Christmassing

Doing Christmas Together

Here we come a wassailing among the leaves so green
Here we come a wandering so fair to be seen

(chorus) Love and joy come to you and to your wassail too
And God bless you and send you a happy New Year
And God send you a happy New Year

We are not daily beggars that beg from door to door
We are your neighbor’s children whom you have seen before

(Chorus)

God bless the master of this house, likewise the mistress, too
And all the little children that round the table go.”

(Chorus)

(Taken from:  ChristmasTree.com)

Today, I am inspired to write you despite the quiet, even silent house from which my thoughts can run tippy-toe throughout.  So I am getting the title and my mind is racing with this song:  ‘Here we go a Christmassing among the trees so green!’  It sounds correct, but I still have to check it.(See PoemHunter.com)

The Olde English Christmastide then.  Here is the interesting story of the wassail that I found in the Britanica Encyclopaedia of 1912 (from wikisource.org):

WASSAIL (O. Eng. was hál, “be whole,” “be well”), primarily the ancient form of “toasting,” the term being applied later to the Christmas feasting and revelries and particularly to the bowl of spiced ale or wine which was a feature of the medieval Christmas. One of the earliest references to the wassail-bowl in English history is in the description of the reception of King Vortigern by Hengist, when Rowena “came into the king’s presence, with a cup of gold filled with wine in her hand, and making a low reverence unto the king said, ‘Waes hael hlaford Cyning,’ which is ‘Be of health, Lord King.’” In a collection of ordinances for the regulations of the royal household in Henry VII.’s reign, the steward on Twelfth Night was to cry “wassail” three times on entering with the bowl, the royal chaplain responding with a song. Wassailing was as much a custom in the monasteries as in laymen’s houses, the bowl being known as poculum Caritatis. What was popularly known as wassailing was the custom of trimming with ribbons and sprigs of rosemary a bowl which was carried round the streets by young girls singing carols at Christmas and the New Year. This ancient custom still survives here and there, especially in Yorkshire, where the bowl is known as “the vessel cup,” and is made of holly and evergreens, inside which are placed one or two dolls trimmed with ribbons. This cup is borne on a stick by children who go from house to house singing Christmas carols. In Devonshire and elsewhere it was the custom to wassail the orchards on Christmas and New Year’s eve. Pitchers of ale or cider were poured over the roots of the trees to the accompaniment of a rhyming toast to their healths.”

THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS 

Since John was born on Passover, the 15th day of Nisan (the 1st Jewish month), Jesus would have been born six months later on the 15th day of Tishri (the 7th Jewish month).  The 15th day of the 7th month begins the Feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:34-35), also known as Sukkot.  Jesus was born on the 1st day of the Feast of Tabernacles!  In the year 5 BCE, this fell in the month of September.  (See ‘Jesus Real Birthday’ by Bryan T. Huie)

“The first day of Christmas occurred in a stable of a crowded inn that had a hord of horses and camels and mules, all used to transport the travelers.  You can imagine how it was warmed by the foul breath of the animals, but also the droppings that are ever present there. (September 29th in the year 5 B.C.E.)”

My meditations don’t stop there, though my thought was to leave this soon-to-be-holy place.  And Joseph and Mary arrived late with their hopes dashed for ever finding a decent place with which to accomplish their child’s imminent arrival.  ‘What a deal! We had to come here for this?’  He asked himself as he ducked out into the alley-way for a breath of fresh air.  His thoughts were of the dream he had as was the angelic visitation.  (And speak of the Angel!)

A bright light was shining out of the stable entry, and Joseph was blinded by the sliver of light that reached out to where he was standing, but he realized it was coming from their stall.  His tongue was stuck to his mouth when he saw his wife Mary being lifted up onto the immaculate delivery table where three angels were holding her and so gracefully taking the honors of bringing forth their King.  Joseph took a step back in aghast, and steadied himself, as his imagination took over — was this another angelic dream he was having?  It only took a few minutes.

“Whack!”  Joseph heard from within.  He heard the baby cry, and the light went away.  Joseph hurriedly entered the now sweet smelling stable stall where he found Mary holding her beautifully perfect baby clothed in plain cloth completely protected from the harsh elements.

“Wha-what happened?”  Joseph stutteringly asked his betrothed (wife).

“I was just feeling some movement like the baby was suddenly becoming alive within me, and my water broke.”  She said beginning to describe the miraculous event.

“Ah, I saw the bright light and some other people in here that looked like a medical staff in an operating room.”  He said.

“No Dear, they were really angels tasked to deliver our Lord as child.”

“Well I knew that, but while they were here, and I was watching, I could not even breathe for the fear their holy presence brought.”

“That is their supernatural nature, Joseph.  Didn’t you tell me you met with Gabriel, the archangel, in a dream?”

“Right.  That’s how I knew you were alright and being well taken care of.”

“Oh, Joseph!  How you can carry on.”  Mary said thinking his reaction was typical for the young Jewish man he was, and a Son of David at that.

Mary was holding her child as she was reclining on the blanket over the hay.  She lifted up the baby to present him to her betrothed (husband).

“Isn’t he wonderful?”  She said.

