiful
pictures that have been painted for us.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and blessed are those who listen to
the words of this prophecy and lay to heart what is written in it;
for the time for its fulfillment is now close at hand.
The natural mind is responsible for many distortions of truth that
have found their way into organized religion. Even to this day, the
grotesque falsehood known as eternal damnation has been associated
with these verses about the Lake of Fire. But these ideas wouldnt
come into Christianity until much later. In
312 AD Emperor Constantine would march his pagan armies under the
sign of the cross and would christianize them en mass. In 313 AD
Christianity, which up to that time had been an outlawed religion,
became officially sanctioned by the State. And although this would
stimulate a great influx of people into the ranks of the Church, it
is these that would bring their pagan concepts of the underworld
into Christianity (ie: Orcus, Erebus, Tartarus, and Infernus or
Inferna, whence comes our expression "infernal regions"). This
blurring of lines of demarcation between Pagan and Christian would
continue under an atmosphere of tolerance for ideas in a bid to
unify a fragmenting Roman Empire.
Lo and behold, Constantines ecumenical ploy worked. The Holy Roman
Empire (a recipe for abuse ) was
born. And thus, they had a form of godliness, but by denying the
saving power, the light began to go out. And so the downward slide
into the Dark Ages would begin. In many ways, thus far, the
Reformation has taken but half a step into the Light.
These fascinating subjects are worthy of study in themselves, and I
earnestly pray that this serves to stir up your pure minds to
thoroughly search these things out.
But our primary purpose here is to see just how, in this
life, that the Fire of God (the Glory of
Presence) is consuming all that offends in the
soulish realm of our m akeup.
The soul of man is
an extremely precious commodity in the sight of God. Our Father
paid an awesome price for the full redemption of every mans spirit,
soul and body.
2Cor 5:19 Says that God was in Christ reconciling the world to
Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He
has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
The GOOD NEWS we
have been commissioned to proclaim is that no man, from Adam till
the close of time, will ever have to pay a debt that has already
been paid on his behalf! And yet, a dysfunctional wonder known as
organized religion has imagined and sells to the masses a god that
somehow has changed his mind, and IS once again counting the worlds
trespasses against them. Only now to send them to some fabled
Hellhole. And they have forgotten that it was their own minds that
long ago concocted this ghoulish fiction. Unscrupulous, power
hungry church leaders, capitalizing on the latent seeds of Pagan
thought, used tactics such as this to scare spiritually young
children into obedience. This doctrine was developed solely by
carnal minds to control the masses through terror!
But the external
motivation of fear can never hold a candle to the internal
motivation of love. Only love creates a genuine and overwhelming
desire to do our Fathers will. For it is solely the Goodness of God
that leads anyone to true and lasting repentance.
A lie can
never become truth, even if it were to enjoy universal
It seems that the
Spirit would have me beat this drum loudly, because this is a
travesty of monumental proportions! Correcting the sacrosanct lie
known, as the doctrine of HELL is crucial to the spiritual well
being of every person on this planet!
Jesus instructed His followers if you do not forgive men their
transgressions neither will your Father forgive you your
transgressions. And yet contained here in this accusatory doctrine
of demons, is the demand that every last farthing be paid by the
people of this world: nothing is forgiven, the world is held fully
accountable. This damnable doctrine is literally holding the world
hostage to fear and degradation, all the while good people, who are
called by Gods Name, are totally asleep to their privilege, right
and responsibility to loose these captives, by canceling the
consciousness of their debt!
Joh 20:23 If you remit the sins of any persons, they remain
remitted to them. If you bind fast the sins of any, they remain
And so the world continues on its downward spiral of increasing
Guilt and Shame! Hatred, Fear, and
Wars are not born from an atmosphere of Love and Light!
The apostle Paul made a very revealing statement in 2Cor 5: 16
He said, from now on we recognize no one according to the
The ability to see past the worlds sinful flesh to the finished
work of Christ is an absolute impossibility for those who peddle
the doctrine of HELL. And thus they recognize the entire world
according to the flesh! By doing so they are unwittingly bearing
false witness against their neighbor! They magnify the Mote in
their brothers eye while they are oblivious to the Beam in their
But alas, there is a remnantsome of which are in the Earth and some
have passed into the Cloud of Witnesses. These have not bowed the
knee to the Baal of false religious dogma. And internally they have
overcome all need to exact payment for the pain in the world.
Joyfully these have come into unity with the forgiving heart of
God. They are one in purpose, authority, love and forgiveness.
The best definition of a biblical remnant that I have ever heard
is: A person or persons who fulfill Gods purpose, on behalf of
the whole, when the whole either cannot or will not fulfill it.
This definition would make our Lord the ultimate remnant! Who,
while being yet in agony, looked out upon historys teeming slaves
of sin, and prayed from the cross Father, forgive them, for they do
not know what they are doing. (In other words they are
Today our Lord has a Body of people that have grown up, and
continue to grow up into conscious agreement with their Head. A
Body that across the pages of time, has been called out of mans
religious systems. An Ekklesia of Overcoming Sons who, when moved
by the hand of the Lord, shall fulfill their
Fathers purpose on
behalf of the WHOLE WORLD! This glorious manifestation of our
Fathers love will set ALL of creation FREE!
OF JUBILEE APPROACHES!
The book of
Revelation describes the organized systems of man as the seductive
and beautifully arrayed Babylon the Great, which is a three-fold
hegemony of mans Financial, Political and Religious systems.
Systems, which by all appearance, look very good and honorable on
the surface, but their true nature is all manner of abomination
(lies and confusion).
Rev 18:4 I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of
her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and
receive of her plagues. (Father can spank hard!)
The truth is The Earth is the Lords and everyth ing in it. Not
Guilty, Paid in Full, is stamped upon all of it! The only
question is, what draconian measures will it take for our Father to
bring ALL into agreement?
The free gift of every mans redemption is already a fully
accomplished (finished) fact! It was accomplished at Calvary
2000 years ago. The entire Adamic race died on the cross in Jesus
as the last Adam gave up his spirit. A new will and testament
was written in His blood that guarantees life and peace and
which supercedes our old inheritance of death and decay!
Unfortunately the heirs of this will and testament are
incommunicado with the executor of the estate. But even this sorry
state of affairs can never disqualify any of them for the benefit
of the gift.
Rom 11:29 for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.
Now it is absolutely true that they cannot enjoy any benefit until
they actually receive the free gift of His
Work. For some this will happen in this age, but for others it will
not happen until the next.
1Pet 3:19-20 He (Jesus) went and made proclamation to the
spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the patience
of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction of
the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought
safely through the water.
