I believe owning our Free-will is KEY in our Spiritual Walk.
Spiritually taking Authority, having Dominion...
I call this Seniority - Being the Captain of our Lives
Some disagree that we should be in Charge of our own lives -
They say that God is to be in control of our lives, not us.
I hear the point,
but I think we are speaking different languages, using different paradigms
- so let’s dig deeper. From my perspective:
To-day, oh that ye would hear his voice! Harden not your heart - Psalm 95
I need my free-will to follow God.
God gave me free-will.
If i give it away (to my spouse, to my minister, to ‘public opinion’, to my thoughts or emotions)
then how can I choose to follow God?
I cannot choose to follow God
if there is too much in the way of choosing.
I have no choice, I am not in charge!
On the other hand, if I am the Captain of my Ship (the life and will and power and talents, etc that God gave me)
then when the Admiral sends orders to sail to Iwo Jima - I can do it, and I can do it Now.
If I am not the Captain of my Ship - maybe, maybe someday I can figure out how to Iwo Jima,
but I will have missed the blessing of fully engaging NOW in the process of God’s unfolding Glory.
God cannot count on me to show up, to do say, act… now.
When God says go Left, I want to go Left, period.
No messing around.
But if I have to worry about what the old pickle-faced lady from church will say,
or I have too much fear to trust God long-enough to lead me into the seeming-void…
Then I am constantly tripping on my own crap, I cannot follow God.
I believe, If we don’t have our free-will,
we cannot consciously, freely, easily, playfully follow God, in this reality/ here & now.
For all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck,
is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God. - Romans 8
I need my free-will to become a spiritual adult.
Every healthy parent wants their children to Grow Up, to become themselves, to take the reins of their lives as much as they can.
God calls us to Teleios - to become whole and complete - to become who we are, to manifest into the world what is only-now hidden in God, to become the oak that waits in the acorn.
But, If we don’t have our free-will,
we cannot grow-up spiritually.
We cannot mature into who God made us to be and called us to do;
If we are not “allowed” to walk where God calls us to walk.
In addition, learning to walk looks like falling down.
If we are not “allowed” to fall-down, we are really stuck in spiritual infancy.
I believe if we don’t have our free-will,
we cannot grow-up spiritually, become ourselves and do what we are here to do.
your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you,
"This is the way, walk in it," whenever you turn to the right or to the left. - Isaiah 30
I need my free-will to see & hear the Living God, Today
If we don’t have our free-will,
our soul cannot learn to see the gentle leading of God,
we cannot learn to spiritually discern/distinguish between the Light and the Darkness.
It takes something to open to our soul senses and abilities.
For most of us, we have to choose it, and allow God to lead us deeper -
help us open to comfortably utilizing our soul senses and abilities.
Jesus said, his sheep know his voice,
but we cannot, will not if we willfully keep wool in our ears!
God is Spirit,God is Spirit, and God as spirit resides within us.
and it behooves those worshiping Him to worship in spirit and truth. - John 4
We must learn to sense this subtle spiritual expereince.
This is a challenge, and everything in our world fights against it: "the world, the flesh, and the Devil"
We need to learn to ride the horse of our spiritual expereince,
without being thrown off,
without being carried away...
We must learn to choose:
- to attend to our spiritual experience and identity,
- to trust our unique expereince of God,
- to turn-up and down our spiritual experience comfortably,
- to discern: how to focus, who to/ who not-to listen-to, where to stand to receive spiritual information comfortably in our physical body... etc etc.
for myself, and equipping and inspiring many others.
I believe if we don’t have our free-will,
we cannot comfortably and usefully access our spiritual information and abilities.
There remains therefore a Sabbath rest for the people of God...
Let us therefore give diligence to enter into that rest - Hebrews 4
Let's Conclude: Owning our Free will is KEY in our spiritual walk.
I could go on and on about how central our free-will is in our dance with God, but this is enough for now.
If we are ever to become spiritual Mothers and Fathers,
we must take-on the spiritual choice/ healing/ battle to regain this most precious gift of our free-will and then spiritually exercise it to gain strength, endurance, flexibility, balance…
As we grow-into our Spiritual Seniority,
we have the mettle to utilize the Keys to the Kingdom that Jesus offers us...
In that way, powerfully and effectively doing the reparative work we are here to do:
together with God, inviting our wholeness into this reality: for ourselves, each other, all of creation... in glorious connection with God...
transforming our world, as we are each transformed, in the Love/ Light/ Life/ Truth/ Way of God.
Spiritually being Senior, taking Authority, having Dominion...
takes something - it doesn't just happen.
We must CHOOSE, DO IT: TAKE back our free will and GROW into our Seniority.
We are not called to just sit and wait for the heaven-train.
This is a Travesty in modern Christianity, IMO/E.
We are called to become spiritual adults and spiritually co-create our world with God.
Being the Captain of our Lives.
Owning our Free-will is KEY in our Spiritual Walk!
Are you willing?
If so, Truly ask God and Receive, Seek and Find, Knock and it is Opened to you.
There are many paths God can lead you on this exciting journey of:
- continually getting your free-will back
- taking-on your Spiritual Authority - Seniority - Dominion
- growing-into your Spiritual Maturity
- opening-to blessings and direction from the Living God, in present time, with your ears to hear and eyes to see where God leads.
- receiving your Keys to the Kingdom and shifting this world...
If you need some assistance, be in touch, this is my ministry.
Blessings on your Unique Path!
the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing,
and forceful people have been seizing it. - Matthew 11