Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. ~Mattew 5:11-12
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” ~2 Corinthians 2:14
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts; and then each one’s praise will come from God.” ~1 Corinthians 4:5
The Lord’s Freedman and the Lord’s Slave
“For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave. You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men.” ~1 Corinthians 7:22-23
“But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” ~1 Corinthians 9:27
There is Liberty
“Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” ~2 Corinthians 3:17
A New Creation
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new….Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” ~2 Corinthians 5:17, 20
Marks of the Ministry of God
“We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed.
But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings;
By purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere [unhypocritical] love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report, and good report;
As deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.” ~2 Corinthians 6:3-10
Do Not be Unequally Yoked
“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
‘I will dwell in them and walk among them.
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.’
‘Come out from among them and be separate says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.’
‘I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.'” ~2 Corinthians 6:14-18
There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. ~Mark 7:15
As I was breathing in essential oils, as I do before every meditation, God occurred to me in thought. As I breathed in the soothing, healing, intoxicating aroma of the blood of plants which He has made, and which He has imbued Himself into as by His essence being in every living cell, and as it went directly into my brain, I realized I was literally breathing God in. God, via his wonderful and miraculous way was infiltrating my very being, as deeply physically as possible; not just my physical brain, but crossing over into my mind as well, having effect upon my emotions.
I began to consciously consider the senses He has given to us, but to consider them in context to Him and doing His work. Some of our senses are passive and some of our senses are active. Some perceive and others partake, and some do both. I have ordered them from passive to active:
- Ears: Most passive. Can only take in data, but can be very attuned to their surroundings when trained, as exemplified by how a blind person hears better than a sighted person. My ears are very adept at hearing emotion in the person I am listening to. I would go so far as to say my ears are my most sensitive sense.
- Nose/Breath: Very passive. Although the nose can express itself by snorting or snotting or breathing out as in a whisper. The nose can tickle or offend, basically. Some have a very heightened sense of smell. The nose is also a direct line into the brain as mentioned before, so what we put in our nose can bring us immediately unto God or leave us sick (as when we breathe toxic fumes).
- Eyes: Mostly passive but can also be an active sense. What we put our eyes on and view can profoundly affect us, and what we view can also profoundly affect a living subject, even an animal. When two living and breathing creatures’ eyes meet, there is the sensation that soulfulness can flow between them, giving meaning to the saying that the ‘eyes are the windows of the soul’.
- Touch: Equally passive and active. Touch can hurt us or heal us. Our touch can hurt or heal. We can feel immense pleasure or immense pain via our skin, and all the nerve cells contained therein. We are covered in skin on every part of our body making our entire body either a sensory perceiver, but also a sensory giver. Abuse often involves touch, but not always, and love-making almost always involves touch.
- Taste/Mouth: Passive and potentially the most active in the form of our words. Even when we cannot touch or see someone, we can speak or express ourselves with words (on a screen for example). Our sense of taste is passive, but our tongue can also be very active, especially in the realm of love-making. Our mouth can hurt by biting or by the use of hurtful words, or give excessive pleasure via words or sensual touch as in kissing or love-making. As James says: “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of our nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” ~James 3:6 Our tongue and the words issued from our mouth are, perhaps ironically, the most active sense we have. We consider communication the most important component of relationships, which is interesting because the two, language and communication, go hand in hand. If we cannot communicate with each other, we cannot live out that second commandment which is so important! If we do not have words, we can then have touch, but touch is not as ideal as words, as explained here. Even when we lose sense of touch, or cannot be near our loved ones, we can still feel elated communicating with them! Isn’t that a telling mark of God’s intent with His people? All of us can connect with God just by thinking. But the way we love each other is most easily done with our mouth and with our words.
So most of our senses are passive; given to us by God to experience the world He has given us and the people He has put us with. We have control over what we perceive to a certain extent, as illustrated by what we search for and view online. Jesus also said that a man who looks upon a woman with lust in his heart has already committed adultery with her. We can use our God-given perception devices to become closer to Him and our fellow human beings, to gain more knowledge of God and each other. But we can also allow them to distract us from God and knowing each other in the right way.
Our active senses are essential for sharing the love among each other. We can show God we love Him by our acts and by just passively thinking about Him, because He is in our head, infused in every cell of our body! He knows what we are thinking every moment of our lives. But our active senses allow us to connect to each other. They are His gift to us to share (hopefully) love with each other to fulfill His second most important Commandment: To love our neighbor as ourself.