These verses clearly fly in the face of the extra biblical nonsense
that salvation is only available in this
THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL !
said that only the attributing of the work of the Holy Spirit to
the Adversary (Blasphemy) would not be forgiven in the age
to come. Everything else being completely covered at this time by
what was about to take place at Calvary! This is why He is called
the Savior of all men, but especially of those who believe.
1Cor 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be
expressed in this verse is presented to us as a mathematical
(so also is the
equivalent of a verbal = sign)
For as in
Adam 100% die, so also in Christ 100% shall be made alive.
1Cor 15:23 But each
in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are
Christ's at His coming,
1Cor 15:24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to
the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all
authority and power.
his own order:
the First fruits
are Christs at His coming
then comes the end (Final or last
Rev 14:14 Then I
looked, and a white cloud appeared, and sitting on the cloud was
some One resembling the Son of Man, having a wreath of gold upon
His head and in His hand a sharp sickle.
The right to consciously walk in the
inestimable blessing of our inheritance wasnt even appropriated by
us until the moment when we first perceived and accepted what was
already done (We came to believe on Him who was
sent). The instant we saw the magnitude of the
love that had finished on our behalf what we could never do for
ourselves, our soul spontaneously responded and confessed that
Jesus Christ is Lord. (One day every knee is destined to
see these wondrous truths and spontaneously bow in
Rev 5:13 And
every created thing which is in heaven and on the
earth and under the earth and on the sea,
and all things in them , I heard saying, "To Him who
sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and
glory and dominion forever and ever."
In the moment of our confession our spirit realized its inheritance
and was born from above. We were brought forth from an
incorruptible realm of perfection. The joy of this experience is
uniquely precious to each of us when the Flame of Gods Living
Spirit ignited our spirit and the chains of our darkness were
consumed in the Fire of His Love.
Our illuminated spirits were seated in Christ in heavenly places,
because Jesus being seated in our Spirit is Lord of Lords,
the rightful Governor of His habitation we are bought with a
price and we are not our own!
When THE SAVIOR OF THE WORLD stepped forth from an impotent tomb,
he did so holding the title deed for the Earth of our Body, the
Heavens of our Soul, and the Life of our Spirit.
1Jon 2:2 and He is an atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for
ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Jesus said in:
Mark 8:34-37 Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself
and take his cross, and let him follow Me. For whoever desires to
save his life, he shall lose it. But whoever shall lose his
life for My sake and the gospel, that one shall save it. For what
shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, yet forfeit his
soul? Or what shall a man give as an exchange for his
Herein lies the answer to what aspect of us can die even
after we die. And incidentally this also is why the
Overcomer has nothing more to lose. ie: shall be in no way hurt
by the Second Death every sacrifice shall be salted with salt
Mat 10:28 "And do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill
the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and
body in Gehenna.
The word that has been translated HELL in most English translations
of the Scriptures of this verse is the Hebrew proper noun Gehenna.
Gehenna is an actual place in ancient Israel. "Gehenna" is the
valley in the Old Testament called "ga ben Hinnom" or "the valley
of the son of Hinnom,"
Gehenna was a place where worthless rubbish was burned up; it was
Jerusalems city dump! So now just what was Jesus saying to
us in Mathew 10:28?
Jesus was addressing mans out of balance fear of man. Men have the
tendency to give more respect to
man whom they can see, than to God whom they cannot see. In this
verse Jesus is reminding them that the body is a temporary
arrangement. That like the grass of the field is here today and
tomorrow is burned in the oven. So dont be overly concerned with
what man can physically do to you. We see in this no big news flash
that our bodies are destroyed. But what exactly is it about our
soul that God considers to be worthless rubbish?
transformed soul has the right to enter the City.
22:14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have
the right to the Tree of Life, and may enter by the gates
into the city.
The washing of ones robe, or the renewing of ones mind, or the
putting off of the old man and putting on the new, all these refer
in figurative language to the conversion or the
transformation of the soul.
The conversion of
the soul is a process that takes place over time as the
consciousness or the awareness of the Mind of Christ is formed in
us. And although there are times that this process can seem less
than joyful, there will be other times when we will find a great
deal of satisfaction in consciously cooperating with the Mind of
His Spirit. But whether this road that we walk is smooth or rough,
the Captain of our Salvation is having His way with us and in us,
for He is the author and the finisher of our faith. But by the way,
I should also add that the road is only as rough as we have
unwittingly decided to make it. It
is hard to kick
against the goads. And although it is true that one of the ways a
person can learn to make good decisions is by sometimes making a
whole series of bad ones, this perhaps is not the preferable path
to take. Truthfully though, it is a path that we all seem to walk,
to one degree or another. The real secret is in learning to be led
exclusively by His Spirit while rejecting the capriciousness of our
own personal opinions, attitudes, ideas and beliefs. Admittedly,
learning to question the validity of our thoughts and feelings is
something that doesnt come easy for us. Casting down these
cherished imaginings from the Heavens of our minds feels like we
are dying. And indeed we are. In humility we are losing our life
for His sake.
Our Freedom Was
At one time we
freely walked according to the course of this worlds ordered
arrangement. But now this has changed because what formerly was
Body Soul - Spirit has now become Spirit Soul - Body.
Formerly, our soul could happily follow the sensual dictates of the
body. Because our spirit, being dead in trespasses and sins, could
have no say in the matter, for the dead are non-responsive. Now
however, we find the soul in a crisis because in our Regenerated
Spirit dwells His Living and Active Spirit of Holiness. And because
he that is joined to the Lord is one Spirit, shall it convict our
personal little world of both sin and of righteousness.
I, burning in the midst of you, am mighty!
REALIZE THAT HE IS
LORD OF ALL OR HE IS NOT LORD AT ALL.
When you make Him Lord of your life you need to realize that He is
Lord over all of your life, even over those areas where (in your
own estimation) you fall short (sin). One instant He
will use you as a vessel of honor and in the next you will discover
yourself used as a vessel of dishonor. Humiliating? Maybe.
Humbling? Absolutely! Get over it! These things are happening for
our ultimate edification. It is all part of the shaping and molding
process as He takes us into, through and out of various
circumstances for His own purpose. These things are being
accomplished in all of the Brethren as He works all things after
the counsel of His own will.
! LEARN OF HIM ! BE TRANSFORMED !
A Foundat ion To
It is my earnest
conviction that one of the reasons that we wind up struggling in
our growth and striving with our maker to the extent we do, is
because we do not truly understand our own makeup. Without a
foundational understanding of ourselves, the how and why of what we
do seems to easily escape us. And this, dear ones, leaves us in the
unproductive foggy realm of fear and doubt.
