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Understanding the Basics...Part 13

Things no longer taught in our Churches and Synagogues....

~written from the common sense perspective of The Winds of the Soul~

by Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D./D.Phil.(Oxon.)

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Wisely, the Lord entrusted each of us with a portion of His Spirit to guide and direct us personally, knowing that if all of us is given a portion of His "Source," we would then be better off and much safer in protecting the welfare of our souls instead of leaving it solely in the hands of another. 

In learning about the basic tenets of Christianity, as we have done throughout this series, it becomes remarkable that so much of what we've covered here remains missing from many denominations that call themselves Christian.  This is not meant to impinge the faith of those that profess to be Christians.  Indeed, I've met some of the best (as well as some of the worst) people in the world attached to some of these churches. 

In other words, there is much more to your faith than the church to which you belong.  And, although some weaker individuals surely attempt to do so, it's utter nonsense to be totally and utterly defined solely on the basis of the church with which you choose fellowship.  I cannot believe that because you choose to attend one church in particular, you're entirely pigeon-hole's in God's mind thereafter. 

He knew that no matter the intention of man, because we are fallen and our proclivity to abuse the little power we think we have, the Word would quickly lose its meaning and direction if entrusted only to organizations and not individuals.  To be sure, if we needed to rely on others for our faith, there would soon be no faith in the land at all.

Wisely, the Lord entrusted and endowed each of us with a portion of His Spirit to guide and direct us personally, knowing that if all of us is given a portion of His "Source," we would then be better off and much safer in protecting the welfare of our souls rather than  leaving it solely in the hands of another. 

Of course, it's important to listen to others, to receive council and instruction, etc., so as to ensure some balance in life in all that we do.  But we are never to surrender our will to another.  We are never to allow others to make our decisions, or to entrust another entirely and at all times with our welfare.  God has given each of us the free agency to respond to this world, making us each responsible for our actions.

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But contrary to these atheistic and Marxist ideas, our Founding Documents specifically declare that the people derive their freedoms from the Creator..., not man, and certainly not the "body" of a government (neither King, President, Senator, Congressmen, Judge, or what have you).  Such a statement then wisely precludes "government" from having any power of its own.

This notion of free agency, and the importance of nurturing and guarding its strength of habit within us is yet again something else in which our Churches have failed to instruct us, making it seemingly less important over time.

Moreover, such a failing has had disastrous effects throughout our society.  The repercussions of this shortcoming has struck right at the heart of the governing and authoritative bodies within our country, not the least of which has become the wholesaling and abandoning of our personal freedoms and the selling of our votes for the promise of government handouts or subsidies (personal gratuities)----an abomination warned against by our Founding Fathers, a portending of the fall of our nation. 

Yet, more and more, "government" or those we elect, are bent on running our personal lives, insisting that they can do better than we can.  Masquerading as a caring Nanny-State, politicians sorely want to control our lives through taxation and judicial mandate so as to support their elitist lifestyle by living off the backs of the rest of us. 

But such a Nanny-State is and always has been a wolf in sheep's clothing, namely, the deceptive ploys of Marxism, Socialism, Communism, Totalitarianism, and the like attempting to appear benign. 

Repackaged and known as progressive Liberalism/Secularism today, it is a blatant attempt to ditch our Constitution by separating God from government, and thereafter make government (and by default those that govern us) the benefactors of our freedom and rights.  This is a reality that few wish to address or accept. 

But contrary to these atheistic and Marxist ideas, our Founding Documents specifically declare that the people derive their freedoms from the Creator..., not man, and certainly not the "body" of a government (neither King, President, Senator, Congressmen, Judge, or what have you).  Such a statement then wisely precludes "government" from having any inherent power of its own.

This simply means that the government derives it's power from the people;  the people actually lend (and not permanently give) this power to the government, and not the other way around.  This is matter of stubborn fact that most politicians and their kind conveniently want us to forget.  This is the fulcrum by which we legally control the government.  

