December 5th.

Job 6-7 / Micah 2 / Hebrews 12

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If a liar and deceiver comes and says, 'I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,' he would be just the prophet for this people!

The animal nature operates to drive the animals to satisfy three fundamental levels of instinct, out from which all its needs and cravings spring. The bodily appetites is one group, including the lust of sexual appetite which all animals have planted in them. The egotistical cravings are the second group, which includes the need to be someone who has some level of honor and respect for who they are. This is where the need to be the one who is right comes from. The third is the accumulation of things of value with which to pad and insulate themselves from their actual reality, including wealth and other things the humans consider valuable. Each one crosses over into the other areas, feeding on and satisfying each other, and propping each other up.

They all spring from the basic fear that comes from being an animal in an impersonal world filled with animals all trying to survive, and the responses made are so they feel less vulnerable to being what they and the rest of their culture despises—a nothing, a nobody with no value, nothing to prop them up or make them appear as what they all in fact are, but few are able or willing to admit that. If they ever do, they are written off as garbage because they've violated the conspiracy the humans have with each other—to keep up the facade that their lives actually mean something. The lie that they're something more than just frail creatures who came into the world with nothing and will leave with less, is what the human animals all conspire to maintain, even though there is no rational basis in believing the lie, except that it's too hard and painful to fight against.

The humans are so insulated from the actuality of death—a vital part of the conspiracy—that they think it doesn't exist, so the lie is much easier to believe that there is no final death. Instead they can latch on to any idea of whatever "heaven" jives best with their mode of thinking. The dead animals that they eat comes in neat little styrofoam packs, not from an actual animal whose blood flowed from it as it was carved up and shipped out. The only dead humans they actually see are on the tele and they know they aren't dead, so the air of some immortality is maintained, helped by the lie about some fairy tale heaven waiting for everyone after they die.

In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons:

Everyone (including me) is in a fog and has no idea what the Father requires from His own sons, because of the awesome and effective power of the animal nature that keeps us from knowing anything except that which wells up within us on a subconscious level, unobservable even and especially to whomever it is welling up within (the magnificent way it is so effectively hidden even though it is so ubiquitous). We look around and all we can see is what our natural senses tell us is there. There is no point in being a better human; there is no way to please the Father except by the transformation, which involves a level of suffering that cannot be fathomed, because it has to do with the removal of this unseen nature that, even though we can't observe it nevertheless we love and rely on it because it is the underlying fabric of who we are at our core as the creatures who took that nature into themselves when they became of age.

Only the Father can make the son like Him so He can come near to His son and enjoy him, and this process is nothing if not impossibly difficult to be taken through. Abandoning that which is natural isn't a thing which can be adequately be discussed, not to mention written about, because what's involved is not normal—a totally foreign process to the animal whose nature isn't ever in question as to how it must be purged out of that one. Actually, the nature which must be removed and replaced with something better isn't even something that is identifiable as a thing, like a component which can be removed and replaced with something better.

I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Whatever nature is human (of the animal) gets burned up, while the nature that is like God (of His own son, driven by His spiritual DNA) remains, because the spiritual is not like the natural. The son being covered by the Father's spiritual DNA is what the passover is a copy of, when the blood on the doorposts deterred the killing angel from entering. It is the seal that keeps the son safe when the fire passes over him which burns off the dross. That fire is the process of his regeneration, the transformation from animal to son, which is when the nature gets removed. And it's no easy process, but the hardest thing in the world, then times that by whatever number seems big enough to make you want to go and hide. The only way it becomes possible is by submitting to the One who can take us through. On our own we will just faint and die.

"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."

It's about being a son to the Father by losing that human animal identity, which isn't worth anything in His reality. In the natural reality its value is in it being another interdependent part of a temporary creation where everything exists, but only for a while. For the sons, there is no made up heaven they can count on. There is only the hope that they will hear the voice of the one who speaks to them, inside where only they can hear, and obey so they can be changed. Being human animals who will never hear the voice of the teacher is the fate of most of them, so if he begins to speak, it is for a reason.

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks.

The reason the teacher would be speaking in one is because the intention of the Father is there to make him a son, and is calling him out from the world of the humans so that he can become one, like the sons we can read about in the words that are preserved for the sons' sake, which is ultimately for the Father's sake, so they can turn and be healed from the condition that's useless to Him because they can never come near Him, never know who their Father is, and therefore never be able to love Him or receive His love.

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

What is the discipline of the son of God, as described by this writer—what is the end purpose? What we've been saying all along, to slowly and methodically quash the human life/nature out of him, so that the other nature can be put into him. It is not a process, the beneficial results of which can be seen in terms the humans are familiar with. What the humans see about one who is being made a son is something pathetic and worthless to them, a life which seems to be a waste because it is not devoted, like all the rest, to acquiring what the humans consider valuable, to getting what can enhance its identity amongst them or enable it to satisfy its cravings better.

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.  "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me."

Jesus could have used the power available to him to do what the animal tempted him with—to take and get, via his own will, what he deserved being the One who had been promised from long before, the prophet greater than Moses. Perhaps a year before this he may not have been able to deny that craving, and so had to continue to learn the choose the right and reject the wrong until he was ready to be able to choose the way of the Father perfectly.

He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right. But before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.

The Son is the model and teacher for all the other sons, so that they can learn as he learned, to not follow the way of the humans, of the animal, the serpent who is all about the natural and fulfilling that reality by choosing it and living for and in it. The hopes and dreams of the sons of God lie in another reality, that which is invisible to the humans who don't hear the voice of the teacher who speaks. They are numerous, while the sons are few.

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Many are invited, but few are chosen.

The process of the transformation is not a circus, or some kind of cakewalk. Nor is it weak or useless, like the natural that is so tenuous that it starts to rot once the life has left it (maturity). That is the sure indication of what it is at its core—a rotten and putrid stench just waiting to happen, that which is already beginning to decay, and is changing over time as we head for the grave, a certain indicator of what this body will soon be—a stinky, mushy, worm infested goo as it becomes indistinguishably one with the earth.

 

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