Monday, April 15, 2019

Why does God ask for Sacrifice?

He does not. He never did.

I was asked by my son, why did Jesus have to die?

And it got me thinking. For all human history man has offered sacrifices to God. Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob… and then Moses delivers the Israelites from Egypt, God delivers this people from slavery to Egypt and by unbelief and incredulity they ask for the Law only to be enslaved by it again with more rules and regulations, most of it about sacrifices. Today, halakhic Judaism keeps the Jewish people enslaved to regulations and rules, there is a level of observance you can have that suits anybody - and it is one thing, slavery. It’s not only the Jewish mindset, it’s the global religious mindset that even the non-religious people adopt - that God requires from you sacrifice, rule keeping, and things of that nature… does God need anything from us?

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Make no mistake of it; our interpretation that God requires sacrifice is the making of man and not the saying of God - it’s is something that entered our minds only after Adam ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (I’ll call it here, the KOGE tree). You see when Adam ate the KOGE fruit, it created in Adam a consciousness of good and evil - not life. It’s good to see good! But evil is nothing.

Think of Light. The Book never says that God spoke darkness into existence. That is because darkness does not exist. Light, on the other hand, God conceived in His mind and spoke it into His existence and so Light exists. (Hey you, dear reader, understand what it means then that you are created in the Image of God!).

Physicists have observed the evidence of 'invisible' matter they describe as “dark matter”. Some may think that if matter and dark matter collide they cancel each other out somehow (but this is not proven). No matter what happens when matter and dark matter collide, the point is, dark matter is something and not nothing like the nothingness of darkness. It’s just another type of matter, just like Light. Light is something. But darkness is nothing, it does not exist.

So what about Good and Evil? God is Good! God is Light! God is Life! But neither evil nor darkness nor death exist!!! These only entered our mind when we became conscious of the lack or absence of Light, Life and Goodness! By becoming conscious of the lack of Light, we named and observe darkness, the same applies for Life and death, Good and evil. We named and observe death, we named and observe evil. Something should be said of Job here “The very thing I feared has come to pass” he said - Job was a man who obsessed by the fear of harm and everyday offered sacrifices. That is the way of life on earth, what you observe in your mind, you create, whether it is Life you observe or death. O that we had never been awakened to the nothingness of these enemies of man!

(There is in physics the concept that observing something, changes the way it is - and that if it is not observed, it does not exist!)

So where does that leave us with sacrifice? Ever since Adam ate of the KOGE fruit, Adam and humankind after him all now have come to believe that God requires Sacrifice (I think in particular of Noah’s sacrifice after the flood waters receded) - the knowing of evil, somehow creates in them the misunderstanding that God would ask for something from the humanrace.

That’s why God sent His Son - His very Self - to lay down His Life as the LAMB OF GOD, the ONE SACRIFICE - GOD OFFERED FOR ALL HUMANKIND, FOR YOU AND I, EVERYONE. And we are about to see the Pierced One (Zech 12:10) and we will understand, we have completely got it wrong!

He sent His Son, understand this means God the Father manifested in human flesh, to be sacrificed precisely to destroy in us the consciousness of Good and evil, Life and death, Light and darkness and in so doing, to awaken in us only the consciousness of LOVE - His Goodness, His Life and His Light to enjoy with Him, in Him, as Him, for ever and ever. God is Love and we are in Him and He in us. Nothing more needs to be said.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

What is God?

We always ask “who is God”? But these days I have begun to ask “What is God?” Not that He isn’t a Living Being, A Person, if you will – but rather What is His Essence. Jesus describes God as “Spirit” (John 4:24) literally “Breath”.

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Now I want you to take a step back here. What is God’s Name? It is “I AM” I want you to think this through thoroughly because there is so much confusion and mystery around the Name and rightly so. Observant Jews of the day, even after millennia are actually so obsessed by it’s power they are afraid to pronounce it – though it was never forbidden to do so in their Torah.

So God has answered the question Himself about “who He is” and “what He is”. He is Spirit – the Divine Breath – the Great, Universal, Divine Consciousness!

What is consciousness? It is self-awareness.  What does it mean to be created in God’s image now? It means we are created in the “I AM”’s image, in the image of this consciousness and are of His Breath “Spirit” – all of us, man and woman, all humankind  - of all the creatures of God’s creation, He did for us what He did not for any other thing, ‘living’ or not – namely, He blew into the dust of earth with His “Breath” creating humans!

