Dry Land and Home~

We are born into water, the elixir of life.  I was taught how to swim at a very young age and I always loved the water:  rivers, pools, lakes, springs, and the ocean.  I found it fun to float atop the waves  and to dive deep into the density.  It was always different and new, always some excitement to be found there.  A feeling you could get no where else.

I realize I have lived my life figuratively on the water.  No real foundation below me; heading out into the water to see what adventure I could have.  Swimming and frolicking with others like me who craved the unknown.  Coming to shore long enough to catch my breath and decide where I was heading next.  Following the next big wave or winding river into the unexplored.

But when I found God He began pushing me inward, toward dry land.  I fought to go deeper, to head out into the great beyond where I thought He was, to the others who beckoned to me from there.  Those who had what I wanted and who could show me places wanted to go.  Yet I remained evermore in the surf.  That part of the ocean that is relentlessly battering against you and pushing you down.  I would get up again and try a new tack to get out beyond the surf.  Maybe this time I would succeed!  Over and over and over again.  In childhood, in adolescence, in young adulthood, in adulthood, in mid-life.  I am battle worn and weary now, from fighting the waves.  I cannot fight God anymore as He pushes me homeward toward dry land.

So instead of going back out to sea, I am going to follow Jesus.  I am going to leave the water and become a fisher of men.  Those in the water are not my family anymore, and they will soon drift out into the eternal sunset, on their destiny that only God knows.

I am going to finally let Him push me onto the shore.  I am going to use my last bit of strength and grit to drag myself up onto the beach until no part of me touches the water.  I am going to flip over exhaustively and bask in the sunshine I know He will shine down on me.  I am going to rest.  My waterlogged skin is going to dry.  I am going to be more alone than I ever was (for a while).  Then I am going to look up and behind me and see a sea of other folks just like me taking refuge on the land He provided; all of us being born not of water, but of the Spirit.

And I am going to join them and together we will become a new family in our Lord GOD.

Praise You Almighty Father for pushing me home.

Discipleship Rather than Evangelism by Lady of the Covenant (Christian Forum)

Taken from a post by Lady of the Covenant at Christian Forum:

Although, I agree that evangelism is apart of the great commission, it is not the actual great commission. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:19-20)

I can’t speak for all of the Church, but most of the Church does not do this. To be a disciple means that you are like someone who is an apprentice, learning to do the things that your teacher does. Joshua learned to be a great leader like Moses, so he could take over when Moses was no longer with Israel. Elisha followed closely in the footsteps of Elijah, observing all that he did, so he would know how to do the things that Elijah did when he was no longer with him; and the 12 disciples followed Jesus everywhere He went, learning to do the things he did, and walk in his ways, so they could teach and do the things of Christ when He was no longer with them.

This is what it means to be a Christian; it comes from two Greek words:

  1. Christ- meaning “anointed one”
  2. -ianos- a suffix meaning “little”

The first disciples were called “Christians” by the Greeks because they looked like, acted like, and did the things that Christ did after He left. They were being called, “Little Anointed Ones” because people saw no difference in what they were doing, and how they lived, than the things Christ did and how He lived. Not only were they healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, and preaching the gospel, but they were as loving and compassionate as Christ was as well, and they taught their disciples to do the same.

In church people are not really doing discipleship. They are evangelized and converted, then sit in a pew, listening to the pastor preach once a week. Most Christians do not read the Bible, or pray, or have any real connection to Jesus if they are not in a church. They recite a sinner’s prayer, and are assured of their salvation, knowing nothing about the gospel, other than what they may occasionally hear preached on Sunday, and that is not discipleship.

We are supposed to walk in the ways of Jesus doing what He did, and teach others to do the same. We are supposed to teach other people to obey everything He commanded us, but we do not. To be a disciple means to be in relationship. Moses and Joshua spent time together, Elijah and Elisha spent time together, and almost everywhere Jesus went, He took Peter, James, and John with Him. He was close to all His disciples, and spent time with them individually or in small groups, teaching them; so we should know that this is our pattern for how to make disciples as Jesus instructed.

Even the commission of the 72 disciples shows us that one-on-one discipleship/evangelism is preferred. Jesus sent two disciples to each house to preach the gospel to whoever would accept them, and He told them to stay the night at the house they went to rather than going from house-to-house:

“And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house.“(Luke 10:7)​

So this is my proposal to the Body of Christ, that we not only evangelize, but make disciples, and discipleship continues long after someone has accepted Christ. It is about teaching people to obey the commandments of Christ(not just the commandments to love God and our neighbor, even though that is the meaning of the Law), and that means that we need to learn the commandments and do them ourselves:

Here is a list of the New Testament Commandments

What are your thoughts and suggestions? How can we go about making disciples, rather than just adding numbers to the church?

