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Chapter 5: DAY ONE: THE NATIVITY OF THE SOUL

DAY ONE: THE NATIVITY OF THE SOUL

Genesis:
Beginning, dawn, inception, the origin or coming into being of something.
Latin, from Greek, from gignesthai: to be born

REMINDER: There is a great many debates over the validity and the meaning of the first few chapters of the Bible. This lesson is NOT written to refute any of the teachings of your church or synagogue. Much of the Bible is written with two truths. It is like looking into a mirror (1 Cor 13:12). One side is solid, and the other is an impression (Pro 27:19). There is the lesson learned by others in the physical stories, and then there is a lesson that applies to your heart as a spiritual individual (James 1:23). Things “on Earth as it is in Heaven” (Mat 6:10), mirroring each other. Things invisible (celestial/spiritual) and things visible (terrestrial/physical) (1 Cor 15:40; 2 Cor 3:18; Rom 1:20; Col 1:16) This lesson is NOT based on the physical surface level of the stories, but solely based on the language of the Spirit, and how the Scriptures apply to you, as an individual, on the level of the soul. It is how the Holy Spirit talks to your spirit of understanding.
 

Fertile Soil:

Some of the greatest things in life, start off with the worst of origins. A seed must first be planted in the filth of the dirt before it can sprout into a beautiful fruit bearing tree. Even some of the greatest saints had a past. But yet it is our dark past that makes way for a brighter future. For light to be understood, there must first be darkness, and from that darkness is born a great light.

Matthew 4:16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”

You, I, and everyone on this planet were once as an animal devoid of spiritual truths. But none-the-less we are born into the struggle of life, and as best we can understand, we scratch and claw our way up from the muck. Without the knowledge of God, or understanding the need to do good, we tend to engage ourselves in self-absorbed activities, as well as dwell on self-focused thoughts and feelings. Things like: I want; I need; I look; I feel; I deserve; it’s mine; it’s not fair; how come I can’t; then they’ll like me; someone’s bound to notice; I’m too scared; it’s embarrassing; and so much more!

You may have been taught at an early age to do good things, but before you really knew why you did them, you just did them because you were taught that‘s just what good people do. And though you may have had some understanding of good and evil you still followed along, to some extent, much like a well trained pet. But this laid a foundation that you later grew into and adopted these practices for your very own. But for the rest of us, that had to learn the hard way, our life of darkness took us into some, shall we say, “interesting situations”. But your life has a plan, and no matter what you did, nor where you went in your blind fumbling in the dark, God knew He could use you and your experiences. So please don’t fret too much about your past. Just think of it as preparing the clay for a noble purpose.

So, if we were all once as a “beast” without true understanding, how then do you become as a “man” of God, and mirror the qualities of His son Jesus Christ? Well, this starts like all things, with the beginning of an understanding. The fact that you are reading this now means that, at some point, a seed has been planted inside your conscious mind. A seed is representative of potential, and you have seen a great potential spark within you.

The Coals Of Refinement

Romans 12:20 …For in so doing you will *heap **coals of fire on his head.

*sōreuō; sō-ryü’-ō: 3) metaph. to load one with the consciousness of many sins
**anthrax; ä’n-thräks: a burning or live coal

The coal is representative of the filth of the mind, but the light of God sparks and ignites the spiritual consciousness, and it tests the mind with a living fire, burning away the filth and revealing the true diamond of the human soul hidden inside.

This is symbolic of the Nativity of the soul. This is the origins of your rebirth, just as the Phoenix rises from the ashes of  ruin and ascends into a new life as a burning spirit. You too have a type of spiritual awakening that happens inside your fleshy abode. As Christians, we know this renewal of the spirit as being called “Born again” because it is the rebirth of you spirit into God’s light, and the death of your old dark ways of the reasoning’s of the flesh.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Watering The Seeds of Potential:

Your rebirth in the Spirit/spirit unlocks a nearly unlimited potential inside of you, limited only by God and His intent for your life. We are all vessels of purpose, and we are designed with special gifts and talents that are inherent to this purpose of our design. But before a vessel can be used, it must first be cleansed of all imperfections that cause it to be less than desirable. Much like washing a dirty cup or dish.

2 Timothy 2:21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.

Symbolically our baptism purifies us in the truth and clears away the stains of death, that was our former life, and prepares our spirit to receive communion with His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is often called a fountain of living water. It is a wellspring of potential that flows within you. And if it is tapped into properly it can nourish many dried and parched souls seeking refreshment from the fountain of eternal life that wells up inside you.

John 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Water is symbolic of truth and understanding in the Spirit.

Psalms 85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.

The word for truth in the Scriptures is: ‘emeth; eh’·meth, In Hebrew it means: firmness, faithfulness, truth

Truth is a solid and reliable source of information. Truth is a foundation that you can build your life upon, and it is as solid and hard as a rock. But in the stories of the Bible, opposites sometime come together in harmony. Because God allows our truth to flow. He takes away the rigidness of our old beliefs and makes them more malleable, manageable, useful, and desirable for others to want to consume it. You can see this illustrated as Moses strikes the rock in the book of Exodus.

Exodus 17:6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.” And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Horeb means: desert or wasteland

And in a dry and parched earth people desire to be freed from their labors of suffering in the heat of the sun and the fire that tests us. A Helper is given unto us, to aid us along our way.

John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

The “rock” in Horeb is symbolic for Jesus. He is the cornerstone or truth that we build our celestial houses upon and He is the center of our being. And through the freedom He gives, we are nourished in the spirit.

Psalms 114:8 Who turned the rock into a pool of water, The flint into a fountain of waters.

The name Moses means: to draw out

This is because he was drawn from the water at birth. But as we have seen here, we know that water means truth. So symbolically we know that his name means: to draw out of the spirit, or truth.

So when Moses struck the “rock”,  he drew out the Truth, and the Truth flowed freely into a barren and dry world, thirsting for understanding.

In the “Old Testament” the Lord gives us Truth, but in the “New Testament” the Lord gives us Life and Truth mixed together in a union, thus a fountain of both truth and eternal life.

This same phenomenon as seen with Moses in the desert, is also seen again as Jesus dies on a cross, paying for the debt of our sins. As a soldier pierces His side, blood and water flow.

John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

Blood is the analogy for life, because the essence of the physical life is contained and sustained in the blood.

Genesis 9:4 But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.

 Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood;

 14 for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life


So as the body of our Savior died on a cross, both blood and water flowed. Blood (Life), Water (Truth).

1 John 5:6 This is He who came by water and blood — Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.

This is the essence of Heaven and Earth joined as one. The essence of physical life, and the essence of spiritual truth both mixed together, giving us truth and life everlasting.

John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

John 6:68 …You have the words of eternal life.

The Word of God is a gift to last for all time. It is freely given, to our heart, our mind, our soul. It costs you nothing but the belief in a promise; that you are loved, you are important, and you are made for a purpose. Live a life worthy of the sacrifice. And drink in the truth that sustains you. Come in, out of the heat and into the shelter of the Lord, and accept that precious loving gift of your eternal soul… And most of all, be prepared to be used for a purpose.

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After all, Jesus turned the water (Truth) into wine (The essence of life).

Symbolically Moses (drawn from {the spirit}) sets us free from the bondage of Pharaoh (the great house) of Egypt (besiege), that symbolized our captivity of the spirit to our old ways and our old truths and beliefs of life. Those waters of the house of Egypt were turned to be like that of the blood of a dead man (of death) and were not the waters of eternal life. But Jesus is the answer, and His freedom is the key to pure truth, the essence of life everlasting.

Striking The Spark Of Eternity.

Romans 12:20 Therefore ” If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”

That coal that you heaped on another’s head by doing your good deeds, sparks the light of eternity within them. This same spark was once added to your head as well. It is a refining process that takes time. But in your rebirth of the spirit it allowed you to take a step forward on your spiritual walk of life. Our lives come with many steps of discovery, and as we strive to walk, we grow closer to our eternal home of promise. And with each step we also grow along the way, because we become the total sum of our journey. From the moment you took your first step into enlightenment, you have grown steadily each day, even if you didn’t realize it.

Job 8:11  ” Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the reeds flourish without water?

Job 8:16  He grows green in the sun, And his branches spread out in his garden.

Job 8:19  ” Behold, this is the joy of His way, And out of the earth others will grow.

Everything is useful and can be used for good, if you let it. This includes your pains, faults, weaknesses and even your selfish or cruel acts you have done in the past. They all can be turned around into powerful and useful tools for the cause of good, but you have to be willing to let them be added to you strengths and not let them destroy you with guilt and shame. Instead use them as motivators and tools of encouragement for yourself and others.

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.

Revelation 21:7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

After all, look at many of the people God chose to deliver His message in Scriptures. There were murderers, cowards, prostitutes, and so many more. And some of these are direct descendants in the line of our Lord and Savior! No one is perfect, but everyone can be forgiven and used for their anointed intended purpose. Just change your path’s direction and head towards communion with God and don‘t flee from Him.

Matthew 12:30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad. 31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men.

Don’t be afraid, and be as a good shepherd and a good steward of what God has trusted you with.

John 10:5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

12 But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13 The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.

Refining The Mind

Join into the unity of the Spirit, and see that all of this mortal life is your teacher, and everyone and everything is teaching you something. You just need to be conscious of what the lesson is, so you can learn from it. Some of the answers will come right away, and others will come only with time. And yet others will never be fully formed from any one incident but they will compile with others to form a clearer picture. But through your quiet meditations of your heart and mind, you will begin to gain powerful insights. This means, that you should take a little time, each day, to quietly reflecting on what you have learned on the outside of your spiritual home, and apply them inside you and add these treasures to the storehouse of your heart.

Proverbs 11:25 The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.

Matthew 6:19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.

Matthew 13:52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

Preparing For A Purpose

Now, God has a reason for everything and your body is being prepared for a purpose. You have been given the gift of an awakening in your mind and spirit. A refining process has begun within you and as a devout follower of Christ, you have prepared and washed the vessel clean of impurities so that His living water, the Holy Spirit of truth, will not be polluted by your own bitter truth .

James 3:12 …Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.

You are now a vessel that carries both the truth and the light of the Lord. Your spirit is now able to commune with His Spirit of truth. And though you still live your life, you are no longer anchored to you old ways of being. You are now free to journey and grow. It’s like a fish, in that if it is kept in a small aquarium, it will tend to stay small, but if you release it from its confinement, it will grow with the given space you provide it to move about. So you too need room to grow. You need to be free of your old ways that kept you stuck in a dark place for so long, and grow in the light of the Lord.

Matthew 6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

The spark of life that light inside you will soon grow into a burning flame. In committing yourself to the path that the Lord has laid out before you, you have then committed yourself to a journey of personal growth. From that one step forward, all things will have a purpose for your life. This is all part of the creation process that will turn you into a “man” that mirror’s the image God, much like the image of His son Jesus Christ.

Genesis 1:26 …Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

It does not matter what gender you are born into, you are still becoming a “man” of God.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

The word most often used for “man” in scriptures is: ‘adam. This word is used for the proper name of Adam about 20 times in the “Old Testament“, but more than 500 times as just meaning “man” or “mankind”. It usually has little to do with actually being male, and in some cases it is used for women alone; such as in case of (Numbers 31:35). In simple modern English, just think of ‘adam or man as: a “person” or “being”. Before we can be a being that perfectly mirrors the examples of God in our lives, we must first learn the examples of Jesus. This means we must first learn to walk in His footsteps.

Psalms 85:13 Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.

In the path of creation, or rather in creating you in the image of God, there are conscious steps that must be taken to unlock your understanding that breathe life eternal into your new spirit. And each step we take brings us closer and closer to God. We are after all His children and heirs to the inheritance and “sons” of the most awesome Father of all time. So I think it is time that we all begin to understand what it means to walk like a King.

Galatians 4:7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Walking With Jesus Requires Good Shoes:

Walking in the steps of our Lord, is at times, a trying task. But trust in the process, and all will be well. Like walking through a mine field in life, step where He steps and nothing will blow up in your face.

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ” How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Your feet take you on your journey to good things, and they are symbolic of your balance and the choices that you make along the path of life.

Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Your choices are not always so clear or easy to see while walking through the world, and it is easy to get the filth of the world stuck on you. This dirt clouds that refining process going on inside of you. This is in part why Jesus washes His disciples feet.

John 13:3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God,4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”

7 Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

Here we see that Jesus, the Creator and King of all things, has taken the humble position of a servant to His disciples, and washes their feet. Unbeknownst to them that what He is telling them is “I am trying to show you what you must do for each other. I am showing you the example of a good friend”. But Peter is quick to feel and react. He is a man full of passion and fire. And as his name suggests, he is as solid and stubborn as a rock in his convictions.

John 13:8 Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” …

To the face of the Lord, he denies Him. It is not out of anything but love and respect for Jesus’ that he said this. He did not mean to be disobedient in any way. He was just too quick to react and he did not speak out of understanding. We, like Peter, will deny the Lord of the things He wants us to do, not because we don‘t love Him. It’s just hard, at times, to make the right choices. But like Peter, we too will get our wakeup call some day.

Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.

And like Peter, we also lash out at others before we understand the correct course of action because we don’t first look to the Lord for direction.

John 18:10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

By the way Malchus means: King

Symbolizing, in part, the denying of the king, and acting out rashly in the truth of the Word; the sword representing our weapon of truth; thus removing the king’s hearing and understanding.

But as Jesus washes His disciples’ feet, He allows Peter to act out without consequence, whereas as any other king would lash out to any act of defiance. In this same way God lets us talk to Him in the manner we need to, to find that understanding within ourselves. God can take it, you’re the one who needs to vent and grow, not Him. Moses, David and many others have spoken freely to God and lived. He patently waits for us to find the right course on the path that leads to Him, and if you are persistent He shows you the Way. How powerful a message is it, that we can wrestle with Him, and talk freely to the Creator of the entire universe, and openly speak our minds?

Genesis 32:25 Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him.

Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

It is not God that we need to wrestle with, but ourselves and our nature. And when we struggle too hard against His will, we find we hinder ourselves, and it makes our walk more difficult. So stop struggling with God and His will. It’s hard at times, I know, but it is all for a greater good. Just be patient and your next steps will get easier.

So with great patience and kindness Jesus replies to Peter:

…Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”

The name Peter means: a rock, or stone
The name Simon is similar, in that it means: a rock
But the root words that comprise the name Simon mean: Heard, or rather obey.

As you have read before, that a rock is symbolic of firmness, usually depicting of a solid truth. It is as a solid foundation that you can build upon. And Peter is the rock that His church will later be built upon.

Matthew 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

The two names of Simon and Peter are seldom separated in the Bible. Simon’s name later becomes Peter, but yet the two names are always linked together. In this way, we take the meaning of the name Simon (Obedience) and we can see why he is that rock of truth that the Lord will build His House upon. Obedience to Him is the foundation of our faith, and it is a solid truth to build upon.

So, now Simon (Obedience) Peter (Truth) says:

9 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”

You head is symbolic of your thoughts, and your hands are symbolic of your works and actions. So in a sense, Peter is saying

“Lord, not just my choices, but what about my thoughts and actions? Do they need cleaning as well?”

But Peter is a very good man. He does not mean to be so stubborn. Nothing Peter does is out of vengeance, or spite, or hate. Like us, he just needs help in making the right choices in life.

10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean,

You can almost see the love that Jesus bears for Peter here and as if to say:

“Peter, you have clean thoughts. You are a man that is pure of mind. And also, you do good acts and deeds. You are a good man Peter, but you are a bit of a hot-head and you act out of impulse at times. You don’t need to be baptized again to be clean, you just need a little help in making the right choices.  And I am here to help you clean away the filth of the world that creates so much confusion, and clouds your understanding. I will help you and make you pure and whole again, so you can make the right choices in all your steps of life.”

…but not all of you.”11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”

As our Lord does for us, we too, are supposed to do the same things for the other people around us in our life. And who knows, with some effort and prayer, perhaps we can help keep them from, on day, going astray. Unfortunately, our help does not always help like we would like for it to. People will always have free will, and in the end, their walk of balance is a choice they must take alone.

12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am.14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Protecting Your Choices

Our choices are sacred and they are to be heavily guarded in the Lord’s eyes, so He provides protection for our feet.

Ephesians 6:15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Your sandals or shoes you wear, are like the protection the Lord provides your heart and mind, as you walk through your journey to enlightenment. Your sandals are representative of guarding every step you take with righteousness. God is there with you, everywhere you go. This is better understood when we read about Moses as he travels through the wilderness, and for 40 years His people’s shoes never wore out.

Deuteronomy 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.

The Lord gives us strength in our choices. And He guards His children well. And though we are not worthy of His journey or His protection, He still gives it freely of Himself.

Matthew 3:11 …but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry…

So when we reach sacred ground, our sandals are no longer needed.

Exodus 3:5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”

So remember, when you reach His Holy Mountain and step on sacred ground:

Sacred Ground

There is no more questing here,
Nor wanderings left to see.
Your heart and mind are one with His,
And in His home you will be.
All choices made are sacred here, if for the Spirit’s needs,
So pray and talk with the Lord, and let His Spirit lead.
He wants you as close as you can get,
So in His clean house you go.
But leave your dirty shoes at the door
… out the house you’ll go!

A STEP, A DAY:

Psalms 56:13 For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?

Your choices in your walk of balance keeps you upright and correct. And each step you take brings you closer to God, it also brings you closer to understanding the reasons for this life. But what does a step look like?

Acts 14:10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.

There are actually 7 major steps, represented as days, in the Bible, that help you find your true path to enlightenment.  Remember that your sandals are the knowledge of the Gospel that protects your choices and that give you balance. So let’s gain some knowledge and step forward for the Lord.

When we look at this passage in book of Deuteronomy we see that our steps in strength are as our days.

Deuteronomy 33:25 Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be.

The metal iron is representative of the might and strength of life, and the metal bronze/brass is the metal of mixing, or blending in unity. Both represent a type of strength. This is why when we see the symbolic spiritual image of the Lord’s feet they are always as glowing bronze/brass. It represent purity in the strength of balance and the support of others in unity.

Daniel 10:6 …his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color…

Revelation 1:15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace

Revelation 2:18 …eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:

Remember that we wash each other’s feet to help each other along the path of righteousness with purity, and to have wisdom in our choices. And Jesus’ feet too were prepared with a greater washing for His journey into the afterlife

John 12:3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

This beautiful act of love and kindness is very symbolic of giving ease to His journey and lovingly preparing Him to join God in the after life.

  1. She seasoned His feet with her tears for purification. (Purification),
  2. She wiped and cleansed His feet with her hair. (Wisdom & Balance),
  3. She anointed His feet with precious oil/ointment/perfume (Ease & Preparation),
  4. She made His feet a fragrant offering. (Divine Worthiness),
  5. And she Kissed His feet in love. (Love)
  • Tears: Purification: Shedding of salt (The bitterness that purifies)
  • Salt: Wisdom through the knowing of bitterness and a seasoning for divine consumption (Purification in Wisdom)
  • Oil/Ointment: myron; mü’-ron: Myrrh: Bitter (Wisdom through the knowing of bitterness ) + To spread: Anoint/prepare/give ease: IE. “Oil a wheel”
  • Nard: Head or tip like a spike. (Thought: The gift of reasoning)
  • Head: Thoughts: To lead or direct (Thought: The center & home of all things cerebral)
  • Smell: Divine correctness: (Wisdom of good & evil): IE. “What is good to consume” Points the way to correctness. IE. “Follow your nose”
  • Hair: Unity: The joining of the faculties of the heart and mind. (Wisdom in unity): IE. A crown of glory
  • Woman: Heart, Insight and Intuition: (Wisdom in insight & choices)
  • Feet: Balance and Progression: (Wisdom in growth) IE. Correct choices and seeking truth.
  • House: Spiritual center and core of spiritual self (Wisdom in wholeness)

Just as Jesus was prepared to take His steps into the after life, so are we too supposed to prepare ourselves for the journey of the spirit, and your steps had better be ready, because it’s a dirty world out there.

The Step of Days:

Deuteronomy 33:25  Your sandals shall be … As your days…

Life comes in steps or stages. And each step we take in our path of life, brings us closer to God.

Job 31:4  Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?

The steps to enlightenment are simple, and not much to be feared. But they are steps that must be taken to understand as God understands, and it is a process you may already do, on some level, without even knowing you do it.  Remember, that the truth is already written on your heart.

2 Corinthians 3:3 clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

1 DAY = 1 STEP:

The word for day in the Bible is: yowm;yōm: day, time, year.
It is a set block of time that can mean either a day, or year, or just an fixed allotment of time. It can also be seen as a phase, or time, or step in your life.

2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

1000: Hebrew: ‘eleph; eh’·lef: 1000, or cattle, oxen.
From the root: ‘alph; ä·lof': To learn, or teach (Service: To follow and lead)

Year: Hebrew: shaneh (in pl. only); shä·neh': as division of time
From: shanah; shä·nä: to repeat, do again, change, alter (repetition)

2 Peter 3:8 (Modern simplification)
…that with the Lord one step is like many lessons learned, and many lessons learned are like one step.

…each stage of developement, sometimes comes by learning a lesson over and over, and with each lesson learned you progress and develop more.

