Welcome to Doing Journey Together — Navigation
Reviewing our last posting, Flight test, I can’t help but think how very long it was. But at less than 1500 words, it is only slightly more than what I have told my producing manager that others should give him for the Journey magazine. And the quotations alone take up at least 20% of the space, (which, incidentally, Tyndale House, the publisher of the New Living Translation has cited as the maximum allowable quotations from their copyrighted material.) So, as a start, I can acknowledge some gratefulness here. (Thank you for checking us out.)
We covered the first step in our journey. That briefly covered the preflight inspection, the cockpit check, and the clearance from the tower to takeoff. Now we think we are ready to takeoff, but before we do that, there has to be a small form filled out that is like a contract with God. Our flight plan will have to include where we are going and how we plan to get there. And this all depends upon God’s design and our desire which may differ initially, but like the text of Romans 8:28, ‘all (those) things (eventually) work together for good to those who love God and are called accroding to His purposes.’
Why do we need a flight plan? Basically, as many of us already know, it is our legal compliance with the flight regulations, or our rules for flying in the Spirit. To do this we need to go to a class called ground school. Ground school tells us everything we need to know to fly — before we actually fly.
Like, we might equate spiritual flight with prayer. So in order to gain faith to pray properly (Brittish vernacular), we can go to a school of prayer. And the best teacher I know is the Master Himself. A really good example of ground school here is what is called With Christ In The School Of Prayer, by Andrew Murray. He has long since published, over a hundred years ago, a thirty-one chapter book that pretty well covers all the ground of prayer.
The point of navigating in the Holy Spirit (Ruach Ha-Kodesh) is to learn enough about prayer so that we can hear directly from Him. How can we hear from our Lord (Adonai) about where and when to go through praying? The Holy Spirit has given us the ability to ‘watch’ for Him, ‘hear’ His word, and ‘know’ it is Him and not some stranger — or worse, the enemy. (John 10:27)
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
The whole operation is by faith-believing (trusting). As was mentioned in Flight test, faith comes from hearing the word of God. (Romans 10:17). But for many of us we have to gain a skill for hearing, and this takes practice. Which means, yes, as you have already heard, I imagine, hearing, and hearing, and hearing. How patient is our Lord (Adonai) for his sheep.
Funny how we think of actually navigating from point A to point B in our life and beginning to realize that if we do have this capability in the Spirit, why must we be so concerned about rules? Good question! Because, as you will see when you begin our journey by going to your first worship service, and begining to meet other believers. Trusting (faith-believing) is the key for starting the engine of our vehicle. Before letting our wings take us off-the-ground, we need to learn control of them with our feet-on-the-ground. Navigation is always part of the ground school.
When I served in the military, I was privileged to find friends in the ministry of the Navigators. They invited me to attend several discipleship programs among them. They are actively supporting military service members throughout the world. I attended meetings in Okinawa, Japan; in Germany, and in Colorado Springs at Glen Eyrie headquarters. My heart aligns more with such a ministry than that of the chaplaincy programs for all services. They are men ministering to men in the service. I will always honor them for doing such a hallowed calling. They inspire us all.
One purpose of ground school must be to seek out and find the heart of the heavenly lover of our soul. What is our charge to do for him. Even a cup of water at first. He gives us room to feel our way to Him. But our way in the Spirit is not a feeling way, it has to require our watching, our hearing, and our knowing. Finding a friend who will have his purpose to be to help you with finding your way with his guiding faith-believing (trust). That part of ground school is called discipleship. To find such a friend we merely ask for him from our heavenly Father. And inevitably, he will make himself known.
How does this work? It works by love.
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love,” Galations 5:6
Why does this work? It is pleasing to the Father:
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63
All Scripture is God breathed:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” 2 Timothy 3:16
Study to demonstrate God’s approval of yourself.
“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
This is a part of our ground school basics that I have been shown in my heart for you. Navigating these profound principles can begin the offensive and assure the initial victories of our spiritual life and warfare.
Have you seen your compass? Here it is for you to keep!
The compass of the Spirit functions on the same principle as our earthly compass. I like to think of this as one of the most vital principles because it has the potential to bring all our denominations into alignment. It is called the Doctrine Grid from the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.
The compass is our learning the central doctrines or teachings of our Corporate Church. There are five primary essential doctrines upon which the church (ekklesia, ‘called-out-ones’) is built. These are worthy of our focus and to think of them as foundational. Our compass will not operate without them. They represent the pinnicle upon which the needle rests. The needle is perfectly balanced upon them and is enabled to point its magnetic reference to True North, which is the Person of Christ (Messiah). 1 Timothy 4:16
There are three secondary essential doctrines in the Doctrine Grid that represent the needle of our spiritual compass. Check them out. I submit to you that they are accurate and they will show how the remaining non-essential doctrines are just that — not worthy of teaching if they bring division among members of the Body of Christ (Messiah, ‘Anointed One’).
Gaurd your compass to keep you on track for our journey together.