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I just posted a couple of podcasts on this subject we have a few more to share; but in the process of the thought of our Divine Nature, you have to also think in contrast to the Humanity of God. The Early Fathers called the Nativity, or Virgin Birth a re-created event or Incarnation. Now I’m not saying the re-incarnation!
So we can see, says one father, ‘ the Nativity as a secret re-creation, by which human nature was assumed and restored to its original state.’
My thought here was first of all the Nativity was a divine plan of God Himself to restore mankind to the original state. So Paradise is here and has been since God put on human flesh and assumed his nature and the higher nature (of God) prevailed and changed it forever. I found a writing by one of our early fathers in the faith that pretty much has me in awe of the beauty and power of the Humanity of God!
‘He took our flesh and our flesh became God, since it is united with God and forms a single entity with him. For the higher perfections dominated, resulting in my becoming God as fully as He became man…Here below He is without a father; on high He is without a mother: both these states belong to divinity…He was wrapped in swaddling clothes, but when He rose from the tomb He laid aside the shroud…He had no form or comeliness (Isaiah 53:2), but on the mountain He shone with the splendour more dazzling than the sun – the foretaste of His future glory.
As man He was baptized, but as God He washed away our sins. He had no need of purification, but He wished to sanctify the waters. As man He was tempted, but as God He triumphed, and He exhorts us to be confident because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). He was hungry, but He fed thousands and He is the living bread which came down from heaven (John 6:51). He was thirsty, but He cried,”If any one thirst, let him come to me and drink,” and He promised that believers should become springs of living water (John 7:37). He knew weariness, but He is rest for all who labour and are heavy laden (Matthew 11:28). He prays, but He answers prayers. He weeps, but wipes away tears. He asks where Lazarus has been laid, for He is man; but He raises him to life, for He is God. He is sold, dirt cheap, for thirty pieces of silver, but He redeems the world, at great cost, with His own blood….He was weak and wounded, but He cures all infirmity and all weakness. He was nailed to the wood and lifted up, but he restores us by the tree of life… He dies, but He brings to life, and by His own death destroys death. He is buried, but He rises again. He descends into hell, but rescues the souls imprisoned there.
Gregory Nazianzen Third Theological Oration
I have been preparing for my next leadership training this Saturday, and this morning I was awakened with the thought of ‘Needer vs. Leader’ topic. I just finished going through the Needer style Leader (King Saul) and the Leader (King David). I have only gone through half of the text so far and I have 26 points to illustrate the bad leadership style of King Saul, of which I call the ‘Needer’.
He had to be one of the most insecure leaders I have read about in quite some time, yet I see the mistakes he made as a leader revisited in some of the leaders I’ve known over the years. My wife is a woman of few words, so when she says something from the heart I take it in. She told me a few years back, “Insecure leaders are the most ugliest and untrusting people ever.” We have had our share of insecure leadership believe me. We have suffered greatly because of it, but the crazy thing is probably we are all insecure about some things in our lives, but we can not let it affect our leadership style. Whether we lead a company, church, ministry, or even our families, we can not let our own insecurities rule us. We have to trust that God is bigger than our insecurities and will help us lead INSPITE of them.
King Saul’s insecurity was the source of all of his dysfunction. His insecurity led to a suspicious mindset that ultimately led to jealousy to the point of wanting to kill David. David was the man who delivered Israel from the Giants!!!! Hello, something is wrong with this picture. I may teach this at our next training or just blog it, I don’t know yet. If I teach this weekend I will make it available to download. I know it has really been challenging me to be a better leader just by what I have been contemplating all day.
The most important thing I’m learning in this is leading people is a gift from God and a privilege. We can not usurp our office or position for our own benefit, for if we do we have no other choice but to become a ‘Needer’. I had one of the pastors that I mentor tell me, “I would love to be the Acts church where they just gave sacrificially, and laid it at the Apostle’s feet.” I said, “I would really rather be the kind of leader that people trust so much that they would lay all of their resources down at the feet of.”
I ran across this article yesterday. I don’t think I can say it any better than Debbie did here. This is the place where I am at the moment in my process, I’m learning to catch and arrest these old tapes or thoughts. These are nothing more than the carnal mind or the Adamic nature trying to polarize my identity. The duality of my two natures can be very polarizing. I mean almost instantaneously I can be divine and VERY human in the same moment. In a tongue in cheek way to put it, it almost sounds like Schizophrenia. Get ahold of your divine self today and don’t let go, because in your Divine Identity is where the life you were made for can be found.
