Conflicted with Ourselves

Conflicted with Ourselves

We really have to ask ourselves who we are and who we want to be.  In knowing where we are in our spiritual development we acknowledge a starting point and have the necessary means to move forward along our ordained path.  Our ascension will depend largely on our willingness to cooperate and remain connected to Spirit.  If we are conflicted with ourselves our concentration is divided and we will experience static interference and become immobilized by the flesh.

Many of us have a warped perception of what the flesh is.  Most have come to see it as our physical bodies, but this is not the case.  The term “The Flesh” actually refers to us submitting to worldly temptations as we side step the law of the Spirit.  After all, we cannot blame the body because the body only follows our thoughts.  Again it is our thoughts that create the situations and circumstances in our lives.  They are the stones cast into the water that create the ripples which reach out to the world.  The bigger the stone we throw into the water the more far reaching the effects on others will be.

Our lives are so interconnected here. We forget sometimes, but everything we do affects someone else

The flesh is not just sexual desire.  It is anything that we desire that causes us to deviate for what is written in the Word.  It could be the way we make our living, the way we discipline our children, the way we interact with coworkers or even the way we present ourselves in society.  It is whenever we act and react to the world absent of Spirit, by compromising our Being and put Ourselves in conflict with that which is in the Temple.

We can pretty much justify anything that conflicts with the law in our own minds.  This is what has made it possible for thousands upon thousands of years for Us to do things that conflict with the law.  By doing what is right in our own minds we submit ourselves to the flesh.  By submitting to the flesh we forfeit the Gifts that otherwise would be available to us and unwittingly accept only a consolation prize.

Recently I spoke to a friend who mentioned that an Elder from her church owned partial interest in a strip club.  Talk about being conflicted.  His position requires an uncompromising pursuit of the law and the organization of which he represents has the main objective of saving others from secularization yet he is in fact nurturing conflict.  The strip club is in conflict with the temple, he maintains his justification of the business ownership by emphasizing the income that it brings him and thus chooses to participate in an action that is in conflict with the temple and is actually working towards what his church is against.

You see, in the temple aka the Church there exists certain laws.  Outside of the temple there exist things that are not in conflict with these laws.  This is what is referred to as secular.  Some examples of secular in our society are family style restaurants, suitable family entertainment and education facilities that do not conflict with scripture.  Secularization is the process of removing the law of and the suitable content within the temple from society.  Today we all stand witness to the secularization of America which started with the firing of all the network sensors back in the seventies.  Every time we sit with our children and feel embarrassed and uncomfortable by the programming we are viewing we are experiencing the results of this secularization.

I don’t want to get off topic, but this is why I am certain that America has a definite agenda in mind that is being put forth through the media.  It is what I not so affectionately refer to as Americanism.  It is a religion masquerading as a non religion.  Americanism has one goal and that is the massive and total secularization of our society and the total annihilation of that which exists in the temple.  It is bound and determine to make the unacceptable acceptable.  With every new program the mass media puts out we become more and more desensitized to the secularization which is boldly advancing an agenda that is in conflict with the Kingdom.  It is a “Trojan Horse” which we have voluntarily let into our homes.

How can we move forward ourselves and bring others forward with us if we continually be a party to the secularization of our society?  The truth is that we can’t.  We must be steadfast and confident that the law of the temple is the fastest route to where we need to be.  Leading by example is the key to affective leadership.  We cannot be both for and against.  It is imperative that we choose a direction and more forward in it.

I am not immune to this struggle by any means.  None of us are.  We are all faced with choices every so often that cause us to consider bending the law of the Profits just enough to fill a void in our lives.  The thing is that these laws are not meant to restrict us.  They are truly meant to move us forward and to assist us in our realization of the Promise.  By uncompromisingly adhering to the characteristics that are so plain and clearly stated we become readily equipped to boldly advance in a Kingdom quest.  It is not always easy.  Often we will feel alone in our journey, we may meet someone who seems to fill that empty void in our hearts which hungers for nourishment, but in reality we are only filling up on the appetizer and passing on the entrée.

Listen, our spouses may not see us, our friends my not see us, but I see us and more importantly God sees us.  He sees who we are right “NOW” and is very much aware of the potential we have for Being.  It is our job to remain focused on the Promise.  If our sight becomes blurred we will slip into the darkness and be less likely to experience the light.

