Job 5 / Micah 1 / Hebrews 11
Shave your heads in mourning
for the children in whom you delight;
Micah's point is to say that God hates idolatry, injustice, rebellion and empty ritualism. However, He delights in beholding one who is practicing repentance because true repentance means that one is turning away from their natural response to indulge in whatever craving is welling up within them and protect themselves via whatever power they naturally put to use whenever they feel threatened. Like a mother bear with her cubs the human wild animal first response—that which happens below the level of even thinking about what to do—is to lash out with whatever weapon one is equipped to use in response to that which is welling up within it, which itself is the natural and automatic response to that threat it is actively, even if subconsciously, sensing.
That's how the animal instinct works to actively protect itself without even needing to think about it so that the response time is minimized to practically nothing, since the trigger happens on a level not controlled by thought and reason; just the slightest hint of a threatening situation will activate the trigger and the whole mechanism happens in a instant. Everything within the animal becomes brought into subjection to that impulse of instinct to protect itself. The humans are more clever than the wild animals in the forest because they have the ability to minimize the chance of even being caught in the situation where that activity is needed by building their walls of defense where they can physically, mentally and especially emotionally hide from that which may have the potential to become some kind of threat to them.
This condition of being defined as a wild animal by being led away by those animal impulses to protect itself like any and every one of them must (the animal can't help itself, it must obey the impulses that well up within it) is the sinful nature, that which opposes God's plan for the chosen sons, because it prohibits them from being able to respond in any other way than that which they are being compelled to respond by, according to how those impulses come up within that one in response to whatever situation he might be in all of a sudden.
Blessed is the man whom God corrects;
so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
To be at peace with the wild animal nature is to comprehend and respect its awesome power to be so totally effective that it cannot be fought against because it's so like a phantom that cannot be caught, and just when we think we've got it licked it wells up within us and we are blindly following whatever whim it throws up into our response mechanism. Today for the first time I see the wild animal nature which rules and guides me on a level below me being able to control it not as something I need to (or can) wipe out, get a handle on, control or even adequately fight against; but as a thing I must become at peace with. The reason is because that nature, which is a product of the original curse, is from God and for His purpose. It is His creation, not the result of a fallen angel gone bad who has taken a third of the angels with him to become God's enemy, but a thing He Himself made and instituted to accomplish His purpose for the chosen members of His family.
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while,
"He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith.
Overcoming and destroying carry with it a tone not necessarily of power but of a chip on our shoulder that we actually have some kind of power to be able to do anything about our condition all by ourselves, like the fairy tale with the courageous prince who overcomes and everyone's pleased with. It carries sort of an arrogance for the force of power that was created and implemented by the Father, instead of a respect and regard for what only He could create, which is actually such an incredibly beautiful part of the creation because of its thorough preciseness, effectiveness and the sheer genius of how it works for His purpose to accomplish His goal. It's like an incredible sunset or the most magnificent old tree.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Not being led by the animal doesn't come from some ability within us to overcome, but by the Father's revelation to us as to what it's about and how it works in us, which will lead to our being able to come to terms with it and be at peace with it instead of being blindly led by it without our even being aware that we are (one aspect of its seamless beauty).
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.
Everything that is seen was created by the unseen, invisible God, who exists as the reality which cannot be seen by the humans. What is created is inferior to that which creates it, but nevertheless more beautiful than we can comprehend and for His purpose, so it isn't to be looked down upon out of the fear that controls us and makes us want to console ourselves with a contrasting inferiority, which we think will make us feel somehow superior. Faith is believing that the unseen world is even more important than the seen, and can only be present if the unseen world has been revealed in us. Otherwise there's nothing to have faith in, if there are no real ramifications for the choice to believe it.
For hardship does not spring from the soil, nor does trouble sprout
from the ground.
God also delights in revealing His reality to the improbable amongst the humans, which is another way He works in secret so as not to be found out an able to be controlled by the product of His creation. He likes being the only thing true amongst the official lies, and making His truth known so it cannot be verified by those who love and live the lie. He likes being not with the powerful humans, and those who control the way the others think, but is the champion of the poor, the oppressed, the lowly and downtrodden, those who are mourning in this life, no singing and dancing. He loves the have-nots, because the world loves the haves without exception.
