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“The Encounter” Chapter Seven 10/1/14

Cathy was on her way out to do grocery shopping when Dan surprised her by coming home early. Now the house was quiet, he was the only one home. His thermos still had hot coffee, so he grabbed a couple of granola bars, his thermos, and headed for the den. For the next three days this was going to be his Bat Cave, so to speak, total dedication to a cause, his cause, to learn how to hear God. “How do you learn such a thing?” he questioned.

Prophets did it, but not him. His father-in-law did this kind of thing, but not him. There before him was his desk, complete with computer, Internet, printer, a desk lamp, pens and paper. He sits down his thermos and snacks, studying the situation. “What else might I need?” The book, “Flap Less / Soar More”, was under his arm. He lays it on the desk and looks at the cover. Of course, it was a beautiful picture of an eagle soaring. No bird soars like the eagle, and no bird catches the imagination, like the eagle. Could God really be showing us something? Cathy’s dad, Don, was convinced of it.

“My Bible,” he realized. He might need his Bible, the book he carried to Church on Sundays. Grabbing it from the bookcase, he lays it on the desk with the coffee, snacks, and all the rest. “Okay, I think I’m ready.” His room had one window letting in light, and providing a view of the backyard, but he turned the desk lamp on anyway. He wanted to be wide awake as he studied. Light and coffee was his plan, but not only man-made light, he was seeking God’s light, as in enlightenment, but the coffee was what it was, he thought with a chuckle, and then he prayed.

“Okay, Lord, I’m here. I’m one lost bird right now, and I need your help. I promise to study hard. If these two books can help me, if you have a way of living that’s better than I have understood, then I want to know. I promise I will carefully consider everything you reveal, and if I find this to be true, then I will learn this new way, so that I might serve you better. Amen.”

He’s wide awake at the moment, so deciding to save the coffee, he opens to the first page of the book. Finding his way to a prologue, he reads, “As a Christian, a reborn Being from the dead, we are not called to live an ‘ordinary’ life.” This was the pastor’s opening statement for his book. “Wow,” Dan thought. Just that statement alone had his heart racing. “What a bold statement to make,” he considered. “A reborn Being from the dead,” he repeated slowly. “This is how God sees us,” the pastor stated. “This is how Satan, and his dark kingdom see us, too.”

This teaching continued as chapter one began, and the pastor explained how God’s word revealed, according to deep study of the Greek words, that a Christian was not only born-again, but the supernatural birth was so complete that the follower of Christ was actually a new creation, never existing before upon the face of this planet, until that day of Pentecost, and God poured out his Spirit. God created a new creation, in a class of its own, he declared, and we are not called to ordinary lives. “But what does this mean?” he asked the reader.

His keynote scripture for chapter one was, First Peter, two, and verses four and five: “To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 2: 4-5)

From this he went on to teach about how the Old Testament was type and shadows of things to come, but not the actual thing itself, and therefore, everything they did was done from a “natural” standpoint, and not supernatural. He continued to make his point by explaining that God never once referred to Israel as a “Spiritual House”. He called them the Children of Israel, the House of Israel, or House of Judah, but never did he call them a “spiritual house” as he did the born-again believers in Christ! “And what does this mean?” he asked the reader again?

We are not called to ordinary lives, he kept repeating. We are called to “spiritual” lives tapping into the supernatural! The Jews operated in the “natural”. The sacrifice of a sheep is a “natural” thing that was performed according to a detailed “program” God laid down for them, because they were not capable of the spiritual yet! ! I Peter 2:4-5 had also declared us to be priest capable of offering “spiritual” sacrifices, not natural, supernatural, not ordinary man-made kind of living, but a life on another level that only God could give!

Dan laid down the book and sat there spellbound, “I’ve been living a man-made life,” he realized. Yes, he went to Church on Sundays. Yes, he had received Christ at an early age and been baptized. Yes, he believed in God and even prayed before family meals, but he knew in his heart that he was guilty of taking God for granted, and not being interested in a deeper walk in spiritual things. He did not know God’s power. He could not be an eagle, because he was living like a sparrow. He was a baby who had not grown.

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“The Mouth Speaketh!”

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HI! My name is, Shadow, and I am just here to introduce my master’s great teaching on, “THE WAY THINGS WORK”! Hope you enjoy the teaching that follows. I get to play a part in it!

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“Intelligent Design?”

SUBTITLE: “THE WAY THINGS WORK”

I would like to delve into a little “Harry Potter in Reverse”. This is a phrase I like to use to help people understand that the Bible is a book of many secrets and mysteries, just waiting to be revealed and understood, much like a “so-called warlock” might seek ancient writings in search of black arts, black magic, and demonic powers, but the dedicated Christian seeks light, understanding, and the God of righteousness. Paul challenged the people to search the scriptures! And so I have always loved to do!

However, as the title may seem to insinuate, this is not an article about evolution. It is to be an article on what the Bible says about: “The Way Things Work”. Let me ask you this…

If it has intelligent design, then what is the design? And how does it work?

