Sayings From The Dragon Slayer
Thy Kingdom Come
"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
“Often, without moving his lips, [Francis] would meditate within himself and drawing external things within himself, he would lift his spirit to higher things.” -Thomas of Celano
Francis of Assisi must have known, at least intuitively, that there is only one enduring SPIRITUAL INSIGHT and everything else follows from it: The visible world is an active doorway to the invisible world, and the invisible world is much larger than the visible. This is the mystery of incarnation, the essential union of the material and the spiritual worlds—or simply “Christ.” The visible world is a shadow of the spiritual world (Romans 1:19-20, 18-32).
Our outer world and its inner significance must come together in order to bring about any wholeness—and holiness. Jesus removed the dividing wall through his death on the cross (Ephesians 2:14). (I personally experienced this in the fall of 1973 in my conversion experience, and continues to this very day. The result is both deep joy and a resounding sense of coherent beauty.)
What was personified in the body of Jesus was a manifestation of this one universal truth: Matter is, and has always been, the hiding place for Spirit, forever offering itself to be discovered anew. Perhaps this is exactly what Jesus means when he says, “I am the gate” (John 10:7). Francis and his female companion, Clare, carried this mystery to its full and lovely conclusions. Or, more rightly, they were fully carried by it. They somehow knew that “the beyond” was not really beyond, but in the depths of “here”. All we need is right here and right now - in this world.
This is the way to that! Heaven includes earth. Time opens us up to the timeless; space opens us up to “space-less-ness”, if we only take them for the clear doorways that they are. There are not sacred and profane things, places, and moments. There are only sacred and desecrated things, places, and moments—and it is we alone who desecrate them by our blindness and lack of reverence. It is one God-created sacred universe, and we are all a part of His creation. This is the message of the gospel of the kingdom of God.
The realization that the concrete opens us up to the universal might be the only fully trustworthy or possible path anyway, because that is how we sense - oriented humans operate. Abstract ideology will not get us very far, and much common religion is ideology more than real encounter with Presence.
We all must start with our anecdotal experience, and then build from there. What else can we do? Good spiritual teachers show us how to build from there! Wise people, Holy Scripture, and scriptural tradition point to which experiences are worth looking at and which are perhaps detours or dead ends. Saint Paul taught that our senses must be trained by practice to have insight between good and evil (Hebrews 5:9-14). Without vision/insight My people perish, for words alone will not correct them (Proverbs 29:18-19).
When religion becomes mere ideology of mere words (or even mere theology), the rubber never hits the road again. People all over the world are rejecting this top-down form of religion - and they should - because this is not the path of Christ Himself. Saints show us how to build on a solid foundation of experiential, practical, and very ordinary spirituality. This emphasizes our need to be doers of the word of God and not hearers only (Ja 1:22). True religion is living the life of Christ and His commandments in one’s ordinary daily life (James 1:27). Jesus said if you love Me you will keep My Commandments (Jn 14:15).
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Finding the Way of Salvation
Most Christians are of the belief that God is going to come down from heaven and save us from all of the evils of the world, the flesh, and the devil without any effort or participation of ourselves.
However God's plan of salvation was to manifest Himself within the believer as His church: the body of Himself manifest by Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to enable the believer to overcome the things of the world. But only Grace that works by faith will produce the workings of God in the believer (Eph 2:1-10).
The Scriptures testify that it is only the overcomers that receive the blessings of God (1 Jn 5:4-5, Rev2:26, 3:21). The church has been stuck in the "first heaven reality", and has little knowledge of the second and third heaven realities where the power of God resides. There is a process of deification that God calls the believer to complete in order to be fully human in the divine sense.
The whole creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God (Rm 8). Satan has been hell bent to destroy God's creation and humanity from the beginning, and he has largely done this by religious deception. The only thing that will stop this process will be for the church to come alive in Christ and to be perfected even as the heavenly Father is perfect (Mt 5:48), which is the real work of the ministry of God to the saints (Eph 4), to equip the saints to do spiritual warfare against the principalities and powers and defeat them (Eph 6:10-20).
When the church wakes up to the above truth it will begin to become free, along with the whole creation! "You will know the truth and the truth will make you free. " (Jn 8:31-32).
Jesus made it clear that those who did iniquity to depart from Him (Mt 7:21-23). Only those who do righteous in God's name are protected by God (Ps 91, 95, 99, 107). Some will be taken from the earth, and some will be left (Ps 104:35, Mt 24:40-41). Meditation on, and being a doer of the word, is God's way for those who are His and will be protected by Him (Ps 119).
Yes, God does it, but only through His matured Saints working by the power of the Almighty God in them. The root meaning of religion is to reconnect with God in a relational way, in word and deed . What are we waiting for?
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Dragon Slayer says, "I woke up during the night watch with thoughts of how Grace relates to God's presence."
“…and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
"All that you do, do in the name of the Lord" (Col 3:17).
"The kingdom of God is not by observation, but the kingdom of God is in you and amongst you" (Lk 17:20-21).