Nice idea, but that's not what has been happening to us of late.  We've sold out.... allowing "government" to increase in size as it bleeds us of our freedoms.  Just as we bought into Social Security, which is for all intensive purposes a failed and illegal Ponzi Scheme, so are we stupidly enamored with every other promised handout and fail to see the abhorrence of same. 

We've given the right to vote to every citizen, but we've forgotten to ensure that every citizen is educated in the use of their powerful vote.  Shamefully, we won't allow much of anything to happen in this country without some sort of license and training period (eg. the use of guns), but for the most important part of securing our democracy from within, we allow people to cast their vote who have yet understood the meaning of democracy.

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Alarmingly, instead of encouraging the God-given expression of individual difference and the expression of individual freedoms of becoming who we are meant to become, Churches today seem increasingly more intent in making clones out of its members than in fulfilling the Lord's intention.

 Like Shakespeare opines, I submit that the fault lies within ourselves, not our stars.  And as the Bible further defines and warns of "this fault" in particular, we have sold ourselves for a thing of naught, even sold our birthright for a mess of pottage as did Esau to Jacob.

 

Genesis 25:27 - 26:1 27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. 29 And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: 30 And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom.

 

31 And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. 32 And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? 33 And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. 34 Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.

 

Here, Esau proved that he'd rather trade away His Birthright for the quick convenience of worldly comfort.  And I believe that this "fault" lies at the door of each of us and our Judeo-Christian institutions, who have failed to keep the honor and blessing of the birthright of our "personal freedoms" at the center of our spiritual attention, which is where it was first intended by the Lord. 

Though the Church has taught us that Freedom from Sin is certainly one of the important things about which the Lord was speaking, and I agree, it is true as well that that is not all about which the Lord was speaking. 

Freedom from sin then allows the course of other Heavenly endowed freedoms to coexist and complete the Lord's purposes of His Creation.  But the Church of late appears to be more in the role of not making waves for the sake of it's congregational economy and comfort, subtly and at times not so subtly, ensuring that everybody remain the "same." 

Alarmingly, instead of encouraging the God-given expression of individual difference and the expression of individual freedoms of becoming who we are meant to become, Churches today seem increasingly more intent in making clones out of its members than in fulfilling the Lord's intention. 

Often today, "Church Membership" means that you tow the line.... behave like everyone else, don't step out of line, learning to step to the beat of each particular denomination, or else be socially ostracized, even excommunicated.  But to the extent that "rules" interfere in the message of the Gospel being realized in us personally, and in helping us develop as unique individuals as intended by God Himself, those rules should be rethought....

 Here's a real life example of what I'm talking about:  Years ago (before the notion of Liberal Political Correctness had any momentum) I recall fellowshipping in a church which each month set aside a Friday evening for it's members to gather socially and enjoy a pot-luck dinner with each others company.  This was a "good thing," I found, until I noted that the notion of a "pot-luck" dinner was not really being encouraged at all. 

Members who were asked to bring refreshments were not only assigned the dish they should bring, but also assigned the recipe and ingredients to prepare that dish so as to prevent those that couldn't cook as well to be embarrassed by those that could.  At least that was the explanation given me. 

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Indeed..., why even bother to fellowship if your God-given individual expressiveness is not invited?  Just think what was missed by such inane and senseless rigidity!  "Who" people really were, were never really invited to be present.  Conclusion:  The "chorus" was never allowed to "swell," never allowed to harmoniously blend all of the magnificence it promised. Indeed, harmony is never really needed since everyone is singing the same note....  

Talk about political correctness and the defusing of spontaneity!  I'm sure there were some excellent cooks in that church, but you would never know it.  Nobody was allowed to so express themselves for fear of making others feel uncomfortable, and the recipes "sanctioned" were about as interesting as bad frozen dinners, geared so that a second grader could replicate it. 

