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(Love Resonates to all Through Giving) Post for Day 102 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it, A song’s not a song ’til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay, Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!

Oscar Hammerstein II

 

To those that hear and understand the harmony in everything, the resonance of love resounds through all Creation through the gift of sharing. For God so loved us that He gave… and through His gifts we give. It is in our charity that we find mercy, and from the overflow of our hearts we give. Do not be afraid to give with love, and likewise accept that which too is given with love for to deny the gift is to deny the love of the giver.

God gives freely:

Deuteronomy 7:13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

And so should we:

Deuteronomy 30:20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

 

 

 

 

(God’s Love is Found in a Touch) Post for Day 101 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.

Mother Teresa

Matthew 8:9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Can God heal without so much as touching a person? Of course He can and yet as Christ He choose to touch those in need so that they may know that through Him they are healed.

Psalms 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

 

Image the touch of God. For all the ages those that prayed for health and never felt His touch, but only the few were touched by His hand. What an amazing gift to know God with an intimacy of something so common as a touch, yet infused with the pure power of love. What can not be healed by His love? What can not be made pure by His blessings? What can not be made whole with His truth? What can not be manifest through faith?

God may not make Himself known in your life physically but He did make His example known, to love each other with more than compassion but with the touch we all need so much. The love of a touch is the power to revive the soul. A hug, a hand on the shoulder or a gentle kiss on the brow. What power is in the laying on of hands? Why do those that feel not this intimacy are those that suffer most? In the touch is the power of His love for we all are as one to those that can see beyond appearances.

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

 

 

So love each other and give them affirmation that they are validated and worthy of love and to those of bravery greet each other with the a holy kiss.

1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

1 Thessalonians 5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.

1 Peter 5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

 

 

 

(Israel is Progress Through Perseverance) Post for Day 100 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.

George Bernard Shaw

 

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

יִשְׂרָאֵל

Transliteration: Yisra’el

Israel = “God prevails”

have power, contend with, persist, exert oneself, persevere

 

The name Israel essentially means Progress Through Perseverance. Through Israel comes a mighty nation and only he who is willing to change will be the chosen of God.

 

It is only through opposition that we learn to progress and grow.

 

 

 

(Behold the Renewing Power of God) Post for Day 99 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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The future of the world belongs to the youth of the world, and it is from the youth and not from the old that the fire of life will warm and enlighten the world. It is your privilege to breathe the breath of life into the dry bones of many around you.

Tom Mann

 

Let God revive you as only God can.

Ezekiel 37:

1              The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

2              And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.

3              And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

4              Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

5              Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:

6              And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

7              So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.

8              And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.

9              Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.

10           So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.

11           Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.

12           Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

13           And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

14           And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

 

(A Wise Man Knows When…) Post for Day 98 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.

Demosthenes

Choose your battles wisely for it takes little to break your image of authority and often that which is broken can never be repaired.

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

 

(Women, Water and the Heart’s Spiritual Journey) Post for Day 97 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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I have an increasing sense that the most important crisis of our time is spiritual and that we need places where people can grow stronger in the spirit and be able to integrate the emotional struggles in their spiritual journeys.

Henri Nouwen

 

 

The human spirit is like water; fickle, unstable, ever-changing. Where the soul is as a house the spirit is as water. The soul is a construct of many truths, but the spirit is viscous and vital and flows as it is your consciousness. We often attribute the spirit to will, and this too is true as anything you set your mind to will become a force to be reckoned with.

 

Consider your consciousness and how it ebbs and flows. How one day you may feel inclined to act on one thing, and yet on another day you may decide to act upon another; this is the resources of the mind being directed towards the soul’s objective goals. It’s like having an architect building a structure that requires dynamic changes to achieve a goal; also much like perhaps a general in a war. The goal of the war is static as the soul is a construct of principals, but the spirit is situationally objective based.