You see that is how we are in God’s image. We are the most self-aware beings with the highest levels of consciousness in the Universe (unless He created other beings in His image away from earth who also share this privilege) among all His creation. This is why angels look at us with a certain longing as Peter says in (1 Pet 1:12). Angels are sophisticated and powerful beings it seems but they are not created in God’s image, in the Image of the I AM, the Divine Consciousness that defines us over and above every thing in Creation.

So what does this really mean? This is where it gets really, really juicy. This is where the rubber meets the road, this is where lives are changed!

Are you ready for it? I haven't even scratched the surface.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Four Secrets of the Lord's Prayer Hidden in Plain Sight

One thing I can't understand about the vast majority of Christians - they always put barriers to keep you from benefiting from Jesus' teachings. "Wait" they say, "First you must have the right beliefs about our doctrines..." or "But this doesn't apply to everyone, only to the believers". But Jesus Christ never put barriers between people based on their beliefs, lifestyles or ethnicity... never!

Instead, Jesus would regularly divulge the secrets of Heaven to any who would simply listen... that's it, so simple, if you have ears to ear, you listen! There was no qualifications necessary other than to be human. Are you a human? Well, then that's it... you qualify!

Secret #1 - We are God's Children - We are One with God - We are gods

"Our Father in Heaven"

This is how Jesus taught ALL of humanity to pray like... He told the crowds, full of Jews, Gentiles, Samritans, Caananites, Romans, Egyptians, and all the peoples of the melting pot that the land of Israel consisted of during that day to pray like this. Call God - Father! My Father, our Father, your Father.

Back then, and more so in the cultures of the east today, your children are considered your flesh and blood. Today, Westerners speak about independence and some even cast their children out at 18. They are disconnected, from their own flesh and blood but not so in Jesus' time and in the East. Cultural differences aside, I want you to see what it means to call God - Father - when Jesus taught us to pray.

It means you are 100% of the flesh and blood of God (See these two posts on what it means to be created in God's image and likeness). You are essentially gods. Being sons and daughters of the Divine Father means you are gods, of Divine Nature, of a single, united Nature of God.

He was speaking about the unity of humankind with God - male and female. One in God. Take a look at John 15, or consider the Old Testament Scriptures "I said, You are gods" (Ps 82:6) that Jesus Himself quoted.

They accused Jesus of blasphemy telling Him that “Because You, being a Man, make Yourself God” (John 10:33) they were about to stone Him. But He responded:

"‘Is it not written in your law [in Psalms 82:6], “I said, ‘You are gods’ ”? If He [God] called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, “You are blaspheming,” because I said, “I am the Son of God”?’” (John 10:34-36).

You are One with the Creator, the Heavenly Father. I don't take care about your religion and neither does the Messiah (Jesus didn't come to start the religion of Christianity as the Jewish people of today say and many others think). Religion is in fact the tree of knowledge of good and evil that brings only death to the world. Yes, most people operate and act in total ignorance or even defiance of this truth; but there is an awakening and it is time for the Christians especially (because they are most familiar with Jesus' words) to unpackage these truths from the deceptive wrappings of religion that has bound both them and their hearers to a defeated life.

Realize today, you are One with the Father. See others in this light. Consider Jesus' attitude in holding this truth as God's Son. Great things come to those who start to act like their Creator Father, greater things even!

Secret #2 - The Name of God on your lips

"Hallowed be Your Name"

Do you know what the Name of God is? It's one of the most powerful Biblical concepts. It held so much potency that eventually the Jewish people became too afraid to say it. The real power here has little to do with how the pronunciation of God's Name is made, but rather how you embrace it! I AM.

Jesus was highlighting this in the example to prayer. First you remember your unity with God and who you are. And now, you reconsecrate the Name on your Lips. This truly is a very empowering truth.

When you hallow God's Name, you set it apart on your lips. You never take the I AM in vain. Meaning, you are careful how you think about yourself in the first place (many people focus solely on the words spoken by the lips, but really all of that starts in the heart and how you think of yourself!). You take care to attach what you want to that name. You no longer attach silly, idle and foolish thoughts and declarations to the I AM.

