January 5th.

Genesis 9-10 / Psalms 11-13 / Matthew 7

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Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Why does the need to judge the other people exist in us, which allows us so many permissions and freedoms, yet assigns so much blame to whomever isn't us? The animal's built in defense mechanisms to combat the fear that lives in it are the walls it constructs to hide behind. Those invisible walls consist of the agreement that it's able to find within itself about whatever part of it seems to be vulnerable. The emotional agreement of feeling like we are the one who is right comes at the expense of some person or people who we must make wrong, so that the contrast exists and we can find that agrement. The process is that we're promoting ourselves at the expense of whomever we're judging. It's part of the egotistical component of the nature, to feel that we're emotionally surviving better, we're the one who's in the right and it's easy for the animal to find that agreement.

The animal nature is on autopilot in each of its hosts to set up that dichotomy of good and bad in its mind, from its ability to observe and comprehend a situation, then it automatically puts itself in the good camp, then it identifies and assigns those who are not like it or disagree with it (anyone who might be a threat to it by being different or contrary) to the latter camp. The animal won't put itself in the bad camp because the justification for who it is and what it does is living inside it, always ready to act on its observations and find that agreement so that it is a completely automatic process. No matter who it is, everyone has good reasons, according to them, for their actions because everyone feels that they are inherently good. When the good people judge, there is always that biased and subjective thing in their consciousness that allows them to believe they are right and good, while the subject of their judgment is wrong and bad. When they surround themselves with others who reinforce that bias and subjective belief (human institutions filled with good people), that becomes their truth for them which they continually validate by reinforcing their particular truths in each other.

The animal nature makes everything relative according to what it thinks is correct, which is what it has decided to adhere to. It will always act this way in its host, providing mental and emotional food for each individual's quest to keep justifying itself, which is a crucial component of survival to give it a reason to continue, to preserve its image of itself because of the driving of the ego component of the nature. It always acts the same way—sort of like a law we can expect within each of the animals. The long and short of it is the animal always works for itself and always puts itself first as a mechanism of surviving in a hostile world filled with other animals competing for the same things. Jesus' teaching to those who could hear the voice of the Father was always toward acting against what was inherently in them, not being what they were being compelled to be by what lived in them to make them contrary to what God wanted them to be. What lives in the humans is a force of power that is opposed to God

When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

How do the sons know what's correct and right, what they should be seeking more of? The same way Jesus knew—by the word, the logos, the living truth of the voice of the secret life of the hidden Father that came to live inside him. The Father and His life came to the Son, and he responded by accepting Him while denying what the humans accept, rejecting what the humans love and run after, saying no to the animal nature to lead and guide him, which would have defined him as an animal instead of the Son of God. The difference between Jesus and every other human wasn't that he was a god and they all weren't. Jesus was a human, which made him an animal just like the rest of the humans. The difference is that he was a different kind of animal, one that had been made clean by the life of the Father who chose to live in the Son's body. He learned to choose the right (the way of the Father) and follow after that voice, while he learned to reject the wrong (the voice of the animal that wanted to rule him ala the temptation account) and deny that voice of instinct, impulse, urge—what rules the humans and makes them unclean.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, `Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

Judging the way the humans automatically judge, as it is part of their defensive fortress and the walls they hide behind is something that must drop off from the way that the sons of God treat each and behold other, along with the other parts of that old nature—those things by which the natural part of us learned to survive, and love. The sons must learn to not behold each other as competitive animals, like the humans must behold each other. The sons of God learn another way of looking at each other—who they are according to the Father, knowing that they've all been chosen by Him to be part of the same process of transformation away from the animal way of viewing, to the Father's way of viewing.

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

The son will know that that is just one of many ways that the old nature works—what makes it evil and corrupt according to the Father—to figure out who is wrong, then use whatever power it has to effect justice for itself and the others who surround it and reinforce that lie. The son knows that the only One who can see into the heart of each one—and therefore know the truth about the person which no man could ever know—is his Father. He believes that each will be judged accordingly, and since he cannot see all the secrets of everyone's heart, there is no ability to adequately judge anyone.

Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

Why does he refer to them as evildoers, even though they say "Lord this and Lord that," even though they go through the motions of being like followers of the Son? Because doing things in God's name and pretending to be acting like a son of God does not make one into a son of God, if his heart is that of an animal. Those who are able to come near the Father and the Son, therefore able to know them and be known by them, are those whose hearts are being transformed, not juat anyone who starts saying God this and Jesus that. The humans are often under the impression that God allows the humans to decide things for Him, like who can come near Him according to their own will. They assume that if they form their human institutions and slap God's and Jesus' name on it, they automatically become pleasing to them and must be acting according to His will, even though their own will is ruthlessly in charge of their lives, which drives them by instinct to be and remain what they inherently are—unclean animals who cannot come near God because of that condition.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

These words which need to be put into practice are all about the way to start treating the Father and the brothers in a way that is radically different than the way that comes natural to them, being from animal stock. Putting them into practice means desiring to be different by not being led by the animal instincts that well up inside, which when followed serve to define that one as the animal he is choosing to be by indulging the instinct that is wanting to rule him. It is gaining a certain respect for the brothers that comes from a different place than what's naturally inside of him to view them as ordinary human animal like all the others. The command to love isn't generic but highly specific. The idea of generically loving everyone comes from the human idea that that's how God is, which can't be true because He doesn't know them, so He cannot love them. To say that He knows everyone and therefore He loves them all is to make God into a heartless mechanical robot without any limitations. In the same way, the sons of God only have the capacity to love each other, motivated by the knowledge of who they are to God, whom they know has chosen them as they know they themselves have been chosen. The command to love all the humans is pointless and impossible, but to love those who we know have been chosen by the hidden Father to be in the secret family of God is not only doable, but imperative.

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

It's all about the family, which is the intention from the very beginning as the record indicates. God existed in the spiritual world, as He is, and desiring to have a family He formed the natural creation from which to draw the members of that family. But He didn't want a family whose members were compelled by force to be there; He wanted a family who chose Him, and wanted to be in the family. That is why one of the first things recorded as to what God said to the human is about the existence of the choice, which is key to understanding everything about the condition of the humans and the desire of God.

These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

It is also one of the most important things about Jesus, and why he was accepted by the Father, not rejected like Adam. In that sense, understanding that Jesus was not a pre-existing god is not just important, but absolutely necessary, because we have to become like him in order to be accepted. He is the firstborn among many brothers (sons of God). Simply put, if Jesus was a god, then the choice was a joke, and the whole thing is a joke if that's true; which is why the whole world has been in the present darkness for so many hundreds of years—the knowing, the living gnosis was taken out of the world and away from the humans as part of God's purpose. We know it was His purpose because the knowledge that it would happen was given to Daniel hundreds of years before what was taken away was even given.

Those who live according to the animal nature have their minds set on what that nature desires (what all the animals love); but those who live in accordance with the spirit have their minds set on what the spirit desires (what God loves).

The mind of the animal is death, but the mind controlled by the spirit is life and peace; the animal mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the animal nature cannot please God.

The son's responsibility is to seek the condition where his heart is clean and pure toward the Father, because the adversary will be present in him to keep trying to get him to do its will, even at the end of his earthly life when hopefully he will have attained to some significant maturity in the new way. As it was for the Lord, so it will go for us if we have been chosen to populate the family of the firstborn. We also have the responsibility of encouraging the others—whom we know are also members of God's family because of the proof of His life in them—to keep seeking the same purity in their hearts toward the Father and away from the serpent—the condition the humans are afflicted with, and they were too before the knowing came. Since the secret place of our heart is where we actually live in the truest definition of who we are, it is important that we do not carry on a double minded life, living one way on the outside yet another way in our heart. By that I mean running after the things the humans love and run after works to keep defining us as what the humans are—unclean animals who cannot come near the Father, and so cannot know Him.

