Sunday, April 19, 2015

Spiritual Assault

Spiritual assault is spiritual force. Spiritual assault requires spiritual valor. It requires prayers and meditations. It also requires action! Spiritual assault involves desiring a certain Kingdom-oriented outcome with all of your heart; and putting all efforts or great efforts to get it. You focus your mind on it - use the power of your mind, your thoughts and prayers.
Spiritual assault involves spiritual warfare prayers. You pray with boldness and confidence and faith. You stand strong and declare and decree prophetically. With spiritual clarity, you speak things into existence in line with the divine will.
Spiritual assault involves exercising your divinely endowed powers and authority as a faith-liberated son or daughter of God. With spiritual assault, you make things happen, in partnership with divinity. You don't sit on the sidelines... You don't ‘chicken out’. You put up a good fight - a good fight of faith! Hallelujah!
“Jesus continued to teach the twenty-four, saying: “...The heathen strike directly for their objectives; you are guilty of too much chronic yearning. If you desire to enter the kingdom, why do you not take it by spiritual assault even as the heathen take a city they lay siege to? ...Cease your useless yearning and go forth bravely doing that which concerns the establishment of the kingdom.” - Urantia Book 155:1.3
You have to strike directly for your goals and objectives. Go for it forcefully in the power of the Holy Spirit. You have to be hungry to get it or achieve it.
“And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." - Jesus, Matthew 11:12. The violent ones take it by force - by spiritual assault! Glory!
One has to be 'violent' against evil, sin, iniquity, hindrances, obstacles, evil machinations from Lucifer and his minions.... One also has to be 'violent' - forcefully determined to ascend the progressive steps of righteousness....
A simple way to understand spiritual assault is to take a close look at these words of Jesus in the Urantia Book quote [in UB155:1.3]: "The heathen strike directly for their objectives..." We have to learn to strike directly for our spiritual goals. When you spend time reading spiritual books with an objective to feed your soul; to grow spiritually; to equip yourself with wisdom, knowledge and understanding, you are engaging in spiritual assault! When you take out time to meditate and pray, with a desire to understand who you truly are and who God really is and your place and role in the Universe, you are engaging in spiritual assault! The other day, a brother talked about proactively doing gospel outreach work. That is a goal or an objective. If he decides to actually give it a go, to do something about it - practically, and to make efforts to sustain the momentum, that is spiritual assault!
You go for it; you enter the Kingdom; you seek to have a better understanding of the Kingdom (or the Father's Fold); you make direct efforts to help others to understand as well; you boldly acknowledge all your rights and privileges as a faith-liberated son or daughter of God; you walk in the reality of your divine heritage as a member of the family of God; you allow love to flow in your heart as you bask in the fellowship of believers; you sustain the momentum... You back it all up with loving prayers and meditations. That is spiritual assault. You, “Take the Kingdom by force” - without apologies; without fear or favor; with zeal, coupled with knowledge! ...Spiritual Assault!

Go in the strength of God’s love!

Peace & goodwill to you!
The Christ Michael Center
Twitter: @JesusHub

Saturday, April 4, 2015

What is Salvation?

“The sufferings of Jesus were not confined to the crucifixion. In reality, Jesus of Nazareth spent upward of twenty-five years on the cross of a real and intense mortal existence. The real value of the cross consists in the fact that it was the supreme and final expression of his love, the completed revelation of his mercy.” - The Urantia Book 188:5.4
There is power in the cross to bring salvation to an individual. Why is it so? The answer is simple: In UB 188:5.4, we read, "The real value of the cross consists in the fact that it was the supreme and final expression of his love, the completed revelation of his mercy." The expression of Jesus' love and mercy, seen at the cross, is so powerful, that it pulls people to acknowledge the love of God towards them. This makes them to "surrender all" to God; to see God as a Father that loves them and would keep them in His Kingdom forever - in love, joy, peace, service, etc. This is why someone can experience salvation through the cross. The mistake some people make is this: they believe that salvation cannot happen outside the cross. 
The spiritual technique of SALVATION takes place when an individual understands and accepts the expression of God's love and mercy. Salvation is yours when you get a revelation of God's love and mercy: a revelation or understanding experience that causes you to open your heart to God, to trust Him, to welcome Him into your life; to surrender all to Him as your Father. These acts bring you to a place where you begin to see others as your brothers and sisters and you develop FAITH in your eternal salvation - that you will exist in and with God forever. Your heart becomes totally committed to doing His will. This is possible because of the GRACE of God. Herein is your salvation. And all these can occur at the cross. They can also occur without the cross or outside the cross - because the revelation of the divine love and mercy is not restricted to the cross and cross alone. 
When you understand what we are saying, you will agree that there are people, here on Earth who do not carry the tag-name, “Christian”, who are saved. Also, there are people in other planets - billions upon billions of them, who have no cross to relate to - who are also saved as well. Some of them may not even be aware that the Creator, Christ came to Earth, as Jesus. They may not know of his death on a cross. But they have the love and mercy of God to relate to. Therein is their salvation. Regardless of planet of origin, we are saved by grace, through faith, not of works - the work of sacrificing an animal, a human being or even Jesus or any other "works".
But someone may ask: Is there power in the blood of Jesus? Yes, there is power in the blood of anyone. The blood speaks. There's life in the blood. Our blood speaks everyday. It even speaks more powerfully when we die or leave our mortal bodies behind - be it a natural death or murder. When Martin Luther King Jr was killed, his blood continued to speak, even at a higher level. This led to more breakthroughs for blacks and other minorities in America. So, how much more powerful would Jesus' blood speak! So much more and more and more powerful!! Glory to God! We can understand these things if we allow Jesus' Spirit, The Spirit of Truth to teach us. Amen.