THE PERFECT FIRESTORM FOR YOUR TRANSFORMATION
If there is great searchings of heart it is because the kingdom of God comes from within; you give birth to it at a time of great confliction, and real danger threatening. Some children are born motherless because the mothers didn’t survive the birthing process; at a time of brightest hopes for your future, there also looms perilous doom as well. Many believers turn back for fear of this dichotomy, and apparent inconsistency in whom the thought they knew as God.
TRANQUILITY AND ALARM WALKING TOGETHER
At the time of your transformation however tranquility, and alarm actually occur together, and are not mutually exclusive. It’s a violent process that calls all of your world of comfort into question, and violent conflict, with great searchings of heart, though there is peace in all the burnings as the Prince of peace appears: the “fourth man” in the furnace is seen. It is said that the kingdom of God suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
Isaiah 21:11-13—The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said , The morning cometh, and also the night: if ye will enquire, enquire ye: return, come. The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye traveling companies of Dedanim.
According to Isaiah, the watchman answers the question concerning the state of the night with a puzzling reply. He says the morning is coming, but the night also is coming alongside with the morning. In it’s regular congruous sequence, you have the night, and then the morning following the night; the night does not follow the morning, neither do they travel together, but here they are together, and united, they are both coming. The foreboding despair of midnight, and the brilliant hope of dawn walking together.
The foreboding despair of midnight, and the brilliant hope of dawn walking together.
Some apply the meaning to Isaiah’s report here, that in the Middle East, the night is interrupted by a brief appearance of Venus, the bright morning star which creates the false impression of morning, but when it falls below the horizon, an intense period of darkness occurs before the real sun rises at dawn. By this interpretation we should understand that, the morning (false albeit because of the brilliant morning star, Venus) is coming, followed by the night, a few hours of intense darkness before the onset of the real dawn.
This interpretation, whether supported by the real nocturnal sequence described above, or by some shade of Hebrew, Greek, Latin, or Barbadian language reference, is somewhat a departure from what I read, by this particular translation. I am more inclined to believe the first read on this meaning, ….the morning, and the night approaching in the company of each other, a strange anomaly.
You are holding forth the brightest of hopes for your greatest dream, and here comes Jesus to walk with you as a devouring, all-consuming fire asking, …who shall dwell with me: the devourer of dreams, who consumes the hopes of men, so what remains of your hopes and aspirations is the king, and kingdom of God minus the contributions of your flesh, where there were any such contributions.
CRAWLING THE EARTH…SCANNING THE HEAVENS FOR LIFE
Search engines crawl various web pages to discern, and make available all relevant information that is sought by we the users. Your five senses crawl the earth, and the heaven like the fingers of a blind man crawling the pages of braille text to discern and appreciate the information presented there. None of those five senses that you have, can crawl the heaven of heavens where God dwells; yet your spiritual life is dependent on such information that originates there. Your spiritual life is sustained by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God, yet none of your five senses is equipped for handling, or crawling the kind of spiritual intelligence that the word of God provides. Psychologists talk about emotional intelligence, but none of them will tell you about spiritual intelligence that they know nothing about.
God carefully choreographs all the circumstances of your life, causing them to amount to a conflagration of trials, a sort of controlled sifting that separates your thoughts and intentions, joints and marrow, soul and spirit to bring forth the king, and the kingdom of God from within you, upon the earth for his glory. His glory, and your glory are not different; it is the same glory that is given to you in Christ to inherit.
There are certain circumstances where errors in judgment are not up for negotiation, only consequences that are meted out for the buttons you push, right or wrong; there is no forgiveness for errors in those circumstances of life or death outcomes; you live or die by the choices you make. When the volcanic presence of devouring fire approaches, you develop a more keen appreciation for the choices you are making. The threat presented by the imminent danger of that fire warrants a more heightened degree scrutiny, and soul-searching than where no threat is present. God carefully choreographs all the circumstances of your life, causing them to amount to a conflagration of trials, a sort of controlled sifting that separates your thoughts and intentions, joints and marrow, soul and spirit to bring forth the king, and the kingdom of God from within you, upon the earth for his glory. His glory, and your glory are not different; it is the same glory that is given to you in Christ to inherit.
SUFFER THE KING IN HIS GLORY
It is like Christendom is bathed in this self-loathing, which passes for humility because they cannot discern properly who it is that emerges from within to inherit the glory of God, and model it to the envy of the world for them to seek the Lord. This self loathing is a more subtle version of that practiced by Martin Luther, the German monk who blazed the trail for our modern-day church reformation. He belonged to an order of monks that practiced self-flagellation, or self-punishment where they would beat themselves with a belt (and take a vow of poverty) to earn God’s love and peace-of-mind. It is not the death of our physical presence that God calls for, although we do suffer in the flesh. Because we do not really follow through in our reasonable service where God beseeches us to present our bodies (a living sacrifice) for a vicarious mortal death that is called for, so the sons of God can be raised up in us, we cannot see ourselves as that king raised up from death, and having a right to the tree of life where we are called to be kings and priests unto him. If you don’t follow through on the dying part, you can have no confidence in the resurrection part. There always looms this disconnect between what you see yourself as, and that king who should emerge, and reign in life. By their nature, kings are so, because they do not wallow in poverty. Poverty is not of God, it is something that we are delivered from; God doesn’t deliver from himself, but unto himself; he says let the poor say that I am rich, so he can enrich them by the river of God that is full of the waters of life.