Over the years I
have listened to countless sermons that have attempted to convey
the concept of man having a triune nature consisting of spirit,
soul and body. Sadly, I have found most lacking the depth of
understanding that is needed to set people FREE.
Now that I have stretched my neck out somewhat, I pray that our
Father would use me to bring forth something fresh and alive that
will minister to our need and help to unveil our understanding.
Father I thank you for this in Jesus Name.
If we, in wisdom,
are ever to cooperate with the plan of God for our lives, and
intelligently lose our life" (submit to the fire)
that we might find it restored and in proper order, then of
necessity, we are going to have to know a little something of the
mechanics of what makes us what we are. So now in the order that I
believe is from the sim ple and obvious to the more complex and
subtle, I hopefully will be allowed to shed a little light on these
I believe all can
agree that we have not only been given a beautiful, but a
wonderfully fascinating universe to explore and enjoy. Happily we
have also been given the perfect vehicle whereby we may, through
experience, take in all the wonders of the world. The human body is
our interface with the three-dimensional world around us. It is
through our bodies that we are affected by our environment. We have
been given five senses that indiscriminately soak up and take in
whatever information to which they happen to be exposed.
For example, my eyes sometimes see things that I would rather they
not see. Also, just as unexpectedly at times, my breath can be
taken from me by the sublime beauty of something such as a sunset.
Again, our bodies are the interface through which we effect changes
in the world. The body is the instrument whereby we may express
ourselves, whether it is in speech or in action, such as work or
possibly dance or even something such as this writing.
However, the body is perhaps not all that we take it to be.
Undoubtedly, when you look in the mirror you identify with the
image that you see as being who you are, but this cannot possibly
be, because who you are is spirit and spirit cannot be seen. If the
spirit is removed, the body, like a suit of clothes, will collapse
in a heap revealing its true nature. No, when you look in the
mirror you are looking at a car, a vehicle that you will trade in
some day for a new oneone that will not fade away. Truly, as the
Psalmist has said, we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
But there is one more point that I believe needs to be made. Our
body is the Temple of the Living God. And God DOES NOT, and IS NOT,
dwelling in an unholy temple! So take off your shoes (stop
walking in your own strength) and sanctify the ground (That
which you stand upon) in Holiness!
Now we will make a
leap from the tangible to the intangible, from the physical aspects
of our makeup to the nonphysical. I believe there is much
misunderstanding, if not outright confusion concerning the
difference between the spirit and the soul of man. That being said,
there are a few simple and direct statements that I am going to
make in regard to the spirit that I believe are based in Truth and
not opinion, and as such will stand up under the scrutiny of
self-exploration. In other words, when you look into yourself you
will find these things to be so.
The first is that your spirit is the timeless (ageless) essence of
who you are, it is the seat of your true identity, it is who you
actually are. (Not necessarily whom you have come to accept
yourself as.) The second is, that your spirit is the knower
not the thinker. It is that part of you that knows things and
it is fully aware that it knows that it knows! And the third is,
your spirit witnesses everything you go through. It is
the watcher, the observer. It is that aspect of your makeup
that literally has the capacity to stand beside yourself, and, like
an audience of one, silently witness the drama of this life, even
while your mind, will and emotions are animating your body in the
drama. It is that part of yourself to which Jesus gave the
injunction watch and pray that you do not enter into
temptation. It is also that part of ourselves that enables us to
walk circumspectly with not only an awareness of our person, but
also of how our bearing is affecting those around us. This is our
Spirit Man, and irrespective of physical gender ,
this part of our triune makeup is masculine. (This is why
Sonship is not gender specific: Gal 3:26-
28). And, conversely, our Soul is feminine, and once again,
it is so irrespective of our physical gender .
why the Church is referred to in the feminine, because she is an
assembly of called out souls.
For a fuller
understanding of the makeup of our spirit, we need to realize that
the Adversary was seated as a dictatorial
authority over our DEGENERATE SPIRIT (Adam). We were slaves
to sin. And so these aspects of our makeup were twisted to serve
adverse ends, namely the subjection of the soul to the pain of
frustration and futility. But because Our loving Father uses all
things after the counsel o f His own will, this has only served to
make us very, very hungry for the Bread of Life.
Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with
Him, that the body of sin might be nullified, so that we no
longer serve sin.
Rom 6:11 So also you count yourselves to be truly dead to sin, but
alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus took our distorted
Adamic spirit into DEATH and destroyed it on the cross never to
Then He recreated our spirit and raised it in newness of life in
So we need to add to our understanding that the Lord of Glory is
now seated as the ruling authority in our REGENERATED
SPIRIT (Which is Christ). And He has recreated these aspects
of our makeup to serve His purposes in bringing many sons to Glory.
(Bringing many sons into the Shechinah Fire of God).
Jesus, having forever perfected our Spirit in Christ, has now set
His sight upon our Soul. It is now that we enter into the process
of sanctification whereby our Soul is brought to the place where
she expresses the MIND of CHRIST and mirrors perfectly all of the
beauty, dignity and grace of her espoused husband.
-4 So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another
man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies,
she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though
she is joined to another man. Therefore, my brethren, you also were
made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you
might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in
order that we might bear fruit for God. (This is not
a reference to the nine fold Fruit of the Spirit, but rather to
Union ? The Two
Shall Be One
Jesus used the
concept of marriage to instruct on many occasions, and with good
reason, for in the concept of marriage we have the reintegration of
what was once separated. The Marriage supper of the Lamb is all
about the reunification of mans Mind, Will and Emotions with Gods
Spirit. The SOUL is espoused to be wedded to the SPIRIT once again,
now that her first husband (Adam) is dead. This
perfect union, of a regenerated Spirit and a transformed
Soul, will bring about the conception of the Manchild
(Son), who when brought to birth (brought into
manifestation), shall mean the Redemption of the Body. An
Immortal Humanity, Spirit, Mind, and Body fully integrated as a
Completely New Creation in the perfect image and likeness of
for the one who says in their heart: Why I just cant conceive of
such a thing, well they Just swallowed a lie that is the equivalent
of a birth control pill!)
Isa 66:7-9 Says
Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she
was delivered of a male child. Who hath heard such a thing? Who
hath seen such things? shall the earth be made to bring forth in
one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as
Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to
the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I
cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
As the Soul yields to the Spirit in this affair of the Heart, the
Spirit Man is granted the freedom to progress outward in an
ever-greater visible manifestation, which is called Walking in the
Spirit. As the submissive Soul yields to the mind of the Spirit and
looks inward to Christ for her direction, she is transformed in the
spirit of her mind (renewed). No longer leaning upon her own
understanding, our soul finds her place at the feet of the Mind of
Jam 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you...
