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Mortify the deeds of the flesh, the pride, lust, greed, etc., by the power of the Holy Spirit; we come more and more to the END-OF-SELF, and more and more into a PRESENCE-OF-HIM.” (Samurai Sheep)

THE WORD, “SAMURAI”, LITERALLY MEANS > “ONE WHO SERVES”.

LET US BE, SAMURAI FOR CHRIST!

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“Lessons in the Wilderness” #1

SUBTITLE: “I’M NOT SUPERMAN”

I sincerely believe that the wilderness journey of the Children of Israel is one of God’s greatest teachings on walking in the supernatural. This is what samurai sheep is all about, because, as a sheep, we wouldn’t last 5 seconds on this spiritual battlefield if we didn’t have something going for us. God says we are weak sheep!

So how do we overpower the mighty kingdom of Egypt, walk through parted waters, defeat Pharoah’s best army, survive a wilderness, cross Jordan River, cause the walls of Jericho to fall, and possess a land flowing with milk and honey? All this done by a bunch of helpless sheep? The world laughs at us but then has to take a second look when we seem to defy all odds!

The key is understanding God, and he lives in the supernatural.

God’s flock understands that the ARM OF FLESH fails!

 Therefore, as weak sheep, we have learned to tap into a greater power.

The lady who wrote the Harry Potter stories became quite wealthy off of man’s desire to have supernatural power. Hollywood also made a great deal of money on that same character. What is it about this Harry Potter fantasy that draws people like a moth to a flame? God’s word tells us there are two forces in the supernatural, one is evil, and one is good. One is darkness, and one is light. One is satan, and one is God. Pharoah’s magicians threw down their rods and they became snakes, but God’s snake ate theirs for lunch!

If you are a child of God you have entered the supernatural whether you realize it or not, and you are selling yourself short if you do not make an effort to learn all you can about it. The world flocks to Harry Potter! If only they would see that greater things by far, are available to all those willing to enter the doorway of the bloody cross of Christ!

In the last article we learned that God was teaching them about coming to the END OF SELF. You see, God’s supernatural involves a cross for you to bear also, and your blood will be on that cross. Does Harry Potter have such a cross? Neither does he have any real power. But  here are a couple reminder portions of scripture pertaining to last week:

“He did all this so you would never say to yourself, I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.” (Deut. 8:17 NLT)

Paul said: “In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead.” (I Cor. 1:9 NLT) (See last week for complete readings.)

I believe the subconscious of man has knowledge that is deeply ingrained and has a tendency to “leak out” in ways we do not notice. For instance, have you noticed that most Hollywood movies having anything to do with a sorcerer, shows them delving into ancient books of secret knowledge in order to learn things that are not subject to natural laws or sciences?

Here again I emphasize, in the wilderness the way up is down, and down is up, and what do you mean I cannot walk by sight? We should not ask ourselves if the laws of the supernatural make sense to us, because it is likely they will not, and if they did, they probably would not be very supernatural! We simply need to learn how to master them, or more accurately I should say, learn how to let them master us! The way up is down. Submission comes before the ability to resist!

God says the supernatural is tapped into by coming to the END OF SELF.

God’s word explains that the END OF SELF is only accomplished through the power of the Holy Spirit in us. (But let us move on from last week’s article.)

Now lets take another step. We need to learn the “sound” of our invisible Shepherd. We need to recognize His presence, even though we cannot see Him. We need to recognize His voice even though He does not normally speak to us verbally out loud. We need to be able to follow Him as well as any sheep can follow a shepherd, even though He cannot be seen, and in that is our supernatural life. (Is that not a supernatural challenge?)

REMEMBER, the whole wilderness journey was a lesson in staying under the cloud, and with the pillar of fire! Do you think God was trying to teach them something? I mean, is there anything that stands out any more vividly in that journey? Day in and day out, they moved with the cloud. Night in and night out, they stayed with the pillar of fire. They lived in tents so they could move quickly, even as God moved. They would not put down roots, nor build houses of luxury until they possessed their land of blessings. When God moved, they moved. If God did not move, they did not move. They had to first learn how to stay with God, i.e. in His presence.