How do you think of yourself? Who are you? How are you? Most people think of themselves in the normal and negative. They have limited themselves and denied their union with God and the image of God in them.

I AM - how powerful. If you just keep saying this to yourself for the next minute you will feel its power. God's Breath is in you and just saying I AM you remember it and acknowledge it. What a statement of confidence, of being, of presence. I AM.

If you are in a hard situation, take a pause, breathe, and say I AM. I elaborate much more on this thought here.

Secret #3 - Command into being the Kingdom, for God empowers but religion disempowers.

"Your Kingdom come"

This wasn't a plea. Many of us think the Lord's prayer is to be prayed with closed eyes, kneeling and begging the Father. But this is not the case. Jesus taught us to bring forth into being what we want by imagining it and feeling it as if it is.

"Tell the Mountains to Move and believe it is so according to what you say and do not doubt and the mountain shall do as you say!" (rough paraphrase of Mk 11:23)

Here is the mark of religion - religion teaches you to beg and be dependent. It tells you that you have no power, that you are not accepted, that you are guilty, that you are wretched, that you not appreciated, and above all that you are NOT unconditionally loved.

But Jesus tells you that you are fully accepted, appreciated and loved in the most Supreme Way possible by God Himself - to the extent that God Sacrifices Himself and His Son (in One) for all humankind. Jesus taught us to still the storms ourselves rather than be afraid and necessitate He acts. The Same God told Moses the same thing when He was faced with the armies of Pharaoh from behind and the sea to the front "Why do you call to Me???" (See this post for more on this lesson)

Jesus taught us to pray the "kingdom come". He taught us that kingdom of God was within us. We need to change our minds in this. We need to realize that He was empowering us to change the world not as servants, slaves or weak people - pleading, and begging people, but being full of the Majesty and Love of God, full of His power and light. Simply - Your Kingdom Come! So it comes! Amen.

Secret #4 - Imagine what Heaven is like... then bring it to earth and extend it to your life!

"Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."

Most people see the past and look at the present and imagine that that what was and is, will also be. They have lived normal lives, so normal lives they can expect along with all the blights of humanity, the curse of the earth.

Very few people sit, and imagine... imagine what it would feel like if Earth was like Heaven. Imagine what it would be like if your country and city or where you live, became modeled more and more after Heaven.

No more pollution, no more corruption, no more crime, no more poverty, no more disease, no more sickness, no more misery, no more murder, no more scarcity... wow, only abundance, life, joy, love and peace, overflowing to everyone and from everyone to everyone!

Voila... Jesus was telling us to imagine it so... which means to believe it so and command into being, this was a declaration, a command, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven... not please, and if you may, but Let it be So... and it is!

Just as God uttered - Light exist and so Light existed! So Jesus teaches us to create the Kingdom of God on Earth!

I will leave you with these thoughts. I think it's time you recreated your life according to Heaven's plans and not your past and the system of the world.

Have a wonderful 2019!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

7 Christian Meditation Techniques

I think Christians have lost the art of meditation - far too many in the churches all over the world have been infected by a Western mindset steeped in the perceived supremacy of the intellect.  But the Holy Scriptures of the Bible, all the prophets of old, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Elijah, John, the Disciples and Yeshua/Jesus Himself are all of the East! This does not mean there is no room for the intellect and rationale thought or that I am dismissing logic - far, far, far be it from to do that. The rational mindset of the West should be embraced in perfect harmony with the mysticism and spiritual orientation of the East - the two are married, two sides of the one coin and are therefore, one.

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So meditation is not something you need to be afraid of. And now that I've discovered it and explored it from a very firm, Biblical, Christ-centered, Spirit-led rooting - I wonder how I even prayed before! It's such a powerful form of prayer that I have to share it. I have borrowed heavily from Eastern mysticism (but perhaps not so deeply) and have argued elsewhere that meditation is a very ancient and Biblical practice (click here to see that). To be clear, this is not a religious formula (a quick glance at what I've written and you'll realize I'm not fond of religion nor it's formulas). And to state the obvious, I utterly believe in the One God - Elohim/Yahowah/El-Shaddai who so loved the World that He offered up His Only Begotten Son (John 3:16). So what I have here are merely guidelines and frameworks. So without further ado, let's dive in!