“Hello baby Yeshua.”  Joseph said greeting him softly.

“Goo-gle ga-ga.”  Jesus said in his baby-Nazareth dialect.

“What did he say?”  Joseph asked Mary.

“He was greeting you with his very first words as he knows who you are.”

“Who’s that?”

“His step-father, Silly.”

“I will have to write that down.  His first words were calling me his google-gaga which is interpretted as Step-father.”

“That’s funny, Joseph.”

“What was that whacking sound?”  He asked.

“The three angels had to decide who was going to slap our baby’s bottom, so they quickly did the scissor-rock-paper motions twice so that the one angel who won did the honors.”

“Aw, that’s not the truth, Mary?”  Joseph said squinting his eyes.

“You’re right, I made that up.  I felt no pain at all because the conception was exempt from the curse that enables pain. So what I think I saw might just be discounted and no one will want to remember that anyway.”

“Well who slapped Jesus’ bottom?”

“It was the last angel.  He was bigger than the other two.  He slapped him with a smile on his face, like he always wanted to do that, while the other two witnessed the event.”

“What happened then?”

“Yeshua breathed his first breath.  And the angels left.”

“That was the cry I heard, right?”

Just then there was a knock on the stable entry, and a crowd of shepherd-looking people wanted to come in just to see their beautiful child. . .

“Quick, where shall we lay him? . . .”

And so you know the rest of the story.  We were there briefly (in my mind) when it was the historic event that it was . . .  The Bible says only that “Mary stored all these precious memories in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name Pele-Yo’etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace],”  (Isaiah – Yesha’yahu 9:5 CJB)

Christmassing today with our family and friends, or even being totally alone with yourself and our Deliverer, take these thoughts with you.  Our imagination is an extension of our heart which is filled up with many wonderful thoughts.  My thoughts are warm towards doing this toast with you right now,

“May your Christmas be the Christmassing of your heartfelt dreams, to take the cup of blessing and lift it high to our Deliverer and King, to give us all our place within himself, and welcome each other by his Spirit, drinking our full measure — even to fill us full from bottom to top and overflowing with his love.  Amen”

And I think you need a hug.  So watch this:

Video: Christmas Hugs YouTube

Charles 

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Planning

WELCOME TO DOING PLANNING TOGETHER

Intro-note:  Did you see that video on my last post, Counseling?  It is called “Do you hear me now?”  By Bishop T.D. Jakes at the Lakewood Church in Houston.  What a powerful message and delivery!  Be sure to see the whole thing (50 minutes).

What are the plans God has for us? 

He is now in our present, so how can he help make our present better unless he shows us a little of what his plans are for us.  You know, something like getting a revelation when we are caught up into praise and worship, the heavenly place, or heavenlies is the place of vision that can show us direction to trust in going, and purpose to trust in doing. . .

“For I know the plans I have for you says the LORD (ADONAI), . . .”  The Amplified says it best: 

“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

Professor Lawrence O. Richards wrote in his Expository Dictionary of Bible Words (Zondervan, 1985, page 510) about purpose:  “God’s sovereignty is affirmed in both OT and NT.  An important New Testament aspect of this affirmation is found in the repeated emphasis on that which God has purposed, planned, and decreed.”

. . .”Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.” (Jeremiah 29:12)

“Two Greek words, prothesis and boule’ are particularly significant.  Prothesis means “a plan” or  “a resolve”, denoting a decision that has been made.  The NIV renders the word “purpose” in four of the twelve places where it appears in the NT.” (Romans 8:28, 9:11; Ephesians 1:11, 3:11)

. . . (Jeremiah 29:13) “Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”  (Deuteronomy 4:29,30)

The next Greek word is a stronger term that shows God’s fixed purpose (will) which is unchangeable by anyone’s action or behavior.  The force of the Greek word boule’, is strong in the four places refering to God, and weak in the three places refering to human purpose.  (Luke 7:30 Θ, Acts 2:23 Φ, 4:28 Φ, 13:36 Θ, 20:27 Θ, Ephesians 1:11 Φ, Hebrews 6:17 Φ) Take the time to look at each of these references.  There is a hard-link (Φ) between God’s purposes and his plans for us.  They are the same and they are unchangeable.  But the soft-link (Θ) between man’s purposes and God’s plans are not always the same.  Somehow, man’s purposes can fail and have to be reworked.

Is there a reason to bring the two purposes together?

Did you read Ephesians 3:11?  Click on it, read it here in the Amplified Version:

“This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal and timeless purpose which He has realized and carried into effect in [the person of] Christ Jesus our Lord,” (My emphasis)

Now let’s turn to a more extensive indication of the increasing differences between God’s will and man’s will.  I am refering to this year’s industrial skills-gap report.  Manufacturing companies are reporting less and less employees with the skills to do the physical processes of production.  See the 2011 Skills Gap Report by the Manufacturing Institute of Washington DC: 

Just how bad is this report?

This shows us through several charts how there is a direction away from a balance in employment figures.  Figure 6 shows 45% critical shortage of machinists, craftsmen, operators, distributers, and technicians.  Figure 2 shows the area of most difficulty due to work force as 51% shortage of maintaining production levels consistent with customer demands.  And it is getting worse.