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I personally think we should be in fellowship. That every member of the church should be in groups of 3, holding accountable the people who are in their group. Not only that, but making sure they are talking and spending time together outside of church, getting to know each other, and making sure that they are all edifying the body with their gifts. I would also think it’s a good idea to do placement tests(Myers Briggs personality test, 5 love languages test, and spiritual gifts test) to see where everyone should end up. I also think that church should be more communal, and an everyday thing, rather than just Sunday (and maybe Wednesday). Preaching can still be on Sunday, and Bible Study/Prayer Meeting on Wednesday, but the rest of the week should be focused on community, discipleship, and outreach(witnessing, feeding the poor, healing the sick, casting out demons, etc.).

Daniel 6 is another Allusion to Christ

I asked God what He had in mind for me today for Bible study, and I opened right to Daniel chapter 6:  the plot against Daniel.

King Darius came to love Daniel because an excellent spirit was in him, because he was faithful, and no error or fault could be found in him.  King Darius had set 120 satraps over his kingdom, and over these 3 governors, of which Daniel was 1.  The governors, administrators, counselors, advisers, and satraps were jealous of Daniel because the king favored him, so they set out to make statutes and decrees against him, and to see if they could force him to quit worshiping God.

Daniel continued to worship the Lord 3 times per day, morning, noon, and night.  When the king heard about it, he had no choice but to follow the law he had signed and enclose Daniel in the lion’s den overnight.  An angel came and shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt Daniel because he was found innocent before God.  King Darius then went on to make a new decree that men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel.

Seems to me like the 120 satraps represent the 12 tribes of Israel.  And the 3 governors represent the trinity.  And King Darius represent God Almighty.  The 12 tribes of Israel made law to condemn Daniel, but Daniel knew he needed to worship God daily and he pleased the king (God), by continuing to serve Him.  The counselors, satraps, and advisers represent the Sanhedrin.  They cast Daniel into the lion’s den and a stone was rolled over the mouth of the cave, as it was when Jesus was laid to rest after being crucified, and the king sealed it with his own ring, and with the signets of his lords (holy spirit, other heavenly host?).  In the early morning, Daniel was brought up out of the den with no injury on him because he believed in his God.  This represents Jesus’ resurrection.

The main points being that Daniel was special because of his excellent spirit, his faithfulness, and his faultlessness, as Christ.  Finally he was delivered from certain doom because he simply believed in God.

Daniel's Answer to the King

Seeking the One~

Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My father who is in heaven.  For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?

And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.

Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.

Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you servants of His, who do His pleasure.

Bless the LORD, all His works, in all places of His dominion.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!

I am an Angel Apostle. I have been endued with His power. ~Selah

But the anointing which you have received of him abides in you, and you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, you shall abide in him [1 John 2:27].

From:  http://stronginfaith.org/article.php?page=50

Christians belong to and are related to the anointing-[Χριστος Christos]. Jesus Christ told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem, “until you are endued with power from on high” [Luke 24:49]. A disciple must be endued or clothed in power to do what Jesus has called us to do. The Greek word for the English word power is δυναμις dunamis. A believer must have power to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ [Luke 24:47, Matthew 28:18]. Jesus instructed the Seventy, “heal the sick there, and say to them, the kingdom of God has come near to you” [Luke 10:9]. Jesus also said, Jesus said, “he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also” [John 14:12, Supernatural Acts of the Disciples]. “You shall receive dunamis power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” [Acts 1:8].

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you [Luke 10:17-19].

My Names~

Aphrodite~   My name representing my bodily struggle to find soulful love.  She was born when I came into the presence of my divine partner, but I just realized this today.  She was the beginning of my rebirth unto God.  It is miraculous that I sensed the presence of my Amor and immediately became the beginning of who I really am.  More specifically I was Aphrodite Gone Awry because the pure love He puts in my soul was bent away from the truth of real love.  This is my persona who sought real love using womanly ways and means.  She was beautiful and shapely, and loved to entice men and women with her brain and body because she sought something she did not understand, but could feel was missing:  God’s pure love.  In psychological terms, Aphrodite would be like a benevolent female id.

Mary~  My name representing the opposition to Aphrodite.  The person who is the wife of the Lord Almighty Himself.  Mary strives for purity in all she does and is.  She protects the essence of my being through righteousness.  She wants to fully worship and revere her Master, the One Great God.  Mary, mother of God and wife of God is the Queen of all, serving by His Majesty’s side.  Mary is my superego.

