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June 21, 2018 12:20 PM PDT

Paradigm Shift: Renewing the Mind - Part 3 Life of Faith

PARADIGM - an example serving as a model; pattern. || a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of any discipline or group.

Romans 1:17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

FAITH - to have trust or confidence in something or someone.

Faith is a LAW that governs our WORLD, not just spirituality.

Faith is a belief that includes corresponding BEHAVIOR.

James 2:17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

You can SEE and HEAR what a person really believers (has faith in). (James 1:6-8; 4:7-10)

Hebrews 4:2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. (NKJV)

For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. (NIV)

Faith in God is TRUSTING in His character and understanding of things.

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

The Paradigm called CHRISTIANITY processes information and experience with, through, and for God instead of against or without Him. (Romans 12:2)

Having QUESTIONS is not a lack of faith, it is the attitude and posture of the question.

Hebrews 10:23, 36-39 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”
38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”
39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

June 14, 2018 05:50 AM PDT

Paradigm Shift: Renewing the Mind - Part 2 God Defines

PARADIGM - an example serving as a model; pattern. || a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of any discipline or group.

Isaiah 45:5-12 9 “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’
Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?
10 Woe to the one who says to a father, ‘What have you begotten?’ or to a mother, ‘What have you brought to birth?’

God DEFINES and QUANTIFIES us, not the other way around. (Isaiah 29:15-16; Romans 9:20-21; Genesis 1:26-27; Matthew 10:30; Psalm 139:1, 13-16)

There is a great MISUNDERSTANDING about God's intentions.

They are not to make us a BETTER or RELIGIOUS versions of broken people.

They are to make us a new SPECIES, a new KIND of people; a GOD-kind/ CHRISTlike people. (Psalm 82:6; John 10:33-36; Romans 8:29; Galatians 4:19; Ephesians 4:20-24)

From Creature to CHILD; Created Thing to OFFSPRING. (John 3:3-8; Romans 8:19; 1John 3:1-3)

1John 3:9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

The “LESS THAN” life is replaced with a new paradigm. (Romans 8:1-39)

Acts 17:24-31 24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
29 “Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

Living out our new identity changes how we VIEW and ENGAGE life and the world.

1Peter 1:13-25 13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.

June 04, 2018 08:12 AM PDT

Paradigm Shift: Renewing the Mind - Part 1 God Doesn’t Fit

PARADIGM - an example serving as a model; pattern. || a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking, and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of any discipline or group.

We learn and understand our natural world through SENSE knowledge. (see, hear, smell, taste, touch)

God is GREATER than what has been created. (Isaiah 40:10-28; 55:6-9)

Isaiah 40:25-26, 28 25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

God does reveal himself through what has been CREATED (natural world).

Romans 1:18-20 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. (Psalm 19:1-4)

Every natural example and analogy will have it's breaking point where it ceases to measure up to the INFINITE.

There will be things you will NOT understand and may NEVER know this side of Heaven.

Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those that are revealed belong to us and our descendants forever, so that we might obey all the words of this law.

God has invited you into something much bigger than what you are able to make SENSE of.

Our misunderstandings, criticisms, doubts, and resistance to God and His will and work come from trying to make sense of the INFINITE through a finite paradigm. (Isaiah 45:5-12)

“Your problem is you live where your life looks better than your afterlife.” - General Dostum

“Our desires are not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” - C. S. Lewis

We are FIXATED on the finate and missing out on the infinite.

May 30, 2018 04:30 PM PDT

FRATRICIDE

FRATRICIDE - The killing of one’s brother or sister. (aka: friendly fire; blue on blue)

Galatians 5:14-15 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

Our greatest threat is from WITHIN; within the Church and within our self.

Mark 3:24-25 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

UNITED we stand, DIVIDED we fall.

Fratricide happens for 3 reasons:
1. IGNORANCE
2. MISCOMMUNICATION
3. PRIDE

James 4:1-12 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
“God opposes the proud
but shows favor to the humble.”
7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

God equates unresolved anger, hatred, evil speaking, and withholding wages to destroying/MURDER. (Proverbs 11:9; Matthew 5:21-22; James 5:4-6; 1John 3:11-15)

The Church has a reputation of:
1) FRIENDLY fire / EATING our own
2) SHOOTING our wounded.

John 13:34-35 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (1Corinthians 13:4-8a)

Let's make sure our memories are of HONOR not REGRET.

May 22, 2018 12:29 PM PDT

Ultimate OS Part 3: The Apps

Jesus came to save the WHOLE person; Spirit, Soul, and Body.

1Thessalonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

As the kernel represents the Spirit and the hardware represents the body, so the DRIVERS represent the Soul.

We all have the same Divine Life OS, but it will be expressed DIFFERENTLY.

We have different DRIVERS (Personality, Mental and Emotional composition, etc.) that enable the soft machine and Life OS to use the Apps.

Ephesians 4:22-24 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

All drivers must be made NEW to be compatible with the new OS and engage the Apps properly. (Romans 12:1-2)

1Peter 1:14-16 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

How we engage life will be OTHERWORLDLY.