Mind, Will & Emotions
I couldnt begin to
count the times I have heard the soul described as the mind, the
will and the emotions, and yes, it is so. Yet to put such a
simplistic label on a subject of such import without exploring the
implications of just what this means, I find to be morally
negligent and one dimensional. By doing this, this most intricately
complex and beautiful part of our humanity is virtually reduced to
a meaningless clichi.
OK! Im off my
soapbox All that being said, in all fairness, this is a most
difficult subject to write about, because these three parts of the
soul (the mind will and emotions) are so closely integrated
and interrelated that there is not much division between them. It
may even be that these divisions are not a concrete reality, but
are an artificially imposed definition for the sake of discussion.
Clearly, our feelings influence our thinking, and whether or not
the demands (will) of the ego are met, easily affects our
emotions. I would ask the reader to keep these interrelationships
(entanglements) in mind as we explore this aspect of our
humanity. And I trust that our Father will show you even more that
lies between and beyond the words.
of the Soul
What a tangled web
we weave, when first we practice to deceive. My, my, my, what a
tangled mess I found my mind in, when shortly after an encounter
with the King of Glory I began to look within. Ive heard it said,
Man wants inward understanding, and yet he will not look within.
Truthfully, I think I would have run away myself, never to look
back, were it not for the gentle and persistent urgings of my
Savior, saying, Itll be alright, and it will be worth it. Fear not,
I-Am with you, my child, I will help you. And He faithfully has as
each new twist and turn of my thoughts and memory were exposed to
His light and I was unbound from various entanglements of emotion
and illusionary belief systems. Self-deception is a mean one, for
he who is deceived is the last one to know it.
Rom 12:2 Instructs us to
not follow the customs of the present age, but be transformed by
the entire renewal of your minds, so that you may learn by
experience what God's will is--that will which is good and
beautiful and perfect.
Our mind is like so much soft clay, for it retains impressions that
have been pressed upon it. Things like our experiences and the
emotions we have associated with each experience. And herein lies
Our mind, will and emotions, under the dictates of our domineering
first husband, Adam, has taken a set. A mind set if you will. In
fact many mind sets about many (all) things that it has been
exposed to in its infinitely grand experience. The mind will take a
set about something whenever it accepts that what it perceives is
reality. (Whether it actually is or not is of little
consequence.) Memories are literally pressed between the pages
of our minds. Our experiences and the memory of how we have related
to them, with all of their attendant emotional attachments
(baggage), are part of what we have come to identify with as
being who we are. May the Lord deliver us from our identification
with our history. There is great freedom to be found when we come
to the place where we can say in all humility, of my own
self I can know nothing (as in the realization of not being
qualified), and yet have, in humility, become comfortable with
that knowledge. From this point on you will not take your mind in
an overly serious manner, and so you will begin to breathe a sigh
Lord, I allow you to show me who I actually am. In your great mercy
show me how to think and deal with who I have erroneously come to
believe myself to be. Help me to cast down these images and come to
see myself, as you would have me. Amen
The renewed mind is a powerful and disciplined tool.
The un-renewed mind is as a run-amuck self-absorbed fool.
us, and I do mean all of us, are in a process of renewal, and while
it is true that some areas of our thinking have already been set in
order, others are yet to be addressed. And the beauty of all this
isit is not our job to fix ourselves. Our Redeemer has a plan and
purpose and an agenda, custom tailored to deal with every
individual. He is in full control of our circumstances at all
times, even when they look like they are out of control. It is in
trying times like these that I have found the Lord showing
me some previously hidden shortcoming in my thinking, or some
skewed value judgment, or something that the circumstances brought
to the forefront of my awareness, there to be dealt with in the
light of His Glory.
A man can only turn from (repent of) that which he can see
in himself. Whenever a man, whose heart
been captured by the lover of his soul, sees
something amiss in his personality, that man will not only turn
from it immediately, but will do so effortlessly and in perfect
Now I will take the
concept of mans triune nature in a slightly different direction.
There are three distinct levels of awareness within the mind of
man: the conscious awareness, the preconscious awareness, and the
subconscious awareness. The conscious awareness is that
faculty which enables us to focus our attention on whatever task is
at hand, and in turn allows us to bring our will to bear on the
issue. Part of what enables us to accomplish this feat is our
preconscious awareness. The best way to convey the nature of
your preconscious awareness is in a demonstration. As you are
reading this, you are aware of many things that you do not know
that you are aware of. For instance, you are aware of the
temperature in the room and whether or not you are comfortable. You
are aware of whether the light level is adequate for reading. You
are aware of whether there are noises in the room or perhaps
filtering in from outside. If there are others in the room, you may
be aware of what they are doing, and possibly even the mood they
are doing it in. Now, as I have in turn, brought your attention to
each of these things they were raised from the preconscious to
conscious awareness as the focus of your attention was placed
there. Much of our mind runs on autopilot, and it is a blessing for
this frees us to concentrate. The third area of our awareness is
the subconscious, and it can be considered both a blessing and a
Pro 4:20-25 My son, pay attention to my words; stretch your ear to
what I say; let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the
center of your heart; for they are life to those who find
them, and healing to all his flesh. Keep your heart with all
diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. Turn away
from you the crooked mouth, and put perverse lips far from you. Let
your eyes look straight ahead, and let your eyelids look straight
Pay attention to my wordskeep them in the center of your
heart Keep your heart with all diligence for out of
it are the issues of life.
A good man, out of the good treasure of the heart, bringeth
forth good things: and an evil man, out of
the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil things.
Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks
When the Bible speaks about the heart it is not talking about the
blood pump in your chest. It is being descriptive, as in nature:
the heartwood of a tree is the core of the tree. And the heart of
man is the core of his mind, the subconscious.
Issues of Life and
mind is much like a black hole, things go in but they dont come
out. Well, at least not in ways that we are aware of,
until after the fact. And hence this part of the mind is seemingly
shrouded in a certain amount of mystery. We always shroud things
in mystery that our conscious rational mind cant quite quantify,
and then pigeonhole into a finite space. The subconscious mind
can be looked at like a vast library: a colossal depository, larger
and more complex by far than you are able to even begin to imagine.