He isn't with the self-proclaimed champion of the poor, because no one would do that with a pure heart unless they were motivated by what is pure (self-proclamations and promotions are in themselves impure because they can only come from the sullied animal heart which must do those things and cannot wait for them to be given). The impure heart is the heart of the human, however refined it may be in pretending it's pure. It doesn't take a lot of observation to see that those whose hearts should be pure, according to their self-proclaimed status as followers of the genuine savior, are just like the rest of the humans, and it's only pretend, hoping they can attain the level of pureness that will please the Father. Since it isn't from the transformation that is initiated by what is pure (the Father and Jesus), which is the only real way to become pure in heart, it must always be false, and although many of the humans are willing to be fooled, that doesn't establish any true validity, only that which the humans give, who are inherently impure, and unable to provide genuine validity. The human way can only be gained by human effort, manipulation and pretending, because there is nothing good living in the heart of the humans natively—only the thing that keeps them human, impure, unclean, unable to please the Father or come near to Him; lives there.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Only Jesus could say these things because he was pure, made pure by the life that lived in him, kept in the place of purity and not allowed to cross over into the dead realm of the humans, keeping him in the condition of being pure, unblemished, and spotless (unstained by what the humans are plagued with). Only he knew what he was talking about—everyone else who ever lived and died is in the cloud of the animal curse, and can't see anything very clearly. No matter how hard they try or how smart they seem, their heart cannot be pure unless they are chosen to be transformed from their inferior state to the other one—a son of God who can please the Father because he is like Him in his heart, unlike all the humans.
There's an anxiety that ensues after the calling about how to live, what to do, what to aspire to, who to try to convince about this incredible thing that is happening inside. We know it's true and incredible, but there's no validation about it from the humans. The only thing they'll do for us is try to shove us into a mold with all the rest of the humans it isn't happening to, and tell us that we need to do this and that prescribed thing, to conform to the reality they say is God's. But what they try to feed us is all a bunch of lies made up by other humans in the second, third and fourth centuries, which they themselves don't even realize. They would never admit because it's something they have to, according to how their nature operates, hold on to this made up reality as though it were true, with all their human effort, the same way they hold to anything they believe about their existence—like the United States is a better, more righteous country than other countries, just because we are a part of that group. In reality, all the religious groups define themselves along this line—a bunch of like-minded humans who have banded together to declare they are part of a group, and that their group is better than all the other groups because of their interpretation of the preserved words, as opposed to the other groups' interpretation. And they feel that holding to that interpretation is what will make them pleasing to their gods.
By faith Abel...By faith Enoch...By faith Noah...By faith Abraham...By faith Isaac...By faith Jacob...By faith Joseph...By faith Moses...
These humans didn't initiate what they were called on to have faith in and about, as their unbelievable circumstance began to unfold in them. They did not say to themselves, "I'm going to believe what these people believe," then set out on living according to whatever rules they made for acceptance into their group. The unseen God initiated the contact of whatever was inside them that they were called to believe, even though there were obstacles to that belief. That is the only way belief can be belief, as it is defined by the preserved words.
When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
There weren't a bunch of different made up jesuses to "believe" in (as there are today), when the real Jesus said this. Believing in him meant believing that he was the One who had been predicted by God's holy prophets from the OT. He was the One who would liberate God's people and make them pleasing to the Father. He was the only One whom the Father had specifically chosen to live in from conception, and therefore the only human who was not infected with the curse that the rest of them are infected with. Only he could deliver the other sons into the same relationship with the Father that existed between he and the Father. And he did, for a while, which is the phenomenon that is recorded by those who lived under it in the first century. After a while it started to fade out and die, as predicted by Daniel. By about 500 a.d. there was just a darkness over the face of the earth, the way it has been ever since as the humans have ruled and that which was once good, was taken away.
There is nothing ultimately true about what the various human institutions say about what they claim is the way to God. Certain aspects of some facts about the Father, the Son, the devil, and hell may be true, but adhering to the correct facts cannot transform anyone, nor can it be pleasing to God because lots of humans adhere to correct facts about all kinds of things, but that doesn't mean there's anything special about them except that. The true God doesn't allow Himself to be corralled and bottled up, to be held on to and controlled by the humans. They can pretend, and fool themselves and the others who want to join their group, but that doesn't mean anything because there's no actual power to transform them from ordinary human to son of God—that we can easily observe. What we can observe about them is the important thing, not just what they claim. What we can observe is that they are just like all the other humans who run about, taking care of themselves, existing like all the other animals in the forest and elsewhere, who are under the curse of living for themselves, even if they claim to the otherwise. They may not even purposely by lying, they just don't know any better than what effort they have within them, which can't get them anywhere genuine, according to God. It can only get them to another level of survival.
