The Entrance of Light Chapter 3, Part 4

Compass / Bio-Self and Spirit-Self

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In coming to ‘how’ to calibrate our internal compass…we need to come to a deeper understanding of our internal mechanisms that function in our navigation system.   Let’s say that inside our human body lives two entities…we will call one of them ‘bio-self and the other one ