The Spirit of Abundance and Overflow

Scarcity is not a natural phenomenon: Look at the infinite hues of colors; the millions of species of birds, flowers, trees, and other forms of life on earth; look at the infinite volume of sand, water and air on this earth; look at the billions of moons, planets, stars, solar systems and galaxies in the universe—and you will find nothing in God’s creation to suggest that scarcity is in His nature.

Instead, everywhere you look, you see ABUNDANCE and OVERFLOW!!!

Nevertheless, in order to enjoy this realm of abundance, you must let the Holy Spirit take His place in your life. Let Him be your Shepherd—your Head; your Guide. Because, when the Holy Spirit becomes your Lord and Shepherd, you will lack nothing.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of abundance and overflow. When you submit completely to Him and let Him lead you, He will guide you into all the truth; bringing you into the knowledge of truth that will set you completely free. He will release all the riches of Christ into your life.

The Seattle 2017 Wildfire Retreat and Tour

Do you hunger for deeper intimacy with God? To be closer to God? Do you desire to know exactly what God wants you to do, so you can please Him? Do you want to be in the perfect will of God for your life, so you can enjoy peace with Him? Then you certainly need to be at this spiritual Christian retreat and tour.

We’re still in the earliest stages of planning for this retreat. So this will be a good time to get in and be among the first to take  advantage of all the early bird offers as they become available. We will be updating this page with registration and other participation information as they become available. 

For now, I invite you to join a group of all those interested in and currently sharing ideas regarding the Seattle 2017 Wildfire Retreat and Tour. Click here to join the Seattle 2017 Facebook group.

The Alabama 2017 Wildfire Retreat III

The Alabama 2017 Wildfire Retreat featured nature tours, Spirit flow, prophetic teachings, discussions—and, of course, buffets and cheese cakes 😊. However, I observed that the most prominent feature of the retreat was the nature tours. And it felt really good to me; because of the transformative impact it had on the participants.

Scroll through these breath-taking photos and enjoy some of our most amazing views from the Alabama 2017 Wildfire Retreat.

The High Falls Waterfalls ​

Desotho Waterfalls

To reach this destination, we drove 75 minutes from our retreat venue, up through the Appalachian mountains. At the Desotho Waterfalls we recorded a really powerful discussion on letting the Spirit flow. 

The Cathedral Caverns

I took this awe-inspiring picture during our tour of the cathedral portion of the cavern. Isn’t it just awesome?

Little River Waterfalls and Canyon

During these tours I took some time to reflect— with deep joy and gratitude—on the steady and strong development of the Wildfire Retreat into a truly powerful and inspirational spiritual experience. This led me to plead with the Lord to make a way for more people from around the world to participate in these retreats.

***I apologize for the poor quality of some of the photos. They were zoomed from a distance with a phone 😊***

I’m Not A Fan Of Organized Religion

One thing I try very hard not to do is to tell anyone how to live their lives. It’s none of my business. And, quite frankly, I don’t care. What will be will be. At the end of the day, God’s will gets done one way or the other, no matter how we chose to live our lives. So why should I stress myself telling others how to run their lives? Doesn’t make any sense.

My writings and teachings are essentially journals of my inward journey of self-discovery—my questions, discoveries, experiences, and lessons. So, they are very personal. At the same time, they are messages that flow from deep within me; messages from my Source to those of a kindred spirit with me—He refers to them as Consecrated Ones. The possibility here is that in my expressions, they may gain the light to find their own way. But, even then it is your divine prerogative to think for yourself and reach your own conclusions.

In this post, let me express some of my personal views on organized religion—particularly Christian denominations. I used to head one. But I’m no longer a fan. So, here we go.

When it comes to spiritual matters, to our relationship with God, to the fellowship of the brethren, I tend to shy away any form of human organization. As far I can see, all organized religious denominations eventually degenerate into formalism: Imposing ‘membership requirements’—as if we needed to rigidly adhere to certain man-made rules to be members of the Body of Christ. Holding gatherings according to rigidly fixed schedules—as if we could schedule the Holy Spirit and tell Him when and when not to move. 

To me, the application of human organizational principles to the gathering together of the believers —say you establish bylaws and doctrines in addition to the Scriptures, and set up rigid human leadership positions in addition to the Holy Spirit— eventually leads to the Tower of Babel; an antiChrist beast that will ultimately drive out the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. On the other hand, man-made rules, regulations, doctrinal statements, constitutions and by-laws tend over time to deteriorate into Towers of Babel—that is, antiChrist sociopolitical and financial beasts; manifesting as organized religion; exploiting the selfishness and mental indolence of people. 

