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Conscious to subconscious to super-conscious (Psychology)
Holy Spirit to Jesus to God (Christianity).
* Keep in mind that the Holy Spirit lives in Us.
In a lifetime of experience and investigation I have found that the New Age System and Psychological System rarely achieve the level of permanent transformation facilitated by Christianity. It would seem that the abundance of Biblical principles combined with Scriptural laws meant to guide has given this system a phenomenal advantage over the other two systems. In addition, the speed of the manifestation process is significantly increased when asking in the name of Jesus. A side effect of following these principles is a direct connection to Spirit. This connection is what activates Divine Guidance via many heavenly beings and elevates the follower to an advanced stage of immediate manifestation.
(John 16:23 King James Version) And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
Demotion or Promotion
Life is a series of promotions many of which appear to be demotions.
Nothing is ever wasted. Everything we experience in life has a greater purpose than that which may be perceived. Many times what we perceive as failures are just smaller elements of our future successes. God takes the bad and uses it for good. What we perceive as stepping back my in fact be a necessity of launching forward.
I remember as a child working with my grandfather in his garden. He had the reddest plumpest tomatoes in town. Whatever ones were not suitable for salad would be used for sauce or what we called gravy. Even in this case what we thought was the worst still ended up on top. The thing that I recall most vividly is the preparation that took place prior to planting. Of course we removed the rocks and tilled the soil, but there was one principle ingredient from which all the plants were grown. The best of the best started with the worst of the worst. Pa would have me fill wheel barrow after wheel barrow with manure and bring it over to the garden. This would in turn be mixed in with the soil prior to planting. It was this process the contributed so much to the quality of the garden through the fertility of the mix.
Remember, God is our gardener and we are his soil. After all, it was God who made Adam from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. So doesn’t it make sense to see the trials and tribulations of our lives as preparations for the garden which is our lifetime? Of course it does. He mixes the manure with the soil in order to make us fruitful. In this our garden will produce a healthier and more delicious crop.
I’m sure if the soil could speak it would voice its displeasure with the process. No one wants to experience the displeasure of merging with animal excrement. Certainly there is room for improving the soil but at fist look mixing in manure seems to be making things worse. Yet if we truly understand the benefit of this natural occurrence it becomes much more tolerable and understandable.
Our lives are a series of ups and downs with a little bad mixed in with the good. We will often experience losses and gains in all areas of our lives. It is what I like to refer to as a roller coaster ride. Life is a series of ups and downs, but when we come to understand the configuration of the ride we will experience solace in it. We become accustomed to the peaks and valleys while gaining understanding that while we are down it is only a short while before we are headed back to the top once again. What we perceived as a loss will quickly turn into anticipation and excitement for projected increase. Think of it this way; we most always take a few steps back before we jump up and over any obstacles in our path.
How often in life has a negative occurrence caused a positive result? I’m sure many of us have experience the loss of one job only to find a better one. Perhaps we had our hearts set on a particular home that we could not close on only to find a better investment only a few steps down the road. Maybe it was a dream position with a company we have been working for that we did not get only to find out that we are being offered a new position that suites us much better.
As we look back on all the stuff we’ve been through I’m certain that we will find it has contributed greatly to the person we are today. It has made us stronger, more able to empathize with others and has given us the ability to turn experience and knowledge into priceless wisdom. When we stand tall on the mountain tops while looking deep into the valleys we come to appreciate what we perceived as relegation as being part of our progression. Sometimes in order to move forward we must take a few steps back, evaluate our position and accelerate in the direction of our dreams.
In faith always,
I found the Christian Encounters book on Winston Churchill to be very interesting and entertaining. The author made me feel as if I were getting detailed eye witness accounts to many of the situations and circumstances that led to the development of the character which was Winston Churchill. John Perry did an excellent job of portraying one of the most influential political leaders of world history in a way that gives the reader an acute and accurate understanding of how the people close to Churchill were able to affect his life through their spiritual, political and secular beliefs.
The life of Winston Churchill unfolds through the pages of this informative and well written book. From his earliest childhood episodes all the way through his final days the reader is led to understand the making of one of this world’s greatest leaders. John Perry was able to take a great hero of the cause, bring him down to earth and make him more human through every emotionally charged chapter in this book. The reader will identify with the humanness of Churchill and gain great understanding in how the words that we speak and actions we take can have such a huge influence on those around us. In this we must understand how powerful and capable we are in our influence and how far reaching the affects of the knowledge we share in regards to our religion and beliefs can potentially be. In the case of Elizabeth Everest’s who gave generous doses of her own religious viewpoint to Winston Churchill she was able to give him the strong foundation which he would build his lifetime upon.
