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Thy Kingdom Come

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

“Often, without moving his lips, [Francis] would meditate within himself and drawing external things within himself, he would lift his spirit to higher things.” -Thomas of Celano 

Francis of Assisi must have known, at least intuitively, that there is only one enduring SPIRITUAL INSIGHT and everything else follows from it: The visible world is an active doorway to the invisible world, and the invisible world is much larger than the visible. This is the mystery of incarnation, the essential union of the material and the spiritual worlds—or simply “Christ.” The visible world is a shadow of the spiritual world (Romans 1:19-20, 18-32).

Our outer world and its inner significance must come together in order to bring about any wholeness—and holiness. Jesus removed the dividing wall through his death on the cross (Ephesians 2:14). (I personally experienced this in the fall of 1973 in my conversion experience, and continues to this very day. The result is both deep joy and a resounding sense of coherent beauty.)

What was personified in the body of Jesus was a manifestation of this one universal truth: Matter is, and has always been, the hiding place for Spirit, forever offering itself to be discovered anew. Perhaps this is exactly what Jesus means when he says, “I am the gate” (John 10:7). Francis and his female companion, Clare, carried this mystery to its full and lovely conclusions. Or, more rightly, they were fully carried by it. They somehow knew that “the beyond” was not really beyond, but in the depths of “here”. All we need is right here and right now – in this world. 

This is the way to that! Heaven includes earth. Time opens us up to the timeless; space opens us up to “space-less-ness”, if we only take them for the clear doorways that they are. There are not sacred and profane things, places, and moments. There are only sacred and desecrated things, places, and moments—and it is we alone who desecrate them by our blindness and lack of reverence. It is one God-created sacred universe, and we are all a part of His creation. This is the message of the gospel of the kingdom of God.

The realization that the concrete opens us up to the universal might be the only fully trustworthy or possible path anyway, because that is how we sense – oriented humans operate. Abstract ideology will not get us very far, and much common religion is ideology more than real encounter with Presence.

We all must start with our anecdotal experience, and then build from there. What else can we do? Good spiritual teachers show us how to build from there! Wise people, Holy Scripture, and scriptural tradition point to which experiences are worth looking at and which are perhaps detours or dead ends. Saint Paul taught that our senses must be trained by practice to have insight between good and evil (Hebrews 5:9-14). Without vision/insight My people perish, for words alone will not correct them (Proverbs 29:18-19). 

When religion becomes mere ideology of mere words (or even mere theology), the rubber never hits the road again. People all over the world are rejecting this top-down form of religion – and they should – because this is not the path of Christ Himself. Saints show us how to build on a solid foundation of experiential, practical, and very ordinary spirituality. This emphasizes our need to be doers of the word of God and not hearers only (Ja 1:22). True religion is living the life of Christ and His commandments in one’s ordinary daily life (James 1:27). Jesus said if you love Me you will keep My Commandments (Jn 14:15).

© George Blasy (“Dragonslayer”) 2017.

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Finding the Way of Salvation

Most Christians are of the belief that God is going to come down from heaven and save us from all of the evils of the world, the flesh, and the devil without any effort or participation of ourselves.

However God’s plan of salvation was to manifest Himself within the believer as His church: the body of Himself manifest by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to enable the believer to overcome the things of the world. But only Grace that works by faith will produce the workings of God in the believer (Eph 2:1-10).

The Scriptures testify that it is only the overcomers that receive the blessings of God (1 Jn 5:4-5, Rev2:26, 3:21). The church has been stuck in the “first heaven reality”,  and has little knowledge of the second and third heaven realities where the power of God resides. There is a process of deification that God calls the believer to complete in order to be fully human in the divine sense.

The whole creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God (Rm 8). Satan has been hell bent to destroy God’s creation and humanity from the beginning, and he has largely done this by religious deception. The only thing that will stop this process will be for the church to come alive in Christ and to be perfected even as the heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48), which is the real work of the ministry of God to the saints (Eph 4), to equip the saints to do spiritual warfare against the principalities and powers and defeat them (Eph 6:10-20).