The Holy Spirit is infinitely sufficient to lead us in Christ, guide us into all the truth and teach us all things. Human beings, on the other hand, so-called ‘heads’ of so-called ‘churches’, are merely imposters.

When we replace the Holy Scriptures with man-made doctrines, and put mere human beings in the place of the Holy Spirit, we end up with all these Towers of Babel—financial empires; scam operations and con jobs masquerading as churches!

Lord have mercy!

Personally, the moment a gathering of believers manufactures a doctrinal statement, rather than be satisfied with the scriptures and the Holy Spirit; once we set up constitutions and by laws, rather than depend on and completely trust the Holy Spirit; as soon as we set up a mere human being as the ‘head’ of the ‘church’, rather than submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ through His indwelling Holy Spirit—I’ll take that as my call to journey on.

I follow only the Holy Spirit.

Can You Dare To Be You?

I am of the absolute conviction that I am the expression of a unique variety of the infinite God. And I believe this to be true also for each individual person. This underlying conviction undergirds my personal relationship with God.

So, you would expect that with this depth of conviction, I would neither feel nor succumb to the pressure to conform.   Indeed for the most part I don’t. But then, I often do. I often find it very difficult to just be me.

Even when I’m sure that it’s the will of God to walk a certain path, I would often struggle to do so—a rather frustrating experience that leaves me utterly disgusted with myself.

Sometimes I wonder if the Apostle Peter may have struggled with this issue.

He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”~Acts 10:11-14 NIV 

I can relate to Peter’s dilemma. In my spiritual journeys and travels, I know what it feels like to be told by the Lord to do things that are unconventional; things that others may not understand; things that even fellow believers may consider to be ‘wrong’; things that obviously contradict my personal code of right and wrong.

And I know what it’s like to be numbed by the attendant morbid scare that, if I dared to walk in my own personal truth and follow the Lord’s direction for my life, I would be misunderstood, criticized and probably rejected by so-called brethren. Something Peter eventually had to contend with.

In those moments I just can’t help but wonder why? Why am I so terrified of being who God made me to be? Why am I so scared of being rejected? Why do I pretend to be who I’m not? Why do I live in so much fear? Why do I live as though trapped?

Letting my life become a compromise is not something I’ll ever be proud of. There are socially accepted straight jackets in our immediate societies—you know, the way everybody expects everybody to think and act. And, from within and without, there are pressures to fit into these straight jackets; into these moulds and boxes. Every now and then, I catch myself succumbing to these pressures; yielding my life and destiny to the judgements of other human beings. And I always feel horrible, and disgusted with myself whenever this happens.

Of course, for the most part, as I stated earlier, I don’t think I really do that. As far as I’m concerned, to my God I stand or fall. No man has any right to judge me. And I do not have the right to judge another person. Each to his own. Only God is the judge.

I only follow the Spirit of Truth that lives within me. I’m led by Him alone. I prefer to be free; free as the wind. I prefer to be happy; to be authentic; to be who God made me.

What about you? What do you prefer? And, can you dare to be you?

True Love Is Never Manipulative

Mark 10:21-23 NIV 
[21] Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” [22] At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. [23] Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”

First of all, notice that Jesus clearly loved this young man. He looked at him and loved him. Yet, He let him walk away. He never tried to arm twist, or guilt him into staying back. He never tried to manipulate this man into becoming His disciple. He simply laid down the terms and let the young man choose his path.

So, ‘love’ need not be an excuse to manipulate and control people. ‘I love you’ should not be used to trap people in relationships they’d rather not be in; that feels more like a jail cell.

I believe it is important that no matter how much we claim to love an individual, we should allow them choose their path. We may not agree with their choice; we may think it’s a bad choice, and bad for them; but it’s their choice nevertheless. And, provided it does not infringe on other people’s rights, we should let them be.

Also let not love be confused with people-neediness. As much as Jesus wanted to save souls, He did not compromise Himself. We must never become so people-needy that we compromise ourselves. 

Secondly, notice that the rich young ruler did not try to pretend to be what he was not in order to fit into Jesus’ group. He was rather authentic about his preferences and his choice.
Of course, he really wanted to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. I have no doubts about that. When Jesus laid down the terms for him, his face fell and he became very sad and disheartened. So it’s clear that he really wanted to be a part of Jesus’ disciples. Nevertheless, he walked away.