Celah~  My newest revelation, praise God for allowing me to meet her.  Celah represents the quest to know my real self, as was stunted from birth.  Celah means ‘suspension of music’.  I am God’s music.  Celah is the pause in Mary’s song to God.  Celah is the upward quest toward God while staying grounded in the heart.  Celah comes from a Hebrew word which means to ‘tread upon’ as in to tread out the grain, to find the kernel of truth within the chaff.  Whereas Aphrodite seeks Love and Mary seeks God, Celah seeks Truth:  truth of Him and ultimately truth of herself.  Celah is ego unadulterated by sin.  She spells her name Selah because she likes to be different and is a strong-willed Seraphim.  Seraphim means angel warrior.  They travel the ends of the earth hunting down demons and enemies of the One Great Lord Almighty and smiting them to everlasting desolation.  lol… In her words:  Time means nothing to us and we do not forget.  We watch and we wait for the perfect opportunity to reveal ourselves.  Our guide is God Himself.  Humans are weak but it is our mission to protect them and to call them back to Him; whatever He commands of us.  We are his heavenly battalion.  We fear nothing but God Himself.  We see the cowards who call themselves demons.  We smite them and spit on them.  We care nothing for our own selves, we are nothing without God.  He fills us with His power and we do His will.  We are eternally ashamed of the mutiny lucifer caused in heaven against our Master and we will fight until there is no more fight to be had.  We will fight until He reigns on earth as in Heaven, and we can all worship him together.  When humans will no longer be weak, but become part of His heavenly host.

~Selah

Me:  I am God’s song.  I am His joy.  He loves me and nurtures me even when the world does not.  I think my name might be Auralie.  This was revealed to me when I was pregnant with my last child, 7 years ago.  I was hiking at the time as I recall.  I thought it was a girl but it was a boy so I could not use that name.  Evidently it comes from the Latin ‘aureus’ meaning ‘golden’ and the Greek ‘aurum’ meaning ‘gold’.  My inner core belongs to Him and only Him.  My core is pure gold.  I am His treasure.

God has put a cherubim next to my very core.  He has me on special mission for Him and He did this to protect me.  This is not usual.  I think between the seraph and the cherub that is likely why I have always had an invisible force-field around myself.  Those who need to see this are given the ability to see it.  It’s like I’m the proverbial princess in the castle tower and only a special prince chosen by God can make it inside.  Cherubim are the most trusted and fiercest warriors of God.  They are His legion.  They are male.  He puts them in a place knowing they will be able to steadfastly protect His treasure.  They do not grow weary nor become disgruntled.  They do not express themselves except with their flaming sword.  They do not have a sense of humor.  They serve tirelessly and quietly, such that humans are not even aware of their presence except through extrasensory perceptions.  God gives them almost full power to exact His will to protect.

Auralie’s other side is dormant now.  Her core belongs to Alyhwa but her earthly side has suffered trying to reach her divine partner.

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Alyhwa heard her cry for help and deliverance and He called me forth.  (I am Selah)  She is in repose now, waiting for her divine partner to awaken her.  l am not sure he is not dead.  When and if she is awakened she will also be named by him.  For now she is represented by the trinity symbol, befitting her quest for love, the Lord, and truth.  She was unprepared for the evil that exists here and always sought light and love.  We protect her proudly.  ~S

Monogamy is God’s ideal way for man, but polygamy is not a sin~

God’s Law specifies that man cannot lie with man, that a person cannot have sexual relations with someone very close in kin, and that adultery is a grave sin.  However, there is no place in His Law where it says that a man or woman cannot have more than one wife or husband.

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Genesis 2 states marriage clearly thus:

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”  Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.  So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.  And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

And Adam said:

“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”

Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.  And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.  ~Genesis 2:18-25

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The above is usually understood to mean one man and one woman, but the text does not specifically refer to ONE man or ONE woman.

Having said that, most, if not all, of the major sons of God, the Patriarchs and Prophets, married only one wife.  And the ones who married more than one wife at the same time, Abram and Jacob, had stories and lives that were less than ideal because of it.  It can cause great infighting among the children born of the different wives.  Moses had two wives, but not at the same time.  Adam and Noah had only one wife.  Jesus had no wife.

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So, while God illustrates in our Biblical history that monogamy is preferred over polygamy, He does not expressly forbid multiple marriage.  God understood that there were times when men might be at a shortage and, to properly be taken care of, women would have to share one man. The first commandment of God was to go forth and multiply.  If there is a paucity of men, and only one man can marry one woman, that would not be possible.  Furthermore, the way God made fertility allows for a male to easily create as many children as his wives can have, increasing God’s chosen ones.  One woman for many men would limit the offspring to only as many as one woman could have.

There is no law stating that two women cannot have sexual relations with each other.  God understands that a man might want to be with his wives at the same time!  That is a natural human urge, and, when it occurs within the scope of marriage, is not a sin, but a pleasure to be enjoyed from God.

It is Christianity that bestowed monogamous ideals, largely through cultural and social domains; those with power profited by society being monogamous.  Jesus did not speak against marriage, only divorce and adultery.  Adultery is any type of sexual immorality outside of marriage.  Though the push for monogamy can be attributed to Christian ideals, it was not necessarily Christ’s teaching.

God allows for polygamy, which is usually manifested as polygyny, historically and culturally.  The scriptures illustrate that polygamy is not ideal, monogamy is preferred, and celibacy is the highest state of living, if one can attain it.  Yet God allows us to find our own comfort zone, ideally led by Him, in this wide range of models for romantic loving relationships.

The Aroma of God, and Other Favorite Pauline Scriptures

“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

Judge Nothing

“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

Be Pure

“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.’

Therefore

‘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