Okay, sheep do not have a lot going for them, but here is one thing they do have, and it is powerful in the realm of the supernatural! Finally! Something good about being a sheep! They can learn the sound of their shepherd’s voice! It has also been proven that with enough time, they can also learn facial recognition, and even learn to recognize facial expressions! What an incredible symbolic picture God has given us in the sheep! How smart do you have to be with gifts like that?

>So what does the wilderness teach us if we want to be Samurai for Christ?<

1.) Mortify the deeds of the flesh, the pride, lust, greed, etc., by the power of the Holy Spirit, we come more and more to the END OF SELF, and more and more into a PRESENCE OF HIM.

2.) In His presence is a powerful force called the Anointing.

This is the obvious lesson of the wilderness journey, and will likely require a wilderness crossing of our own in order to achieve it. So what are we made of? Do we have the mettle, the spiritual gumption to take on such a quest? God is willing and able anytime we are. Because we live in a world that flocks to the fantasy of a Harry Potter, how much greater there is a need for a people who do know their God, and because of that, they are strong and do exploits! Not because they are strong in themselves, but because they do know their God! Moses may have gotten credit for parting the waters, but he didn’t really do it! He got to be the one God flowed through. God is waiting in His “School of the Wilderness” to teach us, and in our graduation there will be a land of blessing waiting for us to possess. Amen!

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“Oswald Chambers”

IN THIS PARTICULAR QUOTE I HEAR THE SOUND OF “SAMURAI” FOR CHRIST.

“Paul says – ‘My determination is to be my utmost for His Highest.’ ( Phil 1:20 Moffatt) To get there is a question of will, not of debate nor of reasoning, but a surrender of will, an absolute and irrevocable surrender on that point. An overweening consideration for ourselves is the thing that keeps us from that decision, though we put it that we are considering others. When we consider what it will cost others if we  obey the call of Jesus, we tell God he does not know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point; He does know.” > Oswald Chambers

<That is what I call a spiritually samurai path.>

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“The Path of Weakness” / Samurai Sheep

Subtitle: “I’M NOT SUPERMAN”

Question > “What did we learn in the wilderness?”

So just what is this path of weakness, anyway? What exactly does it mean to be samurai sheep?

To put it in a nutshell, it is about > COMING TO THE END OF “SELF”.

This is a Samurai path, because one, it is not easy, and two, it requires a disciplinship, a discipleship, to embrace it. The flesh does not die easily. Only God, through the power of the Holy Spirit can achieve such things in us. The process by which that occurs, I believe, is very much pictured in the wilderness journey of Israel, as they had just been set free from many years of slavery and bondage, and now had a promise of a blessed life ahead, but in the meantime they had a trial by fire training program in the wilderness! So my question remains > “What did we learn in the wilderness?”

We are likely going to be in this wilderness for a while in order for me to share what God is showing me, but here is where we start, with another question that has kind of bothered me for a long time, but I just didn’t have an answer, and now I do.

Question > “Why did God allow His people to go hungry, or go thirsty, until they were crying out for the need?”

I use to think they were just being sissies, and they needed to toughen up and trust God. However, I now see that does not make sense. These people were used to hardship. I’m sure I would have crumbled under the task masters of Egypt! I’m sure they had known lack most of their lives! So now, they all of a sudden become whining sissies? Not so.

As-a-matter-of-fact, being use to fending for themselves may have been what was hindering them!

The wilderness journey was a completely “supernatural” voyage. Consider this…they were surrounded by nothing but death! Snakes, scorpions, heat, cold at night, no water, no food, nothing but wilderness for miles and miles! So…when the water began to run low, what do you think they were doing? Do you think they immediately began crying out to God? I don’t think so. I think they were doing what many of us would do. They were searching for water! Trying to find it on their own! Because, so far, God had not come through, and if there is any water around, I’m going to find it! Until, eventually, they give up in the hopeless realization that there is no water to be found, and no way to make it! Either God moves, or we die!