 

Consider a household and the typical role models of the family dynamic. The father is a driving force towards a goal, the mother is the balance of child and father, and the child is the actions that grow to build the home’s future. Mind, Spirit, and Body have unique respective rolls to fill. If the father needs the family to move the mother will counsel him on the needs of the household and the father will then have to reassess the objective based upon the mother’s influence. The same is true with the spirit that balances out the mind and body as to what is best for the self to do. A goal is needed, an action must be taken, but direction must be considered as how to get the whole house to reach the new objective. So thus the spirit is like water and viscous and ever changing based on each situation. The body is available once it sees what its goals are, but it does little on its own. The mind, though powerful, is helpless alone without the body to fulfill its objectives, but the spirit is the liaison and balance that is required based in the moments of need.

 

For these reason the family of the soul has different checks and balances in place and are likened to attributes of people. The Bible uses these attributes each time it mentions a gender or age.

 

Consider the spirit as being a woman, that if easily swayed would want everything it found desirable. This woman would then be considered wanton or as the Bible calls this kind of wisdom a harlot. A spirit that is dedicated to a single purpose is like a faithful wife that only wants to please her husband and care for her family. So this is a wisdom that is loyal and true.

 

Wisdom, woman, and spirit are all attributed to women for these reasons, as all deal with the self or ego. Wisdom is the reasoning of how to apply logic. So as the man represents knowledge the woman represents the self’s reasoning of how to use the information presented to you. In this way your wisdom is dynamic and changes based on objectives and is channeled like rivers or outlets of water, thus the Holy Spirit is compared to “Living Water” and a “Helper”.

 

John 4:7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

 

Spirit or consciousness can rage, crash, calm, channel or be drawn from as a resource. You see this often in references to wells where clarity is drawn from a source of water. As woman is the life giver of the family, so too does the Spirit give life to the barren in the Scriptures such as Rachel, Mary, and Elizabeth. By infusing consciousness into these wisdoms does the self-realize how to use an ideal that may have as of yet been left dormant. Remember the Bible is really about your personal journey and all things are aspects of your growing truth, so a barren woman is really you trying to figure out how to use the information you’ve gained, as is the case with Elizabeth whose name means the “Seven fold promise”. The promise of God that was given to the Israelites is barren to this point in the Bible’s hidden manual of truth, and until you can revive your consciousness the promise remains barren. So God thus has the Spirit touch the womb of the wisdom of self, called “The Promise” and though old and barren Elizabeth brings forth the “Gift” of God called “John” that makes the way for the “TRUTH” called “Liberation” named “Jesus”.

 

Since the beginning of the Bible’s story of Creation, the spirit is as waters that are split in two. This is the ideals of self that are divided between the upper-self as higher ideals or primitive ideals as the baser self. In all choices a path must be chosen and thus the waters are split and the spirit is divided. In all choices we are to weight out the choices in balance and when calm the spirit becomes as a sea of glass and thus the image of God is reflected in your spirit. This is symbolic for Christ calming the storms and for walking on water.

 

Notice that all of the miracles of Christ performed on water are on the Sea of Galilee. Galilee means Circle and it represents wholeness of self as in a perpetual nature. The water is spirit and thus it is also used as the Sea of Solomon and the Levar of the Tabernacle of Meeting. The Tabernacle’s Levar is made of bronze mirrors from the women that serve the temple. This means it’s wisdom that we reflect in that cleanses us and helps us to reflect in, once we have made our sacrifices to God. In clarity do we self-reflect. In wisdom do we find wholeness. In mother do we find connection to the family and in the spirit we find purpose.

 

So consider the waters and ships as a process of self-introspection. Cast your nets with the spirit and draw up a bounty of insight like fish being drawn up into the light. As man is knowledge and thus we draw from wisdom/water/women the knowledge of truth and purpose and bring that knowledge into the light of understanding.

 

Mark 1:16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.

 

(Who are you Really?) Post for Day 96 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

Ayn Rand

 

If I am made in the image of God then I am more than I seem?

You have the power to overcome, only if you believe. Do not fear His greatness that dwells within you. Choose wisely and act upon the choices made for within you lives the great Lion of Judah called Christ Jesus.

 

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

(Made in the image of God) Post for Day 95 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.

John Steinbeck

 

What does it mean to be made into the image of God?

Have you ever wondered what God looks like? Does He even have an image? If He does have an image do we look like Him?

According to the Bible we are being made into the image of God. Most people think we are born into that image but the answer might be a little more complex than a simple Yes or No answer. Why you ask? Well, let’s look at the 6th day of Creation where God is talking to someone and says:

Genesis 1:26 And 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. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

So like any good Christian who was taught in Sunday school you would think, “Well, yes then. We are made in God’s image and He looks a lot like us” Right? You would think so but then read on to the next chapter. Right after God rests on the seventh day there is a kind of rewind and we are now looking at a somewhat different story as we see man is not made on the 6th day but rather way back before the trees appear on the 3rd day.

Genesis 2: 4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

8 And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

In this chapter we see that we are not made in God’s image from the start of creation but rather it is something we are transformed into at a later date. So, if then God did not make man in His image to start with then when is that seventh Day of Creation where God rests? Is it perhaps that the parable of the garden is more than it seems? Is it that maybe there is more going on than first thought? Perhaps, but let’s focus first on what God might look like if we are not in His image to start with. To understand this better perhaps it’s better to know the attributes of God.

So let’s ask ourselves does God have a body? Yes, according to scriptures God shows Himself several times starting with Adam & Eve as He walks in the garden. He again shows Himself to Moses on the mountain top. The thing is though God has made Himself known there is much more to this puzzle than you might suspect.

Let’s start with the symbolic nature of the human body and see how it mirrors God:

Each body part has a symbolic meaning and by knowing the corresponding significance of each body part your Bible reading will change accordingly.

  • The Head: Your head represents the center of thought. The head is symbolic of the masculine attribute of knowledge.
  • Face: In the Bible the face of God is hidden. Consider a human’s face. If you see a person’s face you can generally get a feeling for what they feel or think, so we never see God’s face as we do not know the will of God. So symbolically the face of God cannot be known yet Jesus is supposed to be made in the exact image of God. *Remember this as we will come back to this later.
  • Eyes: Eyes are about perceptions of the mind’s eye and not those we physically possess. In our perceptions we see clearly the truth hidden in things.
  • Nose: The nose is the means of telling if something is good or bad to consume, as we learned in the last post. To smell something good to eat is as knowing it is good for gaining the strength of the thing consumed and thus distinguishing the worthiness of a thing. As Toucan Sam says “Follow the nose! It always knows!” this is because it is symbolic of discernment.
  • Mouth: the mouth and teeth are about eating and thus breaking down a thing that it may be digested. To break ones teeth would be as to remove the ability to understand as it can’t be broken down and considered as in “chewing the cud”.
  • Tongue: The tongue varies from the mouth as it does not eat but rather is the instrument of speech in the scriptures as well as that of taste. The tongue is more fickle than the rest as it is based in personal taste and from the tongue comes all forms of personal preferences like love and hate and these attribute spill out from the heart out into the world around you.
  • Ears: Ears are the instruments of understanding as they hear beyond the words and decipher the truth in everything to see if things resonate in harmony with the truth. In other words they are the means of finding reason through the subtleties that surround us.
  • Hair: Hair is attributed as wisdom as it grows long in understanding, thus woman, whom is the figure of wisdom, has the longest hair and man’s is shorter as he is the symbol of knowledge or head that must accept the word of God.
  • Neck: The neck is the means of turning from one path unto another. To be stiff necked is to be as an ox that can’t be turned; so thus the stiffness of neck is symbolic of obstinacy or pliability.
  • Heart: The heart is the central vessel of reasoning. Where the head is knowledge, the heart is wisdom and it is often attributed as a feminine quality as the center of the soul’s house/body and as mother, spirit, blood or water.
  • Arms: The arms always represent strength in actions.
  • Hands: Hands are the instruments of action itself called works. The hands are the symbol of everything you do both spiritually and physically.
  • Fingers: These are the means of pointing things out and also in the actions of grasping onto a concept.
  • Body: The body gets a bad rap but it is simply the vessel in which our soul’s reasoning is conveyed. The body is the sum of all the parts but it often referred to as the enemy of God as it symbolizes our more primitive animal self.
  • Legs: Legs too are about strength but also are used to convey balance and endurance. (IE: running, walking, lifting etc.)
  • Feet: Feet are a pivotal instrument as they represent the steps in which we take through our journey through life. This is not the physical steps but the times of choices that create growth. They work like moving roots, as they ground you to the right path but also work as a constant progression of balance in choices.
  • Back and Shoulders: The shoulders and back are the aspects of endurance as though that which is chastised or carries a burden. The strength of back is the resolve you have to making a difference as it supports the body in all its choices.

This is the image of God as seen through the reflection of man. We say man is made in God’s image but we actually understand God’s attributes through our own bodies. If we look within we find we are all part of a greater truth that lives within us and the Bible is all about a macrocosm and microcosm where all thing great and small reflect within each other. By knowing the bodies spiritual significance we can then see the will of God more clearly as we reflect His truth within us, as all we do is driven by forces not easily seen but imitated in our lives and in our choices we make.

Try and consider these body parts and then look back at some of the verses in the Bible that reflect them and see what they mean in a more spiritual light.

John 13:9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

Consider Simon Peter: Both names mean stone but each has a slightly different aspect of truth. Consider Peter as your obstinacy as a founding stone of truth and Simon your willing obedience. Now your willing obedience is resilient to change and thus it seeks clarification by asking to have also its head and hands cleaned as well. Look at the list and see that feet are your choices and thus Christ is teaching you to make wise choices by cleansing away the confusion that clutters them. But in the process you question your head and hands as well, but consider Peter’s attributes, he is a very good man but he is also a bit of a hot head and makes poor choices based in his desire to do what he thinks is right. But the head is the center of thought and Peter does not need to purify his mind as his thoughts are good. He too does not need to have his hands cleansed as he does good deeds. He thinks well and acts accordingly but he does tend to make bad choices by not considering the consequences of his actions. This verse of the Bible seems very sweet in that it is our Lord and master cleansing our feet as it is a symbol of closeness but hidden within it is the truth that we all need to help each other make better choices.

Go ahead and take these physical symbols of the body and see if you too can see the hidden spiritual message from God in Scripture on how to emulate Christ within you.

*Remember I said we would come back to this later? Well here we are. Christ is the symbol of the authority you gain by following the steps of righteousness. Following in His footsteps is actually imitating the process of enlightenment laid out in the first seven Days of Creation. By following the process we eventually build Christ within and thus we too become reflections of our Creator. So for this reason Christ is made in the image of Adam and of God. Man is being transformed by a process of enlightenment to overcome his body’s animal/beast nature and to become a man like God, fully enlightened and upright and thus we wear the full armor of God that we may overcome the final stage of testing.

2 Corinthians 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

 

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(What is Food in the Bible?) Post for Day 94 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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La Monte Young

 

What is Food in the Bible?

 

Leviticus 22:7 And when the sun is down, he shall be clean, and shall afterward eat of the holy things; because it is his food.

 

That which makes you stronger is desirous to add to one’s self, and thus we seek foods in which to consume to add to our strengths. Food however, is not about actual food in the Holy Scriptures. It is always a symbolic term referring to spiritual sustenance in which you gain understanding from. When you eat the understanding of a thing you grow stronger for knowing it, unless it is a thing found to be vile of taste.

 

Jeremiah 29:17 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

 

When you are about to eat something, don’t you smell it first to see if it is something you would like to consume? If you eat something detestable then your body becomes sickened; so too is it with spiritual foods.

 

Lamentations 1:11 All her people sigh, they seek bread; they have given their pleasant things for meat to relieve the soul: see, O LORD, and consider; for I am become vile.

 

So in the scriptures when something is fragrant smelling it means it is desirous to be consumed, or rather to understand. Before Christ’s death on the cross, He is anointed by sweet smelling perfume and thus He is being prepared as a fragrant offering that God will accept as something worthy of consuming. To modern readers this may seem odd but the Bible has a strong running theme about eating that which is good for the soul.

 

Job 20:15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again: God shall cast them out of his belly.

 

We see this theme even in the Torah as Moses documents the clean and unclean animals as well.

 

Leviticus 7:19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

 

People commonly think that the animal itself is either clean or unclean as, say, in the case of a pig. And true enough there are several health issues that come from eating pigs and a few other animals on the list but not all the other animals are things that will harm your body. So why then are they unclean? It is not the flesh of the animal that is bad; it is what the animal represents that is the issue. Sometimes to know the answer you must not only look to the name or translation of the animal, but to the root words the animal’s name comes from. Ironically if you tried to get the specific animal you would find there is an incredible amount of guess work, even by the experts, behind figuring out which animal is implied. But what is a constant is the root word the animal comes from, as most deal with attributes we, as people emulate. So if it is a bad characteristic the animal emulates, it is not “CLEAN” to be consumed.

 

Leviticus 11: 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and to Aaron, saying unto them, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, These are the beasts which ye shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall ye eat.

 

Consider the clean animals have split hooves and “chew the cud”. The definition of chewing the cud means to ruminate. So if you are considering this as a mental, or also known as a spiritual factor, it is chewing something over in your mind. It is ruminating and considering what it is you are trying to digest into your consciousness. If one does not consider the actions one has taken they will, in fact, make the same mistakes over again. So we consider our actions and thus we chew the cud to ponder.

 

So why then are the hooves split? Remember your life’s is a journey of choices. You are not actually going to any physical location. You are simply making choices, and these are the steps we take in which to gain our elevation of understanding. So then consider your feet as being instruments of balance in making good choices. The Bible is often mentioning about not veering too far to either the right or the left, so thus it is in considering each step, that we make good choices. The Bible revolves around the number two as a division of choices. In consideration of this split in consciousness we can find that which is the correct path to take. So, the hooves of the animal are spit as though a foresight into a choice.

 

Leviticus 11:4 Nevertheless these shall ye not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

 

So, let’s consider a rabbit and why it is not clean to emulate or rather to consume. The rabbit chews the cud and thus it is as one who thinks about the choices they made only after they made them rashly. This is because the feet of the rabbit are not split. So they rush in without thinking but they remorse over the choices they made, so this is not a worthy characteristic to emulate.

 

Leviticus 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

 

Now consider the swine; it has split hooves but does not chew the cud. This means that a person that emulates this beast-self is one who knows fully well what they are getting into because they considered it beforehand, but they do not ruminate over their choices, thus they do something with full understanding but yet do not care about the consequences. This too is a bad food to add to your strengths and thus we call people swine that act like these aforementioned “Pigs”.

 

Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

 

Matthew 8:30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.

 

Biblical food is not only mentioned outright as being of a spiritual significance, it is a constant metaphor used throughout the Bible. Consider a famine in the land in the Biblical stories. This means a lack of understanding is found. Remember this ministry teaches that the Bible is really about your inner world and so the people starving are not people at all but rather concepts within you that are not being properly nourished to the point of gaining greater understanding. If you are not gaining the truth from your ideals they are then as dead things and thus they die of weakness and starvation.

 

 

Psalms 136:25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

 

Now ironically, a concept that is well nourished and becomes as a man’s life that bears much fruit, it too is consumed as being righteous fruit. This means if David dies it means that Love is understood, as David’s name means Love. So if you understand Love’s role in the story, then as he dies love is consumed as a good understanding and thus that concept is laid to rest. So why then is someone like Lazarus revived, but not many are? Well, Lazarus’ name means Help of God, so to revive the Help of God, Lazarus mustn’t die and thus He is CALLED forth.

 

John 11:11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

 

So why then, the parable of another man called Lazarus and the Rich man? In the Bible riches are truths, and a one full of his own riches is one who is wise in his own eyes and hungers for nothing. But to be poor in spirit is to be HUNGRY for more understanding. Thus the Bible tells us that the poor in spirit are blessed as they will inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, and as you learned in the last post that means they will gain higher enlightenment.

 

Luke 16:20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

 

One must always be willing to eat of the greater truth and to discern that which will add to your strengths and that which will not. So we grow crops of understanding that are symbolic of wheat and thus we harvest the truths we grow and sort them accordingly to know if they are good or bad for our soul.

 

Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Remember people are also concepts in your inner-world)

 

Consider the concept of food being symbolic for understanding as you read other stories like Jesus’ temptation after being without food for 40 days, or how Elijah also was too sustained as he ran for 40 days off of consuming a single meal. Consider too the bread that Christ gives at the last SUPPER as being the body of Truth that can sustain you through eternity. So then also try to think of other verses in the Bible that relate to food; like Daniel and his young companions not eating from the king’s table, or how the disciples feed the masses with fish and bread. All of these are symbolic of spiritual truths that grow and that are needed by us all in our journey towards enlightenment. We do not eat these things with our mouths but in our thoughts do we eat of everything that we see and hear, and thus only those that see the Truth will understand the parables that are in all of the stories of the Bible. The word parable does not mean a fictional story; but by definition it is any story that has spiritual significance within it. So each story you need to see with new eyes and hear with new ears to consume the heart of the matter.

 

Mark 4:11 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

 

Not everyone will understand how the Bible is written but, to those that do they will see that all things are fine to learn but not all things are beneficial if you do.

 

1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

 

This is summed up in both the dream of Peter and in Romans chapter 14 as we see that understanding is later found in everything and not only that which was used to start you on your path towards the greater understanding called Truth.

 

Acts 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. (Know all, and not just that which was formerly prescribed as beneficial)

 

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (This chapter is not just about eating food to idols but rather embodying any truth that would be as a stumbling block to another. If your faith is strong all things may be known without fear of it ever changing you towards the negative).

 

 

 

(Elevation) Post for Day 93 of my “365 Day Photo Challenge”

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If, then, knowledge be power, how much more power to we gain through the agency of faith, and what elevation must it give to human character.

Matthew Simpson

 

 

Elevation:

Have you ever wondered why climbing high on a mountain and looking down upon things below you gives you such a rush? Or why when you feel superior to something you feel above those things in a similar manner?

 

Consider the word superior, it means to be above. What is it with being above something that is so wonderful? Why do we try for power or fame and not just accept what we are given? Why is it that when you unburden your guilt you feel a weight lift off you and you feel like you can almost fly even though you have never actually flown before?

 

Elevation is used synonymously with being correct. Correctness is a pivotal turning point in the human consciousness that is rewarded for a job well done with a euphoric feeling of elevation. But why? Why does the mind give us chemicals as compensation for doing what it believes to be correct? Likewise, why do we also feel so heavy with burdens that are not even physically real? What is this human drama that plays out in our minds to make us relive past wrongs and weighs us down with misery or guilt? And why do we only get to move past these illusions when we have OVERcome them?

 

I have said it before, that the mind is simply an organic calculating machine that is constantly trying to find the correct solution to everything. It has a lot to factor in and it plays out a lot of scenarios with seemingly endless variables, but once a pure and obvious solution is found it rewards itself for a job well done.

 

This seemingly simple concept of elevation is central in understanding your salvation. Most people consider their soul to be a luminous presence within their body like some kind of prisoner/stowaway that’s trapped until the body dies. But the true essence of the word Soul is the mind. The Greeks called the soul the Psyche. Often we relate our minds reasoning into separate attributes of MIND, SPIRIT & BODY, but in reality, all reasoning is done solely in the head despite the feelings we get in the heart and body. We use certain locations of the body as symbols to allocate certain feelings or thought processes. We attribute love to the heart and lust to the body’s flesh, but none of that is real. It’s all still only the soul/mind controlling the meat puppet it occupies.

 

Your mind is a very powerful. You far outthink any machine on the planet, even though silicon chips are more dedicated to the tasks set before them. Your mind’s abstract thought processes are amazingly complex. The simple act of walking or throwing a ball with any accuracy is a staggering amount of complex calculations as it has to outthink its surroundings to accomplish its goal. Outthinking your surroundings is what has advanced the human mind to such heights of accomplishment. Only when the mind has mentally wrested with its opponents and won is it rewarded with a job well done.