Figure 3 shows there is 74% shortage of workforce segments that had a negative impact upon (your) company’s ability to expand operation or improve productivity.  (And it is getting worse.)

“When manufacturers were asked what they expected over the next 3-to-5 years, 69% expected the availability of skilled production workers to worsen. Manufacturers also expect a greater challenge in hiring engineers, with 45% of companies expecting fewer qualified applicants.” (Ibid.)

This is saying it is going to get worse before it gets better.  What can be done to fix this in our economy?  Is it government?  Is it a change of heart of the rich people?  Our study on planning here is revealing there has been a whole lot of human (limited) planning going on.  Is it not time to go back to God to learn his plan, finally?  And how can God’s plan be made to turn this around?

I have found an interesting study that seems to be making some headway.  There is this ‘Opportunity’ with TechMission which is saying it will connect resources with needs.  And only God can do this in our hearts.

A Ten Year Plan For The Largest (Global) Social Network

Can we begin to think that in ten years how this vision for the Body of Christ to begin to use technology to gather the wealth of the world and be trusted to make distribution to all needs of food, shelter, clothing?  The resources of volunteer workers is the initial answer.  Bringing back the retired skilled workers to train up all those called to work with their hands.  And do it right.

This means putting God’s plan to work in our family, in our community, in our state, in our nation.  We will come to a point of no return.  Like getting so far in debt as a nation, as a state, as a community, as a family, that there are no physical ways to pay our debts and remain solvent.  We will become slaves to the world economy.  The end-times are here.  And the only plan that will work is God’s plan for us.  Don’t you see this?

“The largest social network in the world is the global Christian community, and our goal is to use technology to match these resources to needs.” (TechMission.com)

City Vision Colleges, and the TechMission Volunteer Corps are organizations that will be tasked to get knowledge of God’s plan into the workers and once established, begin to produce employees to fill the skills gap, and recover the economy on a global scale in ten years.

The global formula seems simple enough: 

Global Christians provide 18.17 trillion dollars, with the combined budget of Christian Organizations at 390 billion dollars, and the value of volunteer worker of faith-based workforce at 51.8 billion dollars.  This will produce hundreds of millions of dollars for the poor through the tens of millions of web visitors and millions of volunteers.

God’s plan according to His will is the only sensible way our nation can be made to become a global economy as God has promised.  But this takes a massive change of hearts.  Repentance is key.  But nothing is impossible with God. (Oh don’t worry, God is a perfect gentleman, he will never twist anyone’s arm to do this.  He may just take our hedge of protection away. . .)

700 million dollars in resources are needed to transform our indebted nation into solvency with the global economy.  It is miraculous in its concept because it will require supernatural capability.  People will have to want to please God more than themselves

This will take planning on a global scale

But it can be done with a little help from the heavenlies.  God has done everything he can do with his only Son who paid the price for our spiritual redemption.  Now that we are saved (delivered), we can get our heads together and depend more fully on God and His servants to work this plan for us all.

Our government has failed.  God’s servants in the Corporate Body of Christ (Messiah) alone can be trusted to fix our world.  We have the power over the destructive forces that have caused our dilemma.

I am personally thankful to have written this blog for planning purposes.  My work for God will depend upon His plan.  Our fellowship is growing.  There is a reason.  More people are hearing the appeal of the Gospel.  Our hearts are being changed.  New plans result from regenerated souls.  There is hope, but it is found only in using Covenant principles.  All for the glory of our Father God, in Jesus (Yeshua) our Lord (Adonai).  Amen.

Charles

Video:  GOD’S PLAN YouTube

Counseling

WELCOME TO DOING COUNSELING TOGETHER 

This morning is different.  I actually found a job I would enjoy doing and get paid for it.  And my application submission was made without problem.  Can you believe this?  Of course it is a writer position, and it is work at the house, so the only challenge is to structure chores around serious writing.  Ha!  Piece of cake.  Do you think you might read this and consider the mental depravity of this activity?  I can have my cake and eat it too?

“No way man.  You need counseling.” You say.  Ok.  That I may.  But there is only one source of counseling that I would consider worthy of changing anything needing changing in my life.  I just spoke to an associate at this morning’s men’s meeting and he happened to mention his educational goals.  He wants a degree in holistic counseling.  What is that?  I asked him. and he explained it is really the Word-based kind, including the treatment of the body, mind, and spirit.  The Word refering to the Holy Bible as really the only singular source for comprehensive solutions. (At least that is what I was told.)

All right.  I can see the need for this as I have been raised in a Baptist and Pentacostal church and have always thought of it as Christian Counseling.  But it is coming up with all the other politically correct terms.  Why not call it something more folks can relate to.  So we need to look more deeply into what the Bible is saying about how the prophets of God’s Hebrew Children were given counsel to go here, or go there, or even to say this or say that.  And even we followers of God’s Only Son can hear his counsel today.

I made a vow to my mother when she was on her death-bed that I would never hurt anyone.  So when I was in the Marine Corps and headed into a combat situation, circumstances were such that I was yanked out my assignment as left door gunner in the large cargo helicopter whose mission was to transport artillery shells to the front-line valley, where shooting defensive fire against enemy fire was part of the assignment.  The chopper went down, and when all the smoke cleared, I was standing upright on one leg in the middle of a burning aircraft with four other crewmen — with large bundles of ammunition all around within the ammo dump.