Other church events similarly suffered, becoming similarly diluted in Spirit, and subsequently were poorly attended.  The local Leaders always wondered "why?" their brand of socializing was not more popular, and kept ratcheting up the pressure for members to support their church functions....  A stunning example of trying to get blood out of a turnip.  Who wants to come and eat cold oatmeal?

Moreover, there seemed to be a great need to level the playing field regarding all kinds of individual expression, handicapping any form of individuality or self-expression, so as to ensure a kind of sycophantic political correctness.  This way, nobody would be any different, or any better, than anybody else..., and this, the Leaders thought, would ensure a kind of "total social inclusiveness" where no one's feelings were hurt and nobody was left out. 

Noble sentiments, no doubt.

Unfortunately, for the sake of "all inclusiveness" such a mandate also meant that everything having to do with the church curriculum and programs, including Sunday School, was dumbed down to the lowest possible denominator.  Individual expression became rare and subtly frowned upon, as if it were a sin to be who you were.  Nevertheless, church membership grew.  People seemed willing to give up their freedom of expression for the safety-net of social inclusiveness.  In such an environment, boredom became the biggest problem thereafter, but people still came to church....  

This church may have started out with the right intentions of fellowship but ruined it completely by ignoring the need for individual expression.  They didn't have a clue, yet spoke regularly about Gospel fellowshipping from the pulpit each Sunday Morning. 

Indeed..., why even bother to fellowship if your God-given individual expressiveness is not invited?  Just think what was missed by such inane and senseless rigidity!  "Who" people really were, were never really invited to be present.  Conclusion:  The "chorus" was never allowed to "swell," never allowed to harmoniously blend all of the magnificence inherent in individual differences it promised. Indeed, "harmony" is never really needed when everyone is singing the same note....  

Now I ask you, what would the Lord think of such a church?  Would He claim it His own?  Would He think that His Gospel Doctrine was being taught and implemented appropriately?  I'll let you answer that....

Thus, the idea that the Gospel is central in developing our individuality, in countless ways, is foreign to most Church forums, where preaching is turned more to the act of persuading the congregation to be more like the Pastor/Leaders in charge, rather than more like Jesus Christ.

In contrast, Christ Himself was, in comparison to the governing of Rome and King Herod and to the dismay of the Jewish Sanhedrin, a stubborn individualist..., one who rebelled (not against authority as did the mindless Liberals in the 60's) but against the wrongs of injustice, lack of mercy and charity that He beheld in all people of power, whether they were a parent, employer or government official.

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Unfortunately, for fear of unbridled self-expression and other reasons such as the need to retain its power structure, the Judeo-Christian Church has become more a vehicle of stamping out its own particular variety of cloned look-alikes rather than a bold proponent of individual liberty in His Name. 

 He calls to people to throw off the shackles and fetters of Hell, repent from sin, and enter the Kingdom of Heaven which was within them..., which first and foremost entailed that men were to make their own decisions, and not follow along blindly after those that see no better than the stones on which they stumble. 

The Lord desires that men would learn to overcome the habits of mind and heart which surrendered them to a form of slavery known as "sin," sin of any kind that would keep us from becoming His Children, including all those deceptive tendencies of just comfortably going along with the crowd, doing what everybody else was doing, indulging in group-think, and behaving like a puppet of those more socially popular and powerful than ourselves. 

The Lord meant the Gospel to be a vehicle by which we could become free of those ways and means which specifically suppressed our God-given unique individuality, allowing us to unfold into His Image, and become again a Child of Heaven, but nonetheless, a unique Child of Heaven, mirroring the diversity of the rest of His Creation. 

Unfortunately, for fear of unbridled self-expression and other reasons such as the need to retain its power structure, the Judeo-Christian Church has become more a vehicle of stamping out its own particular variety of cloned look-alikes rather than a bold proponent of individual liberty in His Name. 

