Reflections Of Relevance

The Power Of Assimilation
John 10:38 and 14:10

If you're a person who enjoys history, or the origins of your Family ancestry, you enjoy soaking in the stories told by parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and the like, who hold memories along with culture from where our roots on this earth have been established. Digging into your ancestry can be quite educational as well as a challenging hobby. I find it helps me to understand previous cultures and the culture I am now exposed to. Sometimes it's hard to find bits and pieces and other times it's a lot to absorb and take in.

I think history not only tells us about where we’ve been, but it also, when chosen cautiously, can help us in our path to where we’re headed.

I’ve had the privilege in my life to experience three generations in the households that I have lived in. Before I married, my parents and I lived in the same home with my maternal grandmother. After we married, Gary, myself, along with my parents, lived in the same home with my paternal grandmother for many years.

It’s amazing to observe how you’ve come to develop certain habits, certain instincts, some genetic, some learned. Culture can be passed from generation to generation.

Many of our American soldiers have gone overseas and been stationed in various parts of the world. They’ve started families and their children have been born in other countries; Germany, Japan, the Philippines and other various places. But where ever those babies are born, they are recognized as American citizens. Without even stepping foot on American soil. They grow up and are taught the culture of America. They will learn, observe and even partake in cultures where they live, but I'll guarantee you, they were made Americans. And like most, if not all Americans who give in-service to our Great country, parents are teaching their children what it is to be American. Living the example of the culture in which they have been assimilated into and have assimilated.

I am proud to tell you that I hold citizenship in United States, but you see, I hold dual citizenship. What do I mean by that? As well as holding citizenship in our God blessed country, I also hold citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven. And that kingdom is where I will spend eternity. So I hold it most important. We hang out here on the earth but we look forward and plan for our future in our primary homeland.

It's important, as I am away from home, I'd do not want to forget what home is like nor forget the ways of my Heavenly Father and his design for me. (See Philippians 3:20, 21) Especially since I have never never actually stepped foot on Heaven’s soil.

To be assimilated or to assimilate God is when Jesus said, “I am in my father and my father is in me.” [See John 10:38, 14:10]

To absorb and to take in the culture of Jesus, is so much more important and more valuable than any culture on this earth could ever offer.

I don't care what area we grew up in, what part of town, what side of the tracks, what color we are, or what color we are not, what's state, or what country, because the only culture I really want to pursue and take in, is the culture of Heaven. With Jesus, at the forefront, showing me the ropes, I can assimilate all that God has, his way of doing things.

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. Matthew 6:33 AMPC

On Love
John 3:16

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

God loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be born on earth and die on a cross. Why? We are all sinners and the Bible says the consequence of sin is death, eternal separation from God. There is nothing we can do to make us “good enough” for heaven.

But God made a way. Christ lived a perfect, blameless life and provided the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He died in our place.

It is only by God’s grace—His undeserved mercy—that we can have eternal life with Him in heaven. All we have to do is have faith, to believe Christ died for us and ask Him to forgive our sins. Would you like assurance that you’re going to heaven?

On Freedom
John 8:32

John 8:32 says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free?.”

What is the truth that sets you free? For me, the truth John refers to is the same truth all traditions point to, that of living as spirit rather than man, being not of this world, enlightenment. For me, Christianity as commonly practiced and espoused is a way of “tunneling” into a somewhat more enlightened state of consciousness, a path to visit the valley beyond, without the agonies of crossing the mountain top. The full measure of what John refers to has mostly been lost.

Characteristics of one living as spirit:

  • Genuine freedom from fear of being dead (realization of ever lasting life.)
  • To varying extents, freedom from one’s self - emotional conditioning, worldview, temptations, etc.
  • Freedom from pride, knows only gratitude.
  • Freedom from prejudice and judgment, knowing the essential equality and innocence of all being.
Freedom in the highest sort is psychological, not being physical as the audience assumes. Perhaps the biggie is to realize the incompetence of the minds judgment and discrimination to operate on the level of the divine spiritual process. As Jesus teaches, don’t judge (because you will be judging God and we know who suffers in that battle).

On New Life
Isaiah 43:18-19

Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. ”

Isaiah’s writings to the children of Israel came at a bleak period of their history. They are in captivity, they have lost everything they thought they would keep forever, and they were home sick for the land and the blessing God had promised them.

The children of Israel had many victories in their past:

  • Leaving Egypt
  • Conquering the Land of Canaan
  • Fighting of prospective conquerors
  • Survived a split in their country
But now they are in captivity. All their previous victories were doing nothing to set them free. They needed a new work, a new miracle, a new victory. The question isn’t what has God done – the question must be: What is God doing in your life right now and What is it that you want Him to do in your life right now?

We encourage you to pray about this, look inside, and ask God to lead you to your new life.

Reflective Scripture
  • Jeremiah 29:11 - 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
  • Psalm 27:4 - 4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
  • Psalm 34:8 - 8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
  • Proverbs 17:17 - 17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
  • Isaiah 40:28-31 - 28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
  • John 15:13 - 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
  • Romans 8:28 - 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
  • Romans 15:13 - 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.