Saturday, August 18, 2012

Rom 8:5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death,but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.[f] And by him we cry, “Abba,[g] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

New Living Translation  Matthew 6:Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
    may your name be kept holy.
10 May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
    as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today the food we need,[a]
12 and forgive us our sins,
    as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13 And don’t let us yield to temptation,[b]
    but rescue us from the evil one.[c]

In this day and age of health and wellness gospel, we are bombarded by the idea that if we speak it, we will receive it. Though this is, in part, true, we must being with a proper understanding of who we are, and who God is. We cannot act in a way that brings about change from a selfish, or sinful (negative energy), center. To bring about change in one’s life, we must begin with the understanding of who we are as humans.  We are eternal, divine, and heirs to a great kingdom.  As children of God, we must- at the core of our being- understand what that truly means.
Though our bodies become ill, experience pain, and know discomfort, we possess a soul (or energetic core) that cannot be destroyed.  Laws of energy teach that energy, once set in motion, cannot be stopped. We are dealing with an eternal self, limited only by what we tell ourselves are our boundaries. Does this mean we can change shape, or grow to immeasurable heights? Probably not. However, our physical body cannot limit the reach of our energy.  We must learn how to operate from our core (soul), and not our brain. 
Your brain will send you mixed messages. The left side is logical, scientific.  The right side is creative, more free-form.  As you take in information, you will get conflicting messages.  We are discussing how to bring about change. Logically, it means we must take certain steps, but we cannot overstep such and such boundaries. Creatively, we are curious, and want to explore how far we can take the new knowledge and begin to push past boundaries.  This dichotomy leads to confusion, if all we follow is our brain. However, we are not limited to just one system in our body. We have that eternal soul that longs for the perfection it knows to be true; a perfection that comes only from our Heavenly Father.
          This soul of ours is, in essence, the same soul of God.  Did I just call us equal to God? Yes, in a way. Just as we are part of our parents, we are part of God. Their mixed DNA became our DNA. We are, in essence, our parents.  We can choose to be like them, or not.  We have our own free will to do as we choose.  However, we cannot change our makeup.  No matter how much plastic surgery you have, or how much you try to hide certain features, you are still part of your family.  This is the same with our soul.  We can choose to go against God’s plan and sin. This does not make us any less His child.  It does, however, take away many blessings that He wishes to give us. Romans 3:23 teaches us that, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”  If we put negative energy out, we will reap negative rewards.  In turn, if we align with our Divinity and act in a positive manner, we will gain more than we can being to imagine!
          You must understand that you are divine.  You are holy, or at least made to be.  Holy simply means set apart for a specific purpose.  We are all on this earth for a specific reason.  Like gears in a machine, our purposes work together to keep life on earth running smoothly.  Our divine soul knows what its purpose is. 
As we grow up, we lose sight of dreams we have as children, for practicality.  Bills must be paid, spouses need cared for, children need everything, our parents need our care. Life gets in the way of our dreams.  I can safely assume that as you are reading this, you are thinking back to what you wanted to be as a child.  I’ve been blessed, in the past few years, to follow my childhood dream.  I’m a stay-at-home mom and a teacher.  I’ve had my setbacks, but I never lost sight of what I wanted to do, and what I believe I was created to do. Maybe you think that your dream was foolish.  For example, my four year old son wants to be a superhero.  As an adult, we may think this is foolish. However, what do superheroes do? They fight crime and save the day.  Now, he is a very soft-natured child, and it is hard for me to think of him entering the city with trumpet fanfare. However, his understanding of rules and desire to follow them leads me to believe he could enter law enforcement, or public service of some sort.  That, in its own way, is being a superhero.  My preteen daughter has spoken many times of wanting to be on stage, singing and dancing.  We all know that getting into that career is difficult. However, I know that she can use her talents for making up songs and dances to teach her younger siblings how to have fun while learning.  She brings creativity to the world, and more than a few smiles.  Your childhood dreams are not foolish. You have the opportunity to look at them, and see how those first impressions of who you were show you what your divine gifts are.
God would not send you here to earth without a reason.  A king does not send his heirs into a kingdom without a plan, nor without provisions. Romans 8:17 states, “Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”  What is an heir? Simply, it is someone who is in line to receive the estate of he who entrusted it to him.
Modern royalty act with the support of the crown, and walk in the truth that their doings are a direct representation of the monarch.  To be an heir of God, we have an obligation to move upon this earth as ambassadors of His Kingdom.  Not only ambassadors, but we have a commission to conquer all that is not within His Kingdom. No, I’m not talking a Holy Crusade (which were not in the greatest stretch of the imagination holy).
 When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he taught them “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”.  What does that mean? If, in Heaven, a set of rules is followed, they are to be followed here.  If it is forbidden in Heaven, it should be forbidden here.  Now, back to that whole idea of being human and living in flesh, that’s the reason we have grace! God knows that we are not perfect, and that we will not do this every day.  Each day is a new start to bring about God’s perfection.
Since God has sent us here to earth to bring about His Kingdom, we need to understand what that Kingdom consists of.  Honestly, the main rule is one simple thing- Love.  Everything God does is out of love.  Yes, even the wars in the Old Testament had a basis of love behind them. At the dawn of creation, God set the world in perfect motion. A garden filled with love and perfect peace. Adam and Eve chose to sin, thus allowing God’s greatest gift of love to happen. Adam and Eve truly knew God’s loving nature when they became parents. They took the role of creators when they brought forth their own children.  The loving nature of God came full circle when he showed the world how much He loved each person, from the dawn of creation onward, by allowing our sin to be put on Jesus and buried with him forever in the tomb.  God’s perfect love brought Jesus back to life. 
Jesus’ entire ministry was a perfect example of how operating out of love brings forth the Kingdom of God on earth.  Each miracle that he performed was with the power of the positive energy that love creates.  Water became wine at the wedding, showing that God blesses that holy union of souls.  Blind eyes were opened, deaf ears healed, demons and mental illness cast out for the same reason. Jesus loves people! He wanted to show, through acts of love, that God’s Kingdom can reign on earth.  It is only through self-sacrificing acts, and unselfish love, that we can experience heaven on earth.
Our divine, eternal soul has the purpose of bringing God’s Kingdom to earth in the here and now. We possess the power in ourselves to do this.  Heavenly Father has given us the resources, talents, and motivation to usher in His Loving presence to this world full of negativity.  Are you ready to find out how?  First, remember who you are. Secondly, remember whose you are. Lastly, know-beyond a shadow of a doubt- that you have the authority and power in you to create worlds and change your life. Are you ready?