Ironically, by so stifling the individual at the "gate," the Church has unwittingly allowed the stealth entrance of other unbridled, undesirable and noxious of forms self-expression..., now witnessed in the form of Homosexuality, along with its supporting network of self-absorption, self-importance, and other reprehensible vanities accepted among some denominations.       

One cannot help but ask how in the world was the indecent likes of homosexuality ever allowed in the face of throttling every other decent right of individual expression?  It seems that the only right of individual expression allowed is when it is perverse and politically correct! 

Again, the meaning of individual self-expression under the auspices, governance and circumcision of the Lord's Commandments seems to have taken a backseat to Liberalism, which has authored a new overreaching Law of Self-Importance. 

And that brings us to another point.  Freedom of expression does not then authorize the expression of any and all desires not in harmony with the Gospel.  Even though the Lord invites difference and diversity of all sorts, these must harmoniously remain in alignment with the Principles of His Gospel.  Necessarily, those carnal vanities that seek to destroy the very fabric and purpose of His Creation must be excluded. 

Somehow the Liberal mindset doesn't want to understand this, as this reality draws a line in the sand that they wish to ignore.  Freedom doesn't authorize anarchy and life without rules, as so many would wish.  Neither does Freedom insist that everyone is the same.  Men and woman are different.  You're probably better at some things than I am, and vice versa, etc.  "Sameness" is not the means to "fairness," yet another failed liberal corollary.

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Though true freedom cannot exist without rules, the Gospel also singularly recognizes that there are many "rules" and strategies of prioritization that would destroy our freedoms.  Our Founding Fathers knew this as well.  The caveat then becomes in deciding between those rules which edify life and individualism and those that don't.  Happily for all to experience, this analysis has already been performed by the Lord, and it's given to us in the form of the Gospel found in the Old and New Testaments. 

Freedom from tyranny is what the Gospel promises and guarantees.  And all freedoms have consequences; delineated between the consequences of Truth verses the consequences of Falsehood.  Thus the Gospel teaches against the freedom to hurt others, be it murdering, stealing, bearing false witness, committing adultery, or subjecting others to slavery, etc...., all falsehoods every one.  

Though true freedom cannot exist without rules, the Gospel also singularly recognizes that there are many "rules" and strategies of prioritization that would destroy our freedoms.  Our Founding Fathers knew this as well.  The caveat then becomes in deciding between those rules which edify life and individualism and those that don't.  Happily for all to experience, this analysis has already been performed by the Lord, and it's given to us in the form of the Gospel found in the Old and New Testaments. 

His rules are the only ones that allow the maximum expression of individuality and diversity, and in turn are the only ones that wisely yield the maximum amount of consequent happiness.  Only by living and expressing our individual selves within His Commandments will we find such temporal and Eternal Happiness.   

Walk through a forest and examine the foliage all around you.  Despite there being some similarities, and the sharing of genus/species, no plant is exactly duplicated by another.  Each tree, each bush, each flower, each blade of grass is different from all others.  It's designed to be that way throughout the Universe.  Diversity is authored by the Lord.  He is the Father of all Diversity. 

But His is a type of Diversity that seeks harmony with everything else by His Hand, not anarchy.... making the chorus swell, so to speak.  The rules of nature are to act in harmony and correspond with the Life force of His Spirit which brings animation to all things.  Not to fight against it.  In other words, as the Lord instructs:  a house divided against itself can not stand...

 

Luke 11:17 17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.

 

So it is with our individuality.  To express our uniqueness and do so freely is commanded by the Lord, but only under His Direction and Counsel.  This is how He chooses to magnify His Name within us, each of us uniquely expressing a portion of the Infinite that He Is, but always finding agreement in His Intention and Judgment.  Otherwise, we become the unwitting enemy of Heaven and its Divine Purposes.  

Expression of our individuality, of our Goodly dreams and hopes, becomes a life assignment that is to be specifically practice in His Name, something that takes energy and involvement and a commitment to our underlying purpose of being here.  To disregard this work and the personal discovery of that "fate" is to mock Heaven.