I believe that is why Jesus said that it is what comes OUT of a man that defiles him, because we have been given power with our bodies to love each other, but also to harm each other. What comes out of each and every one of us has the power to either defile man and his neighbor, or glorify God.
I pray I use my senses you blessed me with Lord, for good only, and to promote Your Love in the way You intend. Amen.
God is revealing archetypes to me of late. I’m not sure why. Perhaps you could help me figure it out. My clients keep appearing in pairs of similar archetypes, the females, but sometimes their husbands too. It has happened so often now (and even my colleague has mentioned it in her practice in an indirect way, so as to only catch my attention) that I know God is trying to make me see something.
What do I mean? I mean that the women present themselves for my care in similar stages of pregnancy (early usually), and look alike, act alike, have similar ideologies, similar stories, and even sometimes their men look alike. It is so strange, that I ran into one in the grocery store and got her so mixed up with her ‘clone client’ that I queried her about work (which she does not do, but which her clone does). I should know better because she is a repeat client, but that is how much she LOOKS like, and is similar to, her clone client. It’s like my practice has entered the twilight zone.
God made man distinct and separate from animals, to rule over all animals. Man is not an animal, so I dislike the taxonomical ranking for man (calling him Homo sapiens sapiens) proposed by Carolus Linneaus in the 1700s. I do not believe man should be identified with criteria used to rank other living creatures, because man is distinct and separate from animals. In the Bible, for example, God classifies animals in groups depending upon their action of movement, basically: swarmers, creepers, and beasts that live in the land. Birds and fish swarm, serpents and bugs creep, and livestock simply live upon the land and are beasts. I don’t mind taxonomical ranking for them, and think it helps to categorize God’s great kingdom of animals.
So how to rank and classify man? Well, MBTI and enneagram are two methods for identifying different types of people. Male and female are the 2 largest classifications, and there is even contention with that among people who feel that they embody characteristics of both genders! Jung spoke to archetypes in his book Psychological Types published in 1921. This from Wiki:
“The archetype was not merely a psychic entity, but more fundamentally, a bridge to matter in general. Jung used the term unus mundus to describe the unitary reality which he believed underlay all manifest phenomena. He conceived archetypes to be the mediators of the unus mundus, organizing not only ideas in the psyche, but also the fundamental principles of matter and energy in the physical world.”
I believe God is trying to bombard me with similar couples in my practice to get me to see that He uses forms to create man. Plato, Kant, and Schopenhauer all believed in forms or types as well. A set of forms that are recycled over and over ad infinitum. He obviously uses forms in creating animals, because if you look at cats, there are only like 7 different kinds of cats, meaning virtually every black cat looks like any other black cat the world over. Jung’s forms are simple: great mother, father, child, devil, hero, etc. But I am seeing them broken down even further in front of my eyes, even encompassing LOOKS. I have not begun to classify the forms I see in my world, but will work to do so soon.
I realize I am rambling because this concept is just now hitting me and I feel overwhelmed with its discovery, and have not even begun to sift through what it all means, or where it goes.
My main point perhaps is leading to the fact that we are not so special and unique and individual as we like to believe. Yes, God loves every one of us, and we are all a miracle of life! We all have a special and unique purpose–a unique mission to fulfill for Him. But it is not US that is special, but our perfect mission He has in store for us that is unique and special. Does that make sense? It is not about Us, but about Him, and serving Him. We can only become unique and special and break out of the form we were born into, the archetype we share with thousands of other people who came before us, and who will come after us, when we undertake His perfect and special and unique mission He has only for each one of us. Otherwise we remain a form, an archetype, a caricature that might as well be someone else.
I have undertaken part of God’s mission for me in the last few years and I can tell you that nothing has satiated and contented me like it has. It has not been easy by any means, but walking in God’s perfect will is to the psyche like putting on a body suit of perfectly molded skin that lives and breathes and conforms to you, mind and body, in a way you could never have imagined. It feels so good to do His will that everything else pales in comparison, and life becomes almost dead to you without it.
We only become special and unique when we serve Him in the way He has called each of us to. The world tells all of us we are already special and unique just the way we are, but it is just not true, and is possibly a ploy by the enemy to make us lazy, and distract us from serving the Lord GOD.
Knowing someone sinned, but loving them perfectly anyway.
It is with renewed heart and steadfast spirit
that I present myself before You today,
Alyha, my Devoted LORD and Master.
I know I do not deserve Your limitless patience as
You waited for me all these years,
but Your grace for me in every good thing I do, along with every blunder that befalls me
Is even more reason why I lay myself before you now, again.