I highly recommend this book. It is a value to all reader’s young and old as well as a great addition to any book collection. Whether the reader is a Christian enthusiast, history buff of just loves a great story they will not be disappointed with this enchanting look at this man of “Liberty”.
Our Starting Point
We can’t get to where we are going if we don’t know where we’re at.
One of the most fundamental necessities of moving forward in any quest which we pursue is coming to a clear and accurate realization of where we are right now. Where is our current location in regards to heath, wealth and happiness? As we take an evaluation of the “who, what and where” of our environment the formulation of and exit plan or a map of our journey will quickly begin to unfold.
Just think about this for a brief moment. How do we usually get to our chosen destination? Most every journey begins with a single step. Whether our goal is sobriety, academic credentials, financial gains or even to find the ideal relationship; it all starts with knowing where we are right now. It is essential that we evaluate our current environment, establish our present location and calculate our intended course.
How far will we get if we don’t know where we are? All calculations regarding our destination begin with a clear and concise evaluation of where we are at present. Where we are “Right Now” has everything to do with accurately planning the next step in our journey.
With all our modern science and technology we still are reliant upon knowing where we are before we can get direction to where we want to be. Everything and everyone from the gas station attendant to MapQuest.com will ask us where we are right now. Even the presets on our most advanced GPS systems will ask us for our starting point before it can calculate the approximate time and distance of our intended journey. Actually, satellites will need to track us down from outer space before a GPS can even let us know our current location and calculate the quickest route to our intended destination.
When we are looking for directions we rarely ask a fellow traveler. It is common to ask people who live and work in the place that we are. I’m certain that none of us will approach the family in the minivan with luggage piled up on its roof and “Live Free of Die” license plates attached to it bumpers, “How do we get there from here?”; while we are smack in the middle of “The Sunshine State”. We want to speak with those who are familiar with the area. Someone from out of town will most certainly find us the most difficult way to getting from where we are to where we want to be or get us even more lost than we already are. Even that telephone to a close friend or relative can’t help us if we don’t know our current location. What is the first question we will be asked? “Well, where are you right now?” If we don’t know the answer to that we will be asked about landmarks, street signs and other characteristics of our present location. Without knowing where to start there is really nothing that comforting voice over the phone can do for us besides advising us to seek out and discover the necessary information from someone else. There is nothing that can or will get us to where we are going if we don’t know where we are at.
Let’s look at addiction and recovery for a moment. What is the first thing we need to establish in order to start off on the road to recovery? Alcoholic Anonymous, Narcotic Anonymous and all the other Anonymous organizations of the world have established a crucial starting point in mapping out a destination free of addiction; “My name is … and I am an addict.” You see if we don’t know there is a problem we can never find the solution. Failing to locate our current location on this infinite path of ascension will only prove to bind us in our own ignorance. The realization of a life of sobriety will rarely be experienced if we choose to ignore reality and convince ourselves that we are where we are not.
Imagine trying to get to where we are going from somewhere we are not. How efficiently could we travel by following a map from New York to Los Angeles when we are sitting in the middle of Houston? This would not be very effective to say the least. So why would we choose to convince ourselves that we can get to where we want to go by creating a false starting point? Many times it is just our Ego getting the best of us. It hates to admit that we have made a mistake, taken a wrong turn and are now totally lost and in need of assistance. Therefore we would rather drive around aimlessly with only the feeling that we are making some kind of headway while our partner pleads with us to stop and ask for directions.
In order to succeed in any journey we must understand the basic elements of travel and transition. There are certain things that will guide us along our path of purpose and assist us in becoming all that we are created to be. Many times it is just a matter of making a few corrections in order to get back on course. Usually we are only a single choice away from getting back on track and traveling freely and efficiently to our ultimate destination.
(Deuteronomy 30:19 New International Version) This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
In faith always,
The Evils of Religion
Last night I flipped through the channels and came across Bill Maher performing his routine in front of a large and receptive audience. Much of his humor is politically based, but he is known for his anti religious viewpoints too. I guess he figures that being raised Catholic and never reading the Bible makes him some sort of expert on the topic of religion.
The thing is that he honestly believes in what he is teaching. That’s right he is doing just that, teaching. You see, with every burst of applause he has planted a seed of doubt in the minds of his audience. It is at this point of impact that many begin to second guess their beliefs and values.
I tend to see things as they are and have had direct experiences with the supernatural things of God. Maybe this is why I have a totally different view than Bill does. Many are in the same shoes as he is. They have never experienced the Holy Spirit for themselves. However, this does not prove that Spirit does not exist. It only proves that they have not yet become worthy of the experience.