Contained in it is every experience you have ever had, every
emotion you have ever felt, every word youve ever spoken, every
sight your eyes have ever taken in, every thought and imagination
youve ever entertained - a memory of all the sights, smells and
sounds of our day-to-day interactions with our culture. Contained
there is a complete record of every nuance of our lives: all
attitudes, resentments, fears, faiths and the real roots of our
Now before I give the impression that the subconscious mind is
merely a sack into which all things are dumped, there are some
aspects of this part of our makeup that needs to be brought out.
you can go to sleep at night with some problem or unresolved issue,
only to awaken in the morning with the solution? The subconscious
part of our mind never sleeps. While our conscious and preconscious
awareness shuts down for the night, the subconscious, utilizing its
vast resources, continues to work on solutions to whatever issues
are paramount. By far, the greatest part of our mental activity
takes place in the subconscious. Whereas the conscious mind
reasons inductively (that is it gathers facts and then
reasons upward toward a conclusion based upon
those facts), the subconscious mind reasons deductively. It
begins with the conclusion, and like Sherlock Holmes, continues to
fill in the pieces until the entire picture is apprehended. It is
this capacity that enables the subconscious mind to operate in
PERFECT FAITH, for it finishes its understanding and then begins
it. For instance, when the Truth of the implications of Gods word
concerning the incorruptibility of His seed, which was planted in
me, got down into my heart (subconscious mind), it
obliterated all doubt and fear about not being preserved blameless
appearing. For an incorruptible seed must, of necessity by nature,
bring forth a perfect crop unto harvest. This same capacity of our
subconscious can be, and has been, turned inside out, and the
results are highly irrational FEARS based largely in imaginings.
The reason that this is so powerful is that the subconscious does
not have the capacity to differentiate between what is real and
what is imaginary, but rather accepts both without question as
being equally valid. Much like a small child accepts without
question her reality of Santa Claus. Perfect faith brings forth
perfect trust, and thus we enter into creative belief.
Mat 18:2-5 And having called forward a little child, Jesus set him
in their midst. And He said, Truly I say to you, Unless you
convert and become as the little children, not at all can you enter
into the kingdom of Heaven. Then whoever will humble himself as
this little child, this one is the greater in the kingdom of
Heaven. And whoever will receive one such little child in My name
Now imagine a five year old with virtually unlimited
creative/destructive potential and you will begin to get the
picture why our subconscious mind needs transformation.
Programmers in the
software industry have come up with this little gem, (GIGO)
which stands for
garbage in - garbage out. The thought being, whatever errors or
mistakes a programmer makes in
softwares code will later show up as glitches, bugs, or errata of
one form or another. The subconscious mind has much in common with
this principle, and we should be aware that we are to a large
extent being force-fed much garbage by our culture, religion,
advertising, the movie industry, video games, and such like. Not to
mention how we ourselves participate in things like gossip and
backbiting which influences how we perceive one another, and
poisons our minds and relationships.
So, what are we to do about all of this? Well, contained within the
word of God are instructions, which constitute an antidote for the
toxic nature of our age. And we would do well to meditate on the
implications of each word of this passage.
Phi 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever wins respect,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovable, whatever
is of good repute--if there is any virtue or anything deemed worthy
of praise--cherish the thought of these things.
intentionally refocus your understanding of who you are in Christ
and who Christ is in you, you effectively dilute this
Worlds Hate becomes but a drop in an Infinite Ocean of Love.
I AM healthy,
hopeful, and optimistic, I AM vigorous, relaxed, and accepted, I AM
trusting, participative, and open minded, I AM sensitive, creative,
and purposeful, I AM generous, ethical, and loveable, I AM loyal,
considerate, and trustworthy, I AM genuine, tender, and caring I AM
alert, aware, and responsible, I AM capable, resourceful, and wise,
And I AM concerned about others.
I AM ONEI AM LOVEI AM the I WITHIN
As we, willingly align in this manner, because we have come to see
that it is the only wise WAY to walk, our eye will become
singularly fixed on things above. Our whole body will be filled
with light and we will begin to resonate with the heart and mind of
God. Complete victory over the World, the Flesh and the
Devil is not only possible, but is the very purpose for Life in
The Lord shall have a people that will, to the praise of His Glory,
Walk as His total Victory. And it will be to the utter
consternation of the Scoffers and Naysayers as they gnash their
teeth in the realization of how they have been robbed by their
favorite religious notions!
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb,
and because of the Word of their testimony. And they did not love
their soul even until death.
And they did not love their soul even until death. If any
man will come after me let him take up his cross and follow me.
Ever notice that the place that Jesus crucified His likeness
of sinful flesh was called Golgotha and means the place of
the skull This is all about the mind friends. (Remember that He
said; no man takes my life I have been given power to lay it down
and take it up again.) We also have power to lay down our life
and preserve it or take it up again to life eternal! And once
again, this IS about the Mind!
Rom 12:1 I plead
with you therefore, brethren, by the compassions of God, to present
all your faculties to Him as a living and holy sacrifice acceptable
to Him. This with you will be an act of reasonable worship.
Mat 27:38 At the
same time two robbers were crucified with Him, one at His right
hand and the other at
Mat 27:44 Insults of the same kind were heaped on Him even by the
robbers who were being crucified
Luk 23:39-40 Now one of the criminals who had been crucified
insulted Him, saying,
"Are not you the Christ? Save yourself and us." But the other,
answering, reproved him Luk 23:42-43 And he said, "Jesus, remember
me when you come in your Kingdom."
"I tell you in solemn truth," replied Jesus, "that this very day
you shall be with me in Paradise."
If I may brush aside all of the bony Pharisaical finger pointing
that consigns one of these poor men to
HELL and one to HEAVEN, let us now look at the essence of what was
being presented here.
Jesus is lifted up between two robbers one on His right and
one on His left. Both of these men are suffering in a highly
agitated state. And in an incoherent outcry of pain they are both
verbally striking out and hurling insults along with the crowd.
Suddenly one of the robbers through the fog of all this pain begins
to remember the man who fed five thousand, the man who calmed the
sea, who cleanses lepers and raised the dead. And he begins to spy
a hope and thinks to himself. Since you, are the man who has
been and has done all of these marvelous things in the
PAST, you can save us! And so he said, "Are not you the
Christ? Save yourself and us." But the other more
self-centered robber spied a different hope and so reproved the
former and said "Jesus, remember me when you come in your
Kingdom." The implication being, that since you are the man of
importance that you are going to be in the FUTURE,
remember me, the one who had the good sense to see that you
were dying unjustly! (Perhaps, religious pride that he wasnt
made like this other sinner?)
And frankly Jesus said to them both; "I tell you in solemn truth,"
"that THIS VERY DAY (Presently) you shall be with me
Our mind has two robbers and they are both capable of stealing not
only our peace and rest but our opportunities for growth as well.