Somehow I knew that my left leg was broken.  The femur had snapped.  It was everyman for himself.  So I prayed?  No, there wasn’t time, at least the kind of prayer I had learned to pray.  You know, “Our Father, ” the formal kind.  But I definitely heard a word.  And I knew instantly what to do.  I took off my flak vest, the survival knife was already torn off, and I knew to lean forward and slide head-first over the crewchief who was helping the pilot who had been injured upon impact — dislocating his shoulder and cutting his face from his broken (pilot’s) window.

The word I heard was not a human voice, but I have to consciously admit that it communicated help to me at that moment. 

Go toward the light!” 

I heard that when diving over the pilot seat to exit the aircraft onto the ground.  The light appeared to be coming from the broken window, and I made no quams about following it.  The exit to the rear that was open had to be made in a hurry because every wire harness visible along the floor of the structure was burst into flames.  They had to run out of the cargo area.  But I couldn’t even walk.  So I hit the ground in a crumpled mess and instantly was aware the fuel was on fire, and I needed to get out of it fast.

“Go toward the light!”  

The words said that I heard.  So in an instantaneous rebound from landing, the momentum carried me forward out of the flames and onto the sand directly beneath the burning forward section.  I knew the impending danger all around me, and I tried to crawl out of harm’s way, but there was no energy left.  I was totally spent.  It was then, that I consciously voiced my prayer.  “God help me to be saved or bring me home to heaven!”  Was that a prayer?  Why would I even think of an option here?

Then, I heard,  “Get up Marine, run!” 

Was the command I heard from the pilot.  Captain Bill Connelly, whom I had never met, came up to me quickly and with forceful assertion,

You try as hard as you can, I will try as hard as I can, and together we will get out of here!”  He yelled. 

The flames were making loud cracking noises as they lapped up and over the downed helicopter.

The pilot reached down grabbed me by my arm first and then around my back.  His grip was encouraging my strength.  I managed to get up on my good knee, then onto the right foot to begin hopping as he slowly did the same, and we went hobbling up the revetment that was our only hope of escape.  Slowly up to half way, almost there.  It took my total concentration and effort to get another step up while I was leaning on this man, and he would not let me go. (I had yelled back at him to go on and save himself.  But he took my life into his hands as his own personal responsibility!)  And again, slowly, up another step, and another, almost there. . . when we reached the top, suddenly,

BAAVAVOOMM!” 

The whole area within the revetment where 200 tons of eight-inch artillery rounds were exposed to the downed, burning helicopter was beginning to explode.  We were blown down the other side to safety even though covered with flames and our exposed flesh was burning.  But we were laughing about it. 

“WE MADE IT!” 

I immediately began saying the Lord’s prayer out loud, and Captain Connelly said I didn’t have to pray then.  But I remember remarking that I felt that I definitely needed to, I was so thankful to God for his help in rescuing us.

That incident of cargo helicopter downed in Vietnam burned for three days before anyone could begin clean up.  The cause was not assessed as pilot error, because the turbulance was extreme due to the terrain of the earthen revetments.  I personally admit the fault could have been put on me, as I learned in subsequent flights as crew chief that the crew is responsible to tell the pilot if there is any danger of the tailrotor hitting anything.  The rotor did collide with a ConEx storage container setting off to the side and partially on the revetment — it was higher than usual, and I guess because of the heavy load, the tail rotor was lower than usual.  So,

“WHACK!” 

And the tail pylon went flying off to achieve its own altitude record by itself.

I will conclude briefly that I did receive good counseling in this story.  It was for me to move toward the light that I was able to perceive.  There was light, sunlight that was made to shine through for me to follow.  I was instantly obedient, and despite the struggle to get out, was able to be helped and was saved.  The same message can be given to you today in this.  Look for the Light in the only book that tells us of the light source of God’s salvation (deliverance).  The Bible has the light.  The Author and Finisher of Creation is shown to us as the Lord (Adonai) Jesus (Yeshua) Christ (Messiah).  He is that Light:  “Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone.”  (John 1:4 NLT)

Video:  “Can You Hear Me Now”  Dr. T.D. Jakes at Lakewood Church, Houston. (14 minutes)

Charles

Study

Our study of the word of God is a particular mission that requires filing a flight plan and picking up a current flight map or maps that will show us exactly where our destination is along with all the codes for communicating with Control.  We definitely need such knowledge easily available.  Oh, but I forgot, that is old-school, most everything should be already stored in the aircraft’s navigation computer, right?  (But remember your Call-sign.)

