Jun 29

Freedom From Religion?

freeDo you need to BREAK FREE from religion in order to discover the truth of your spiritual power?

FREEDOM and LIFE are what most religions promise. However, you can only hope for these as long as you “DESIRE to be DIVINE”. Religion apparently doesn’t work if you actually get there. So they don’t let you get there.

They may strap you to a logic bomb – see illustration. They are likely to tell you it won’t happen in this world, but we need to keep trying anyway. See how that works?

As long as you DESIRE without accomplishing, you can TITHE or otherwise financially support a ‘teacher’ or ‘preacher’ or ‘priest’ or ‘church’ or ‘temple’ and it will all turn out alright. But – How can they be divine if they need your money? And how can they be divine if they keep you confused and dependent?

What if it all turns out alright anyway? What if you skip the part about supporting them and being dependent on them? What could happen if you SEE yourself as you already are – and realize you are a divine being?

What then?  Please Comment!

Jun 29

Do You Need a Miracle Today?

miracleDo you need a miracle today?

If you ARE truly Divine, what does that mean?

Are you looking everywhere else but to your own personal spirit power?

PAUSE. REWIND. PLAY AGAIN.

Are you AWARE of Your Divinity?

STOP.

Are you acting like it?  What would that look like? Why not give it a try? On whose authority you ask?  If you need permission to claim your own divinity, How about from Jesus Of Nazareth?

Jesus said: “…I have said you are gods…” (John 10:34) If you have seen me [Jesus], you have seen the Father[God] (Jesus – John 14:9). I have given them [disciples] the glory that you[God] gave me[Jesus], that they[Disciples] may be one as we[God and Jesus] are one (Jesus – John 17:22). Jesus goes on to say that he prays not only for these[Disciples], but for all who will believe in him [Jesus].

If these statements are all true [they are] then you too can say, as Jesus did… “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father [God]”.

Based on Christ asking God to make us one with him, we can claim our divinity.  WE too can command the winds and waves of life. Do you? Want to? Let’s Do This!

Tell God what you want, then rest in faith believing that it is being done.

Selah!

Jun 29

Did You Get the Holy Memo?

memoGod set me free from the law of paying for my mistakes.

He gave me power to release others, perform miracles, heal the blind, and help the lame to walk.

He did this for you too.

Did you get the memo? Did you take the class?  It’s called the Theological College of Hard Knocks and Real Life.

Can you live it today?

Jun 29

Have You Graduated From Church?

grad (1)I have “GRADUATED” From Church. Just Like Jesus.

~ Suffered and Crucified by God’s People
~ Today I Reign WITH Christ
~ Today I sit at the Right Hand of the Father
~ I don’t need A “Priest” any more to connect with God.

How About You?

Go ahead. Fall out the TOP and join me : )

Jun 29

Don’t Go to Church ~ Be the Church

Don't Go To ChurchEASTER REFLECTIONS OF A MATURE SPIRIT:

Can we be JESUS without a Church?

I am going to take some flak for this, but that decision has been made. Consider: Jesus was not popular at his house of worship. There was always some kind resistance. The power of Organized Religion was on the wane. This is true now as much as in the days Jesus walked the earth.

I know EASTER is taught as being about sacrifice. THE Supreme sacrifice was made at the Cross. It was a particularly gruesome experience designed to relieve us of GUILT and Shame.

But… THAT WAS A BEGINNING, NOT AN END!!!!!!!!

This was also a time of perfecting for US. We were given the same power that raised Christ from the dead. This really needs NO TRANSLATION:
(Eph Ch 1:18-21) (NIV)
I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

NOW: Unpacking 1 Corinthians 13:1, (New American Standard)
10but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
Translation:

Didn’t Christ make us perfect? Isn’t the work fully done. Then shouldn’t we move on?

Paul is saying put away the MILK and chew on the meat of the word! Even more, he said (my paraphrase)…..
Grow up. Look in the Mirror. Come face to face with the result of Sanctification, which is YOUR DIVINITY. Stop playing in the kiddie pool. If you don’t understand this YET, then faith, hope and love are the safer choices for contemplation and prayer. But if you get it then…..

YOU ARE THE RISEN CHRIST (fully divine in spiritual terms and fully human in the flesh)
YOU SIT AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER. (the world is your footstool. your heel can crush the serpents’ head)

YOU REIGN NOW. A THOUSAND YEARS IS AS ONE DAY.  Time doesn’t matter.

The church may not be happy about it but the veil has been torn. I have full access to the holy of holies. The alter and mercy seat belong to me.  I claim a royal priesthood. I belong to the family of God as a son, an fellow heir. Whatsoever is lovely, of good report: These things attract my attention. So… I do not celebrate the Death, but the Resurrection.
A CONFESSION: I would not be here without there having been part of a CHURCH. But at some point, the SYNAGOGUE could not contain the Spirit of Christ. THE CHURCH can no longer contain the spirit of Christ within me. My consciousness has ascended with the clouds until I am One with Him Being One with Him who is ONE WITH HIM means I AM ONE WITH ALL.