God has so much more in store for us.  He has given us friends to fellowship with to fill the emptiness of our souls.  We have been blessed with those who support us, encourage us and replenish our energies.  All our needs are provided to us as we continually and unswervingly submit to His guidance.  It is all a matter of choosing to live a righteous life at any cost.

We will be tempted and we may fall, yet we can always rise to our feet and continue our walk in faith, hope and love.

In His service,

Ron Ash

Mountains and Valleys

Much of what won’t grow on the mountain tops will flourish in the
valleys.

It is challenging to go through these times, but these are the places
where we grow. Not much can grow on a mountain top, but much of what
nourishes us does grow in the valleys. As times get tough we grow
inside and produce the most incredible fruit. We discover resources
that we never knew were available to us, become more confident beings
and learn to lean on faith.

Whether it is at work, at home or at school the same principles usually
hold true. When the pressure is on we have no choice but to react to
it. The secret is to never react with our Ego. As we concern ourselves
with the thoughts of others we fall into a trap. We become less likely
to allow ourselves the necessity of falling back in order that we may
soon take a huge leap forward.

As we approach an obstacle in our path we must evaluate the present
situation and formulate a plan to get over it. It is rare that we stand
out on the edge of the ditch and make a standing leap. What is the
most common behavior in this situation? We take several steps back, get
a running start and leap forward with our eyes on the other side.

The greatest athletes in the world grow physically and mentally the more
they practice and train. Their muscles grow stronger and they become
more limber as their minds become more focused on their goals. Focusing
on anything hard enough and long enough will bring us to it. Soon
these athletes become stronger, more agile and more attuned to their
surroundings. This enables them to respond quickly in the face of
adverse conditions and make the necessary adjustment to move forward
successfully.

We can’t get to where we want to be without moving in that direction

We must never take the challenges of our daily lives as being negative.
Often what we may interpret as mistakes are really just elements of a
future success. In these perceived errors we learn and grow and as we
grow we become able to identify where we are and are more adept as we
decide in what direction we wish to go.

As a child I often felt that I somehow got the short end of the stick as
far as my relationship with my dad went. It rarely felt right and I
struggled through much of my childhood and adult life as a participant
in a somewhat ambiguous relationship with my dad. Much of the way he
dealt with me was directly related to the way he was dealt with by his
father. It was a learned by example scenario. This is not how I chose
to raise my children. In this we can choose to continue or choose to
change.

I reached a decision back in my childhood that this is not what I wanted
my relationship with my children to be. You see, the relationship that
I had with my father growing up was the valley in which the seed was
planted and from which the father that I am today flourished. As I
stepped back and evaluated the past I became able to run forward and
leap successfully into my future. My goal of a tight knit relationship
with my children had been established. Now I look from the mountain
tops at the beauty of the valley bellow.

It is Ok for us to evaluate and learn from the past, but we must never
allow the emotions associated with the past to tell us who we are. It
was only a small part of establishing our present being. Betrayal
taught us the power of forgiveness, being hated taught us about love, as
we were hurt we experienced the joy of healing. In all these things we
gained an in depth understanding of appreciation and our insight into
the power of gratitude was increased. Many of our losses taught us to
appreciate what we are given and to never take for granted the gifts we
have today.

Successes are our building blocks, perceived failures are our mortar and
God is our mason.

We are actually creating a stairway to walk upon. Brick by brick it
continually ascends upward. The strength of the structure is the key to
its continued success. Patience is crucial in allowing the mortar to
set properly. Hope exists on every step. Most importantly is how faith
allows us to continually move forward without seeing the end of the
stairway.

(Luke 6:48 New Living Translation) It is like a person building a
house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the
floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it
is well built.

Living a righteous life is what makes our foundation strong. Doing the
just thing at all costs and patiently waiting for the next stage of the
builders plan to be delivered will help us to avoid costly time
consuming errors. Hope and faith will continually hold our focus on the
prize and enable us to leap forward confidently into the unknown.

One day we will look down that stairway from heaven with the greatest of
gratitude and appreciation for all that we have experienced. We will
realize that our greatest achievements came from what we perceived as
failures. Struggles brought forth strength. Obscurity begot
enlightenment. It was in the valleys that we were nourished. In all
that there was came all that we are and all that we are created to be.