I am looking for the best system for learning the Holy Bible, so I picked one out to see what its editor might say to me in this regard.  He said there is no such thing.  Why, how could that be?  In a matter of a few words, he managed to convince me that this was so.  It goes something like this:

“Languages have different words, different syntaxes, different sentence structures, different semantics, different cultures, so that translation cannot be a simple, automated process.  In addition to that, readers are all different in style and vocabulary.  Even the concept of accuracy is reader dependent, and this is the point, because all readers are different, no one version of the Bible can possibly be best for all.” (Taken from Dr. David H. Stern, translator of the Complete Jewish Bible, Jewish New Testament Publishers, 1998, page xv)

There are two different ancient languages involved with its original manuscripts.  No one speaks the languages today, so that the words — and use of certain words — are peculiar to both the subject and the culture.  You don’t have to be a Jew to understand how the ancient Hebrew works, although being Jewish and having learned the present day language helps. And you don’t have to be Greek to understand the ancient Greek language and the purposes for it being used as it was in its day has changed.

There are 39 books in the Old Testament (Covenant), and 27 books in the New.  A total of 66 books written by some forty different authors whom all claim to be inspired by God and given the words to speak or write.  So we can appreciate that the purpose of God as our creator is quite evident, despite that it took nearly four thousand years to write.  Moses, for example, was the author of the first five books that are covering 550 years of the history of the human race.  Since he lived only 120 years, it was given to him as the deliverer of the Hebrew Children after he was 80 years old, to write down that history. (Reference our Reese Chronological Bible, Bethany House, Minneapolis, Minnisota, 1994)

But of course we are plainly told that Moses was given the grace to speak directly to God face to face. (Exodus 33:11) It all started when Moses and his brother Aaron went up to the top of Mt Sinai as described in Fire.  It was written of Moses in Hebrews 11:27  “By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen.”  It was an uncertain author who worte the Letter to the Hebrews, however the evidence of its origin and authenticity have been well established without knowing who wrote it.  Most of Scripture is given its credence because of the source describing God giving a revelation of Himself. (Refer to The Authority of Scripture by Stephen B. Clark)  And the greatest confirmation that I recognize in my personal life is that of the Holy Spirit, who will show us all things (John 14:16,17, 26; 16:13). 

A good analogy here is that like a flight plan, a reading, studying, memorizing of anything scriptural requires considerable thought and purposeful planning.  Shop for something easy for you to read.  When I was in college studying religion as a “ministerial student”, I was required to lead a Sunday School class in a nursing home.  The ideal Bible was a leather covered large print text, without any cross references.  I rejoiced every time I opened that book standing in front of an audience.  Even if they couldn’t hear very well, the humble spirit of what I was willing to do for them made the needed impact.  We will always be blessed everytime we attempt to teach anyone, or everyone from the Holy Scriptures.

What does it mean to interpret the Bible literally?” 

This is getting more to the point of our Study.  Approaching the Holy Scriptures, as I have described in Attitude, how the scope and gravity of its content may shock the reader.  So just reading to understand is a really big task.  This article by the Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff is pretty concise and well able to put both our feet on the ground here (though we have passed ground school, and are now soloing).

“TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE LITERALLY, THINK LITERATURE IN KIND”

” In other words, to interpret the Bible as literature, it is crucial to consider the kind of literature we are interpreting. Just as a legal brief differs in form from a prophetic oracle, so too there is a difference in genre between Leviticus and Revelation. This is particularly important when considering writings that are difficult to categorize, such as Genesis, which is largely a historical narrative interlaced with symbolism and repetitive poetic structure.”

“FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE REQUIRES READERS TO USE THEIR IMAGINATION”

“Figurative language requires readers to use their imagination in order to comprehend what the author is driving at. Such imaginative leaps are the rule rather than the exception in that virtually every genre of literature contains metaphorical language. In point of fact, we might well say that figurative language is the principal means by which God communicates spiritual realities to his children.”

“GOD COMMUNICATES SPIRITUAL REALITIES THROUGH LIVING METAPHORS.”

‘A metaphor is an implied comparison that identifies a word or phrase with something that it does not literally represent. Far from minimizing biblical truth, metaphors serve as magnifying glasses that identify truth we might otherwise miss.”

“HYPERBOLE IS ANOTHER FIGURE OF SPEACH PROPHETICALLY PREVALENT.”

“While hyperbole is commonly used in our culture, it is ubiquitous in the Bible. This is particularly true of prophetic passages. The prophet Isaiah used hyperbolic language when he predicted judgment on Babylon: “See, the day of the Lord is coming-a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger-to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. The stars of heaven and their constellations will not show their light. The rising sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light” (Isaiah 13:9-10, emphasis added). To those unfamiliar with biblical language these words may well be taken to mean that the end of the world was at hand. In reality, Isaiah was prophesying that the Medes were about to put an end to the glories of the Babylonian empire.”

“We must therefore fervently pray that the Spirit, who inspired the Scriptures, illumines our minds to what is in the text.”

Charles

Balance

 

BALANCE

For the last session before our spirit-flight, weight and balance is a vital check of our spirit-craft.    We again make  reference all of the former articles of Doing Journey Together to refresh our background and enable some permanent progress.  We must begin with a disclaimer that when we are given solo flight test, the responsibility is no longer on flight school, it is put upon the student to prove himself as a pilot.  That takes faith, and a balanced spirit-craft. (This will be the last Doing Journey Together posting of the year on this remarkable media website.)

Navigation was the introduction to the importance of our doctrinal compass.  These teachings are rooted and grounded in the corporate church (synagogue) that enables the whole community to find identity and purpose in the Creator and his balanced creation.

Fire has given to us a means of describing the revelation of the ultimate nature of God and his Spirit of absolute holiness.  Fire in our faith community has become the anointing of grace and the empowerment of true worship and worshipful service.  From pure faith and pure religion, both of which help accomplish balanced eternal purposes here on earth.

Expectation speaks of the teachings about faith and how it works through personal love. Using the instrument of the spirit-craft relating to the altimeter which describes our expectation principle one:  “Elevation is maintained by balancing words of religious truth (promises we hear) with our assurance, proof, and conviction (hopeful reality not seen).”

Attitude is described by the works of our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) and can relate to balanced controls that enable straight and level flight in his kingdom.  The attitude indicator is combined with three other indications that enable the knowing of actual spirit-craft flight-conditions in order to enable corrective action.  The inertial navigation unit is correlated with the text in an attempt to show significance of the four functions to be in balance.

Centering is the fine-tuned indication of the expectation principle two:  “The centering of our motion through the (spiritual) air is similar to flight in that our inertia is the momentum that our life is gaining maturity (Perfection).”  That we subject our bodies to this, can be something we must experience to fully understand.  But this is a balanced process.

As we can see finally, balance is vital in the first place, and throughout our training, that we really need to conclude with deserving emphasis.  Weight in physical aircraft is a feature designed into it producing light-weight materials in the form of aerodynamic shape which best enables cushions of air mass and propulsion to decrease pressure above airfoils (wings) that enables air to push the entire airframe upward effecting controlled flight.

Flight is limited if weight and balance limits are exceeded.

So let us interject the delicate process of weight and balance, which is always checked and certified before every flight.  Flight is limited if weight and balance limits are exceeded.  Every seat is designed for a passenger not to exceed a certain weight.  All passengers are to be weighed on critical flights.  Then the points of such weights are located by their measurement from the unchanging point of the tip of the nose of the aircraft.  All this is necessary to maximize balanced flight control characteristics.  Through takeoff, rate of climb, altitude, attitude, descent and landing safely, all rely upon correctly computed weight and balance factors.  The fuel is only one factor, but critical because it’s so large. Sometimes the amount of fuel can be limited if a heavier load is going a shorter distance.  Also, the amount of load is limited when the maximum fuel is needed for a longer distance.

The landing of aircraft is the single most important process in flight training.

The most critical design of an aircraft’s shape is the flight characteristics specified.  The landing of aircraft is the single most important process in flight training.  After learning the mechanical function of the landing gear, how it is specially designed and made to withstand all the forces affecting it to provide smooth and safe transitioning from controlled high-speed descent, to controlled slowing-speed stall, and to controlled slower-speed touch-down.  This enables the landing gear to compress and cushion support of  the full weight which the wings had been bearing.  The wings transition from high-speed lift to slow-speed lift by compressing air — close to the ground — as a cushion using flaps and slats that extend the airfoil (wing) with the relative airflow.  And there are other variable conditions in flight to consider, but we need to get the trainee behind the controls to practice at flying. 

Practice makes perfect, and the exercizing of faith enables the miracle of flight.

A good text for this is something I used for another article I have written, Experiencing Personal Resurrection by Faith:  Resurrection means spiritual flight.

“This marvelous plan of God was planned perfectly and was perfectly accomplished.  Hence, the value of the record as recorded and handed down through out history is remarkable in itself.  Through it, we can accept God’s promises to us that is to give us eternal life — not a carnal fleshly human life, but a spiritual, super-human life with Him and IN Him.  We are given His power to live a resurrected life!

“Now, we are given a totally new life that exists only in the Spirit.  The Spiritual dimension. There are probably as many ways to explain this as there are readers out there to grasp it.  There is only one Deliverer and one Lord.  He is not dead now, He lives for eternity, and the only one to have pleased the Father.  He is our new life.  We have Him as our new man! (Ephesians 4:24 and Colossians 3:10)

“Yes!  In three days all of his wounds were healed because of his sinless body.  Jesus/Yeshua woke up completely whole as the Spirit of Life surged through his human body, and he opened his eyes to see the light entering his grave when the two angels moved the stone.

“He walked out of his grave and ministered to his believing followers for forty days.  They were amazed and astounded.  But because they knew the teaching he had given them, they could accept him just as they could accept all the miracles they witnessed with him. Then, he ascended into heaven.

“He personally reintroduced himself as the One and only Person to conquer death by dying.  He died for us so that we might live. . .in Him. His death delivers us from our sin (singular) and sins (plural) [Original sin is inherited from Adam and our own sins stem from that.] His death delivers us from sin — but his resurrection delivers us to His Life!  We now have been given the same power and ability of the Holy Spirit that raised Him from the dead!”

The context of our faith-flight is found in God’s love as demonstrated.

I wrote this following the article,  The Context of Faith is God’s Love Demonstrated.  Please refer to it to see the most graphic description of the crucifiction (execution) of our Savior (Deliverer) that I was given to write.  With this reference to some of my former work as US Examiner (with LiveJournal.com), we are come around full-circle and can begin to realize how much our spirit-craft depends upon the uplifting power of the Holy Spirit functioning in our lives. 