This understanding comes AFTER the spiritual childhood.But the CHURCH cannot harness this Spirit of the Living Christ? Why? I wonder…. And cry. But I move on – putting away the things of spiritual immaturity and claiming the glorious inheritance that is mine Through Christ.

HAS THE ORGANIZED CHURCH FAILED TO TAKE US TO MATURITY?  IS IT THREATENED BY THIS IDEA?

Instead of this being heretical, I propose it is Wisdom teaching us that after our travail of fighting through spiritual adolescence and a time of public ministry, we ourselves become the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIGHT. We become Emmanuel. We become God With US. I no longer live but Christ lives in me. If the church creates babies, then what? The Holy Spirit creates saints.

We are not found in the church. We are found in the highways and byways. We are found in the countryside in our homes. We are found at the gates of the city and in the marketplaces. Perhaps we live at a distance from the physical temple or congregation.

Yet we influence the Family of God by providing counsel to Kings (in our clubs, organizations, workplace, city hall, government – etc.  Is this possible even if not part of the formal church? Even if rejected by the formal church during times they say we fall away. Yes!  We can say I AM and that the organized church is missing the boat.

Selah

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This is a growing trend in America, and maybe the world. What about you? Can you be Jesus without a Church?
Or do you disagree?

Charles Brite

Jun 29

Same Sex Marriage: Government v. the Church?

Loving LGBTThe Supreme Court striking down Same Sex Marriage Bans has brought the Christian Church to a new level of confrontation with Government.  This is a precipice into which the Church just might jump in – violating its own charter.

Let me be clear. I know that the bible condemns a great number of behaviors, as insulting to God and his holiness.

There was a time when it was not possible for mortals to truly know or approach God because of the concept that God cannot look upon sin.  Animal sacrifices provided ‘scapegoats’ to pay the price of believer’s transgressions..  But these sacrifices did not really purify the spirit.  They became empty rituals.  And the people remained dependent on a priest in order to try to understand God.

Prohibited behavior includes wearing tattoos, wearing gold, eating pork, telling lies, having sex outside of marriage, committing adultery, homosexuality, and divorce – among others.  While not addressed exactly, we can presume that Same Sex Marriage is prohibited.  But most churches will apply grace and love to cover most of these behaviors.  But in cases including Same Sex Marriage and LGBT behavior, so-called “Christians” seem eager to stop loving and start point a condemning finger at others. This is not what Christ taught.

We now have Christ as intercessor.  Jesus paid the price for all of time for all acts that create separation from God, including the ones you or I have imagined in our hearts.  The bible does say that, “God loves each one”, and, “love covers a multitude of sins”.

We do not need a priest, or a ritual work.  We can enter the holy of holies ourselves now, with Christ as our advocate.  If God cannot see any sin that is removed by the grace of salvation then that means there is nothing left inside us to offend his holiness.  We may all approach the throne boldly as joint heirs of the King.

Grace means unmerited favor.  We do not deserve nor earn this grace.  And we cannot keep it away from others.  So….   Love One Another.  This simple three word sentence sums up the whole Gospel.  It is an entire message.

If the Christian Church opposes government on this same-sex marriage ruling, then it may well violate another teaching of the Bible. We are told to respect our leaders and our government.  We are told they are placed over us by God’s own hand and serves at his pleasure to do his bidding.  We are to give to Caesar what is due Caesar and give to God what is due to God.  Government and Religion are clearly seen by God as distinctly separate and yet working together for the good of all.  Marriage as a spiritual event is before God.  Marriage as a civil union recognized by Government is something else.  In understanding this difference, can we pray for and find unity?

Oct 26

Daily Diet ~ Day 21 ~ We Are What We Eat

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DAY 21 ~ October 25, 2009 ~ 1 Thessalonians 5: 10-11
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1 Thessalonians 5: 10-11
10He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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Oct 24

Daily Diet ~ Day 20 ~ Habit Forming Study ~ We Are What We Eat!

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DAY 20 ~ October 24, 2009 ~ John 10:11
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John 10: The Shepherd and His Flock

1“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. 7Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] He will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full….

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Oct 23

Daily Diet ~ Day 19 ~ We Are What We Eat

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DAY 19 ~ October 23, 2009 ~ Psalm 138
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Psalm 138:  Of David:  I Will Praise You

1 I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart;

before the “gods” I will sing your praise.

2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.

3 When I called, you answered me;
you made me bold and stouthearted.
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Oct 22

Daily Diet ~ Day 18 ~ We Are What We Eat

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DAY 18 ~ October 21, 2009 ~ Psalm 102
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Psalm 102:  Hear My Prayer, Oh Lord

1 Hear my prayer, O LORD;
let my cry for help come to you.2 Do not hide your face from me
when I am in distress.
Turn your ear to me;
when I call, answer me quickly.

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