A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Being genuinely transformed so that one is able to actually comprehend who their true brother is, then love them, is the only thing that matters, although there is no power in the human to be able to initiate or effect that transformation; it is entirely up to God to initiate a response within the human. What the humans do is live like all the other animals, and just claim to love their brothers, even though obviously, they don't because they can't. What they have amongst each other is not true love, no matter what they say. True love looks like what happens between a man and his flesh and blood son, and it does not happen between those who aren't. That is the curse of the humans, the sinful nature which the religious people cannot see because they're content to believe the lie that what they have is something genuine, even though obviously it isn't. So just saying you do, or are something doesn't make it true. Right?
Everything that is false about the religious institutions which claim to know the way to the Father, is based on the assumption that the truth of the new covenant, which obviously happened on the earth because we have the witness, didn't go away—that it wasn't the subject matter of the Daniel's prophesy about the coming abomination that caused the earth to become desolate of that truth, and the desolation of the earth to remain for a long period of time. If they kept trying to come to grips with the dilemma, honest in their heart about their condition of being unable to fulfill Jesus' command, they might realize that it takes something more than what they have to make that ability appear within them. Or they might understand that the power and phenomenon which happened in the first century is not available to them, just because they want it and think they can legislate their way to it becoming true for them. It's something outside of what they believe, something they cannot legislate, retain power over and control for their own purpose.
Being honest in our heart—meaning all the secret places that we keep secret even from ourselves, and especially the other humans—is the only thing that can bring us close to Him, because it's the only thing that can even begin the transformation. As long as we hide, He remains hidden. It took great courage to say you believed in the dead man Jesus in the first century, who you claimed was living inside you, because it meant certain disadvantage with the humans who retained power. It takes courage to believe when there are actual consequences, which is faith as it's being defined in the Hebrews letter.
Believing in Jesus didn't just mean believing the correct things about him, as it is today. The believers in the first century believed much more than that. They believed that he had come back to the earth and he was living, via his newly created, invisible, spirit body, inside their animal bodies. For what purpose? To be able to, from the inside, attack that animal force which rules the humans so they could be transformed into different creatures, like he was when he existed on the earth as a human. They believed he lived in their bodies, and that he was transforming them into new creatures, unlike they were before—not just the same fundamental creature with a new set of "beliefs."
How can we believe in a world that we have not experienced, and how can we experience it if it hasn't been revealed in us? And how can we have faith in something that we know nothing about? That is the dilemma of man and his wanting to contain God, to be able to say, "We have God over here. He's right here in this bottle. Do you see Him?" Of course they don't see Him because He's not in there, although many say they do see Him because of pressure. In fact that's all he can do if God has not been revealed. Man says, "We have faith in a God we do not know, and in a world we've never experienced," and they think that believing in something they have never experienced is faith. But it's as transparent as anything, as they end up spouting lies about what they know nothing about, because they read the words and feel like it's something they should be doing to be right with God because they don't know any other way.
Only after you receive gifts from the Lord can you understand what faith is, and then be able to possess it. The natural mind can conceive of some concept like faith, but it can never know it, because knowing it means experiencing it, and experiencing it only happens when it has first been made available. Faith is not just a thought in our head, sort of like "I believe that God is real, I have faith that He is good (according to my totally subjective conception of what good is, meaning for my personal welfare), I have faith that I will be in the kingdom, I have faith I'm going to heaven," etc. Faith is a thing that is built up in us, like fruit on a branch—because of the spiritual gifts that we are responding to. Without those gifts we are limited to living only the life of the animal, which cannot believe in the unbelievable, the unseen, and therefore cannot have faith. It can only say things like, "I have faith that I'm believing the correct facts about Jesus," etc.
Thoughts are arbitrary and fleeting, they can change from one second to the next, and do according to whatever circumstances are pressing on our existence. Faith for the true son of God is a very complex spiritual component of a life which constantly interacts with the Lord, who must first initiate that interaction. And our faith is a product of that interaction—by the belief which is caused from continually hearing the voice of the great shepherd speaking to us, telling us what is real versus what is the lie—everything the humans believe, what we believed before he came. Without the voice continually telling us what is true we are doomed, because the consciousness of the animal is too strong and ubiquitous within us to ever just deny it. Everywhere we turn we hear it telling us to obey it, and we have been conditioned by it for so many years that its voice is the only thing we're comfortable with.