The same God who said He is Holy, also said He is LOVE. (John 3:16; 1John 4:8)

1Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV) 4-8a (AMPC) If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

Everything boils down to one issue: LOVE; Every thought, attitude, motive, word, and deed is measured by love.

The OS of the Kingdom of God is LOVE. (John 13:35)

Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

The more you do it, the more FLUENT you get.

May 15, 2018 07:01 AM PDT

e OS Part 2: A New Code

God is a Master builder and PROGRAMMER.

Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds.”

God’s code for the Life OS is TRUTH and LOVE. (John 14:6; 1John 4:8 & 3:18; 1Corinthians 13:6; Ephesians 4:15; 2Thessalonians 2:10; 1Peter 1:22)

2John 1:3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.

There are some common APPS to life, but they operate differently producing different results.

The BEST experience in life is found in the Life OS.

2Peter 1:3-4 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

CORRUPTION - to be spoiled, broken, damaged, ruined, destroyed.

We PARTICIPATE in the divine nature through our KNOWLEDGE of Him and His Promises.

There is a regular UPDATE that God wants to do to your OS, Apps, and Drivers through prayer, Bible reading, meditation, community learning, and serving. (Deuteronomy 31:12; Joshua 1:8; Matthew 4:4; 7:24-27; Colossians 4:2; 1Thessalonians 5:17; 1Timothy 4:13; Titus 3:14; Hebrews 10:23-25; James 1:21)

Romans 12:2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2Corinthians 3:16-18 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Transformation comes through the COOPERATIVE work of the Spirit and you.

May 09, 2018 01:29 PM PDT

Ultimate OS Part 1: A New Kernel

There are only 2 Operating Systems in humanity, the SINFUL Nature and the DIVINE Nature; aka: Death and Life.

They are not COMPATIBLE and conflict with each other. (Romans 8:5-9; Galatians 5:16-25)

The HEART of an OS is called the KERNEL.

Romans 5:12, 18-19 12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin,and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— 18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

By natural birth we are offspring of MAN with the Death OS.

Sin as a behavior is “less than BEST/PERFECT”.

Sin as a nature is PRIDE/SELFISHNESS.

Jesus wants to give you a new KERNEL.

Ezekiel 36:26-27 26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

John 3:5-8 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7 You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

By supernatural birth we are the offspring of GOD with the Life OS. (John 1:12-13; 3:3-18; 1Corinthians 15:21-22, 42-49; 1John 3:9)

We are made divine (born of God) and righteous (RIGHT with God).

You must go to the source page, hit download, and SAVE.

Romans 10:9-10 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

God is making you into a new person from the INSIDE (kernel/heart) out. (Matthew 15:18-20; Luke 6:45; Mark 7:21)

2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

FYI: The HARDWARE will be upgraded too. (1Corinthians 15:1-58)

May 09, 2018 01:17 PM PDT

IDENTITY THEFT Part 4: Your Family

In the Abducted Life, relationships are SUPERFICIAL and SELF-SERVING.

God made us interdependent, not independent; we NEED one another.

Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

1Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

Relationships are of utmost SIGNIFICANCE and CONSEQUENCE in life.

We are stronger and smarter and more successful TOGETHER than on our own.

Romans 12:10-16 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. (Mark 12:30-31; Philippians 2:1-5; Hebrews 10:24-25)

We mature by the instruction and example of both our Heavenly Father and the FAMILY.

The revelation of Jesus should fill us with PASSION and COMPASSION toward those abducted and living the lie.

The HEALING is in the HELPING.

April 23, 2018 12:49 PM PDT

IDENTITY THEFT Part 3: Living In Your Identity

1Peter 2:2-3 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

MATURITY (aka: growing up) is an expectation God has for ALL His children.

Maturity implies CHANGE.

Maturity is growing in both INFORMATION and APPLICATION. (Matthew 7:24-27)

Ephesians 4:20-24 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.

1. We change what we KNOW.

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;

2. Change what and how we THINK.

Learn a new PERSPECTIVE.

Embrace a new ATTITUDE.

Note: the old life brings “CORRUPTION” - to be spoiled, broken, damaged, ruined, destroyed.

24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

3. Change what we DO. (1John 2:3-6; 1John 3:8-10)

This is a responsive ACTION to God’s love and truth.

This NEWNESS of life involves every areas of life.

Jesus didn’t come to make you a good religious person, He came to make you a CHILD of God; not a nice person, but a NEW person.

April 17, 2018 05:47 AM PDT

IDENTITY THEFT Part 2: Understanding The Real You

1Peter 2:2-3 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

MATURITY (aka: growing up) is an expectation God has for ALL His children. (John 10:10)

Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Jesus didn’t come to make you a good religious person, He came to make you a CHILD of God.

Jesus didn’t come to make you a NICE person, He came to make you a NEW person.

You can, and many do, KNOW and BELIEVE the truth, but continue living the false life. (Matthew 7:21; James 2:17-20; 1John 2:1-2; 2Peter 2:17-22)

1. We must EMBRACE (give in, surrender to) our new/real Identity.

2. We must LEARN and GROW in our new/real Identity, what it means to be a child of God in the family of God. (John 8:31-32)

3. This is a PROCESS that takes TIME and EFFORT. (Romans 12:1-2)

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