When the church wakes up to the above truth it will begin to become free, along with the whole creation! “You will know the truth and the truth will make you free. ” (Jn 8:31-32).

Jesus made it clear that those who did iniquity to depart from Him (Mt 7:21-23). Only those who do righteous in God’s name are protected by God (Ps 91, 95, 99, 107). Some will be taken from the earth, and some will be left (Ps 104:35, Mt 24:40-41). Meditation on, and being a doer of the word, is God’s way for those who are His and will be protected by Him (Ps 119).

Yes, God does it, but only through His matured Saints working by the power of the Almighty God in them. The root meaning of religion is to reconnect with God in a relational way, in word and deed . What are we waiting for?

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These are puzzling words from Scripture. We are told that the coming of Christ is in the future yet Scripture says that “He comes quickly.” I believe that the second epistle of Peter deals with this issue. The first chapter is about the way of truth through Christ in our heart. The second chapter deals with false teachers that would confuse this truth. And the third chapter deals with the question of the coming of Christ, and necessity to grow in grace.

I have pondered these words for decades and have felt that they go much deeper than our limited linear thinking in time and space is led us to believe. Fr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary challenges us to rethink about who we are, as male and female, what we are called to become, and the relation between life and death in this journey.
Paul wrote that we no longer know Christ in the physical body, “according to the flesh” (2 Co 5:16) When we finally come to “see” him, it is as he passes out of this world. As such, we do not now live by sight, but by faith (2 Co 5:7), Faith in the one who has conquered death and is seated at the right hand of  God and Father. We wait in anticipation of his coming, striving forwards to meet the coming one.
And we do this knowing that in his coming, we will be conformed to his image, with our bodies transformed to the stature of his glorious body (Phil 4:20-21). And, furthermore, this is already happening in those who confess their faith in baptism and take up the cross, in anticipation of the resurrection (Rm 6:1-11, 1 Co 15).
NOTE: Baptism as used in this article is in context of (Rm 6:1-11) meaning the real spiritual participation with Jesus in his death burial and resurrection and real transformation of our bodies (Rm 12:1-2).
In all this, there is, as it were, a “reciprocating Exodus”: to the extent that we follow Christ in his own passage, His Exodus or his transitus, he returned in us (theosis).
“Approach the Lord and he will approach you” (Ja 4:8). The withdrawals and approaches mentioned involve not place but disposition and attitude. Return to me, and I shall return to you.
Didymus the Blind.
As the Baptist said, “I must decrease so that he might increase” (Jn 3:30), to the point that we can say with the apostle Paul: “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me” (Ga 2:20).
Rather than thinking of the incarnation of Christ as an event restricted to a long – gone past and a far – remove land, we should instead think of it as a possibility that is to be lived as and ever – contemporary reality, HERE and NOW in those who respond to him.
As Israel leaving Egypt (The Bible image of a world has to do with the God of Israel), sacrificing the lamb, passing through the waters, entering the desert, being nourished by manna, and journeying to the promised land – we now follow Christ by leaving the “Egypt” of this world, through baptism, nourished by the bread of life, and striving to enter into the promised land.
And when it was completed, the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle (Ex 40:34), is it also latter came to fill the Temple (1 Ki 8:11).
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isa 6:3).   As the epistle to the Hebrews tells us, this was a sketch, a preliminary model of the reality that was enacted in, through, and by Christ. He is the high priest of the good things that have come. He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made by hands, entering once and for all into the holy place by offering his own blood and so secured an eternal redemption (Heb 9:11-12).
So, now, those who dwell in this world as in a desert, themselves become the temple of God, the temple in which the Spirit dwells, making present throughout the world the glory of God: living human beings who have by grace become human. Leaving this world as “Egypt” and dwelling in this world as a desert, we return to this world as Eden.
Taking up the cross does not mean becoming “other – worldly,” for Christ comes to bring us life and life in abundance. But as we have seen, neither is this life simply an affirmation of all things natural, “all that it is, is to be alive.”
“The first Adam was a living soul, the second Adam was a life giving Spirit” (1 Co 15:45) in this way through Christ ,God becomes the Father of spirits (Heb 12:9) as we increasingly become living HU-man beings to the glory of God! And in so doing, we discover that the tree of life planted in the center of Eden is, in fact, the cross and that by this cross, we come to dwell in God’s paradise.
Our journey through this world, dying to this world as “Egypt,” through baptism, then dying as we sojourn in the desert of this world but taking up the cross daily, refashions us as living human beings, human beings living in this world as God’s paradise at the center of which stands the cross, the tree of life. “Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise,” says Christ to the one willing to be crucified with him (Lk 23:43).
ARE WE NOW READY TO LIVE?
“Whoever loses his life will find it” (Mt 10:39) “Behold, I come quickly” (Rev 22:12-14)