STARTING TO BELIEVE
You have not lost the will to live, neither a sense of self enlightened interest, but realize it was all this while misplaced; you were trying to save something that cannot be saved, nor should be saved, at the expense of the real life of God that is given us, in his kingdom that comes out of our death, where our biological presence still continues on to receive, and be driven by a new life form heaven.
At a certain point, what was once manageable fires evolve into a conflagration, and firefighters being overmatched, leave off fighting that fire, because it has taken on a life of its own, and will continue to burn until the source of that life is spent. They direct their energies instead to evacuating lives from out of harms way. Our biological carbon-based lives are sustained by this earth, and our five senses provided to us for keeping that life, is married to this earth; they crawl this world for information to sustain your life. When it is time to fight, they tell you so; if it is time for flight, they tell you so. At a certain point however, even though it is time for flight, and perhaps time to fight, you choose neither. Something clicks within you, as it all seems to make sense, though not the sense of this world, but a sense born of another world emerges in the midst of this conflagration of trials. You let escape from your lips something that before, you never would have allowed. Your whole will rise up within you, where a new determination is born; you utter these words with a personal meaning, as if it were the very first time they were ever spoken…if I perish, I perish, but I will see this king. I will walk through this conflagration to receive this kingdom that is given me.
It is at a time like this that you hear the words of Jesus, …my soul is exceeding heavy unto death; and Father, what shall I say, deliver me from this hour? It is to this hour that I was born, and am now come; I have to see it through. At times like this, men who have gone before us have written, …when peace like a river attendeth my soul, though sorrows like sea bellows roll. Whatever my lot thou has taught me to say… it is well, it is well with my soul.
Until you are willing to die, you cannot truly live. If you find your life that crawls this earth to live, you will lose the one that is born of heaven. If you lose your life that crawls this earth to live; you will find the one that is born of heaven above. The Phoenix is a mythological bird that emerges out of the ashes of its previous life; this life you find in the vicarious, death of your temporal life, though you still live, is no myth.
OUT OF DEATH COMES NEW LIFE
You have not lost the will to live, neither a sense of self enlightened interest, but realize it was all this while misplaced; you were trying to save something that cannot be saved, nor should be saved, at the expense of the real life of God that is given us, in his kingdom that comes out of our death, where our biological presence still continues on to receive and be driven by a new life form heaven. It cannot be received by you while you still live, because it is by nature resurrection live, and resurrection is the natural sequence that follows death, ….your death. If you do not die, you can’t be raised up. For this Paul says I die daily,…. bring on the fire; I glory in tribulations. If you have paid the price which is your death, you know you have a right to the tree of life, which required your death. Where you loved not your life unto the death of it, though you still live to receive the new life, because Christ died the real death for you, your new life is now hid in that tree that holds that resurrection life for you. Having thus died, you know the unfolding sequence is resurrection, and life in that tree; and you know you have a right to it, and the boldness to approach. We do not pray therefore to be unclothed in death, but to be clothed upon by our lives that is form above, as the Lord from Heaven.
What 99.99% of Christians experience is an infantile spiritual life that appropriates the mature elements of the world crawled by their natural senses, and mistakes those elements for spiritual maturity. They act like mature men, walk like mature men, and live like mature, responsible men, and are no fools. They never for a moment consider that these very things are the ones that Jesus has thrown out of the city of the living God. They applaud where he overturns the tables of the money changers in the temple, but know not that their lives are heavily invested in things that are condemned as well. We are not talking about deviant underworld operations here, but the pinnacle of what the world considers brilliant success in education, jurisprudence, medicine, business acumen, political savvy, aesthetic virtuosity, great captains of industry, and the magnates of world power. If the proof of a thing is in the pudding, would they not have seen that proof in this pudding, no one raises the dead anymore which we are all commanded to do, before the time of the coming great resurrection. No one of us in this pudding does any of the mighty works of Jesus, which is supposed to be the proof of this pudding, never mind the greater works that we are expected to do. Even where we preach the gospel, there are none of the signs that bear witness of Jesus, the power of God, for men to believe upon. All the charade games that are played out in t.v. land, evaporates before they hit the mean streets in the cities of America, and all around the world. In three years, and without any of the bright lights of Hollywood Jesus turned the world upside down. How long have these millions of “Christians” been at it, and yet can effect nothing, and still not realize the need for a faith check, to see whether or not we are still in the faith once delivered to our fathers. The signs, or rather the absence of signs say no, we are not in that faith, but no one seems to notice.