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Appropriate

It is a wonderful thing to be led back to the double take in the margins which was written in your own hand.

It’s one of the great joys of the Holy Spirit to double take us, get our attention and lead us into truth.

I know that when He is engaging me in this process I will experience more freedom and liberty in my soul, mind, emotions and then down stream into my life and contexts! I am learning to honour these moments with my full attention.

Pay attention is all the way through both the book of proverbs and my school days!

What did I write in the margin? Wow and appropriate.

These were in response to an amazingly succinct sentence written by Alec Motyer in his commentary on Philippians –

“As we become in experience what we already are by grace!”

As we become in experience is the language of appropriation and this is a lost spiritual discipline. This discipline empowers and enables us to become in our day to day what we are already, the day we reunited with His grace.

” yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name He gave the right to become children of God.” Jn 1:12 NIV

He gave the right are vital words to grasp in relation to the dynamic of appropriation.

The use of appropriate in our culture is predominately about taking what you have no permission or authority to take.

It’s not yours so you cannot take, use or appropriate it!

The Father gave permission and authority to ALL who received and believed His Son and His work, to make their own, ALL He has given us in Christ.

Who we are. What we been given. What we can do.

Identifying with His work is the beginning but not the end of our journey back to Father.

Making real to our experience and contexts, all He has done, given and commanded is!

And the shorthand for that is appropriation

We cannot be more connected, loved, empowered, resourced, protected and thought of because we are in Christ and seated at the right hand of Father.

We have the best seat in the house. This is hospitality beyond five star.

These and many more truths are a part of being in Christ and yet for many the reality of their day to day is anything but!

Every time I eat the appropriate nutrition, take in the appropriate hydration and lift the appropriate weights I appropriate to my body, life and world what is there but needs to become visible!

The Holy Spirit’s primary role after conferring on us the spirit of sonship (adoption) is to testify or witness to our spirits that we are children, heirs and co-heirs!

He double takes us, show us the truth that’s already been given and reveals to us the principles we need to work to make His finished work a reality in our day to day.

I call this my ‘road work!’  My punch the clock workouts!

The only work that made me worthy and deserving of His grace has been done. My ‘road work’ empowers me to become in experience what I already am by grace.

To make visible what is invisible at the moment!
To bring from His dimension into my dimension.

To use theological language justification is all gift. Sanctification is graft!

Regards Andy

How He is!

I am three weeks into a lifestyle change.  I say lifestyle change not diet because diet infers an end date, whereas lifestyle change; well…!

As part of my prep, I have read and am re-reading my notes, from Bigger, Leaner, Stronger by Michael Matthews. An excellent, challenging, informative and empowering read.

This book has reminded me of the power of the immutable law of combination that my Father has put in place and also the mantra – principles work if you work the principles!  To which I would add the importance of finding and understanding the principles.

In the past, I have not bottomed this rule and acted but not with a full enough understanding, so my application did not bring transformation!

The science underpinning the gains that can be experienced post weight training has really captured my imagination and heart and has me saying over and over again – “that’s how He is!

His grace always gives us more than we can imagine or ask. Eph 3:20

This principle is at the core of His character and one example of it is found in Luke 6:38 –

 

“Give and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.””Luke 6:38 NET

The measure you use, not hold, He will use to measure back to you…..but

Pressed down, shaken together, running over!

 

The picture of The Father in this interaction of measure and measuring back reveals how   committed He is to the law of return.

Three times He adds to the measure, pressing and shaking until every part of the measure is full and as a result begins to over flow!

He keeps working after we have used the measure, making sure we have the return on our effort.

The science supporting proteolysis is ‘so how He is,’ and in some clinical test where a post infusion of amino acid mixture was given, they saw increases of between 30 – 100% of protein synthesis! Cf Mark 4:20

The stats regarding carbs post training is also indicative of who He is.  A carb post meal workout resulted in elevation of insulin levels that were still working 2 – 5hrs after all the effort of the sets and reps!

Father does not help those who help themselves.