1) Chanting the AUM

Om or Aum is an ancient Sanskrit syllable (I've written here about  how it is in fact a representation of Jesus). I knew of Aum from my teenage years when I once visited Nepal. Shortly after I discovered Jesus and was led by the legalistic thinking circles that I was immediately exposed to, I was encouraged to discard anything that hinted of Eastern mysticism or spirituality (I foolishly complied). But Jesus Himself reintroduced me to the Aum a whopping 22 years later (you can see how I stumbled supernaturally on this here and here and here; yeah it was such a powerful vision that it took me at least three times to expound on it on this blog).

Aum is akin to the OM of Shalom and the AM of Amen - in the Bible we see that Jesus Himself is the Amen (Rev 3:14)! So do not be afraid to utter this syllable - a syllable that rolls from the tip of the mouth to the throat and vibrates from the belly upwards to the neck as you speak, a syllable that is said without the use of the tongue so that anyone can utter it. 

I use the Aum to focus and be still. When I utter Aum, or even think it, it stills my thoughts - it does not shut off my mind but it quiets the endless mind chatter, in fact I could say that it resets the mind. Think of a pond of water that is so agitated... just chanting Aum (for me at least) quiets that wavy pond so it becomes perfectly calm and clear. I weave the Aum in and out of prayer, sometimes I'll also say Shalom and  other times, Amen too.

I also believe Aum is related to the Hebrew word for "says" or "speak" - A-M-R pronounced Amer. Thought, just like words that one says, are essentially vibrations (we already know about brain waves and there's some technologies that have been developed where you can 'teach' a device what you think and these 'thought reading' machines essentially read those vibrations). "In the beginning was the Word"... essentially is "In the beginning was the Vibration"... and "And God said [AMER - like Aum], Let their be Light and there was Light." So chanting the Aum is chanting the Word and the very Vibration/Thought of calling forth what is not in existence into existence! (but this subject easily deserves a post on its own).

2) The Cross

The Cross is everything. Meditating on the Cross, on how Jesus laid down His life for us and the so-called Passion of Christ, on how God sent His Son in love to the world to die in such shame, pain and horror... well, simply put, there is no deed or discovery that is greater than JESUS CRUCIFIED. None what so ever! 

Now this concept is foreign to those of the East. The Eastern Mystics have understood a lot, or perhaps I should say instead; Eastern Mystics have remembered  many essential truths that were forgotten by the peoples of the Book. But the Cross - Jesus in the flesh,  crucified and risen from the dead - as a physical, spiritual and eternal truth is forgotten by the Eastern Mystics. The Eastern Mystics know that God is love and love is God but they think so impersonally of Him (calling the Father, the Universe or by Names that rob God of His personal love to us). In failing to see the Word (which, I remind you, is Aum) becoming flesh and dying on the Cross, they fail to see the greatest conceivable manifestation of God's love possible. 

The mystery of the Cross is so deep. It is not trivial in any way and meditating on it, you meditate on everything. Why did the Father send the Son to die on a cross? I don't really know why it had to be. And many will be so quick to say their well-tried answers borne from doctrine and intellectual faith. Yes, Jesus the Lamb was sacrificed to sanctify us and usher us into a beautiful, eternal New Covenant that can not be broken anymore by our human condition, but that said... why does it have to be that way? It is beyond me and yet I frequently center my mind on the Cross because what better thing is their to think on?

 Are you in debt? Think on the Cross. Are you in love? Think on the Cross. Are you rich or poor? Think on the Cross. Are you in a storm of life? Think on the Cross. Are you in longing? Think on the Cross. Whatever your condition is now - think on the Cross! There is something so timeless about the Cross - everyday think on the Cross and somehow your life will align with great power to God's will and kingdom. 
But the ultimate reason I think on the Cross is because the highest, most infinite and ever-lasting expression of God's total, unwavering, limitless love for me (and you too, but I say me, so you can say me too and make it as personal as possible!) is Jesus Crucified! Amen.

3) The I AM meditation

I have a written a lot recently about the Mystery of the I AM. God's Name. Yet it is God's Name in your mouth that great power is given, for our Father is not one that should keep us in the mud and mire for us to worship Him as slaves, but He is our Daddy Father, who loves us and raises us up as sons and daughters. Jesus taught us to pray "Hallowed be Your Name" and right afterwards "Your Kingdom Come" for a great reason. 

When you consecrate the I AM being careful to not to take it in vain by saying negative things after the I AM, the KINGDOM COMES for the Kingdom, as Jesus said, is within us! When God told Moses what to tell the Israelites should they ask him about God's Name (they never did ask in the end) God said "tell them that the I AM sent me unto you", you see, that was a great secret that empowers people to break free from slavery and the tyranny of the world's spiritual darkness. 

So first utter I AM and think on this. You are! Meditating on the I AM roots your presence. You become self-aware. I AM. It is very empowering. You know those people who blame external things beyond their control for their life's conditions? They are very powerless and poor in their minds, they are victims and constantly sighing out life. Are you one of those souls? Then take up the I AM and Resurrect His Life in you. 

The second thing you can say and meditate on is the I AM that I AM. Think on what Paul said I am what I am by the Grace of God. Think on your unity with God, Jesus is the Vine you are the Branch.  I AM One with the Father, One with the Son, One with the Spirit.

In pondering the I AM - one anchors their thoughts in the now, in the moment. How many of us are distracted nowadays, constantly wanting to fill our mind with endless, useless chatterings - what one does when they get on Facebook, scrolling through their home feed, they get a surge of dopamine in the first few minutes and then they just get stuck in a trance like state. We are becoming a generation that has been freed from so much hard labor and disease and have never lived longer since the old Biblical days but ironically now that we have more time we find ourselves so disconnected from the very awareness of our existence.

Uttering I AM a few times will do wonders in this regard.

4) Focus on your breathe and take control

This is very related to the preceding I AM meditation. Essentially, it is just being aware. Saying nothing, just focus on your breath as you inhale and exhale. You can close your eyes and focus on everything you are hearing, feeling (the way you sit, being aware of your body parts in what position they maybe in, or what sensations are pulsating that you have not yet noticed, etc), what you are smelling or tasting.. you can also do this anytime, standing or walking with eyes wide open. Just focus on your breath for a few minutes.

Focusing on the breathe makes you amazingly aware of everything going on around but also in you. I have found that doing this even in stressful situations, I begin to look at my feelings objectively - "Oh, I realize I am angry now" and suddenly that emotion no longer becomes the driver of my actions. Suddenly, I now am in a position to respond and initiate, to be proactive rather than allowing my emotions and outside happenings to dictate my reactions.

The Bible says we are Temples of the Holy Spirit of God. This is perhaps one of the most profound things Jesus Christ came to accomplish for us. For now, I just want to throw this out - the word Spirit in the Bible (both Hebrew and Greek) can just as correctly be translated as Breathe. Focusing on your Breathe is a way to focus on the Spirit of the Almighty in you. The Breathe in you is placed there by God Himself. How powerful is it then to just focus on this amazing part of our being.

As a final note, breathing is one of those bodily functions that is under both voluntary and involuntary control. It makes it even more interesting when you consider that fact.

For God has not given us a spirit [BREATHE] of timidity, but of power, love, and self-control. 2 Tim 1:7

5) God is Timeless and so are you

One of the wackiest things I've written so far is right here. Ever since I was awakened by Jesus to see visions, dreams and other prophetic rabbit hole journey's, I've had very, very strange experiences. One of them is some form of time travel - of course - I am not saying that I was no longer aware of my body and presence in this plane of existence. It was something deeply powerful, imaginative and as many visions and dreams are, extremely symbolic and somehow infused with the unmistakable aroma and flavor of Jesus.

But we are speaking about meditation - a very purposeful act of prayer (that can lead to visions, etc) but that is apart from it and involves a very intentional, focused activity of the mind and spirit. Here are a few powerful ways you can utilize this timelessness concept - firstly, recognizing that the Eternal One is the One "who was, who is and who is to come", in other words, God is the Timeless One and  you are a child of His, so that also transports you into His timeless realm.

Many people live in the past. And many others may not dwell on the past but they have hurts and wounds from things that have happened to them. (I would recommend this post and reading about unforgiveness). One exercise is to focus on a past event - relive it but instead of doing what you did, impulsively reacting to it or not acting with enough wisdom, choose to relive those moments in a way that you would do so today. This experience can act like a healing or soothing balm for those wounds of our past.

Another powerful little trip is to see yourself living out your day before it unfolds, early in the morning. It can bring focus and make sure you don't waste your time with fruitless activities. And yet another exercise is to travel further into the future, not to see what it becomes, but to imagine favorable outcomes.