God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

It is a thing that is very easy to continue to do, because it is us, what we love most dearly. As we grow up and learn the way the world's system works, we also learn that we can fool people very efficiently this way, as yet another means of survival. So it oftentimes becomes a thing that we almost inadvertently think we can carry over into our life we live to our Father. It will happen a lot, and it's a bad thing that we do, because the new way is about being honest in the parts of us where no man can see. As we comprehend how powerful it is we also recognize that a power much greater than it must live in us at the same deep level, in order to erode it, so that we can become pure. Otherwise we are doomed to serving it without hope of knowing the Father.

Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

The place where that all happens is where the Lord and the Father come to make their home in us, so it makes sense that there cannot be any lies hidden there. If there are, he is faithful to teach us how we are erring, because he first learned how to be a good Son, and now he lives to teach us who have the life of the Teacher in us, to also be good sons for our Father's pleasure, instead of deceived animals which we were before the living word came to us.

We can also expect to be judged by the animals who don't have the life of the Father and Son living in them, because the animals who are 100% ruled by the serpent (all of them except the chosen sons) hate God, and if His life is in us they will hate us too, because of the presence of the life. That is another kind of law, something we can expect to happen, established first by the Lord, and which also applied to his followers.

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.

At first this will be hard to accept and believe, because it hurts us where we are most defined as the animal. Our life before was about finding honor and respect amongst the humans, which is how the ego component manifests itself in the animals. The process of being set apart relies on this work of the Lord for many good reasons. At first we'll think the things that are happening are just random; and we will think, as our persecutors tell us, that it's our fault. We won't be able to defend ourselves because it will look like it's something we have purposed and done on our own.

Of course the desire to defend ourselves will be strong—as it is in me even now as the serpent wants to come out and rule me. But by the experiences of our relationship and interaction and fellowship with the Lord, via the spirit of truth, our need to continually defend ourselves or anything that happens because of the life that is in us will be weakened as his life gets stronger. Then we'll be able to see what's going on behind everything that's happening in the natural. Then we'll start to be able to accept and choose the good (the right way, of the Father), so that we can also learn to reject the bad (the wrong way, of the serpent).

You, however, are controlled not by the animal nature but by the spirit, if the spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.

But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit, who lives in you.

 

The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men.

The way of the animal is lifted up and worshipped as the norm amongst the humans as the only thing they know. That is the way the sons must abandon if they are to become pleasing to the Father, so they aren't merely unclean animal who cannot ever come near Him.

And the dread and fear of you shall be upon all the beasts of the field and all the fowl of the heavens, in all that crawls on the ground and in all the fish of the sea...And I, I am about to establish My covenant with you and with your seed after you, and with every living creature that is with you, the fowl and the cattle and every beast of the earth.

Significant that the fear between the humans and the rest of the animals happens the same time the covenant between God and all the animals including the humans (the natural creation minus the plants) is given. The idea is that this animosity is the way it's going to be from here on out, it will be the norm. What it does for the sons is to serve as a copy of the fundamental nature in the humans relating to God as that which exists between the wild animals (with their fundamental nature) and the humans. The contrast, or exception, is the tame animal and how it relates to the human, which is the copy of the human who is a son as he relates to God. Indeed the exception.

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Jesus is speaking to those whom he knows have been chosen to receive the knowing, which is what happens to them when he comes back, with the Father, as the newly created being—the Father and Son, which inhabits their bodies as the Father solely inhabited his body when he was a human. What they were about to receive was so valuable that they're warned not to give it to just anyone, because not all are able to hear and it's a waste to try to give those who cannot hear what's only intended for those who can, like giving something very valuable to a pig which cannot see the value.

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

 

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