For all those who may still be uncertain as to whether the Bible is what it claims to be, or not, let us lay aside that question for the sake of asking…okay, if it is actually the word from God, then just what does it reveal about the “workings” of this creation we find our self in?

For just a little while, take a walk on the wild side and put man’s science out of your mind long enough to consider what the supernatural might have to say on this subject. Then, go ahead and compare your science, with God’s supernatural. You may be surprised to find new possibilities!

Here are some questions to consider: Am I unknowingly working against the design? And if so, am I causing myself unnecessary hardship? Could my life be better? Easier? More powerful? More productive? How many ways could I benefit from an understanding of how the creation works? Could I discipline myself to take advantage of such knowledge? Is there a supernatural, and could it actually have power over the natural? Is it possible for people to actually affect our natural environment by supernatural means? Does this planet have a supernatural design?

Just consider the possibilities if the answer to that last question is, YES!

Okay, lets go, and lets start in Hebrews 11:3. First we need to see what scripture has to say about the “basic material” of this creation, because if you know what the “base material” of something is, then you might find a way of affecting it!

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s “command”, and that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.  (NLT)

We are very quickly going to get into the real meat of this subject. We are not there yet, but the very next “key” will open huge possibilities. However, you must have an understanding of this first “key”, in order to grasp the power and logic of the second “key”! So bear with me just a little longer.

The Apostle Paul, here, is very plainly revealing that this creation was “SPOKEN” into existence by GOD, with WORDS that came from GOD. FAITH-FILLED WORDS! Words are invisible. Paul goes on to say that everything we “SEE” was created out of material that is “NOT SEEN”! As a matter of fact, in verse one, if we do a search of the original Greek wording, even as the Old King James has it, it speaks of FAITH as a “SUBSTANCE”!

Now faith is the “substance” of things hoped for…

With God, words and faith are a SUBSTANCE! I’m rushing this a bit because this is where it begins to get very interesting. James has our next couple of “keys”. You might remember that it is believed that, James, was the half-brother of Jesus. As such, consider what things he may have seen, and what conversations he may have had with his half-brother? This same James declares “BOLDLY”, that we can affect our environment, our future, our circumstances, EVERYTHING, by the power of our TONGUE! What does the tongue do? It speaks WORDS! Invisible WORDS!

BUT WHY IS THAT SO IMPORTANT?

Because it is with WORDS that we form the PICTURES in our HEAD. These pictures become our VISION, and as an earlier article taught, WE GO WHERE WE ARE LOOKING! (Now lets slow down and explain this.)

According to scripture, everything comes back to words and faith. I have had many debates with atheist, and neither of us can “PROVE” our position, but it always comes back to what we personally have chosen to BELIEVE. The atheist has his unproven FAITH, and the Christian has his. We are stuck in a creation of words and faith, and no matter what we do, we always end up back at words and faith. That which has been proven is no longer FAITH!

So…perhaps James has a point, when he begins to reveal the power our tongues have, and how it can affect everything around us! James says that mighty horses are turned and directed by small bits in their mouth. He goes on to say that great ships on the oceans are turned by small rudders! James 3:1b says:

“…. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.”

This is where he begins to talk about the mighty horses and the great ships. It is not just about self-control, but it is also about “directional control”, and our ability to affect our destinations, i.e. circumstances, and everything! It goes on to speak of the tongue is a flame of fire. It sets on fire the course of nature!

“But a tiny spark can set a whole forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” (NLT)

Here is a simple example of the power of words to “CREATE”, and produce “VISION”. Picture in your mind as you read the following sentences.

It was a dog.

It was a large dog.

It was a very large brown dog.

It was a very large brown dog with floppy ears that ran out in front of you causing you to slam on your brakes!

Do you see yourself in a vehicle? Your heart racing? I did not even have to say you are in a vehicle. Do you see how each added word of detail added to the mental picture, creating a picture in your head? Now what if this picture consumes you? What if it is something you are passionate about, or fearful of? Do you see how this VISION in your head will begin to direct your path? Affect your destiny, i.e. destination? Do you see how even as the tongue can set fires and do evil, could it not also produce blessings?

We have much yet to speak of, but for the sake of not overwhelming, we will continue in the next article.

SUMMARY: According to scripture…

1.) We live in a universe that was created out of the substance of words and faith.

2.) The words out of our mouths affect the circumstances I now experience, because it is a form of the very substance of our creation!

3.) Even deeper than that, the words in our heads create the visions we pursue! We become what we think about the most! We go where we are looking!

4.) Our words are combined with faith, and we can affect our future, and affect our circumstances with words and faith, for this is the base material of our physical world, which can be affected by the spiritual force of words and faith!

5.) But what kind of words and faith? You see, it is far more than just making “Positive Confessions”. That is only one small building block of what scripture reveals. There is much more to come.

The teaching of Positive Confessions, for the Christian, falls way short of the understanding which the Bible has to reveal. What little has been said thus far in this article, is merely a starting point.

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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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