As I said, this stuff is a little wacky but I am talking to those who want to do great things for their God's Kingdom, their family and in the world.

6) Chant a verse very slowly

Take a powerful verse of Scripture and just slowly repeat it. Focus on each word, each utterance. There is great and profound lessons to be draw from here. Yes, I purposely inserted this relatively commonplace practice because the next suggestion is easily as strange if not stranger than the previous one.

7) Travel in the Spirit

I have been places in the Spirit. These were strange, otherworldly places, possibly celestial or heavenly places. At first I was 'accompanied' by Seraphim like beings - so weird. At first I did not understand these travels but as I began to embrace them I accidentally discovered I could travel to places that I treasured deeply. I could travel not only in time but in a location. I'm not talking about something so out of this world it couldn't be Biblical... consider what Paul said to the Corinthian church:
When you are gathered in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, along with the power of the Lord Jesus... 2 Cor 5:4
There was a serious situation in the Corinthian church that Paul spoke of but I won't go into here and this verse is immediately followed by another very controversial statement that I also won't address. But the truth of this particular verse above is flabbergasting and has confounded 'Western' minded Christians for centuries. What in the world is Paul talking about? This was not nonsensical, sentimental musings, Paul didn't write like that - it was real... when these believers gathered, he says he was literally there along with the power of the Lord Jesus. It was his intention that bought him there. I've never heard someone preaching about this, and only managed to find some vague mentions online among one or two Christians.

So rather than explain things away, I'd like to simply suggest you explore and experiment. While meditating I often imagine myself with the people that I am praying for. They could be in the room next door, or just a 20 minute drive away or on other continents - it does not matter. In the spirit, I lay hands on them, bless them, pray or just simply linger there, worshiping the Lord and enveloping the environment with His love.

Sometimes I'll just 'fly' to places I love, and just sit there and pray and watch what goes on. New Agers will call this remote viewing... they may also call it astral projection. They could very well be those things but it makes little difference to me. Afterall, Jesus often expounded on spiritual principles that could be applied by anybody. Most Christians would outright reject anything of this sort because they think it's kind of like what Saul did when he summoned the prophet Samuel from the dead, using the services of a diviner.

But as the verse above explains (and by the way, I did not even mention Philip's little trips in Acts) there is a Biblical precedent for this. And besides, so what if people Christians have maligned for so long have discovered cool spiritual principles? So what? How bigoted it is to think that Jesus keeps those who do not yet know Him from truth wherever it may be found! Also, how is it that these judgmental Christians have taken so presumptuously the position of judge of the world, they now dictate who belongs to Jesus and who doesn't, who is saved and who is isn't, and all this nonesense? The last I checked nobody owns God! 

So let them do what they do and who knows, what if they worship God in Spirit and Truth, embrace His mercy from the Sacrifice of His Son on the Cross, but have not yet realized they do? Whose to say that is not possible? I say this all to make you fearless and more open minded. God is always in the business of destroying our intellectual castles of sand and replacing them with temples of wonderfully carved natural and precious stones. Jesus Himself, is the precious CornerStone and we are the Stones of that Temple as well!

I hope this post gives you ideas and that you find a great sense of Peace and blessing through these 'new' ways of prayer.

Here's to your happy experience in meditation, well-ground and rooted firmly in the Faith of the Amen, Jesus Christ, who came in the flesh, of the line of David, the I AM SALVATION Himself and who died and rose again after three days. Amen.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Three-fold Secret of Answered Prayers that Jesus Revealed to Us All

It's not complicated. It's not hidden. It's only obscure so far as we choose not to look. But if you look, you will see and find. If you do not look you will not find. You're reading this post because you pray and you're praying because you want and those desires, you're looking forward so desperately to see them come to be. So let's get straight to the point! These are three keys to prayer, the three secrets if you will, or truths, to praying super-effectively and super-powerfully.

1) Having Faith Means you SEE your Answered Prayer - Seeing the Unseen and Imagination are One!