This past year or so has been the happiest of my life,
With You as my focus and my reason for being.
The world does not have what I need to sustain me,
I know that without a doubt as my years of humanity increase.
Nothing makes me as happy as You, Alyha!
You alone give me all that sustains my mind, my body, my family.
You heal in Your perfect and exacting way.
You heal me, and in so doing, enable me to heal others.
You see and know what need there is, and You lavish Your perfect Love upon us.
I give myself fully to You.
I trust You, I love You.
Thank You from the depths of my soul.
~Your Faithful Mary
- Serving Penance
- Denying pleasures of the flesh
- Daily meditation
- Daily obeisance
- Bible study
- Christian friends
- Moving with His Spirit
- Daily eucharist
- Regular offerings
- Wearing a cilice
- Burying skeletons
- Forgiving yourself and others
But they don’t baffle us. Because we understand that the Israelite Nation worshiped Almighty ALHYM and held the circle as the sacred representation of Him, and His realm, as given to us by Him.
There are 11 circles. I believe the missing one represents the coming Messiah. Ancient man is showing God, and only God (because the circles are too large for man to regard easily), that we are eagerly awaiting our Messiah, our perfect Lamb to deliver us from our evil selves and inevitable death, unto everlasting salvation.
The circles all have a mean diameter of 400 meters, or 1300 feet, which correlates to 833.33 cubits. I have to wonder if ancient man did not have a concept of the metric system before it came into being in modern times. Circumference = 2 * pi * r, so this means each circle’s perimeter is around 2700 cubits, perhaps even intended to be 2720 cubits. 22/7 is pi so anytime we see these numerals being used, it is almost always a reference to circle, or the divine realm of God. Interestingly, the inner area of each circle would be around 600,000 cubits. 6 is a number that means not quite finished yet. 7 means completion, and 8 means more than enough; ample. Noah was in his 600th year of life when he was commissioned by God to make the divine life raft for all remaining life. Man is still in his 6th day of creation, while God rests in His 7th day.
With 11 circles each measuring as a perfect circle for God (2720), and having an area representing almost-but-not-quite there yet (600.000) proportions, it is quite the calling card for Mighty ALHYM to see on His throne in Heaven. The Hebrew Nation calling out to YHWH ALHYM, “We honor You and worship You. We are not complete and we know it. If we please You, Almighty LORD, please send Your Messiah to us. We are waiting for Him.”
Perhaps it was His pleasure with this humble Israelite offering to their One God, which spurned Him to finally send the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
- Great men are not always wise, nor do the aged always understand justice.
- The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Death in Man:
- Man is chastened with pain on his bed, and with strong pain in many of his bones, so that his life abhors bread, and his soul succulent food. His flesh wastes away from sight, and his bones stick out which once were not seen. Yes, his soul draws near the Pit, and his life to the executioners.
- If there is a messenger for man, a mediator, one among a thousand, to show man His uprightness, then He is gracious to him, and says, “Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom”;
- His flesh shall be young like a child’s, he shall return to the days of his youth. He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him; he shall see His face with joy, for He restores to man His righteousness. And he looks at men and says, “I have sinned and perverted what was right, and it did not profit me.”
- He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, and his life shall see the light.
- Behold, God works all these things, twice, in fact, three times with a man, to bring back his soul from the Pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life.
God is Good:
- Far be it from God to do wickedness, and from the Almighty to commit iniquity. For He repays man according to his work, and makes man to find a reward according to his way. Surely God will never do wickedly, nor will the Almighty pervert justice.
God is Mighty:
- Behold, God is mighty, but despises no one; He is mighty in strength of understanding. He does not preserve the life of the wicked, but gives justice to the oppressed. He does not withdraw His eyes from the righteous; but they are on the throne with kings, for He has seated them forever, and they are exalted.
- And if they are bound in fetters, held in the cords of affliction, then He tells them their work and their transgressions–that they have acted defiantly.
- He also opens their ear to instruction, and commands that they turn from iniquity.
If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
But if they do not obey, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.
- But the hypocrites in heart store up wrath; they do not cry for help when He binds them. They die in youth, and their life ends among the perverted persons.
God is Great
- Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him, nor can the number of His years be discovered.