Each “day” or stage of progress is broken down into 2 major steps (Right & Left) with 2 sub parts each:

Right: Day & Left: Night

  • Day: (Sun, Knowledge, masculine)
    Awareness & Refinement through sacrifice; Trials and application;
    Knowing and the burden of truth (Physical: of life)
  • Night: (Moon, Wisdom, feminine)
    Reflection, Understanding & Wisdom of both; Acceptance of the unknown (Rest/Peace), or (Restlessness/Wandering) a period of not knowing (IE. “in the dark”):
    Faith; Feeling or believing in what you can’t see, or know for certainty. (Spiritual: of death/afterlife).

THE LIGHT OF DAY:
The Day: A time of enlightenment and testing.
A time of action. Physical/Masculine attributes.

THE RIGHT STEP: Putting your best foot forward.

1) Dawn: boqer; bō’·ker: morning, break of day
From the root: baqar; bä·kar: to seek, look, enquire, consider

Awakening/Awareness:

This is the dawning or rising of a light and it is the driving force behind your quest. With the rising of the light an idea sparks, or ignites into your consciousness. This is the reason many cultures pray facing to the east or refer to the rising sun. It is the dawning of enlightenment and the rising of God’s light in the conscious soul. Your first step, stage, phase, or “day“, starts with an awareness of something you might not have previously known and it illuminates your mind and soul, casting aside all darkness or mystery.

Matthew 4:16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.”

2 Peter 1:19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;

Revelation 2:28 and I will give him the morning star.

Even now as you read this a new light of awareness is dawning inside. Something new has sparked, and you may even question yourself. “Is this really what this means?” and in doing so you are now seeking an answer. And questioning things is really one of our greatest gifts. Because when we question, we seek answers to the questions we pose, and we always find more answers than what we were originally looking to find. He is the beginning of true understanding. The quest is the mission. Learn all you can while you can. To not seek, seems to be the opposite of all of God’s plan. After all, if God wanted us to find Him easily, don’t you think He wouldn’t have hid Himself so well?

Psalms 9:10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.

But He wants you to find understanding. He wants you to find Him, and as you look He will provide the clues and answer. A mystery that doesn’t want to be found will continuously withdraw itself, but a mystery that wants to be discovered will always leave you clues.

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

Remember Moses in the wilderness? God rained down manna upon them as food to eat.

Psalms 78:24 Had rained down manna on them to eat, And given them of the bread of heaven.

Manna: man; män: What is it?’

The food of the Israelites in the wilderness that God fed their souls with, was the questions of the heart. His questions are what drove them to seek their peace. What drives you now? What is it you most seek in your life? Do you even have a goal? When we seek God we seek more than just Him. What if you found Him today? What then? God hides Himself for a reason. So that you will continue to grow.

Buddhist monks used to ask their masters. “Am I ready yet master?” and the master would always say “Not yet, go back and try some more”. It doesn’t matter what you do, you will never be ready in this lifetime. You must always strive to be more, grow more, do more… within reason. What I mean is that until the day you die and shed this human shell, you will never be truly ready to see your Creator in all His majesty and glory. The sheer awesomeness of everything is more than a mere nothing can bear…

But are you nothing? We are all as a small speck of dust in the universal scheme of things. Like an elephant with a speck on its back, this is you in comparison to the city you live in. And your city to the Earth is too like a speck. The Earth to this solar system, or this solar system to the galaxy… or this galaxy to the entire universe. You are as a speck-of-dust on a speck-of-dust on a speck…. And so forth. BUT! God loves you as if you were His only Son. He loves you with a power and ferocity beyond measure.

Luke 12:7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

As we mirror Jesus in all that we do, we also mirror His inheritance. And on the day that we come home to God, who runs and greets us with the same joy we have for Him. You just may even hear Him echo the same words that the Spirit uttered unto to Jesus.

Mark 1:11 Then a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Seek, the light of the Lord with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength… or He may always be just out of your reach.

THE FOLLOW THROUGH

2) Day/Afternoon: yowm; yōm: A period of time; day, year, etc.
From an unused root meaning: to be hot

Testing and Application:

The mid-day is symbolic of the testing by fire. When Adam and Eve were kicked out of paradise, they found themselves toiling in the heat of the sun.

Genesis 3:17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it': ” Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. 9 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

This is the testing of an action, or belief by the Spirit/spirit inside you. It is making a sacrifice of one’s self, by applying your efforts to a cause, to see the merit and validity of that action taken. God even refers to Himself as a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29), that tests the mind (Jeremiah 17:10) to see the results of our thoughts and practices. If our actions and thoughts are good they are associated as being something delicious or delightful, and are then as a sacrifice worthy of consuming, thus adding to the strength of the Spirit/spirit within.

1Job 20:15 He swallows down riches And vomits them up again; God casts them out of his belly.

Revelation 3:16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.

This comes from the understanding that consuming something gives the strength of the thing consumed to the thing that ate it. It is Not that God needs us, it is simply a theme that explains His desire to have us join to Him. We become as Jesus was, the symbolic lamb of obedience, sacrificed at the alter of sin. A worthy sacrifice pleasing to God. By the testing of fire, our thoughts and actions are tested to see their worthiness.

1 Corinthians 3:13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.

Mark 9:49 “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.

Remember God gave Moses the manna, but Jesus gives us bread. The bread is the thing we eat through our toils. This is the bread of testing and it is the truth that He feeds us.

John 6:31 Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ “

49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

58 This is the bread which came down from heavennot as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”

The Lord no longer only feeds us the questions of life, but rather He gives you answers in the toils and testing you endure.

THE BREAD

The bread is made of wheat. This wheat is pounded and ground up in preparation.