God has promised you His constant presence (Hebrews 13:5), but are you conscious of His presence every day? God has promised you His constant presence (Hebrews 13:5), but are you consciously awake to His presence every day? "Awake oh sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you" (Eph5:14) When you are conscious of His presence every day, you will experience a peace that gives you rest, joy inexpressible in your spirit and a power that nothing in this world can offer. In fact, you will begin to be peaceful and powerful like Jesus. You will speak and behave like Him. This is because you cannot be in God’s presence without His beauty, love, peace, power and glory rubbing off on you.
If you are in the middle of an argument, see the Lord standing within earshot. Your words will change and your body language will become more reconciliatory as you see Him right there with you extending His grace to you. There will be a restraint which is not borne of willpower, but which comes supernaturally when you know that the One who loves you and watches over you is with you.
Beloved, when you become conscious of God’s presence in your life, worries and fears will have no foothold in your mind. You will see Him maximizing your joy and fun, and prospering you in what you say and do!
And He said “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” “NKJV”
Moses the man gives us a fundamental truth of following God whereas in verse 13 he prays if he has found grace in God’s sight for God to show him God’s way. Because he knows that if he finds God’s way, he would have found grace in God’s sight. It sounds like a play on words but its intention is much more vested.
Often the grace of God which is His presence does not fall under the desire of His people these days. Find a desperate plea for direction and God’s presence and God’s manifold grace will consume the circumstance, individuals, or anything else in the vicinity and conform it to His will. God’s grace is more than His unmerited favor, it is His Divine presence invoked by desperate men, women, or children who realize that not one more step can occur, not one more breath can be breathed, a plea for God’s presence has risen to the heavens and reached the very Throne Room of God and all has halted till God Himself Speaks.
Moses understood God’s presence was essential to progress, it was not the works that were performed or in our current church climate of mega budgets, spectacular events, and charismatic speakers, the proof was demonstrated by the manifested presence of God. If God’s presence was not in it, it was not going to happen. Moses states emphatically in verse 15 “If Your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” This is a substance of a relationship with God many of us need to cultivate no matter the cost, Moses after being used in such great ways never lost his way. The many years in the desert, in my opinion taught him that all he had was nothing, and it could be lost with one bad decision made with good intentions. The more God moved through him, the more he needed God to move through him because it was God’s presence (His Grace) that accomplished the task.
God’s grace is God’s presence in any given situation, and His presence is power, authority, purpose, victories, trials, and love - can we be a people who will say “If your presence is not with us, then we won’t go.”
In (2 Pet 3) Peter had just finished teaching about false teachers. He then goes into the subject of the coming of Christ. He mentions that Paul's teaching is often difficult to understand. Peter attempts to teach his audience in terms that the coming of Christ in his presence can be metaphorically understood, in order that they may grasp the true nature of the coming of Christ and how it relates to the grace of God. For that reason Peter in the chapter with the words: "Therefore let us grow in grace" (2 Pet 3:18).
"Watch and pray" (Lk 21:36),
"I come quickly" (Rev 22:12-14).
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Throughout Jesus' ministry He taught His disciples's about the necessity of faith in order to receive the things of God. By faith Jesus did not mean mere mental belief, which evaporates at the slightest contact with contrary sense evidence. Faith is absolute conviction; it's proof lies in the intuitive knowing of the soul. God – consciousness and it's unlimited powers are available to those ardent devotees who steadily develop themselves by prayer and meditation on God until they form an unwavering faith in the omnipotent nature of God and His manifestation in themselves.
When Peter walked on water his faith was only partially developed, indicated by the fact that when he saw the physical waves forming around him, his natural senses caused him to lose the power of the little faith he had.
Faith is very important, but receptivity to the divine power of faith is shut off by negative thoughts and doubts. Faith grows as you exercise it; and when you have great faith, you can do everything. If you can hold on to an idea long enough, and do not give up when opposed by contrary evidence, even if the whole world says it is impossible; if you can fight the negative thoughts of people and keep your own thoughts strong while working toward your goal, it will manifest.
Jesus and Paul encouraged their followers to always pray and set their affections on things above, things they are good and beautiful. If we allow negativity to infiltrate our mind it will bring our soul down to the more grosser elements and prevent us from experiencing the faith of God and it's benefits. James taught that our mind must be single on God, without which we will not be able to receive the things of God. He also taught that if we draw near to God, God will draw near to ours, and if we resist the devil he will flee from us.
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...once you have reached a conclusion on any subject, you have closed the door on learning anything new or more about it.
So goes many of the dogmatic 'theologians' of our day. Many are resting on old revelation, or worse, settled on some man's interpretation of God ('the traditions of men') without Holy Spirit teaching them directly.
The Apostle Paul says in 1 Cor. 8 that 'if any man thinks he knows anything, he knows nothing as he ought to know'.
God is always revealing more, as evidenced throughout scripture. There are still many prophetic words yet to be fulfilled ... the Revelation of Jesus Christ is present and continuous.... as all creation awaits the manifestation of the Sons of God!
Don't allow 'dogmatism' to creep into your revelation or relationships with God and others. ... there is always more!
© by Dragonslayer 2016. Used by permission.