Isn’t that what we do? Is it not our first reaction to fend for ourselves, fight our own battles, solve our own problems, earn our own keep? But how do you earn your own keep in the Supernatural? How do you fight your own battles and solve your own problems in the Supernatural? We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto! The way up is down and down is up and what do you mean stop walking by sight? God needed them to learn the Supernatural before they got to the Promised Land! And they failed! God was teaching them lessons in the Supernatural, and that they are NOT Supernatural, BUT HE IS!

As a Samurai Sheep it is imperative that we know what we learned in the wilderness. As God’s flock, we are invited to a Supernatural life, but it only works one way. That way is shown in the wilderness.

How many times did God have to show them that they “could not”, but “He could”!

The wilderness journey was a lesson in coming to the END OF SELF, and entering into complete reliance on Him. Consider these scriptures: Deuteronomy 8:2-? (NLT)

“Remember how the Lord your God led (sheep) you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. “ (Stop)

What man could have provided that? Not only was there no source of food to supply the need of so great a people, but God fed them with a new food, never seen before, coming down out of heaven! Miracle food! Supernatural! God is trying to teach them that they are in way over there little sheep heads, but don’t worry, I love you and I’ve got you covered! (But still, they even tried to hoard the manna! Remember? We’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto!)

(VRS 15-?) “Do not forget that he led (sheep) you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock! He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you FOR YOUR OWN GOOD. He did all this SO YOU WOULD NEVER SAY TO YOURSELF, ‘I HAVE ACHIEVED THIS WEALTH WITH MY OWN STRENGTH AND ENERGY.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.”

That we would never say, “I have achieved this with my own strength and energy”. The Bible always shows us in the weaker position.

He is the Vine, we are the branches.

He is the Groom, we are the Bride.

Unless you come to me as little children…

Blessed are the poor in spirit…

When I am weak, then am I strong.

He is the Potter, I am the clay.

He must increase, and I must decrease.

He is the Shepherd, I am the sheep. (These are just a few examples.)

“What did we learn in the wilderness?”

They lived in tents because they needed to always stay in His presence! When the cloud by day, or the pillar of fire by night, began to move, then they moved too! Their life depended on it! Does our life depend any less on that today, if we desire to walk in God’s Supernatural? We don’t need to be digging for water, or hunting food, but we darn better well stay with our Shepherd, or we are dead meat! Bottom of the food chain! (Sorry, I got carried away.)

There is so much more to teach from our wilderness journey about the Supernatural, but we end with this warning from God. It concerns what could happen once the people of Israel reached the Promised Land of Blessings. Pride is poison to the anointing, and the anointing is God’s presence. Beware the Superman Syndrome.

The Path of Weakness is laying down our own “human strength”, so the “divine power” of God might be manifested through us.

(VRS 11-?) “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today. For when you have become full and prosperous…(skip)…be careful! Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.”

Paul confirms this same principal of COMING TO THE END OF SELF, in II Corinthians 1:8-9 NLT)

“We think you ought to know dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. BUT AS A RESULT, WE STOPPED RELYING ON OURSELVES AND LEARNED TO RELY ONLY ON GOD, WHO RAISES THE DEAD.”

This is one lesson we learn in the wilderness, I am the sheep, he is the Shepherd. I will be satisfied in Him. In this I will be content, whether I abound, or lack, for in times that I thought I was fighting the devil, was I found to be fighting God instead? Not all of God’s blessings, feel like blessings, but may still be a blessing indeed. Welcome to the Supernatural!

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“Oswald Chambers”

“Whenever you get a blessing from God, give it back to him as a love gift. Take time to meditate before God and offer the blessing back to Him in a deliberate act of worship. If you hoard a thing for yourself, it will turn into spiritual dry rot, as the manna did when it was hoarded.”

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“Samurai Bride”

SUBTITLE : “I’M NOT SUPERMAN”

SUBTITLESUB : The Thousand Word Articles

WHEN I SAY THE WORD…”SAMURAI”…WHAT DO YOU THINK OF?