Consider this….We all seem to live with a certain amount of “stinkin thinkin.” Let me quickly explain myself : )) I’m talking about the old tapes that play in our heart that say, “you’re just not smart enough, or pretty enough, you will never amount to anything, you are a failure, what makes you think you can be any better?” etc etc. WHY do we allow things that were said to us in the past as children, students, athletes, teenagers or adults continue to affect the way we think about ourselves and our abilities? Why do we let outside influences determine our self-worth? This “stinkin thinkin” affects the way we respond to other people and events in our lives. If you pay close attention, DO YOU find yourself automatically responding negatively to most everything? Hey!! I know that there was a time in my life that was ALL I DID!! I was programmed…
I was suspicious of everyone, skeptical about most anything, and negative about everything. WOW…what a bummer. But you know I was conditioned to be that way…along with millions of others. IT IS NOT HEALTHY…and guess what? If you are one of the millions…then you are passing it on to your children and it is limiting your ability to THRIVE!! Oh no, you could be one of those people who seriously sucks the life out of others…OR you can be the spark that rekindles the positive flame in someone else : ))
It starts with YOU!! It’s time to TAKE OUT THE TRASH…focus on ridding your mind of the thoughts that hold you hostage. Thank heavens it doesn’t require major surgery or bottles of pills! It is really a simple concept that does take time and diligence. Out with the OLD and in with the NEW!! Start to flood your mind with positive, life affirming input. Read..listen…watch positive materials and fill your life with positive people and influences. MINIMIZE the negative and MAXIMIZE the Inspirational!
I want to leave you with an amazing performance of “Free Your Mind.” The lyrics refer to not judging someone by the color of their skin…but think of all the things that you need to free yourself from…NO MORE “STINKIN THINKIN” : ))
Debbie Dugan Reeder
(*used with permission)
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.”
Claude M. Bristol
1891-1951, American Author of ”The Magic of Believing”
As many of you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of the Matrix movies. The first movie was the most accurate for me. I took that movie for hours and documented the divine nature attributes that were revealed to me. The main characters are Neo, Morpheus, Trinity and of course the betrayer cypher, and the Oracle; and how could we forget Mr Smith the agent of the limited realm. I think Mr Smith represents probably the most common name in our land, and they all look-alike too.
The great thought is Neo rearranged could spell, ‘ONE’. And Neo has an earthly identity Mr. Anderson, and a ‘heavenly’ identity as Neo or the THE ONE! He meets and has encounters with Trinity early in the movie. Neo lives in apt # 103. He goes to meet Trinity at the ‘Heart of the City Hotel’ in room 301 no less. So Neo just is figuring out who he might be, and Trinity is to help him understand this, but she is on the third level, but Neo is still on level one. Neo meets Trinity on the corner of ‘Wells & Lakes’, which is significant in the idea of water and the Holy Spirit in regards to the Trinity.
Morpheus to me means transforming process. In the Greek translation of the Romans 12:2 …”be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The word transformed is actually metamorphoō. So we see the role of Morpheus is to manifest the reality of the new Divine Nature. We can correct our thinking and start dreaming again, and it is going to be solidified by the process of the change. The Oracle or the Prophet can speak foresight to your future, and challenge you to believe it for yourself! The blessed Trinity can give you a rich history of promises and hindsight of what has been promised to you. But truthfully it is the Morpheus (process of change) that truly gives us insight and enlightenment in the Now moment and pulls it all together.
I think what many people do not realize is that you are going to need all three of the ingredients to be renewed in the spirit of your mind. You need Foresight, insight, and hindsight to culminate the manifestation of who the sum total of the REAL U! There is a part in the movie where Neo becomes enlightened, awakened, or born again; he tells Morpheus, “Why do my eyes hurt so bad”, and his reply, “Because you have never used them before”. I think the processes that we go through are so uncomfortable to us because we are so confined by the limitation and the suffocation of it. But let me encourage you with these words, the Early Fathers of the faith said,”The closer you are to manifesting the divine nature, the more uncomfortable and unbearable you will become in your limited surroundings.” In other words the more uncomfortable you become in your current struggles is conformation that the Divine Life is coming to the forefront!