Now I wish to conclude with this word.  2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he (God) had made him (Jesus) to be sin for us who knew no sin, that we might become the righteousness of God in him.”  The bottom line of getting our spirit-craft off the ground.  Our faith in God’s holy, unchanging word that makes us righteous IN HIM.  Without him, we cannot lift off at all. Jesus (Yeshua) is our Spirit-craft.  We can do nothing without him.  We learn about him in the fellowship of his believers. 

Go to the flightline, the church or synagogue of your choice, preflight the Spirit-craft they provide you.  Do their cockpit checklist.  Taxi to the runway, and call the Tower.  When you are given clearance to take off, say another personal prayer in your own words, and push the throttle (balls) to the (fire) wall, full power, and trust the Author and Finisher of spiritual flight to perform supernaturally in your new life.  (Amen!)

We all hope your holidays are equal to your every expectation!

Charles

Hillsong, At The Cross, YouTube  Music Video

Centering

 

CENTERING

Doing Journey Together is conducting a spiritual ground school which is supposed to take a candidate from day one to the final test which is the solo flight.  And the license of Pilot in the Spirit is conferred.  Today, let me review where we began six days ago,   Flight test was the introduction and initiation.  Following that for those choosing to enter the program, because we were taken to the end of the runway and called the Tower for permission to take off.  Can you imagine?  Anyway, the objective of taking the flight school candidate to the point of go-no go makes for a good initial challenge.  Do you feel you are yet ready to take off in the Spirit?

Spiritual flight is a life-long learning experience, and to relive our initial flight test as a testimony, can help restore our vision for our progress into the supernatural realm which is where this has to be going for us.

Next, consider the Navigation of the many changes that a new flight path has to require.  New directions, lifestyle, world view are each applied to the initial approach of entering the fellowship of spirit-craft pilots to become able to lift off into the heavenlies. 

Fire then became a word study that helped us to see something of the anointing that exists to bring unity to the Body of Christ (Messiah).  An expression of the power of God within us to grant His grace for our becoming empowered in Him to do all that he has called us to do.

Like Expectation was the class to show something of how faith in a loving God can offer us security when considering such radical journeying.  Just entering into the holy sanctuary in reality can be challenging for the novice.

Attitude was yesterdays, piece.  I was inspired to boldly present for our ground school trainees with a focus on how our attitude can be led astray by expressions like, ‘I am not religious, but I believe in God.’   Here is a dangerous statement.  It is an attempt to sound like humility.  It is saying that ‘I am not so heavenly minded that I am no earthly good.’  But that is not exactly biblical either.  The texts shown in yesterday’s post are clear.

Today can be a small step beyond the attitude indicator which is on the instrument control panel of our spirit-craft.  The centering of our motion through the (spiritual) air is similar to flight in that our inertia is the momentum that our life is gaining maturity. (Inertia is defined as “The property of a body that resists any change to its uniform motion; equivalent to its mass.” Wicktionary) That we subject our bodies to this can be something we must experience to fully understand.

An example of how a spiritual heart-mind body is subject to spiritual forces that tend to pull us out of our straight and level flight.  The enemy and all of his minions are always resisting through temptations, through sin, and the sting of death.  For “the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy” us. (John 10:10)  And this gives us the idea of the purpose of God’s word is to keep us on the straight and level.  We have to learn what the Bible says about living in the Spirit to give us spiritual flight control.  For centering our life in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yeshua Ha-Meshiach) and not trusting in man — is literally the center verse of the Holy Bible. (Psalms 118:8) Or the central verses are Psalm 103:1 and 2, can our hearts see how centering there is helpful? 

Centering in the Spirit in our spiritual ground school may be more significant because we are helpless without Him.  How do we learn to tell  our flight path is to turn here and turn there, or to fly through a storm or fly around?  Our Lord tells us about how he has sent to us Another Comforter.  For he would not leave his disciples comfortless, but has given us the Spirit of Truth.  What the Spirit gives to be comforted by is the Word of God.  “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man (or woman) of God may be perfect (centered) throughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

2 Timothy 2:15 tells us, “Study to show yourself approved unto God a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly discerning the word of God.”  This is the centering point: Applying the teachings of our Lord Jesus (Yeshua) and his anointed apostles.  Such as taking seriously each and every part of the Holy Bible, because it is given to us by the Comforter.  It will not change, it is a worthy refuge.  It is our tower that we run into and are safe.  Can we learn it?  Can we apply it to our life?  It will center our life.

Our spirit-craft then needs to have a fully functional inertial navigation unit that powers the turn and slip (bank) indicator.  Look at how there is a ball in the center of the smiling window.  When we are in spiritual flight, we need to know when the external forces that are affecting the attitude of our spirit-craft, we can know how to correct and compensate for it, and overcome.  Piloting in the spirit is a thrilling experience, especially when you can hear your Comforter who keeps you on the straight and narrow.

Charles

Video:  FLIGHT OF SPIRIT: War Eagle!