He began to rattle off the evils of religion. Yet, what I could see was a man who was giving examples of the misuse of religion that any educated man would certainly be able to identify. It’s much like anything else in this world that is misused and made to contribute to a negative outcome. Everything including automobiles, guns, computers, television, schools etc can be misused and cause countless atrocities, but does that mean that we should advocate for the end of these things?
I really wish that those who have not studied the Bible and the entire effects of this world’s religious organizations would stop to think before they strike. No organization is perfect; probably just a reflection of us and the world in which we live, but I guarantee that those who have chosen to use them as they are meant to be used contribute to the majority of good in the lives of the less fortunate.
Again, religion is not the problem. The problem lies in those who misuse it.
You know, laws don’t always work either, but would we really want to live in a lawless world?
Too Good to Be True
Sometimes when it seems too good to be true it’s God.
It is funny how often we are tricked into believing that when it seems too good to be true it probably is. Especially when we consider how big our God is and how capable he is at bringing Grace into our lives. I guess it all comes down to trust; trusting in God is the key to opening the windows of opportunity in our lives.
The word window really is the perfect pick of words to describe a common element of our infinite ascension. There are specific times that God sends us exactly what we have been praying for in His own impeccable timing. However, if we are too careful or not careful enough we may just miss the blessing.
You see, we need to quiet down the chatter in our minds and use all six of our senses to identify the resources we are given. Remember, there are no coincidences with God; everything for a reason. Once we get our ego out of the way and relinquish our way to His; incredible opportunities will present themselves. The odd thing is that they will usually be the short cut we were not looking for.
Recently, I was speaking to a new friend who owns a religious bookstore in town. Tom is also a firm believer in there being no coincidences in our journey with God. I had just wandered into his store that day looking to pass a little time before picking my daughter up from school. We began to converse on the availability of several products when I at some point mentioned a commercial property I owned nearby. He asked me to wait a moment while he took a call and assisted a customer so I went about my browsing. After he finished he mentioned that he and another tenant in the building were interested in relocating and would like to view my building. The tenant he spoke of owned an auto accessories store the next door down.
I had spoken to the owner of that store about a year ago. He had just rented the store and begun to do some improvements the day I walked it. The walls had just been pained and the counter was just being installed. I introduced myself and mentioned that I owned a similar business about a mile away just over the town line.
My interest in that business has dissipated over the years. Once I received my calling to serve God through my writing and evangelism I was no longer being allowed to function in any aspect of that business. It sounds kind of crazy and believe me I could not understand it at first either, but there was something blocking me from continuing in the daily operation of that business. I would get behind the counter as I always had for the past seventeen years yet was unable to function as I always had been able to. The only word I could use to describe it is blockage. I had an extreme blockage that would not let me continue in that profession. God had already ordained me to do something else and there was no going back.
Here is where things get really interesting. I right there and then felt compelled to offer my business to the newbie auto accessories merchant. I said, “Listen, I have a successful auto accessories store right up the road. I am willing to lease it to you fully equipped with the inventory on consignment.” I left him my name and number and went on my way. I had presented him with an incredible opportunity. He would have benefited from seventeen years worth of customers that have been visiting the same location for over twelve years. Instead he ignored what probably was the answer to his prayers for a successful business. He did not recognize it because it was not his way. He imagined building up a new business one customer at a time, but God had a bigger and better plan. Our Father planed to give him a seventeen year head start on collecting a customer base before he even opened his store. Wow! I am filled with awe as I write this. He is such a credible and incredible God.
The opportunity was not taken and another would benefit from the Gift that was not received. As I’ve said prior. Nothing is wasted. What we do not accept is given to someone else.
Fear is the biggest blocker of blessings. We really need to understand that when we are in total alignment with the Word, God will be our shield. Even if we are taken advantage of in some situation He will take from the one who hurts us and multiply the blessing back to us. It is the science of Faith. This is law! When we accept this as it is leaving all doubt and fear behind we are elevated to a level of immediate manifestation. God loves speed! The key is in us. We must trust the vessel and follow our GGS (God Guidance System).
“Fear is useless. What is needed is trust.” -Fr. John Corapi
In faith always,
Fear and Creation
Do you know that the things we fear powerfully with great conviction will come to pass? It’s true. When we see these things vividly in our minds and feel them with the essence of all that we are; they quickly come into existence.
The greatest deception of all time is the fear of possibilities. All the “What ifs?” in our lives can quickly bring us to the worst case scenario in any given situation. Fear will catapult us further and further away from Promise and into a tumultuous existence.
This is how Satan stops us from moving forward. God extends His loving hands to us bearing fantastic gifts to help us achieve the greatest of greatness. To glorify Him and to move His incredible plan for us boldly forward. Yet, we fear losing what we have and thus cast down theses Gifts and dishonor the Father who only wants what is best for us. The prince of all lies has accomplished his goal of holding back the advancement of the Kingdom via our own free will.