 

Consider the rush you get for winning a game, be it either mental or physical. The physical game is equally challenging to the brain as a mental one as it uses all its training and challenges to overcome an opponent. So once victory is uncovered the mind releases a rewarding system of serotonin, dopamine & adrenaline, etc. The mind has to play a complex dance of chemical and electrical stimulants to achieve its goals and it has to regulate its body to optimal performance, all while out calculating its opponents and terrain. This is no small task, so to overcome any obstacle is a process of being correct and thus it becomes victorious. The Bible calls these crowns of victory and compares them to pushing the body like an athlete or a runner in a race.

 

1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

 

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 

The Bible is really the secret story of the mind and the world we create within and our process of overcoming adversity. It is easily seen in the temptations of Christ as He is taken higher and higher up to see what He can earn by choosing “correctly”. And it is even seen in the name of our ideal destination called the KINGDOM of HEAVEN, which simply means a city in the sky.

 

Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil…

 

Consider this city in the sky. A city or kingdom is an order of government ruled by a king or judiciary ruling seat that presides over its lesser constituents. Consider then the mind as being a world occupied by many concepts like men all gathering into like-minded orders of thought. These kingdoms of the mind are ruled by leading concepts like kings. A kingdom of the sky is then a state of enlightenment where concepts are then elevated to a higher-state or understanding.

 

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

 

In the parables of Christ He dictates many examples of the KINGDOM of HEAVEN in which most people attribute as the souls that are going to heaven in death, but few consider that the soul is really the mind, and thus if the inner-world has many minds it is as a city or kingdom of ideas that work harmoniously together. In overcoming the faulty kingdoms of reasoning we gain crowns of victory that help us overcome our mental obstacles that lock us into states of self-imposed oppression.

 

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

 

Now consider the concept of Self-Oppression. To impose a prison on the self is to imprison the mind called the soul. So the soul is thus trapped in a state of confusion it cannot escape from. The word for confusion in ancient Hebrew is Babel. We see this name used in the Tower of Babel and also a city or kingdom called Babylon. Confusion is the enemy of righteousness because again, the mind is as a machine seeking correctness in everything, and thus a mind or soul without solution is stuck in a constant state of Depression as opposed to Elevation.

 

If Highness is a state of elevated understanding, then Depression is a lowness of self. It is only when you can break free of the wrong choices you have made that you can feel the elation of the rewards of finding righteousness.

 

Consider now the image of Hell:

  • It is a Lower place, verses Heaven which is a Higher place traditionally located in the clouds.
  • It is filled with Darkness, yet Heaven is filled with Light.
  • It is a sad and torturous place, yet Heaven is filled with joy.

 

Now consider Heaven and its attributes and how each one mentioned above is in some way translated in to a higher sense of being. Knowledge is called enlightenment for both being Light and Elevation. In fact, Light simply means to rise-up as in Elevation. So too is joy called “to be light” or “alighted”.

 

The reality of the Truth is that we are seeking a higher state of understanding, only it is being translated as a Kingdom of Heaven in scripture. It is that same feeling we all get standing high above the world and looking down as all of our problems suddenly seem so small. In height we feel victorious as all other things seem swallowed up in insignificance, and thus we feel the joys that reward us for our righteousness.

 

My fellow Christians, we have been lead along a path that has taken us farther and farther from the truth of our purpose by following religions that preach a salvation of a soul when they do not truly understand what that means. What you read in the Bible is not what you think. Salvation is emancipation from your former way of thinking, as nothing else has a hold on your soul/mind. It is about putting your life in order by actually knowing what can be known and by not stressing over what cannot. It is about putting away past wrongs so that you may focus on what is truly right. There is much more going on before your eyes, we all have become blinded to the truth by the false misconception of our forefather’s that too were taught incorrectly, and the more we progress as we are the farther we stray from the truth God laid out for us.

 

This ministry is dedicated to helping everyone break down the walls that divide them from their Creator, by learning what is really being said in scriptures and by overcoming the former self by becoming enlightened through the Truth called Jesus.