 

Attitude

 

 

ATTITUDE

Philippians chapter 2 verses 1-11 NIV is our text for this study today in ground school.  Have you ever thought how one instrument might indicate our spirit-craft flies best having its designed attitude of flight?  Read what the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers at Philippi:  The Humble Attitude of the Lord Jesus (Yeshua) Christ (Messiah) that we are to imitate.

To see an actual attitude indicator, click here and view a close-up photo of the VMS Artificial Horison so that you can see some details.  Like the compass, this is only a means of showing us an attitude of straight and level flight.  To describe how it functions, we can think about a gyro.  A gyro is the principle of the stability needed to simulate what is straight and level.  It will not change as long as it has power to keep spinning. (When we turn off the airplane power system, the gyro slows down and stops, and when it stops, it tilts over to one side or the other.)

Within our heart is an empty space that is designed by God for His Spirit.  This was a quote from Pascal, a French mathematician, theological philosopher, and physicist who had a positive attitude of his Christian faith.  His heart was made right, and the gyroscope of God was filling the vacuum for him to live into his 39th year.  His gift burned himself out!

There are four functions of the attitude of Christ that we can parallel with the four indicator operations of the actual artificial horizon:

“Artificial Horizon works on a Gyro. Either self conatined as in a standby attitude direction indicator or from a seperate Vertical Gyro or an Inertial Navigation unit which senses attitude changes by the use of a laser and mirrors in a self contained unit. The Apollo moon missions used a Delco “Carousel” an Inertial navigation unit developed by Delco a subdivision of General motors. That used a mechanical Gyro and calculated within its self contained computer Unit, weighed about 90 pounds without its emergency battery backup unit.

Airspeed is computed by Pitot and static pressures. Rate of climb on older planes computed by static pressure. On newer aircraft it is computed from an Inertial reference unit which uses mirrors and a laser. And altitude is computed from static pressures. (comment quote from Wulf Flieger RCGroups.com)

The text in Philippians has four parts that go something like this,

ATTITUDE DIRECTION:

“1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”

AIRSPEED

“5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:”

RATE OF CLIMB

“6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!”

ALTITUDE

“9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Maybe the foregoing seems confusing so we should try to bring ourselves back into the ground school classroom.

I heard someone say in the meeting I went to today.  And this may get me in trouble with these persons, but I have to address this point.  He said,

“I am not a religious person although I am a believer in God, we have to be flexible. . .”  And she said, “Dale Carnegy said that.”

This reflects an attitude, but is it humility?  It depends upon how one applies the word flexible

Jesus (Yeshua) was not religious.  He didn’t have to be.  He became the object of an anti-religious religion.  That’s probably not a fair description, but how did he walk around with a heart filled with his Father’s Spirit and words coming from his heart that spoke directly to that empty vacuum in the hearts of the hurting common Jewish people of his day.  It was the humble hearted people who caught his words, because of his words, they had spirit and life.

The power of holiness is found in the humility that is concerned to serve the needs of others.  Religion doesn’t even come close to describing that, and there is little flexibility here either, and there should be no doubt. 

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James/ Y’akov 1:27).” 

What is the attitude we have to learn for spiritual flight?  Encouragement, comfort, tenderness, and compassion.  What is the airspeed that will get us to lift off the runway?  Relationships to one another.  What is the rate of climb needed to lift off?  Not considering being equal to God, taking the nature of a servant,  he humbled himself to die on the cross.  And what is the altitude indicator in flight?  God exalted his Son, to put his name above all names — in heaven, in earth, and under the earth, and every tongue will acknowledge Christ (Messiah) as Lord (Adonai) to the glory of God the Father.

The proper attitude is far beyond religion.  It is adapting our heart into an agreement with the words in the last paragraph. The inertial navigation unit includes the combination of attitude with direction, air speed, rate of climb, and altitude.  As our spirit-craft body rotates around its center, our mind (computer) can first indicate what attitude we are flying in.  Attitudes are called by several names that are controlled by the steering wheel, the steering column, the pedals, and the throttle. . . climbing, pitching, descending, turning, and yawing.  The steering wheel with pedals operate the rudder and the elevators for direction and pitching.  The steering column controls the turn and banking attitude of flight.  It is a little more complex than a car, and needs an attitude indicator.  But as flight is controlled by moving controlled-surfaces attached to the wings,  the wings will not lift without thrust provided by engines, for the weight is so affected by gravity.  Watch your attitude indicator, and keep it straight and level!

In the same way, our spirit-craft is pulled down by the enemy, but only the power of the Holy Spirit will overcome the gravity of Satan, the accuser. The flight of our spirit can lift off in its redeemed state.  Physical gravity has no more power to keep the spiritually regenerated heart from high flight.

We need to be caught-up in our spirit being — filled (controlled) by the Holy Spirit.  This is not done alone.  Our spiritual airspeed is based upon our relationships with one another.  Can we see our heart in the spirit spread its wings to the hearts of our fellowship in the Body of Christ (Messiah)?  The purpose of our church (synagogue) is to be lifted up in the power of the Holy Spirit, as God exalts his Son — who is in us, we are exalted as our tongue acknowledges Jesus (Yeshua) as Christ (Messiah) to the glory of God the Father.

Video:  Attitude Makes All the Difference YouTube: Zig Ziglar

Charles