(Isaiah 30:19-21 King James Version) For the people shall dwell in Zion
at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto
thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer
thee. And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the
water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner
any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: And thine ears shall
hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye
turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

In faith always,

Ron Ash

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Ron’s “How to Reach Your Full Potential for God” Review

Charles F. Stanley’s newest book “How to Reach Your Full Potential for God” is an incredible work which sets a strong foundation in Biblical principles for achieving our ultimate Being. I love this work and found it to be entertaining and educational. The stories included at the end of each chapter give practical relevance to the many ways we can pursue our God-given potential.

I often listen to sermons delivered by this author and have always walked away enlightened and satisfied by his honesty and sincerity in delivering a message he cares whole heartedly that the listener understands and is able to apply in their daily walk. Dr. Stanley has the Truth sown in his heart and never walks around it. He is adamant about his beliefs and has the years of practical Bible knowledge and real world experience to back up every word of it. “Listen.” He is going to place you on the path and set God’s travel plan in motion. Our only requirement is to choose God’s way.

This book showed me another side of Charles that I was unfamiliar with. I was pleased to find a man whose open mindedness had allowed him to accept self help books as a viable source of information as long as the information within did line up with the Word. The fact that he was able to use the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill to gain spiritual fruit rather than material wishes particularly impressed me.

These chapters are loaded with valuable information that will appeal to both the avid reader of Christian based books as well as the novice student of the Word. His views of relationships and risk taking especially spoke to me. Clearing our minds and hearts while using our God given gifts will enable us to reach our greatest potential. After reading this wonderful work the readers will “Never Settle for Less than His Best” because of the lessons given through the inspiring words and chapters that comprise this must have book for anyone’s personal library. I would advise anyone who wishes to have a happy and healthy family life to set up a reading schedule to actively share this book with your children and spouse. This is a very important and powerful work!

In His service,

Ron Ash

Paths of Purpose

Paths of Purpose

People will come into our lives and go out of our lives for different reasons. The biggest thing is for us to always understand that this is all for an incredible purpose. Most often it is to teach us something that we will need to know in order to continue our journey. It may be to help us to better empathize with others who are going through similar situations, it may be to bring a strength or gift out of us that we never knew we had or it may just mean that what needed to be has already been.

Although some are here to receive love and support from us; we are often recipients of the same from them. You see maybe they just needed to experience what they had been longing for just long enough to find out that it was not what they thought it would be. Now they no longer have to carry that illusion around with them any longer. We learned what we had to learn from each other and now will benefit from the knowledge gained through that experience. They are greater souls now for having known us and our spirit will forever inhabit their heart.

Timing is everything with God and as we accept this we will continually be blessed infinitely. God can use us in such incredible ways in the lives of those around us and gives us incredible gifts in our experiences with them. Those we work with will one day complete the purpose we had in their lives and will then take everything we taught them to others. This is an incredible thing! I know it is not always easy when those we grow attached to leave us but it is all part of the process. I go through it all the time working with troubled teens. Enlightening them is what I am ordained to do and soon after, they begin to grow and become all that they are created to be. One day they complete the program and go off on their own. They are always in my heart and in my prayers. We are always connected via God’s energy.

I have helped so many children through working in various programs. Thinking back to my first major experience I am reminded of the first time I realized what this journey was all about. I had just left my business and been guided to an advertisement looking for residential counselors to help troubled teens. One of the worst behaved kids found out that I had written a book and asked me to help him write one; so I did. Something happened to him shortly after. He said to me one day, “I know that God sent you here for me.” Something about me believing in him had changed him inside. Many of the kids shared similar experiences. God had used the failure of my business to bring me to where He needed me. My time there was coming to an end though. I could feel the river pushing me back so I decided to leave. On my last day there George asked to speak to me in private. He said, “Ron, I know that God sent you here to help me. Now God is sending you somewhere else to help more kids. I want you to know that all that you have taught me I am going to teach all the rest of the kids that come into this program.” My job there was done. The torch had been passed. Once the mission is completed God moves us to where He needs us most or He will move others to us.