He honours those who work the principles He’s put in place and to those who acknowledge and honour him He makes a greater promise –

“I will do exceedingly abundantly above all you can imagine of ask, according to the power that’s at work within you. Eph 3:20

The exceeding abundance of the Father is waiting to be draw upon or downloaded.

He’s waiting for someone to set the bar and beginning repping with it!

Happy lifting!

 

 

Unconscious Incompetence!

Father is a ‘filler!’

A re-read of Genesis 1&2 reveals that He fills all He creates – the sea, land, plants, us!

I love the phrase describing the sea – it was teeming with life.

Father is draw to emptiness.  He desires to bring His life to empty spaces.

There is a space that He particularly desires to fill that is often overlooked and misunderstood: unconscious incompetence.

This can be defined as not being aware that I don’t know what I need to know!

Father is clear about a lack of knowledge – it’s a dangerous place.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hos 4:6  NKJV

 

When I become aware that I don’t know, what I need to know, this can become  a sacred place. Father invites us into this space and holds His breathe to see if we will RSVP and enter?

As men, when we lack info, knowledge, experience, skill, we have a number of choices – blag it, ignore it  or humble ourselves and ask for help.

I don’t know, what I don’t know, is a core obstacle to learning, development & transformation.

All great teachers are aware of the space that learners have to enter and remain in until they’ve received the info, experience, knowledge or skill they need.

Blaggers hate this space and time but learners positively love it.

Learning lies at the heart of Christianity because Jesus defined everyone who followed Him as a disciple.  Disciple means ‘disciplined learner’  and we have this label until we see Him face to face.

I am therefore a lifelong learner!

Right at the front end of His earthly ministry, the Father took His Son into a sacred space for a specific reason.

The Holy Spirit led Jesus into a stark, dangerous and potentially deadly place. See Luke 4:1.  Jesus was tested and His humanity was put under great pressure.  What He’d been acquiring for around 30yrs, (see Lk 2:52) He now began to apply.

The contrast between how He went into this sacred space and how He came out is remarkable.

He went in full of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:1) and came out in the power of the Spirit (v 14).

This was a test and He passed it with flying colours!

The verses in the Bible that give me the most trouble are the ones I understand!   Take this one –

He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him. Roms 8:29 The Message.

“Along the same lines as the Son!”

The Holy Spirit wants to lead me into a thought through place, so I can apply what He’s be teaching me, realise and release the potential He has given me and have new experiences to learn from!

If we RSVP to the Spirit’s leading, we can be sure that we will enter the sacred space one way and come out completely different.

We will return with new power; His super on our natural and with renewed confidence and increased enthusiasm.

Let’s face it, He created us men to take stuff on and with His power win some battles.

Father desires to empower us so we become acquirers of knowledge, understanding and wisdom.

“Wisdom is supreme, therefore get wisdom. Though it cost you all you have get understanding.  Prov 4:7

There is a cost and a price attached to learning which is more than monetary.

We have to admit, enter the space and find what we lack.

Humility is the prerequisite to learning and Father always gives grace to the humble. 1 Pet 5:5

He does not intend to leave us as mere acquirers.  He wants to take us into that sacred space so we can apply what He’s been showing us, mature and mark that place with His grace!

It will cost us but sacrifice lies at the heart of biblical masculinity.

I am learning to love those times when He leads me to this unconscious incompetence space.  I know that this is a sacred space and a divine appointment and I will become aware of what I don’t know or what I’ve been given but am not using!

At these times, Father is setting me up for a new revelation, insight or experience that will empower me to transform and to move up, move out or move into!

 

 

Road work!

Champions aren’t made in the ring, they are merely recognized there. What you cheat on in the early light of morning will show up in the ring under the bright lights.  Joe Frazier Joe-Frazier-007
The ring is the potential place of the reward, it is also the place that reveals our rituals.  It is the moment that will uncover how we have used our ‘daily moments!’
Without a commitment to rituals, there can be no rewards.
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There’s always a road that leads to the ring, and it is our commitment to our road work, that prepares us for the ring and positions us for victory in the ring.
The ring here can be literal or it can represent a task, job challenge, character issue, a marriage, business, concept, an issue of justice or a humanitarian undertaking.   The fight has to be prepared for and road work, daily rituals have to be adhered to.
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Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last for ever. 1 Cor 9:25
Don’t you just hate the word ‘everyone!’
Every competitor who wants a crown has to come through strict training, whether those crowns are temporal or eternal.   crowns
Can I also just highlight that ultimately we are in competition with ourselves, with the potential that has been given to us and our human nature that dislikes words like everyone, strict and training.
Lining up the road and the ring, the ‘here I am and here’s where I’m heading’ is the first step.  Then we break down what it will take to get us there, and then these become our daily rituals, our non-negotiables; our road work!
Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. v 27
 
