The times we live in increasingly have become chaotic and freaky in many ways. Politics, the economy, relationships and constant evolving circumstances for all of us make things either very dark or very bright. It is our decision on how we handle the curves life throws at us and also what source we draw our strength from. This article for the spring entitled “The Living Oracles” addresses these things and more.
Being the Letter
There are many things that humanity is crying out for in this generation that we live in. Equal rights, worldwide peace, honest government, quality of life, the freedom to speak, the ability to choose and act freely without fear of punishment etc. However there is one value in particular I believe every single person on our planet would stand in firm agreement on without question…
What is this one thing that all people are looking for?
Answer: People are looking for individuals whose words and lives are in complete, parallel alignment toward each other. People of character who will back up their own personal creeds with action.
2 Corinthians 3:3
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.”
Everywhere you turn in this world one cannot escape the unquenchable thirst and bottomless appetite people have for true authenticity. Sadly though it seems like every week we hear of another news story where we discover another politician, athlete, religious leader or public figure is not who they said they were who has fallen. These individuals have lost their prominence because of their lack of character and integrity.
Every single fall of an empire or the dismantling of a person’s legacy in history can be traced back to one simple fact. At one point or another whether it was one person/group of people they failed to walk out the ideals that they promised at the beginning of their reign.
Lesson #1: Let us strive to be authentic and treat our words like gold so that our feet can fulfill what we have spoken.
One of the greatest boxing fighters in history who really talked a big talk behind the microphone put those words to action in his fights. After declaring what he would do to his opponents, how great he was in the ring and what he could do this man ultimately delivered on one big stage after another. He knocked down opponent after opponent overwhelming favorites who were supposed to handle him easily according to experts. The reason why he defied the odds and emerged victorious is because Muhammad Ali trained behind the scenes when the cameras were off, when the lights were down and nobody was watching. IT was in those moments that defined his legacy. He worked on matching his “trash talk” with brute force in the ring.
“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.” ~ Muhammad Ali
Many of you know that I currently work for a wireless communications company in my hometown here in Kelowna, BC Canada called Telus Mobility. I sell people cell phones, internet and TV services on a daily basis. It’s a great job and I make a good living on it. However what some of you may not be aware of is that before becoming involved in the role of business solutions with Telus as a sales representative for my company, before becoming a model with a local modeling agency here in Kelowna called DeJavu Model Management I was on a career path to become a full time minister of the gospel. For the first 25 years of my life including childhood I was raised with the belief that I would go into the local church establishment as it was and reform it from the inside out. My family and I gave precious years of our lives to the religious institutional system serving “the ministry” and giving our time, finances and very lives to what we thought was the “church”. We traveled overseas to many countries and I myself went to Africa, Europe, Asia, Central America etc bringing the good news to the poor and destitute preaching to audiences of dozens, hundreds, thousands and even millions on the radio since the age of 17 whenever I was given the opportunity.
But to keep a long story short over the years I discovered through many “trials through fire” dishonesty, corrupt leaders, broken promises, deep betrayal but most of all that the religious local institutional church system was not following it’s organic, authentic spiritual roots. I discovered that the church empire was and still is perpetuating the lie that you must go to a building to be spiritual, that you must “submit under proper authority” when in fact the owner’s operation manual they claim to follow “the bible” says otherwise.
1 Corinthians 3:16
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”
Over 2000 years ago Jesus came on a mission to the earth to set mankind free, he walked the earth, did wonders, opposed the empire system, confronted the religious leaders of his day, pointed to a greater superior kingdom and fulfilled his destiny as God who took on flesh and became one of us. This is my personal belief that Jesus came to give each one of us a heavenly access point to the Creator. A place where we could find God without having to submit to the religious systems, or any of the false empires that man has ever created.
What is the lie organized religion tell us?
Answer: That if we do not attend a local organized church, synagogue, mosque, or religious institution and submit to a pastor/leader we cannot be in correct alignment with the Creator.
Truth: You are the temple, the gate, the ladder between heaven and earth and you do not need to yield to any institutional religious system to prove you are connected with God.
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”
John F. Kennedy
Do not follow the religious crowd that is chained to empire! If you are the temple of God, the gate of the Spirit of Life and the ladder to the Creator then YOU DO NOT NEED to attend any specific location, adhere to religious rules or submit underneath any mega church, ministry machine or institutional system!
Be free, be the gate and allow God to flow through you, for you and with you!
Pass It On
Organized religion and institutionalism will always try to stifle and control those who are searching as spiritual pilgrims for their heavenly home. The main thing is to stay childlike, full of wonder, awe and desire. Children see the world through different lenses than adults. Children are searching for the next adventure, their eyes are spiritually awakened much more than grownups so there is something we can learn from them. A great man named Albert Einstein puts it beautifully.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead —his eyes are closed. The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion. To know what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms—this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.”
– Albert Einstein
During the birth of the true early “organic church” one of the greatest confrontations ever recorded in the Bible in The Book of Acts between a mystic revolutionary called Stephen and the religious institutional system called the Sanhedrin clearly shows what Einstein touches on. The tension between the abusive empire system and the freedom of spiritual pilgrims is shown as a power struggle between those who claim they can see versus one who actually can. Stephen speaks about Israel’s history to the religious leaders the Sanhedrin in this discourse and discusses the role of Moses who was one of the founding fathers of living the mystical lifestyle in communion with God.
Living oracles can also be translated as “words of wonder that are alive and active that can be transferred from one person to another.”
Secret: This is the key that institutional religion and the empires of man do not want you to know! That you are a living oracle because you came from God, you are spirit and you have the ability to connect and release heaven to others!!! You do not need to submit to any man, you only need to look to the Spirit of Life that is within you.
Commission: You are a mystery, a vibrant living and active spirit that is clothed with a body that has the ability to access God at any time!!! You DO NOT need organized religion or to submit to anybody’s covering to have permission to speak to the Creator or to connect with God himself. Since you yourself are a temple you can step into communion with God at any moment you choose…All you have to do is ask the Holy Spirit to awaken your spiritual eyes to see.
You are the oracle, the letter, the beaming beacon of light that people should come into contact with, look at and be inspired by. People ought to be filled with awe when they are in your presence, after embracing your light they should immediately begin to be filled with wonder and awe with a desire to pursue something greater than themselves.
Remember: Bring the temple wherever you go, every step you take is holy ground no matter where it is and finally be the written letter that speaks of a greater reality than what we are experiencing right now. Be an oracle and restore wonder to the earth.