Luke 3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”

1 Corinthians 9:10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.

We are the wheat of the field. Almost all of the chapter (Matthew 13) is based on this. We are the wheat of sacrifice and we are threshed.

Have you ever seen a picture of a Pharaoh?

What does he hold in his hands?

  • A shepherd’s crook to lead his sheep
  • A flail for the wheat in which to rule and feed his people.
A shepherd’s crook & A flail for the wheat

This same imagery is carried true in scriptures, Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and He is also the bread of sacrifice.

John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

Matthew 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

Jesus is the Hope in which we partake of, He is our daily bread. But before bread is ready to be consumed it must first be harvested.

Mark 4:28 For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.

This is the preparation of your soul, and once your head is full and your soul is ripe, the Harvest time has come.

The Image Of Death

This is why the image of death, the Grim Reaper holds the sickle to harvest your soul.

THE HARVESTER OF SOULS

And once the harvest time has come, we are gathered into God’s threshing floor where we get the nut threshed out of us. The harvest time is just a time of gathering. But as you come to God you are not yet ready to be consumed. Your life is more than growing, it is also testing, and believe me, we all get our heads beat-in in this life. But those that are worthy are kept, and all the rest is thrown into another kind of fire separate from the light of day.

Ezekiel 15:7 and I will set My face against them. They will go out from one fire, but another fire shall devour them. Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I set My face against them.

Matthew 25:30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping (Wailing) and gnashing of teeth.’

This is an eternal sacrifice of testing without the light of God. Forever wandering “Why me?” wallowing in self-pity and denial and making the sounds of an animal, a beast without understanding and fearing the eternal night that they have condemned their dark spirit to. Even a little light can hold back the darkness, but they simply can not see. The doors to God’s home are always open to those that see the light. But the sleeper sleeps, and sees nothing.

Revelation 3:8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

Revelation 21:22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Proverbs 6:9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep?

But before you can enter the great feast and consume the true strength, the full understanding of God. You must too be made a sacrifice as Jesus. We all have our own cross to bear

Matthew 10:38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

It is a burden, but His burden is light in comparison to the ponderous burden of the guilt of sin, and the loss of mercy and grace. But it is yet a cross we must bear, because your whole life is a sacrifice to one thing or another, so why not let it be one for a greater good?

The bread is made of the wheat that is found ripe, gathered into union as in a congregation. Together we face the flail of testing, just as Jesus had to face it alone.

Luke 22:1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover…

Luke 23:5 But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.”

John 19:1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.

Jesus stirred the wheat and removed the chaff, and He is the bread of sacrifice. And as bread He too faced the preparations as we do. Though our beatings may not be a physical threshing as His were, but our stripes are still as real as His in many ways.

Psalms 89:32 Then I will punish their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes.

Proverbs 20:30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

I can not thank Jesus enough for becoming the bread of sacrifice for me, and my transgressions. I can not see how anything in my life will ever be worthy of such treatment He faced for me. There is no one I would want to take my place in facing of the trials of life, but Jesus, I can never see as the one I want to face them for me. But yet He is my intercession, taking each blow in my stead. The whipping boy who takes the blows of punishment for a selfish child king in the making.

Galatians 4:1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all,

7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

I am not worthy of Him placing Himself in my place. But He did. And to Him I am eternally grateful. My sacrifice, as yours, is ours to face alone. But he has become the bread that took away my iniquities and He makes my life a worthy sacrifice.

We are all threshed, and we are all refined on the millers stone, but it doesn’t last forever, because to break us is not His plan for us.

Proverbs 20:26 A wise king sifts out the wicked, And brings the threshing wheel over them.

Isaiah 28:28 Bread flour must be ground; Therefore he does not thresh it forever, Break it with his cartwheel, Or crush it with his horsemen.

We only bear the beatings of this life for so long, and our refined spirit is mixed with the oil of His grace and Spirit. We are baked in the ovens of the fires of testing, in God’s light… and we are a sacrifice of a fragrant offering, worthy to be consumed by the Lord. We are the body, we are the bread. We are the body of Christ Jesus.

The bread of sacrifice is also the bread of truth. Moses had the bread of questions. But Jesus gives us the bread of answers. And His bread is the truth we seek with our sacrifice we make each day..

Matthew 6:8-13 Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

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40 thoughts on “Chapter 5: DAY ONE: THE NATIVITY OF THE SOUL”

  1. Thank you for visiting and following the O.W. Prince Ministries Web Blog. I pray that your experience is enlightening, empowering and thoroughly enjoyed.
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  2. I thoroughly enjoyed reading “Watering the Seeds of Potential”. I can relate to the concept of starting in darkness and ending up in the light of Christ (truth). Almost one year ago, to the day, my brother was possessed and physically attacked me. It was my wake up call. I came to Jesus completely broken and afraid of the unknown. He built me up and taught me how to live in a way that has eternal, spiritual impact. I continue to drink Him in and allow His light to shine through me, as a beacon to others. I believe you are doing the same through this blog. Thank you for being courageous enough to share your testimonies. I would not have been able to do it without the Holy Spirit’s support. Much love to you ~ JT

      1. I will commit to reading at least one page per day, since I’m at work :) I’ve just finished page 2 and it feels like you are speaking directly to me – reflecting on my personal journey. I’m sure other readers feel the same.

        “A refining process has begun within you and as a devout follower of Christ, you have prepared and washed the vessel clean of impurities so that His living water, the Holy Spirit of truth, will not be polluted by your own bitter truth.”