In yet another perspective that He offers us, He has invested within us a portion of His Spirit and He duly expects a return on His Investment.  It is to this specifically that the Lord spoke in the Parable of the Talents:

 

Matthew 25:14-30 4 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.

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It's interesting to note that in our youth we have little difficulty in wanting to express ourselves singularly.  It's only later on, perhaps being worn down by life where and when attempting to express ourselves earns us the displeasure of others that such an endeavor becomes attenuated and shut-off, and the needs to conform become more strangling and intimidating. 

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

 

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Note that in giving this parable the Lord first states that it is given for us so as to understand the Kingdom of Heaven and the journey of life that we are on, meaning to advance our understanding of His means, purposes and ways scripted before us. 

So explained, I think I am well justified in maintaining that this parable in particular speaks about the Seed of Heaven (His Gift of Talent/Treasure) being given us for increase.  By following His Voice and persuasions within us, we are then led on the paths of His Manner of Increase, according to Heavens intentions of individual increase. 

But by fearfully abandoning such a path, perhaps because of being afraid that we would make a mistake or be seen as going against social expectations, we condemn ourselves to stations of unprofitableness where there shall be a weeping and gnashing of teeth.

It's interesting to note that in our youth we have little difficulty in wanting to express ourselves singularly.  It's only later on, perhaps being worn down by life where and when attempting to express ourselves earns us the displeasure of others that such an endeavor becomes attenuated and shut-off, and the needs to conform become more strangling and intimidating. 

Since those events, there's so much that has since entered our heads cluttering our awareness and pushing away anything that was of us and Him, that very little of what Heaven values remains alive or accessible within us.  We've since become comfortable in listening to other voices and accepting other instructions which were never from Him, nor existed in the children that we used to be. 

Indeed, all things that are Good and tend to Goodly increase, come from Him.  There is no other source.  Hence, to deny Him, is to deny the Goodly potential of your own individuality.  Thereafter, anything that tries to become something outside of His Pattern of Influence, becomes twisted and malignant, the product of a reprobate mind which lacks the Light of Heaven. 

Thus, the quest for individuality must take place within the auspices of the Lord's Counsel.  To avoid such communion, or to think that His Increase will be granted under some other Hand, is to be sadly mistaken.  Similarly, to believe that Heavenly increase should be expected even though we're not doing our part of finding self-expression within His Gospel, is folly of the worst sort and wastes the opportunity given us.  Such a dismissal of finding our true purpose leads us to incrementally throw away His Gifts and Promises. 

Although it is good for churches to emphasize the needs to obey the commandments, to do that to the exclusion of obeying the call to become who we are meant by Heaven to be is personal misfeasance. 

The greater purpose of man is to become like his/her Father in Heaven, and Jesus Christ His Son.  The Commandments are given to us to help us steer a clear and straight course in that journey, not to impede us.  His Directions are given as a helpmeet for us.  They are not, and were never to be considered as an end in and of themselves.  That is why the Lord, in part, has said unto us:

 

Mark 2:27-28 27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

 

One may just as well substitute "law" for "sabbath' here for greater clarification as to how the priorities are set before us.  Unfortunately, some try to make themselves "holy" by strictly observing the commandments but forsake life in the process..., enshrining the Law to the degree of making them a symbol of worship, an idol, and thereby keep themselves from starting out in the journey of personal discovery in life where the commandments are to be effectively used as tools to be employed while on the proverbial road.  These miss the whole point and purpose as to why the commandments were given to us in the first place, and in what context they should be used and honored.    

It's as if they were given a Ferrari and end up religiously polishing it their garage but never driving it, never letting the rubber meet the road and become proven for the Glory of God. 