We are all subject to the law of free will. Even God made Himself subject to it. Every spiritual being is subject to this law. It is only by asking can we receive. So realize this, that asking by thoughts is just as powerful as requesting with words. Our thoughts reflect our spirits and our spirits connect us to a powerful network in which all things are one thing. We put the signal out there. It is a sealed request that instantly begins the creation of whatever we want or whatever we don’t. We must efficiently make the necessary corrections in order to receive what is in alignment with our Father’s will.
I wonder how many Pastors fear the assistance of those that God sends to them. How many churches could be so much larger, stronger and more efficient at making them more effective in achieving God’s goals for them? How many have been unknowingly brought down by Satan’s arsenal; his tools of choice being fear and ego?
Remember, the closer we get to achieving God’s goal for us the stronger Satan will push us back to where he wants us to be. It will be subtle. He will be smooth. Make no mistake about it. He will do it in small moves and with our cooperation. We will be the ones granting him access and foiling the plans that our Father has set before us. Through fear we confer with evil and assist in our own demise. By our egos we cast away the tools necessary to build the machine which will propel the Kingdom forward at light speeds.
Why do we block our blessings? Maybe we fear that what we have will be taken away. We could be right. Most likely what we have is good and will be replaced by something bigger and better. So why do we choose fear and fight against what is promised? The Truth is that we have been tricked to believe that we are gods. We have lost faith in the one true God believing that it is up to us to protect those who are already protected. Perhaps we are running to save the Ark from falling?
I have had quite a few personal experiences with scenarios in which God had spoke loudly to me and sent me to someone in order to help. The most common question is, “What do you want from us?” They have been tricked into believing in “quid, pro, and quo” and foolishly and unknowingly fall prey to their own fears. They believe in their hearts that nobody does anything without expecting something in return. This is their lack of faith. They are lame spirits in need of Truth. Unknowingly they have failed to adhere to the Word they profess and become victim to an aptitude lacking in understanding and a wisdom that only serves to protect them from peace.
This is not True wisdom. It is a false wisdom of time governed by Ego and created to halt the advancement of all that must be. It is wisdom of self destruction, blessing blocking and injustice to the Body and to all that I Am.
You see, when we are in total alignment with God incredible things will happen quickly and easily. Walls will be taken down hurdles will be lowered and mountains will crumble away. We are protected totally with a shield that encapsulates our spirits and brings us up higher and higher in this quest of all quests. There can be no holding back. We are being brought up by our faith, hope and love. Trust is the key to our infinite uninterrupted ascension. We must walk through the fear and into the Promise! It is only by our own fears and through the protection of our egos that the shield comes down and we become subject to the weapons of Satan.
Do you know that what others fear by allowing us to help will come into our lives? It’s true. I have seen it time and again. Many times I have come to help churches to increase. I have sat in the seats of the congregation and prayed whole heartedly for the expansion of these churches. I have visualized and requested the sanctuaries to be filled and the walls to be pushed out. I have witnessed their spirits overflow and increased by my prayers. Incredible miracles by the hands of our Father, enacted by prayer moved many to Spirit, Truth and Light. I have prayed for the worship teams to ignite the hearts of the congregation, the pastors to touch the souls of attendees with the Word and brought forward incredible healing energy from Spirit into the crowds. Yet, I have found resistance in the leadership that is governed by fear. They are afraid of the anointing power of God and unknowingly create through their trepidation.
They have feared without reason and have forfeited their part in what they have no reason to dread. What was not intended to be now is. The thing that could create what they fear they have created. Now all that they did not want comes to pass. It is not just from their thoughts. No Gift is truly wasted. All that is not received is given. Whatever is not accepted is awarded to someone else. All that is not received is the blessings of another. Nothing is wasted. All is transformation.
There are two things to remember. First, God has a plan. He is a builder and we are his bricks. If we refuse to take part in the construction he will have to use others. Second, if we fail to recognize and trust in His plan what was started in us will never be finished. Our growth will never be complete and we will be bound indefinitely to our current level in ascension.
It is our thoughts that have created what we did not want and our God who has given away what we feared to receive. God works very efficiently and wastes nothing. He uses our thoughts to expand and create. It is by our will that our thoughts are guided and we create by the power of the Creator of all things. Our lives are composed of our choices of both thoughts and words which our powered by our feelings and emotions. From our minds comes all that there is and much of what will be. How foolish we are when we believe we can stop God’s plan from unfolding.
(Deuteronomy 30:19 King James Version) I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
In His service,