And how could we forget the scene in the movie that is astounding to me; When Neo is in training to manifest the Divine Nature he is about to leap from one skyscraper to another. Morpheus tells him,”Free your mind Neo!” In other words let go of the limitation and everything you find comfort in. There are two ironic or ambiguous scenarios here. Firstly our fleshly carnal mind is addicted to struggle and chaos , and therefore whether you want to believe it or not the Adamic nature thrives in confusion and frustration. The irony here is that we have grown used to it, and its a comfortable place in our minds, even though we despise it! Secondly Morpheus is the Trainer NOT TRINITY! Trinity and Neo (The One) have a passionate love affair and deep care. She does not train him, but rather it is Morpheus has come to identify, and manifest the training to cause you to Reveal the Real U!
Beloved think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you as though something strange has happened! Let the process have its perfect work, which is to make you move beyond the drug of self! And all of the trappings of the addictions to the carnal mind which pull us away from our promised ideology.
So I’m saying to the NEOS out there FREE YOUR MIND…Divorce your mind from the Drama that Adam brought upon you. Remember the most brutal thing that happened to Adam was that the voice of the serpent went from the outside (serpent), to the inside (mind). That’s why the first questions God asked Adam was, “Where are you, What have you done, and Who told you that you were naked!”
I think we all need a heavy dose of spiritual rehab and kick the carnal mind addictions.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:…
27 So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Somewhere in the process of the creation and the manifestation we came out of the very heart of the Father. I say creation in contrast to manifestation due to the fact that we clearly see two different events in the story. In Genesis 1 we see the consultation of the Godhead, conferring within themselves to create or ‘make’ mankind in their image. In Gen 2 we see the ‘manifestation’ of that reality. The Lord God formed man from the dust of the earth.
If you think of the contrast of the image and the likeness, it will be the difference between the spiritual creation, and the earthly manifestation. We were clearly created in some realm of the Spirit (heart & mind of God), before we were manifested in the earthy realm. And what I have come to learn in my journey is that we have not, nor EVER will loose the image of God, because it was given to us by God himself and resides in a spiritual dimension. But what Adam lost in the fall is the ‘Likeness’.
And God the Father created us in the image of His very being, so that we could have the power to become the Sons of God. (John 1) The restoration process began at the day we were manifested on earth in Adam. Jesus’ sacrifice was not a plan B event in God’s mind. He was plan A! Jesus was not a secondary consequence of man’s rebellion, but rather as in the Book of Revelations, He was the lamb slain BEFORE the world began!
Romans 8 tells us that the whole world is waiting and groaning for the ‘manifestation’ of the sons of God. This is nothing more than the manifestation and restoration of the ‘likeness’ back to humanity.
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
This was David’s number one hearts desire to be restored to the likeness of God. When we talk about the Divine Nature concepts we are talking about the manifestation of the character and nature of God himself through us! We have all of the tools, the Spirit, the knowledge, but we have to work through this life of limitation and emotion to get to the reality of the manifesting the divine! But the restoration of the Likeness, or nature of Christ is our number one concern, it can not be anything else. Our gifts and callings, purposes, and even our destiny is dependent upon our coming to the place of manifesting the divine!
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1 John 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
If you think in these terms it is imperative that we pursue the avenues, and teaching that bring us closer to the reality of manifesting the Christos, or Theosis process. Bishop Ashe used to say, “You have no agenda, destiny, or calling outside of being like Him; for this beloved IS your calling and destiny and ministry.”
If you know the teaching I have done on the 30 -60- 100 fold, then you will understand the concept of the process. The 30fold realm is called the beast nature realm where every man is only concerned with himself. Violence, selfishness, etc are the norm in this realm. All you have to do is watch your pets here for a quick lesson on the beast nature. They do just fine until food etc is involved. Much like humans when they are in the lower realm of carnality or the beast nature, they can be nice, cordial, etc. But introduce the ‘food’ in whatever form, lust, pride, greed, fame etc, and you will see the beast nature in its fullness.
The 60fold realm is the Human side. The early fathers said to come to a place of forgiveness is only the beginning to becoming divine! We have been subtly taught that if we come to the forgiveness stage in our lives for others we are divine, but in reality you have just begun to act Human in God’s eyes. It is expected to for humans in the 60fold realm to take care of each other, look out for each other, share, love, and forgive. This is not the end goal but rather mere steps in the right direction.
The 100fold realm I can only imagine and dream at the moment. I know its out there for us, and it is here in the ‘Now’, but I’m pursuing the reality of it on a daily basis. It is a place of supernatural manifestations; a realm where I am no longer heard or seen but only Him. It is a place to where people come in and out of the presence and stand in wonder as to ‘who’ it was that just spoke to them, even though it appeared to me in the flesh! This beloved is my heart’s cry and passion.
Let’s have the heart of David today and learn to not be satisfied until we wake with his likeness!