In this article I want to begin linking the “sheep” and the “Bride”, for they are both symbols of “weakness” and strongly related in understanding our own spiritual position and condition. It has always been my plan to show how these two relate, and in my eyes it is a very powerful spiritual understanding.

However, this Sheep, and this Bride, also have a sword, a very powerful Spirit Sword, and they are both called to a life of discipline, devotion, and dedication. This is why I have been led to bring this message of a samurai sheep, and now extending that to the image of a samurai Bride, because in many ways that is what we are. We are not in the position of strength, it is our Shepherd, our Bridegroom, who is in the position of strength, and because of his love for us, he becomes our Champion, like a Queen might choose a Knight to be her champion in the royal battle. I have a champion!

We talked about the Church of Philadelphia, of whom the Lord said: “You have little strength,” however, does he not go on to open the door for her? That is the “Powerful Position” I hope to emphasize in these strange teachings of samurai sheep / samurai Bride.

When I am the apple of God’s eye, because I am pleasing in his sight, and he loves me with a jealous love, so much so that he becomes my Champion, then God opens doors for me that no man can close! And he closes doors in my protection that no man can open!

When I stopped thinking I had to be a spiritual superman, my actual “love” for my Lord leapt up several levels. The scriptures say that Faith worketh by love, and I entered into more of that kind of faith, rather than a faith that works by faith, if you understand what I mean? So this is a glimpse of where we are going, but at the same time we must not forget, she is a Samurai Bride! Lets be clear on what this means.

I use the analogy of Samurai because it is an earthly representation that creates an immediate vision in our mind. When I think of Samurai, I see a devoted and highly skilled warrior-servant whose life was sworn to his sword and his master.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the word, “Shogun”. When the “feudal system of government” developed in Japan, it was called a shogunate government. The shogunate was a hierarchy in which regional fuedal lords called “daimyo” answered to the “shogun” (military leader), and the “Samurai”, highly trained and loyal warriors, “SERVED” the interest of the daimyos. A Samurai went to exhaustive lengths to protect his “masters” honor, as well as his own, while at all times thinking of the “spirit of Japan”.

Now I have said all that to say this, we have a Master, a Kingdom, and a Sword to live by also, just like the samurai of that time, but ours is a spiritual Kingdom, Sword, and Master. The disciplines and honor of “OUR” Master, and “OUR” Kingdom are much different from the kingdoms of man, as I have said before, in our Kingdom we must train our brain to understand that the way up, is actually down! Over and over again our sword emphasizes a path of humility and proclaims loudly the dangers of pride!

In our Kingdom we have something known as the “Anointing”, the Spirit of our Lord, the one we love and serve, but pride is poison to that anointing! And if you are not careful, pride will creep into the Superman Syndrome, and blind you to the actual sheep that you are. I say again, without the love and protection of our Champion, we are the bottom of the food chain. It drives Satan mad with insanity as he is time and time again unable to defeat this weak human creature that God created, because that weak human creature has learned what it means to have a Super Champion, and has tapped into it! Indeed, fallen in love with Him!

“You have left your first love!” Christ declares to the Church of Ephesus! How about us? Have we gotten so caught up in trying to win people to Christ through a show of blessings and power, an image of Superman, an effort of having faith in faith, that we have left our first love, pride has entered in, we do not pray, fast, or worship, because we are so busy trying to make it all work ourselves, in our own strength, so we are too busy, and we lack desire, we are too tired, to just fall in love and be devoted?(Wow, I just said a lot there. We might want to read that twice.)

Yes, as I see it, she is a samurai Bride. She is in the position of the weaker vessel, even as our sword declares the man to be the stronger, but that man becomes the Champion of the weaker, and in that we gain a Sword, armor, and a devotion to aspire to! The word of our Lord proceeds out of our mouth, for we become one with Him, and we have entered into His name, as in a marriage, and I am set to marry into wealth and power beyond any imagination! The armor is not my own, but it is my Husband’s! It is His salvation, righteousness, truth, and Gospel of peace! It is His shield of Faith and Sword of the Spirit! But I marry into it, and such is His love for me, that the weaker receives all the blessings of the stronger by way of a Love Covenant declared in the Kingdom of God!