There are many beginnings in our infinite ascension and we will continually fill many needs. Everything in our lives has happened to bring us to where we are right now. We are going to do some incredible things. Remember, we don’t always realize how far our deeds reach out from us. Those who we touch share with countless others.

We don’t need to grieve over the loss of those who have been close to us, one with us and a huge part of our being because they are always with us. They have just ascended to the next level in their infinite journey. When we think of the special times we shared with each other and visualize their smiling faces they are with us. Love is the most powerful connector.

Now is the time to be still and sit quietly in prayer and meditation. We will see many signs and be guided to our next step. Just stay focused and ask for guidance and clarity. Always be grateful for all that we have and all that we are. Everything will happen as it is supposed to. God’s plan is vast and complex. He knows the most efficient way to get us to where we need to be. Remember, we can have whatever we want; just not the way we want.

In faith always,

Ron Ash

The Family Photo

The Family Photo

The greatest picture of a man is that of his family.

God often sends us messages and enlightenment via the not so coincidental contact with others in our lives. Most recently I have been given the gift of revelation through my casual correspondence with two area pastors. The first is of a local church in East Greenwich and the last is the senior pastor from a church in North Providence.

I was speaking of following the signs that God places on our Path and being patient. The first responded, “Amen patience is a virtue as my daughter would say.” I love when our children come back to us with what we have taught them. Especially when we did not realize we did. They are always learning from us whether we know it or not. As we act so to do they. Our character will in fact be emulated by them in their daily walk. The wisdom that we pass on to them will inadvertently be shared with those around them.

I have given so many examples of this in my books and messages. It never ceases to amaze me. The depth of our teaching by example is insurmountable. “Do what I say and not what I do” has nothing on “Be as I Am.” The true picture of any parent is the picture of their family.

Funny thing is that I received an email this morning from the senior pastor of the church in North Providence. I did not know of him and have never had the pleasure of visiting his church, but as I looked at his family picture I could really grasp the essence of his being. Although, the picture of a man in the context of what I am speaking of goes so much deeper than a photo; a picture truly is worth a thousand words. It is by sharing and experiencing Truth that the greatest joys in life are accomplished and in “The Family Photo” this is often the light that comes shinning through.

This led me to my own family photo and the family photo of the pastor from East Greenwich. I could truly see the essence of love coming through in the pictures. The combination of what I was seeing and what I knew of each others families lifted me high. The real joy, appreciation of each other and the laughter which is shared in our daily walks had cast away the darkness leaving only a room, a house and a Church full of light.

Laughter brings incredible light to the darkest rooms.

It is only through the energy of our experience can this light remain lit. It is passed on from generation to generation. It does not continue eternally without being ignited by God and carried on in Spirit; in us. As we live the Word the It carries on. This is the only true measure of our success.

Money cannot effectively measure success; rich to one is poor to another. Success can only be measured by the depth of our accomplishments, the impact of our actions and the certainty of our being.

All the concentration on the material or worldly things will only serve to weigh us down and hold us back from Promise. It will only serve to teach our children to worship the illusion and to serve false gods. Putting others down will teach our families to do the same. In concentrating on what is wrong we will fail to focus on all that is right. Loving those around us openly and honestly with continuous appreciation will bring the same back to us while showing others how this life is to be lived. Our journey is ignited in thanks giving. This is where our full appreciation of all that is given us can and will propel us towards all that we have been created to be. Gratitude is the key to the path to Promise. It turns on our GGS (God Guidance System) and maps out the quickest route to our Ultimate Destination.

Let loose the sandbags and the balloon will ascend higher.

As we let loose the sandbags of disappointment, disillusion and discontentment we become ready to rise to the highest heights. When we concentrate on all that our children do right and correct and forget what was done wrong we free ourselves from what binds us. As we appreciate our spouses for all that they do and let go of all that they don’t our relationship will grow stronger and it will in turn give us more of what we want from it. Every negative word we speak about our family will add incredible power to our thoughts of who they are to us. We are to encourage one another and to build each other up. It is in our ordination as leaders of our families that we are to fill their hearts with Truth and help to propel them at lightning speeds toward their Promise. As fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers we must take all the good of those around us and acknowledge it, speak it out and relish in all that It is because It is God’s gift to us and to them. Glorify in all that they are and in all that they are created to be.