I have never failure to start anything, knowing where I’d like to be and writing it down, has never really been the issue.  It’s the road work, the preparation that is the problem!
Years ago, Frank Bruno was asked why he ran on Christmas day? 
I want to be the champion!  
Road work takes on that part of us the Bible calls our flesh, which has a core desire; its own way, that reveals itself through wanting comfort and avoiding pain! 
No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave.
This is bottom line thinking: I have to exert strength and power on my body, so that it becomes my slave, that is it obeys where I’ve decided we’re headed.
The Father is not letting anyone, especially His sons and daughters of the need for preparation before they inherit what He has purposed for them.  Whether that be crowns down here or up there!  
He Builds up,  before we enter into the ‘Our time, He has prepared for us.
A walker as he entered a new village asked a question of an old man leaning on the village sign: “Any great people been born here?   Nope, said the old man. Only babies!!!
‘Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32
Being built up, comes before the conjunctive; and, which means there is a contractual dynamic to this inheritance, and that is preparation.  There’s an inferred level of maturity that has to be reached before we can have, hold and enjoy what Father has planned 
What I am saying is that as long as an heir is under age, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate.  Gal 4:1  
 
There is a set time, and although this verse is about the Father sending His Son at the right time, it also reveals His desire to give what He has written into His will for our lives, only to those who qualify: the mature.  Children do not make good inheritors because they have a tendency to spend or use, that which has been inherited on themselves.
You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. James 4:2a-3
Is it Father saying; “here you go, have this.” Or is it our ego?   If it is Father, then get ready for some road work, be prepared for daily rituals and each time you do them, hold the reward in your imagination and power through the pain, therein releasing your given potential.   
Father as no favourites.  See Roms  and one truth I glean from this, is that He will treat everyone the same, so all have to undergo training.  All have to do road work. 
For Abraham is was over twenty years
For Joseph around seventeen
For David over twenty
For Mary around sixteen
Even Jesus had around thirty years!
Disciples, ones in the loop, understanding road work!  Like Daniel of old, they add something extra to their daily, to their ordinary, and so they become extraordinary 
Daniel outshone all the ministers and satraps because an extraordinary spirit was in him, and the king considered setting him over the entire kingdom. Dan 6:3 NASB
This extraordinary spirit, the spirit of God, Daniel worked with.  He availed himself of what Father could do through Him, and Daniel daily chose to do more than the status quo, to go beyond the norm.  He understood what was needed; something extra and so he aimed for that and drew on the spirit of God, and  his desire and His power, released wisdom, words and actions, which meant he distinguished himself.  
He outshone the competition! 
Daniel’s covenant with God, I need to tread carefully here, was not as full or as powerful as the one we have, or can have through Christ today.  The power in us, is the same as that exerted to raise Christ!!!
This power is the other side of the grace, which we have been given in Christ but it can lay dormant because we may not be aware that Father wants us to distinguish ourselves and has given us the power to succeed.
Is grace dormant in us?
Is grace buried under the soil of our wrong motives?
what’s our attitude to road work and rituals?
Father has assigned the ring, allocated the rituals and has set the appointed time of our reward!
He gives us grace, His unrivalled power, for each part of His designed process.
It’s not rituals vs rewards but ritual equals rewards!
 

Maps

All living things grow and change and so our Father has expectations that we as men will do the same. If we have a pulse, then it’s not over! Growth and change are still expect. Before we attempt to grow or change it is vital we check our paradigm, which acts like an internal map. This pod will shed some light on this subject. Enjoy