By not releasing our pain and the involvement with our personal
PAST, and/or by projecting a vicarious life into an imagined
FUTURE, the self-preserving tactics of the carnal mind robs
us blind. Because the only way that we can lay down our life is to
stay centered in the PRESENT! TO-DAY, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts. The Realization of our Salvation is only
to be found through a presence of mind in the nitty-gritty mean and
nasty here and now. grin Actually the Present Moment can be
neither good nor bad, it just IS. However, if we allow our mind to
evaluate and label the Present, we may be tempted to escape into
the memories of the past or our imagination of the future. And by
doing this we trade our birthright for a warm pot of
Secular and the Sacred
often felt that the psychologists have had a field day toying with
a plethora of ideas to see who could get the best handle on mans
problem. And truthfully theyve made some remarkable observations.
Yet, they remain relatively clueless as to what the answer is. And
on the other hand, the religionists have toyed with seeing who
could get the best grip on the answer. And they remain largely
ignorant of the nature of mans problem.
All religions are a contrivance of the natural mind that men are
ruled by. The differences that are seen in the various religions of
the world come from the rational mind of man. Each culture in
attempting to get a grip on the intangible nature of the one and
only Deity has in turn come up with their own ethnic recipe. But
dont get me wrong here; religion has served our Fathers purposes
well. Minds that are not perfectly governed by the Spirit of Truth
are in need of an outward form of governance. Religion has served
to moderate the worlds tendency to spin out of control into anarchy
and total chaos. It has put the brakes on just enough for culture
and government to flourish in the human experience.
In actuality God transcends all religion, and is seeking to reveal
a dynamic living relationship with ALL of mankind. Ironically the
largest impediment to this revelation is religion itself. Religion
is essentially an intellectual pursuit, and as such, it will never
be the basis upon which God relates to the spiritual nature of
mankind. The religious mind essentially sits on the sidelines and
in his aloof independence he analyzes God. And so, very much like a
frog pinned down in biology class, he then dissects GOD while
maintaining his illusion of isolated separateness. Next he
assembles his findings into a system known as theology. And it is
through theology that we do much violence to our potential
relationship with our Father!
If I may point out; there is something intrinsically wrong with the
finite mind attempting to define the limits of an infinite God.
Unfortunately, mans misguided efforts appear to succeed, at least
in his own limited understanding, and then a new religion or sect
In Truth every religion on the face of this planet has attempted to
reverse engineer God, using the only reference point that he has,
that being what he knows of himself.
And so we have more often than not created a God in our own flawed
image. (I cant see the forest. There seems to be all these
gull-dern trees in the way.)
Minds, Two Trees
Sometimes to better
understand where we are, it is helpful to revisit where we have
been. And with a few simple keystrokes we find ourselves standing
in the midst of the Garden of Eden. To the right of us is the Tree
of Life and to our immediate left is the Tree of the Knowledge of
Good and Evil. Oh the choices, choices, choices. To partake of
either tree is to draw our sustenance from that source.
When I eat from the tree of Life, I find Life effortlessly
springing forth from my being. I have peace like a river flowing
forth to me, and out from me to the world. My life simply unfolds
before me without taking any more thought than breathing. I am free
and at home in the quiet dignity of my being. I am at
one with my maker. I
am continually aware of His mind and will in all things. I live in
a world of super abounding, endless supply, for my Daddy owns it
all, and He, in every way, has become my all in all.
going on, allow me to interject this: the promises to the Overcomer
are not just some pie in the sky. They are present realities. We
need these Divine enablements and ennoblements now in this
life, while the battle rages. So the question is - Are we
actively engaged in the process of overcoming ?
Now back to our
trees. When I eat from the all-too-familiar tree of the knowledge
of Good and Evil (Death on a Stick), immediately my rational
reasoning m ind springs into action for it has been put to task,
figuring out just what is good and what is evil. And beside all of
that, just how evil and how good, and is there something better?
Endlessly weighing, and then assigning value, so I can label and
categorize and put all my ducks in a row. All of this is needful to
make informed decisions. These things are terribly important, oh
dont you know!? How else is a body to live, than by his own wit and
wile? And by the way, Im better at it then you are Bucko! Yer not
gittin one up on me!
of the Soul
The carnal mind is
enmity with God. Even on its bestest day, or on its goodest
behavior, put it in its Sunday-go-to-meetin best, and it is still
100% antichrist. Organized religion for thousands of years has been
trying to overcome evil with a carnal understanding of what is
good, only to discover in the final analysis, that they both hang
from the same tree. The word antichrist does not simply mean
something clearly distinguishable as being opposite to Christ. Anti
in this case means instead of, as in a counterfeit.
It looks entirely acceptable, yet isnt!
When we were born again we were born into a Kingdom, and the
literal meaning of the word Kingdom is: the dominion of the King.
It is the realm over which a King sovereignly rules by right and
Luke 6:46-49 And why do you call Me Lord, Lord, and do not do what
I say? Everyone coming to Me and hearing My Words, and doing them,
I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man building a
house, who dug and deepened, and laid a foundation on the rock. And
a flood having occurred, the stream burst against that house and
could not shake it, for it had been founded on the rock. But he who
heard and did not perform, he is like a man having built
his house on the earth without a foundation, on which the
stream burst, and it immediately fell; and the ruin of that house
The reason we do not do what He says is because someone is still
usurping His rightful authority as King. And they are willfully
choosing to sit upon the throne within the Temple of the
soul. This usurper is Antichrist. But you may be better
acquainted with him under the title of Self. Now though, initially,
most people find the idea of that so shocking that they recoil and
simply reject it out of hand. Let us not be so hasty here.
This independently owned and operated identity, which prides itself
on traveling to the beat of a different drummer, is the very aspect
of our soul that God considers to be worthless rubbish! But it is
not only worthless to Him, it is worthless to us as well! Hopefully
by this time we are becoming mature enough to realize that a will
operating independently of the wisdom of Gods Divine Order is the
sole cause for all of our personal suffering, as well as that of
independent identity that we have clothed ourselves with up to this
time is a lie of the first magnitude. The truth is we are, and
always have been, totally dependent on the Creator and Sustainer of
the Universe. In fact, our every breath is an ongoing gift of God!
But most people have spent a lifetime building their life around
this lie of independence.
To date, our souls most creative, although dubious, accomplishment
is the pseudo-life form known as the ego. Our mind created the
person weve come to believe ourselves to be. And daily we have
added to the content of how we have defined ourselves. Each of us
is creating this mental construct, which embodies a concept of
ourselves that it then labels my life. This is an illusion that is
held together by a false belief. The lie of independence forces us
to view life as an imagined possession, a conceptualized treasure
that must then be guarded and protected. But life is never an
object that can be possessed in this manner. Life is what we are!