In doing so, in a very short time we will feel joy in our hearts as we look at their smiles. The light of their spirits will shine brightly outwardly from their souls. In turn, all that we are will be projected through them and onto the body of Humanity.

In faith always,

Ron Ash

Truth and Freedom

When we are ready for Truth It will find us.

Over the last few weeks we have discussed the importance of gratitude and forgiveness. These are both two very crucial elements of achieving Supreme spirituality. If we wish to connect to God’s energy adopting these characteristics will be a prerequisite. The next hurdle in our infinite ascension will involve our realization or the truth within us.

Truth can be a very illusive thing in this physical realm of existence. By the power given to us to manifest our own realities we can and usually do unintentionally create experiences which we do not want. In the process of doing so it becomes very easy for us to lose track of what is real and what is not.

The words that we speak about ourselves and others set the stage for the play in which we are the players. Lying to ourselves and to others is a very slippery slop which can very creatively and efficiently cause us to spiral downward. Words create things! They are thoughts which are verbalized and verbalization reinforces thought. This is what makes affirmation so powerful.

You see, as we affirm verbally either what we want or what we don’t want these wishes are reinforced in two ways. First, with the powerful emotions associated with thought the energy of creation is pushed forward and the process that will culminate in the manifestation of our request begins. This is by the power of our inner ear. Second, our outer ears hear the request and the motion to facilitate the request is put into effect. The verbalization adds incredible strength to the call. First there was the Word and the Word was God!

Understanding that we are smaller fields of energy existing in a larger field of energy will be necessary for us to grasp the relationship between what we affirm as being and what is being. We are all connected to each other via a vast field of energy which hovers over the earth. In the process of our ascension there will be various levels of connectivity over this wireless network. This is what I refer to as the intensity of our connection to God’s energy.

Collectively there is nothing that we cannot create. After all, this is our job here in this physical realm of existence. We are created to create. Our goal here should be Unity with All and One. In Unity comes the power of the One. This is the collective consciousness which we must become to fulfill what must be. This is God in Us and what Jesus referred to as the Kingdom within.

The obstacle will be our battle with Ego. This enemy of ours is very sensitive to how it is perceived by others. It is very common for us to cater to Ego by building ourselves up through tearing others down, making alternate excuses for situations and circumstance and by blaming others for the errors we have made. Sin is error and must be reconciled.

Why does it become so easy for us to get lost in our lies? It is because through our affirmations we have begun to take these lies as truths. We have spoken these lies to those around us and they have taken our fabrication as truths too. Now we have heard it within and without and begun the manifestation of what will be our experience. Even more powerful is that we have now enlisted the participation of others in the lies which will become our lives. You see, we all love to share our issues with those around us to gain an outside perspective or to enlist the opinions and advice of others. This is a very dangerous model.

Why would this be a problem? It is because those who we now ask for advice will base their suggestions on the words we have said. We have given them a warped perception of the situation, circumstance or relationship which we are now discussing. Any advice that they give us will be wrong and if we continually follow the wrong advice we will constantly make the wrong choices. Since our lives are composed of our choices we will in fact be creating a life that we do not want.

The other issues with lies are that we may be alienating a person that the Universe has brought into our lives to help us. Our false perceptions have made a friend an enemy. Now everything that this person attempts to do for us is put through that filter and only the lies pass through it and carry on into our minds. It is like someone is throwing us a life preserve that we believe is an anchor.

The rain falls upon the just and the unjust, but the righteous are nourished by it and the wicked are drowned in it.

We must plant what we wish to harvest. Nobody plants corn and expects to gather wheat. The thing is that we will not realize what we have sown until it has set its roots deep in the soil, broken through the earth and sprouted up around us. Whether it is the seed of the truth or of the lie is what will dictate what we will experience.

We must keep love in our hearts, appreciation in our souls and consideration in our “Being”. In this we are grounded in virtue and released from sin. All things perceived as advantage or disadvantage will serve to enlighten us and help us to grow.

Through virtue comes the greatest reward.

By coming to grips with the truth we can and will find Peace and Promise. It is the Truth that sets us free. As we free ourselves from self imposed spiritual imprisonment we can easily reach new heights in our infinite ascension. Our path is cleared and we are now working efficiently with each other and the vast field of energy in which we all exist.

(John 8:32 The Message) Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”