Have faith of God; for verily I say to you, that whoever may say to this mount, Be taken up, and be cast into the sea, and may not doubt in his heart, but may believe that the things that he saith do come to pass, it shall be to him whatever he may say. Because of this I say to you, all whatever — praying — ye do ask, believe that ye receive, and it shall be to you. (Mk 11:22-24)

Get this straight - the FIRST key to answered prayer is to ACT and FEEL like you already have it even though it is not manifest (Heb 11:1). We need to do some redefinitions here because it is crucial. When Jesus said "Have Faith" and "believe" He was speaking of SEEING, IMAGINING, FEELING. That's what faith and belief are... the Church has taught her children for such a long time that that faith and believing are intellectually agreeing with doctrines. If you want to get anywhere in the Kingdom, doctrines will shackle you and keep you in shallow spiritual waters all your life. Sorry to break it to you, but it's the truth. Doctrines make us comfortable with ourselves and help to label other people - yeah those goes are in, those guys are not. This is not the sword of division that Jesus came to bring, at the contrary this is the very sword of the Pharisees - the only group of people to which Jesus verbally exposed outright hostility.

Now this is a transforming, utterly transforming truth. When you "praying - believe that you receive" it means you FEEL AS IF IT'S TRUTH. Can you feel it? Can you literally place yourself there and just let your imagination wander within it's realization?

You can, right? It feels good, right?

Let's say you want a car. Imagine it's make and model and color and it's smell and you're driving here and there and locking the car and you feel good, right?

But what about VANITY and MATERIALISM... this is a secret within a secret... as you pray, even if you pray out of misplaced desires (for vain things, your ego, etc) and as you pray you feel like you have them already... well, you feel good? right? Right! And then it dawns on you: you don't need STUFF to make you happy! You already are Happy and Content and Living in that feeling without that thing. I mean, you thought that you'd be happy when you have such and such, but by praying for these things and believing (or feeling, seeing) that you have received it, suddenly you realize the feeling is what you always wanted and you don't need anything to have it!!!
This is just so amazing, what a secret, I'm super excited: to believe that you receive what you pray, whatever it maybe, as you are feeling it's manifestation, seeing the unseen, imagining it is true and already there, something magical happens. It makes the GOOD DESIRES come to pass and the lesser desires are transformed into better desires that also come to pass! Glory to God! 
Meditate on this and take literally EVERYTHING to God in prayer, don't be shy, bring to Him your basest (most vain and materialistic) desires, bring to Him your Holiest of Holy Desires, no matter, bring them all! The bad desires will be transformed to good desires and all your good desires will come to pass when you pray like this!

2) Forgive quickly, frequently and keep away from Condemnation and Guilt, neither receiving it nor giving it.

There's a reason Jesus taught about forgiving every time He taught us to pray. Consider the Lord's prayer and consider the continuation of Mark 11:22-24 here:

And whenever ye may stand praying, forgive, if ye have anything against any one, that your Father also who is in the heavens may forgive you your trespasses; and, if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in the heavens forgive your trespasses.’ (Mk 11:25,26)
This is something very, very important. It is something that not only will block your prayers, it will kill it's lovers from the inside - literally and spiritually. Yes, some people just can't let go of their forgiveness, they love holding a grudge. Others can't embrace Grace, because they're too arrogant and prideful to give up their Guilt and as a result, the Guilty almost always give more Guilt to others as they condemn them.

Clear your heart of unforgiveness, as many times as necessary, as many times as you feel it. Embrace the True Grace of God that declares you and your neighbor forever forgiven and let go of condemning yourself and condemning others. Do not even entertain these thoughts again and when you do, as we surely will do, let it be so fleeting that as soon as you smell their scent you cast them out.

Consider these words:
Beloved, if our heart may not condemn us, we have boldness toward God, and whatever we may ask, we receive from Him, because His commands we keep, and the things pleasing before Him we do. (1 John 3:21,22)
 ...reasonings bringing down, and every high thing lifted up against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of the Christ... (2 Cor 10:5)
So take care to guard your hearts and minds. Forgive yourself, forgive others - for God has forgiven you and them. If you struggle with unforgiveness, I would look to Paul (click here) who had every reason to hold on to guild as murder of Christians but somehow received and understood the Grace of God beyond any of his contemperaries.

3) Pray in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus - It is the Name meaning "I AM SALVATION"

And now friends this is one of those Rabbit Hole moments when I get all mystical.

You pray in the Name of Jesus all the time. You say your amen's and bless His Name. Now what is His Name?