The suffering comes from denying the native voice, being crammed into another mold that we wouldn't choose because it's hard and inconvenient—totally against everything we want and choose, or would ever choose, for ourselves who are driven by that other voice which is opposite to the new voice. It wants different things. It wants things to stay as they are because its stubborn (stiff-necked) and cannot be led in the direction it doesn't want to go. Stiff-necked is often the way Israel is described by God in a condemnatory way, because they didn't want to go the direction He wanted them to go. Those words are preserved for us to show us how things are according to our true Father's reality, which is opposite to the old way, which is the way all the humans adhere to.
Do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
Because the Lord chooses who he reveals the unseen world to, there's no need for condemnation any longer, as per how the OT prophets spoke to His word to His obstinate, stiff-necked people. There is freedom in not having to condemn, because those who do not hear his voice simply will not hear, and there's nothing we can do about that. Our need to establish validation from and with them is our own problem, because we're afraid that it's not true, and we think we can treat what's happening in us the same way we treat the natural things that we "believe" are true. We can prove them and they make sense and we can convince other humans to believe the same thing, and that gives us some level of safety that it is true.
There are lots of things we don't realize for quite a while, until we're ready to be able to comprehend them, according to the level of actual faith we have to be able to. Otherwise we'll still be trying to operate and exist within our animal mode, which doesn't just stop all of a sudden. It has to fade out while the new condition fades in. Actually choosing to abandon the animal way in particular things we do in response to the voice, seems to be met with the reward of being able to hear the voice more clearly, having more hope and an increased ability to believe in the invisible life (true faith), which are all gifts from the spiritual world which is heaven, where God exists.
In that sense the "gifts of the spirit" are very much alive in our experience over the past few years. They are just not what we expected. Lots of things are not what we expected, because those expectations, hopes and dreams all came from the animal identity, which cannot know what's real, so cannot know what to expect. The animal reality is not the same reality as the Father's reality. Our animal expectations are based on what we want, and how we want things to happen, which is the way everything was before for us, so it makes sense that we'd try to continue to live that way. We can keep banging our head against the fence, but that doesn't mean it's going to change for our good and be the way we want it to be. We may learn, after so much banging, that it hurts and we should try to conform to the way it's going to be, not the way we want it to be.
There are many ways that our animal nature want things to continue to be like. Those are the many things that have to fall off in the process of this transformation. It's like a horse that's being broken. For a while it will buck and try to not let its will be changed. Soon it just gives up and settles in with the situation because it's easier not to fight than to keep kicking against the air. The animal nature in its native form is set up to not allow the individual to love in the way God wants it to exist in His sons (why it can't exist in the humans). Therefore the other end of the transformation is to accomplish that, so we know where we're going even if we don't want to go there. The love and care of self is all we can ever attain to if we remain human, much like any animal is driven to care for itself and its brood (which is just itself). There's no way to get to the condition of being able to love as God demands it, except going through that transformation which actually strips the animal nature away from us, and replaces it with the nature of a son of God, as Jesus had. It's the only way to be able to love.
The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.
I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me-- just as the Father knows me and I know the Father--and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.
You do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one.
There will be the need for guidance, wisdom, love, and encouragement for the sheep who will hear his voice, to not submit to the animal but to him who calls them. By the faith that he is building up in us by the gifts that he continually gives us, we eventually will be able to be useful to him in this way. Taking care of the sheep who we know he has called requires one thing—becoming someone who is motivated purely by the consuming, compelling love which comes only from the Lord, who was the first to be given this love. That kind of transformation doesn't happen in a vacuum, nor overnight. It doesn't just appear all of a sudden; that is the fairy tale with which the religious liars are able to fool many dupes.
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
To take care of the sheep is what will be written on our heart, what we believe, our doctrinal statement. First we love God above everything else; then love and concern for His possessions will follow, to give our life for the sake of the work of shepherding the younger ones who also hear the voice of the great shepherd. That is a summary of the life of the apostle and what he became because of his response to what was first given to him, what he was called to be, and believe.