The Hebrew feasts that were commanded by God to be followed religiously in the Old Testament were, in this order:
- The Passover (1st month, 14th day of the Hebrew year)
- The Feast of Unleavened Bread (1st month, 15th to the 22nd day)
- The Feast of Firstfruits (the first harvest, 3rd month, variable)
- The Feast of Weeks (7 Sabbaths after the firstfruits, or 50 days, also called pentecost)
- The Feast of Trumpets (7th month, 1st day)
- The Day of Atonement (7th month, 10th day)
- The Feast of Tabernacles (7th month, 15th through 22nd day)
Of these, the most important celebration, illustrated by the amount of offerings decreed, and holiness required, is the Day of Atonement, followed by the Feast of Tabernacles.
Notice all the 1’s, 3’s, 7’s, and 22’s in this calendar. God’s Realm is a circle. A circle of perfect Love.
The Day of Atonement was the only day the holiest Priest was allowed by God to go behind the veil to minister to Him. And even then, the Priest had to make a huge cloud of incense to occlude the vision of the LORD so that he would not die by seeing the LORD above the mercy seat upon the Ark of the Covenant. God disallowed the priests to go into the Holiest of Holies ‘at just any time’ after Aaron’s two sons sinned by making profane fire in the sanctuary. So the only time Priests could go into this sacred place was once per year. It was a very holy day and involved much cleansing and preparation for not only the Priest himself, but for the Tabernacle, the furnishings, and all the articles in the Holy Place.
The children of God would bring two kid goats to the Priest, and he would cast lots to see which one would be for the LORD, for the sin offering of the people; and which one would be the scapegoat, to be let go wild in the wilderness. After making a cloud of incense behind the veil, lest he die seeing the LORD’s presence, the Priest would kill the LORD’s goat and offer its blood by sprinkling it upon and before the mercy seat of the LORD. This would atone for the Holy Place for all the iniquities of the children of God. Then the Priest would lay his hands on the scapegoat’s head and confess upon it all the transgressions and sins of all the children of God in all their iniquities they had done, and send it out into the wilderness, where it would bear unto itself all their iniquities, taking them away into a solitary land.
When the story of Jesus’ life is recounted in the Gospels, the first act of his adult life we are privy to is his baptism in the River Jordan by John the Baptist when the Holy Spirit alighted upon him, and spoke, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Then he immediately was ‘led by the Spirit’ into the Wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The devil tempted him three times, and Jesus stayed faithful and true to God and His word all three times, using the Law of God to thwart the devil every time.
We could have been apprised of Jesus’ life before this point, and it would have been intensely interesting. The reason the Gospel starts here is to make it obvious to those with eyes to see that Jesus is beginning with the end of the Israelite’s holy calendar, in order to best symbolize that He was here to finish God’s work, once and for all.
Jesus going into the wilderness reminds us of the scapegoat upon which were placed the sins of God’s people, before he was sent into the wilderness on the Day of Atonement to provide forgiveness and redemption to all the children of God. Jesus, having cleansed himself with baptism by God’s Prophet, and having been covered by the cloud of the Holy Spirit, went out into the wilderness as a man and defeated the devil by overcoming the sins that would normally plague man. He begins his mission for God with the last feast of the Hebrew year, as if he is picking up and completing or finishing that which was incomplete before him.
Jesus was in the Wilderness 40 days and 40 nights. He is not the 2nd Adam, but the 3rd Adam, Noah being the 2nd Adam. Noah was perfect in God’s eyes and he alone, with his 3 sons, was chosen by God to perpetuate God’s people before the Great Deluge. However, Noah sinned. Jesus came and succeeded, not only as Adam, but as the embodiment of God on earth, as the literal Son of God.
God has now divinely established Jesus as the perfect combination of man and God on earth, because Jesus defeats the devil time and time again, and overcomes sin; always while giving attribution to the Father. Jesus shows us how we are supposed to live and to love in the way God intended. Sometimes he fixes the law where it was incorrectly related, and sometimes he gives us new Law. As his work becomes completed on earth, the time for his final and most perfect and holy sacrifice draws near. This final act is to offer himself as the sacrificial lamb so that all who protect their life with his blood may have the curse of death pass them over; as happened in the days when our people were slaves in Egypt, just before they were set free.
But the man who… ceases to keep the Passover, that same person shall be cut off from among his people, because he did not bring the offering of the Lord at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin. ~Numbers 9:13
This final act of Jesus sets us free of not only our captivity, but from death, if we but paint His blood upon our life. By making atonement for us with His perfect life, and allowing death to pass over us with His perfect blood, Jesus completed God’s will, drawing us into God’s divine circle once and for all.
Thank you, Jesus, for your Divine and Unique and Holy sacrifice for us~