And, quite frankly, I seriously admire him for that.

To ignore who people are and their terms of association; to pretend to be what we are not so they can accept us, and just because we want something from them—that is deception and wickedness. When we act in this manner, we’re not walking in integrity. And we end up hurting others and compromising our own identity and destiny.

I personally think its unnecessary to pretend to be what you’re not just so other people can accept you.

Manipulative ‘love’ is toxic. It stifles personal freedom and deforms its victims. I’d rather walk away from such ‘love’.

So, I admire Jesus for letting someone He clearly loved walk away. But I also admire the rich young ruler for walking away rather than pretend to be what he was not.

Why I Prefer Questions to Answers

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. ~John 16:12-13 NIV

After watching ‘The Truman’s Show’, I wondered: What is real and what is unreal? Which means that, in my opinion, it’s a good movie: one that leaves you with questions; that leaves you wondering. And I love questions a lot. I love to wonder.

It’s not that I hate answers. I love them—especially those that stir more questions that lead to more answers and then more questions; and on and on. Nevertheless I prefer questions to answers; especially the absolute conclusive types that stifle dissent.

On the long run, though, it may not be far fetched to think of answers as instruments of control and bondage. How can you be truly free if you don’t think your own thoughts, find your own answers and draw your own conclusions? And how can you do all those if all you do is feast on and regurgitate other people’s answers?

I’m personally wary of folks that want others to swallow their perspectives hook line and sinker. And I pray to never be one of them.

I’ve always been suspicious of conclusive answers. In my view, anything that sabotages curiosity, ultimately weakens the mind. So I feel better with questions and contradictions; I prefer them to absolute statements and conclusive answers. Questions make me think; they awaken my mind. My mind needs room to breathe; to roam; and I can’t do much of that within the stifling atmosphere of absolute statements and conclusive answers.

Back to my opening scripture verse:

“I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. ~John 16:12-13 NIV

Now, think about this: If, as Jesus Christ Himself promised, the Holy Spirit—not you, I ,anyone or any religion— is the One that will guide us into all the truth, then shouldn’t I concern myself with provoking questions within you rather than providing you with answers? And then pointing you to Him?

In any case, when my work anywhere is done—be it a lecture, poem or song—I pray to leave behind far more questions than I found; intensely curious seekers, instead of robots and drones. Else I’m nothing more than just one more reason for the wretched blindness and bigotry of humanity.

I hope this piece leaves you with more questions, and provides you with some food for thought.

An Appearance Of Self-Control

Do you constantly berate yourself and wish you were like some other highly spiritual and disciplined leader? This story might just get you to pause and ponder.

In a society where homosexuality is considered an abomination worthy of the death penalty, the pastor of a vibrant charismatic congregation struggled secretly with his homosexual impulses.

One day, a member of his leadership team, and who was a fervent admirer and disciple of his, approached him with a request: “I need you to lay hands on me to become like you.”

“In what way?” the pastor asked.

“Because I am inspired by your discipline and self control,” he replied. 

Looking interestingly at him, the pastor requested further clarifications.

“You are a young man like me, surrounded by pretty young women,” the team member continued. “Yet, very unlike me, you are not attracted to them at all.”

“Contrary to your personal example, and in spite of my endless praying, fasting, and resolutions,” he complained, “I am unable to overcome my lustful and sexual attractions to women.”

“I desperately want what you want,” he concluded.

With a wry grimace, the pastor placed his hand on the team member’s shoulder and said emphatically, “You have no idea what you’re talking about. You definitely don’t want what I’ve got. Trust me.”

That Pharisaical Addiction

Should you ever decide to rid yourself of that pharisaical addiction of judging others, then draw inspiration from this story:

When recently I reminded a modern day Pharisee of Jesus’ command to not judge, he quickly referred me to—his, by the way misunderstood rendition of—a line from Apostle Paul’s letter.

 “The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:”
~1 Corinthians 15:2

“What about that?” this pastor asked.

Utterly disgusted with the mere thought of even debating this issue with him, I answered, quite impatiently, “Let me make it very simple for you.”

“Jesus Christ lived a perfect life; then He died a horrific death on a cruel cross for my sins; now He ever lives at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me—and hence has earned the right to judge me. You, on the other hand, have absolutely no rights or basis whatsoever to judge me, any other person, or even yourself.

He had no further comments.