        –> In addition to spiritual cleansing, the Lord removed my alcohol cravings (sober since May, 2011). That’s something His Holy Spirit helped me with, to sanctify my flesh (His temple) and to sever any sin handles the devil was using to gain entry to my life. We serve an amazing, awesome and glorious God! I’d love to stand on top of my desk and shout His holy name. But I suspect startling people might derail the message a bit!

        1. Lol… you could stand on your desk and shout anything else and they would simply think you’re funny or crazy. But to shout anything religiously oriented… well it just kinda kills the message of stability and peace.

          As Christians, we are under a microscope daily and scrutinized in all our actions. Funny thing is, that on the surface, people do this because they want to see you fail, so they feel better about their faults and weaknesses. When you, who claim to be Christian stumble, it makes them feel justified in their lives and actions. BUT the real truth is, they really want to see you succeed. It is the funniest thing to see that when you overcome something really difficult, man, they actually swell up with pride. The reason is that if you succeed, it means their is hope for them too, to be like you. I have seen this many times in my own life and it is one of the most beautiful things you can image. Heck just read my Setting souls free with “jimmied letter” post. That was part of this principal in action. People really supported me afterwards… and then they came for help and guidance. lol… Just watch the end of The Karate Kid and see all the students jump ship and call Mr. Miyagi “sifu (teacher).

          I love your story by the way. Please keep it up. Go team Jesus! And gooo Joreida!

          But, I would give you a Klondike Bar if you stood on your desk and shouted “Captain, my captain” like in The Dead Poets Society :)

          Sincerely,
          Daniel Lyons

  3. Always base what you say upon the word of God for He says His word will accomplish that which He sent it to do and it will not return void. We must line ourselves with the word anything less is not of GOD> For He is TRUTH!

  4. I only just landed on your blog, although I have not read or followed the previous chapters, this one seems to be very interesting, so, I’ll make the time and effort to catch up and read the previous chapters.

  5. Soulblindministry, I take issue with this statement: “You, I, and everyone on this planet were once as an animal. A human animal.” I base my argument heavily on Genesis 1:24-26

    24And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

    25And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

    26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Genesis 1:24-26).

    To say that man was an animal is like saying God made a mistake when He said “Let us make man.”

    1. This series is building up to that. This the process of making you like a man of God, to mirror the image of His son Jesus. There are animals, actual fur covered mammals etc. that growl and moo. And then there is a spiritual animal, a person without discernment for the consequences of their actions. There are physical things and spiritual things. And most of the time the Bible uses the physical to teach a spiritual truth.

      Spiritually speaking an animal represents attributes of your personality. The same as the Chinese have the spirit of the animal Kung-fu that matches you, or Eskimos, African, and Native American’s have animal spirit guides. Europeans have coats of arms to show the symbol of their family house. The symbol of animals and human’s mixing in spirit and character is in every culture of the world I can think of. The Egyptians used to believe that the animals were the castings off of our clothing. It’s a symbolic thing where we all have personalities that personify attributes of that animal. So we shed our emotions and personas like clothes. It’s why the people had Aaron build them a calf to represent their god while Moses was on the mountain. It was what they believed was the personification of the God that delivered them. Remember Moses was raised as an Egyptian for 40 years of his life, and the first 5 books of the Bible come from him. And all the books in the Bible after those 5 are based on those first 5 books by Moses. There is more to this than that, but the idea should at least somewhat conveyed and I hope you see my point. Their are lots of things that are shared in the cultures of that area, and just because you may not like the implication of what you believe I was saying, it does not mean that is in fact what I said or implied.

      Psalms 73:22 I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.

      Revelation 5:5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

      If you want to know more… well, you will just have to stay tuned to find out the rest.

      God bless,
      Daniel Lyons

  6. Hi Daniel,

    Interesting post though I would like to comment on one thing you said if I might.

    You tried to reassure people that might read your post that none of what you were about to express violated or undermined their churche’s teachings.

    While I applaud your willingness to consider the impact of your teaching on others may I say that we as Christians should not overly concern ourselves with whether or not what the Lord has laid on our hearts to share with others undermines their present Church teachings.

    If it does do that…praise God!

    I mean if our intention is not to cause division, to stumble others in their faith, to speak of their pastoral leaders in a disparaging way, to cast doubt on their church for doubt’s sake, and otherwise…and if what we say does have the unintended effect of undermining anyone’s church teachings…praise God that it is so!

    There are lots of Church teachings that absolutely must be undermined and wrecked in the minds of those who adhere to them at the expense of integrity to biblical truth.

    If God chooses to use what we share to accomplish that I say again, praise God that it be so!

    Nothing to apologize for or to beat around the bush about or reassure others about.

    Just speak the truth as God lays it on your heart to say it and let the cards fall where they may.

    Carlos

    1. Thank you Carlos,
      I hear what you are saying, but understand that I am not afraid to step on toes if they rudely cross my path to the truth. Just read some of my comments! But what I am teaching comes on a different level from what most churches are teaching, so there is no need or worry about having to do so. The “Reminder” message is merely a reminder to read before you comment, and NOT skim and jump to a conclusion based on your religious beliefs and dogma.