The very essence of our being is Life in expression! So my question
to you would be who is this that is attempting to possess you?
Things that make you go Hmmmmm.
The time has come to voluntarily shed the useless garment of
independence and be consciously clothed in our right mind.
Independence is not fireproof!
Rev 16:15 "Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who
stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about
naked and men will not see his shame."
Please note that independent identity and individual identity are
two separate things. The word individual actually means undivided
or whole. Our true identity in wholeness is only to be found in
conscious union with our creator. Our Father dwells within each of
us, yet for all the clamor of an unruly mind, most are only
marginally aware of it. What most people have yet to find out is;
they were created to be a unique expression of the infinite
personality of God, who fills all things everywhere with Himself!
So everything that we think we know about ourselves is a
misperception and a misrepresentation of this greater reality. I
believe it was our dear Brother Preston Eby who said, Man was
created to be a container of God and God intends on being our only
content. We do not know anything about satisfaction until we have
found our true identity in the infinite being of our Father!
Psa 16:11 You will make Me know the way of life. In Your presence
is fullness of joys; at Your right hand are pleasures forever.
The Fire of God will consume every last vestige of independence.
But what actually is being destroyed here is the notion of
independence, which is only an idea that has lodged itself in the
alienated consciousness of man. This is a clean -up
operation: as in the refining process you have the purging of
the dross. Nothing of VALUE shall be lost, but we shall rather be,
in every way, made whole and pure, a fully sanctified body of
people. Praise ye the Lord!
Mal 3:1-3 Behold, I am sending My messenger, and He will
clear the way before Me. And the Lord whom you are seeking
shall suddenly come to His temple, even the Angel of the Covenant,
in whom you delight. Behold, He comes, says Jehovah of Hosts. But
who can endure the day of His coming? And who will stand when He
appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like
fuller's soap. And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier
of silver; and He shall purify the sons of Levi and purge them like
gold and like silver, that they may be presenters of a grain
offering in righteousness to Jehovah.And we shall then
present the wheat of our souls, fully winnowed of the chaff of
rebellion, and in absolute joy shall our will be perfectly unified
with the will of the Lord. Amen
The Proper Use Of
Human nature, being
what it is, seems to make us vulnerable to being continually off
balance. We all seem to have this tendency, that rather than
compensate, we overcompensate whenever an imbalance is perceived.
The net result of this is we are still out of balance, looking at
the world from the opposite pole. And this is true in regard to
this matter of the will. For instance, my wife realized that the
effort that she was expending in trying to conform to some external
code of conduct was a willful abstraction of the self. And while
this was absolutely true, through reactionary thinking she
overcompensated. Essentially she threw her hands up in an attitude
of "if you want me to change Lord, you are going to have to do it.
Not realizing that this in itself is just as willful, albeit
Jesus said in:
Mat 7:21 "Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of my Father who is in heaven.
So we can see from this that the onus for the doing of His Will is
still upon the believer. The problem comes from our own blindness
of not recognizing the difference between doing our own will
in Jesus name (which is a religious relationship) and doing
the will of the Father (which is a spiritual
Nothing can ever be done by anyone at anytime outside of an
exercise of his will. The Holy Spirit is the
Paraclete (the helper) not the doer.
proper use of our will is in the setting of ourselves in agreement
with the light Father has given.
But we need to
realize that this is an alignment of heart and mind, and any
outward action is only a natural response to that alignment. When
we set ourselves in agreement with whatever level of truth has been
revealed to us, it places us into a relationship that is not
conflicted. Being in proper alignment to the TRUTH enables us to
naturally walk it out in the WAY that we relate to the world at
large. This is what establishes the Truth in our LIFE as a present
reality. "Voila!" We have GROWTH... And no religious effort or
striving was required!
branch is the only evidence there is of abiding in the supply of
And it is
this restful abiding that is the sum and substance of the Fathers
Emotions of the Soul
highs, oh the lows, oh the thrills and frightful chills, first this
way, then that way, over and around, upside-down now, as we fly
through the triple loop. Everyone loves a roller coaster. Well,
most everyone. It certainly isnt boring. One might even say it is
exhilarating, as it brings up out of the well of our emotions
things like apprehension, anticipation, anxiety, joyous rapture in
some, sheer terror in others, in a word FUN. There is
a multi-billion dollar industry out there that exists solely to
cater to the needs of emotional junkies. You know, like me and
vanity, says the preacher.
Actually, a roller
coaster serves as a fairly good analogy for our emotional life in
the quote real world including the addictive nature of man. For
whether it exhibits its behavior in fast cars, fast women, alcohol,
drugs, music, sports, work, gambling, violence, sex, ad-infinitum,
what you will find that drives each of these addictions, when you
dig deep enough, is some emotionally-backed demand that dictates
their lives. People do these things because of how it makes them
feel for a short time. Our prisons are full of people that
committed crimes simply because they felt like it. Charting ones
life by ones feelings makes for a very poor compass indeed. In
spite of what our culture would enjoin on you, with If it feels
good do it. Our emotions are very powerful thought forms that have
the capacity to elicit abodily response or feeling. Our emotions
trigger complex physiological changes in the chemistry of the body
and in a feedback loop we experience ourselves moved in one
direction or another by these feelings.
The emotional nature of our soul is an absolutely wonderful part of
our being. It is the frosting on the cake. The ability to feel
emotion has the capacity to make man vulnerable, or as strong as a
lion, depending upon the man and/or the circumstances. Our
emotional makeup is probably the most uniquely individual aspect of
our personhood for it flavors how we perceive the world about us,
and influences our personality. Every person has a unique emotional
fingerprint composed of various strengths and weaknesses,
sensitivities to one thing or another. Our God is a God of variety,
and if you doubt this for an instant, take a good long look into
the ocean. When I see some of these creatures, I am forced to
exclaim in wonder: What were you thinking Lord!?
ever noticed that you dont seem to be too well equipped to
experience or cope with some of the emotions that you find flooding
through your soul? It is because you were not designed to handle
them. They were added so that you could experience the futility of
your separated independent identity.
Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not
willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same
It was with great purpose that God the Father subjected the world
to futility. And it shall not have been in vain. When in the
restoration of all things, God, to the praise of His Glory, has a
people who are infinitely wiser. The former things will not come to
mind, but they will never be forgotten, any more than Jesus, the
pattern Son, will forget the things He suffered.
Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by
whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make
the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial
which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to
1Pet 4:19 Wherefore, let them that suffer
according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their
souls to him in well-doing, as to a
2Co 4 :17 For our
light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh out for us a
far more exceeding and
eternal weight of glory;
1Pet 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us to His
eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered a while, make
you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.
I dont think that
there is another aspect of my Humanity that I have so enjoyed
having the healing touch of the Savior upon, as my emotional
makeup. The pains, hurts, abrasions, and scars of this life have
taken a toll upon all of us. Resentment for a world, who has so
taken advantage, used and abused, and generally failed to
appreciate or acknowledge us, to one degree or another, has
poisoned our soul. The word resentment is compound in nature and
comes from two Latin roots, re: to do again and
sentos: to feel. So the word literally means to feel again
and feel again and again and again and again. And each time our
Soul gets a fresh dose of poison. This is not very conducive to
spiritual growth, and hence we need to have the balm of Gilead
applied by the great physician. Thank you Lord.
Resentment is a covert form of contempt. Overt contempt of someone
or something is a conscious act that we are fully aware of. This
causes us much pain as we work through whatever issues we have
found ourselves feeling so intensely over. But many times, even
after processing these feelings, and resolving to make, and even
making a conscious effort to forgive, there are sometimes lingering
secret resentments. The act of someone carelessly stomping on my
toe might be forgiven outwardly. Yet unbeknownst to me I may harbor
some feeling based in a value judgment about this individual, which
influences my behavior toward them, and others in general. And so,
the question of the hour becomes: do we have our emotions, or do
they have us? It is my earnest desire to become a more loving
person, and yet I find myself living in a world that seems to
conspire against that desire.
Oh yeah, I almost
forgot Im not alone. I have one who strengthens me. Whenever I
acknowledge my weakness, and then rely upon His grace, I find that
I am empowered to overlook offences. Im freed to respond in love
according to wisdom, and not react blindly according to the
dictates of my emotional programming. The more we practice,
practice, practice LOVE, the more balanced our emotional makeup
Perfect Peace, Perfect Poise, Perfect Power manifest to a hurting
world, desperate to see the genuine article in Gods
Conclusion of the Matter
He is coming to His Temple, and He, even now,
is making preparations to fully cleanse His courts. This time it
will not be with whips and overturned tables wherewith He drives
out the worldly ways of man. But it shall rather be with the
all-consuming Fire of His Glory.
The Gift of the Holy
Spirit has been a rich blessing to man throughout the Church Age,
and with all of our heart we thank Father for this, and yet there
is a further aspect of this Gift, the Fire of righteous
judgment whereby we shall be made pure and wholly undefiled
without spot or wrinkle. And no longer shall we stand in an imputed
righteousness but will have completely exchanged this legal
arrangement for a righteousness that is actual and enduring, for
the fullness of Christ will have been formed in us in fulfillment
of Eph 4:13.
Eph 4:13 until we all may come to the unity of the faith and of the
full knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to
the measure of the stature of the fullness of
Our Lord said in:
Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth, and what will I, if
it is already kindled? And our beloved brother Paul has instructed
1Co 3:10 -15 According to the grace of God which was given to me,
like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is
building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it.
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid,
which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with
gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each
man's work will become evident; for the day will show it
because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will
test the quality of each man's work. If any man's
work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If
any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he
himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
I implore you Brethren, do not make the mistake of thinking that
your work is something that occurs on the outside of you. It may be
reflected in and upon the world around you but the work itself
And then we have this witness from our favorite impetuous
2Pet 3:8-14 But let not this one thing be hidden from you,
beloved, that one day with the Lord is "as a thousand
years, and a thousand years as one day." Psa. 90:4 The Lord
of the promise is not slow, as some deem slowness, but is
long-suffering toward us, not having purposed any to perish, but
all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a
thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with
rushing sound, and having burned the elements will be
dissolved, and earth and the works in it will be burned up. Then
all these being about to be dissolved, of what sort
ought you to be in holy behavior and godliness, looking for and
hastening the coming of the Day of God, through which the
heavens having been set afire will be dissolved; and burning,
the elements will melt?
according to His promise, we look for "new heavens and a new
earth," in which righteousness dwells. Isa. 65:17 Because of
this, beloved, looking for these things, be diligent, spotless, and
without blemish, to be found in peace by Him.
COME Lord Jesus. Dissolve our earthiness and melt these stony
hearts that sit enthroned in the heavens of our soul.
It is my
earnest prayer that you have found the truths contained in this
writing to be of a benefit to the edification of the body. For in a
love of both the TRUTH and His Brethren, have I written to you.
Go in peace and may the Lord richly bless you in an ever expanding
awareness of the ways of the
For those who enjoy poetry
The poem on the following pages expresses
The heart of this small book.
John Van Tuyl email@example.com
I THOUGHT I
I did not know His
Love before, the way I know it now.
I could not see my need for Him, my pride would not allow.
I had it all, without a care, the "Self-sufficient" lie.
My path was smooth, my sea was still, not a cloud was in my
I thought I knew His Love for me, I thought I'd seen His
I thought I did not need to grow, I thought I'd found my
But then the way grew rough and dark, the storm clouds quickly
The waves began to rock my ship,
my anchor would not hold.
The ship that I had built myself was made of foolish pride. It fell
apart and left me bare, with nowhere else to hide.
I had no strength or faith to face the trials that lay ahead,
And so I simply prayed to Him and bowed my weary head.
His Loving Arms enveloped me, and then
He Helped me stand.
He Said, "You still must face this storm, but I Will Hold your
So through the dark and lonely night
He Guided me through pain.
I could not see the light of day or when
the storm might wane.
Yet through the aches and endless tears, my faith began to
I could not see it at the time, but my light began to glow.
I saw God's Love in brand new light, His Grace and Mercy,
For only when all self was gone could
Jesus' Love Shine through.
It was not easy in the storm, I sometimes wondered, "Why?" At times
I thought, "I can't go on."
I'd hurt, and doubt, and cry.
But Jesus Never left my side; He Guided me each day.
Through pain and strife, through fire and flood, He Helped me all
now I see as never before how great His Love can be. How in my
weakness He is Strong, how Jesus Cares for me! He Worked it all out
for my good, although
the way was rough.
He only sent what I could bear, and then
He cried, "Enough!"
He raised His hand and Said, "Be still!" He Made the storm clouds
He Opened up the gates of joy and flooded me with peace. I saw His
Face now clearer still, I felt His Presence strong,
I found anew His Faithfulness, He never did me wrong.
Now I know more storms will come, but only for my good,
For pain and tears have helped me grow as naught else ever
I still have so much more to learn as Jesus Works in me;
If in the storm I'll love Him more, that's where
I want to be!