 


 

Wisdom is the Word of God (Christ) within our heart Rm 10:8, 17. Fear (trust)  in The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Wisdom is Self-knowing. Only our spiritual self upon awakening from spiritual sleep can know the things of God / Spirit. This is usually is accomplished by seeking and allowing our natural mind to become STILL so as to know God Ps 46:10. “Seek and you will find” Mt 7:7. Only by practicing inner stillness can we learn to distinguish God’s thoughts from ours. His thoughts are higher than ours Isa 55.

Wisdom  is related to faith which comes by the hearing from God Rm 10:17. Spiritual hearing is a gift known by spiritual Christians but not those that are yet carnal; that is those who are only aware of their physical senses and the knowledge that comes from them.  Faith is the absence of carnal thought. Peter lost his faith walking on water when carnal thought was injected through the fear of the surrounding  circumstances Mt 14:22-33.Yet we need to be careful that it is not of the flesh Lk 8:18, 2 Co 10:5

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” Prov 9:1 and knowledge Prov 1:7 To fear / trust the Lord is to delight  in his commands by his word / thoughts revealed in our heart Ps 112:1.

The fear of the Lord is devotional non-duality of thought. God’s thoughts are above the firmament, where all is one in God whereas our thoughts are below the firmament. The firmament is what separates the created reams below from the Spiritual realm above.  Gn 1:7, Is 55.

The secret (mystery) of the Lord is to those who fear him (Listen to and live by his Spirit within them) Ps 25:14

This simply means that we begin on the path of higher wisdom when we recognize our father (wisdom) the way and AUTHORITY to life and truth and trusting in him which evolves into Self trust; That is of our true spirit self with God. “God is the Father of spirits” Heb 12:9.

God will provide for all of our needs  (especially spiritually) which always is followed up with the material as a result) if we but surrender all of ourselves; self creations and riches to Him.

Man without Wisdom is like the beasts that parish Ps 49. Prov 29:18-19.

Beware of those who say Christ is here or there Mt 24-4-5. Christ is simply all and in all Eph 1:23. It is this simplicity in Christ that guards from deception 2 Co 11:1-3.

 


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PURPOSE:

The purpose of this blog is what I have discovered is the purpose of life itself. My goal is to lay down the path to self – discovery rather than simply to relay information, or beliefs that I may have. God has placed within each of us the ability to discover the way, the truth, and the life from the divine authority within our own spirit, since our spirit – self is already one with our heavenly father’s Spirit. Our task is to allow that which hinders this knowledge and inner authority and to dismantle it by the power of God. My prayer is that all who seek the way of love, life, and truth will find it in its fullness.

BLOG INTRO:

We are living at a time when humanity is beginning to wake up to the understanding that our true nature is not limited to this physical body but indeed has been created in the image of God. In His image we have been endowed with the attributes of God. This means that we do not have to remain stuck with the limitations of this mortal body, but that the good news is that this mortal can, and must put on immortality in order to experientially know the power and promises of God. Using this blog as a medium of communication, I will attempt to share some of the most important nuggets of truth have helped to transform my life and continues to do so. To get the most out of what I share, I suggest that you slowly read the material with the bible scriptures and then write in your own words what you fell you are hearing within your won heart and spirit. This will help develop your own awareness of Go’s voice and wisdom within yourself.