      It’s like an iceberg, the top level is the words in the Word and its stories. Many of the religions like to focus on the story itself and its moral, as it is understood by them. This is where most religions will bump heads on the interpretation of the logistics of what is being said. I am not focusing on the surface layer. I focus directly on what it means to you as an individual and not on the level of the congregation. The Bible is understood on multiple levels, but it is simplified down into two primary levels, the physical, and the spiritual. I try to only present the spiritual side of how it speaks to your soul. I am no expert on the surface level stuff. There is just WAY too much that can go wrong in interpreting prophecies and the logistics are overly complicated. What I teach is simple to an extent. It is just themes and word translations and compiling them into a language of symbols that can be learned to be read by most everyone, since these symbols are written on your soul. Things like your head is symbolic of your thoughts and your hands are symbolic of your actions. That kind of thing. I think I have a pretty firm grasp of much of the lower inner side of the looking glass of truth. This is where I think some of the greatest power of the Word resides. I say let the organized religions strive for their crust part of the pie… I prefer to revel in the rich creamy filling.

      Be blessed and thanks for writing,
      Daniel Lyons

      1. Makes sense Daniel. It may have been better then if you had simply said “Please read before you comment, and don’t skim and jump to a conclusion based on your religious beliefs and dogma” :). Just a suggestion. Don’t mean to focus on just this Daniel and lose the benefit in the rest of what you said so I offer it for what it’s worth.

        Carlos

        1. How about
          Dear reader, please check your dirty shoes at the door. This is my clean white house. Don’t shake your mud all over my home and make it a lot dirty, just to make yourself feel a little clean.

          How about that one? Just kidding. That is not what I was even implying. But it sure is a good example of most people and their beliefs (Spiritual or otherwise). I always get the mental image of a dog that rolled in the mud and comes running into your house uninvited and shakes itself everywhere. the dog may be a little more clean feeling, but it is still a dirty dog, that soiled everything you worked so hard to clean and maintain. HOW RUDE!

          1. Nah…might not come across right LOL.

            Hey Daniel…I just thought of something that I should have thought about earlier.

            You may want to check out http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-special-offers-forum/510698-400-sold-rave-reviews-dollars-demand-your-complete-guide-successful-freelancing.html

            It’s apparently a really good ebook or whatever it is about how to do successful freelancing. It’s only $9.90 (let me know if you need help with that and I would be happy to buy you a copy).

            It does work Daniel and it may be a way for you to start making more than $1 per hour type of thing.

            Carlos

            PS. Please be guarded in viewing the items on that site Daniel. I have been a member in good standing there for a very long time (under the name Carlos123) but if you are not careful you, like many others, could get pulled into all kinds of get rich quick hope that will mainly end up being unrealized. Just read things carefully and if something seems to good to be true it probably is but this particular offer is a good one for your situation I think.

              1. Daniel,

                Are you willing to settle for less than ideal with respect to a computer? Have you tried an ad on craigslist (free) to exchange some work for a computer of the kind that you need? Will you settle for a desktop instead of a laptop initially until you can improve your situation and get a laptop?

                I am absolutely confident Daniel that someone, somewhere is willing to buy you a decent used desktop at the very least in exchange for some graphic design work of the caliber that you can do. You may just need to give them a really sweet deal as in working for peanuts per hour (if you absolutely have to though I would not start offering that initially) to do what they need done in exchange for that computer but getting that computer will open doors for you big time.

                I guess I am just saying that you should not let your lack of a laptop keep you from reaching out by faith in God to get a computer from somebody through some kind of win/win deal. It’s perfectly doable Daniel. I’ve done it with my need for a place to stay and for my need for a laptop during times when I needed both. I exchanged hours of computer work (at $25 per hour in my case) for what was needed by placing ads on craigslist.

                Carlos

                  1. If something is indeed stolen (I have never ended up with stolen stuff from craigslist…you can usually tell when you meet the person if they are the kind that will be trying to hock stolen stuff) but you buy it in good faith not knowing it was stolen and will never know….is it “bad stuff”? I don’t think so.

                    I would say don’t worry about it just like it says in the Word to not ask questions for conscience’s sake. Don’t buy it if you know it’s stolen for sure but if you don’t know and it’s a good deal…buy it. God is not at all displeased if we do not violate our conscience in the buying or embolden the conscience of the one we are buying from to do evil if they admit they stole it to us and we buy anyway.

                    Buy away and don’t worry about it unless something is said or leads you to believe that it is stolen.

                    Carlos

                1. It can’t handle much before it starts to heat up… battery is dead, Wireless card is dead. Have a flash drive looking thing plugged in for for wifi. That works great now. The machine works but can’t handle anything that requires any real CPU usage. It has overheated before a few times and even melted the plastic case in parts…. It is kind of a throw away and not made for anything but web browsing or simple things. It was my mother’s

                  1. Wow! Well that definitely does sound like it’s on it’s last leg Daniel. Reminds me of the computer I once had to keep together with a clothes pin putting pressure on the screen just right so that it would work LOL. You might try a lap device that has a couple of fans in it that you put laptops on for overheating. Also you might try taking it apart and blowing the dust out of it. Blowing the dust out does wonders. It’s probably coated in the stuff inside and overheating because of the dust. If you do that pay special attention to the area where the processor chip and assembly is at. You can use a cheap, dollar store, nylon paint brush to brush dust out of crevices you can’t reach easily.

                    You might also try taking the hard drive out and putting it in an external, self-powered, hard drive enclosure both to open up some air inside the laptop and to diminish the heat coming from the hard drive (as minimal as that might be it does add something to the heat being generated).

                    Maybe the heat sink on the processor has come lose too (depending on what kind of processor assembly you have) so you may want to check that also.

                    Just some things to try I guess.

                    Carlos

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