I can say with confidence, there is no more powerful position to be in, than to be the Bride of the Lamb, and she is a spiritual samurai Bride! Praise be to the wisdom and power of our God! Our study in humility continues because God’s strength is perfected in my weakness.

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Oswald Chambers

“The measure of the worth of our public activity for God is the private profound communion we have with him. Rush is wrong every time, there is always plenty of time to worship God.”

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“Favorite Quotes?”

The Blog site: “The Critical Eye”, by John David has been running quotes from C. S. Lewis for quite a while now, of which I have enjoyed many. I really had no idea that Lewis had so many excellent quotes. This morning I was reading from a favorite devotional of mine, and I thought about how much more I was enjoying it since putting on sheep-glasses, or “Bride” of the Lamb glasses. The devotional had always been a favorite of mine, but now there was a freshness, impact, and depth beyond what I had even experienced before! I love the way new glasses help you see new things!

However, the point is that I decided if John David can bless us on a regular basis with C. S. Lewis, then perhaps God wants me to be a platform for Oswald Chambers. And so I shall…starting with quotes from his devotional: “My Utmost for His Highest”. Hope you enjoy.

“”Friendship is rare on earth. It means identity in thought and heart and spirit. The whole discipline of life is to enable us to enter into this closest relationship with Jesus Christ. We receive His blessings and know His word, but do we know Him?” > Oswald Chambers

                                                                                                                                                                       

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“Samurai Sheep blip!”

Just a quick thought, as food for thought, concerning the Gospel, “Good News” message of Christ. Since I now find myself developing this strange teaching of a samurai Sheep, then it is only fitting that we must look at the spiritual armor Christ has provided us. Sheep wearing armor? Well, that is why this samurai Sheep thing is so strange, but yes, it is true, and since my last article was concerning us “speaking the Gospel message” it seems appropriate to add a quick teaching at this point.

“and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace,” (Eph. 6:15)

In the previous article I stressed the importance of: “JUST TELL THE STORY!” And leave the results to God! Let go, and let God! The problem is, we fail to tell the story! The simple Gospel message of salvation in Christ! Good News come to earth! There is no bleating of the sheep! We remain silent!

We fail for many reasons, of which selfishness, fear, I’m not good enough, I can’t speak well, I might hurt their feelings, I will be laughed at, and so on, and so forth! A multitude of reasons!

I just want to point out that our spiritual armor has our “FEET” shod with the “GOSPEL”! The Bible, in all of its’ amazing supernatural wisdom… why do you think the Gospel is applied to our FEET?

I really don’t need to say it, do I. It is so very plain, but I will say it anyway. Wherever we go, wherever we walk, we just need to be telling “THE STORY”. We are appointed to be GUARDIANS of THE STORY, the GOSPEL, GUARDIANS of the TRUTH. We need to lay aside our own feelings of unworthiness and “just tell the story”, for we know not who just might believe!

I find it interesting that out of all the armor there is only one truly “offensive” weapon. Offense is to attack! Samurai! That piece is our sword, the Word of God. The Gospel is part of the word of God, and yet it is given a special part of its’ own, applied to our “feet”, and not meant to be a weapon, but an offering of “PEACE” wherever we go! Peace! Good Will towards man!

We will be looking at all the spiritual armor through our sheep glasses, but I just wanted to hook this to the previous article while it is fresh on your mind. The devil does not want us telling, “THE STORY”. We need to start living up to this part of our spiritual armor. It is not about us being able to over power any arguments against us, it is simply a matter of “JUST TELL THE STORY AND LET GOD BE GOD”.  We don’t need to be Superman, Superwoman, or even Superwitness! Some will be irresistibly drawn to the LIGHT, no matter how badly we may mess it up! Praise God!

“How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Rom. 10:16b NLT)

Hinds feet in high places!

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the scriptures say, How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!” (Rom. 10:14-15 NLT)

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