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About the Author:  Dr. Gregory C.D. Young, Ph.D.(Oxon.) is a Neuroscientist, Physicist, and Clinical Psychologist and having been educated abroad where he completed his postgraduate studies at King’s College, the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and then graduated and received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, Oxford, England. He has been in practice and research for over 25 years, being active as an author, popular radio and TV personality, public speaker, and biomedical researcher. He is the author of The Winds of the Soul~Heaven’s First Voice To Us books  &  The Winds of Forgiveness~Heaven's Healing Promises, as well as numerous other scholarly papers and works.

 

 

 

 

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As in the Parable of the Talents given above, those that attempt such folly, and hide away their gift of individuality no matter how much they polish and protect it, forsake the purpose it was given to them, turning God's commandments on their ear....

God will not be mocked.  As Paul reminds us:

 

Galatians 3:1-5 KJV Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain. 5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Galatians 6:15-16 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

 

Romans 12:2 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

In still other words, the keeping of the commandments is for the Divine Purpose in guiding us in the renewing of our minds, finding and becoming a new creature in God, the true individual of Heaven.  But the Law itself has not this power of change and redemption...  it avails us nothing of such great import.

Rather, the Law is given for our instruction, which is good, but it is in and of itself not for our salvation, in that it cannot cause our salvation or bring about our renewal.  This is why it is written that "salvation comes only through Jesus Christ," and then only through that portion of that Spirit of Christ given to us, and then only if we learn to seek this source faithfully..., this Voice of His Spirit..., for our continued welfare. 

This is the "rule" or "priority" that Paul asks us to value.  Finding that "new creature in God" is finding the truth and uniqueness of our true Heaven-created individuality.  This is no clone, no cheap replicated version of someone else.  It is our unique self as was intended by Heaven, made in His Image.  And it is a sacred and difficult undertaking.

It is the diversity of God invested within us, so as to become alive again...., but still, it remains uniquely expressed. This is the essence of our individualness.  It is realized by developing His Intended Purpose, which is again discovered by embracing the Seed of Goodness within us, i.e., His Seed of Increase.  This is the intended purpose of believing in Jesus Christ, of repenting and forsaking our sins, coming unto him... so that we may become new in Him, unique, magnifying the diversity and infiniteness of the Lord God, even His Very Children, His unique and individual offspring.   

This is no easy task.  To be who we are meant to be is not a walk in the park.  And there will be a struggle to bring this about, for this is nothing more or less than the very struggle between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.

You see, the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent have been contending ever since the enmity (the division) was wisely put between them.  And we must, too, remember that Christ himself came to send fire, not peace, on earth, and this meant for that very division between His Way and Satan's (see Luke 12:49).  But let not this be something that we choose to appease or avoid, or dilute the significance of its reality.  Nor let it become an offence to us that we try to re-script or rationalize away, or protect others from realizing. 

No sooner does the Seed of Christ begin to unfold and form in the recesses of our soul, making us blessed individuals after the Lord's Image, than immediately there begins a conflict between the flesh and spirit, as Paul reminds of us in Galatians 5:17.  Becoming clones of one another cannot sidestep nor circumvent this reality.  Repressing our God-given right to the freedom of individual expression does not solve the problem or make it go away, but prematurely secedes victory to Satan. 

As theologian Matthew Henry notes... "In the hearts of believers, the stream is not turned without a significant and mighty struggle, which yet ought not to discourage us.... It is far "better to have a conflict with sin than tamely to submit to it..., and a holy war is better than the peace of the devil's palace." 

That's what our "freedom" is really all about and what it is really for.  And any that interfere in this purpose of expression, no matter how slight or seemingly inconsequential, align themselves against God. 

All that obstruct this purpose of Heaven's seeded individuality seek to impair the intentions of God within another and side with the enemies of God.  Any that subvert this God-given freedom, or parse or dilute the clearness of this message for their own selfish ends, will suffer His Wrath at the last Day.  Any who knowingly prevent the "Chorus to Swell," will be outcast.  Liberals beware....

 


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