Jesus told us to pray in His Name:
I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it. (John 14:13,14)
Wow! There's that whatever you ask again. I love it! But the NAME... I find God's Name is strange. I AM THAT I AM. God is existence and reality and above all personal (He is the I AM not the it is). This is God's Name and this is the Name He gave Moses.

Let me tell you, this is a great, great, great secret. When Jacob fought with the Angel of Yahowa (it was God who was the 'angel' whom I believe to be Yeshua or Jesus) Jacob demanded He tell him His Name. God declined to give it to him. Later, Moses asked about His Name too and God told him HIS Name - I AM THAT I AM or I AM.  To be precise, Moses asked the Lord about what he should tell the Israelites should they ask Moses for HIS Name... the Israelites, however, NEVER did ask Moses for God's Name! And to do this day, their ancestors, the Jewish Nation who are of the tribe of Judah and still carry the name of Israel do not know His Name and dare not even read it.

And yet... this was God's Name for Generations to Come! So here comes Jesus and what does Jesus tell the Father?
I did manifest Thy name to the men whom Thou hast given to me out of the world; Thine they were, and to me Thou hast given them, and Thy word they have kept. (John 17:6)
Wow! Jesus is the One who Reveals the NAME OF GOD TO ALL MANKIND.

Ok so then... Here's the thing, what does it really mean to pray in the Name of Yeshua/Jesus? I pray literally in His Name... "In Jesus' Name, Amen" we always pray like this. But I think we are missing something else in all of this, buried in the routine of this tradition. 
And God saith unto Moses, 'I AM THAT WHICH I AM;' He saith also, 'Thus dost thou say to the sons of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.' (Exo 3:14)
Why did Moses have to say I AM sent me to you? Shouldn't it have been the He is sent me to you?

I believe there is a great and very empowering truth in the I AM. When you appropriate the I AM you bring out the power of God already within, from your union with God that is in Christ - He is the Vine, you are the Branch and where does the vine really end and the branch begin? You are One with God. And when you appropriate through this Unity and the Blood of Christ, the I AM it empowers you greatly.

You can be like Paul, who said  I am what I am by the Grace of God and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and I have been crucified with Christ. These are all statements emanating from the I AM. There are many more you can say, but just meditating on the I AM, and attaching the Word of God and His promises and your Unity in Christ, to that I AM is powerful. As you mediate and pray, declaring or silently uttering or singing such things is awesome:

I AM above and not below.

I AM God's beloved son/daughter.

I AM capable of doing all things through Christ who strengthens me.

I AM One with the Father, One with the Son and One with the Spirit.

You see, if you are asking and praying to God because you think that the answer is there in Heaven then please consider this; Jesus asked us to pray, the very first was to Consecrate God's Name and the very second thing, was to Ask for His Kingdom. We have gone over the Name and now is the Kingdom, the Kingdom is the manifestation of God's Realm and Reign on Earth, His Love, Power and Glory, on Earth through you.

So let me close with this. Look at what Jesus said of the Kingdom:
And having been questioned by the Pharisees, when the reign of God doth come, he answered them, and said, ‘The reign of God doth not come with observation; nor shall they say, Lo, here; or lo, there; for lo, the reign of God is within you.’ (Lk 17:20,21)
The answer to your prayers is within YOU, the Kingdom, the Reign is in you. This is why you pray in the Name of the I AM SALVATION, because that Salvation is now borne with you, this is why you are Born of the Spirit and born again, it is what that means. His very Kingdom is within you.

God's Word Himself is within you (Deut 30:14) and so is His Kingdom and His Salvation (see James 1:21). It is all of Jesus and Jesus is all and He is also within you, He is the Vine, you are the Branch. Can you accept this?

So consider when Moses was faced with the biggest obstacle ever, the entire Egyptian Army behind him and the Red Sea before him, He cried out to God for salvation. And what did God say?
The LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the Israelites to go forward. And as for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. (Ex. 14:15,16)
You see we expect miracles from God when God is expecting miracles from us! 

The Word of Salvation is within you. The Power of Salvation is in your hand. The Kingdom of God is in you. You are One with the Father, One with the Son and One with the Spirit - He is the Vine, you are the Branch. 

It is time to pray in such a powerful way and to do away with our limited mentality. It is time to discover your inheritance. God bless you all. 

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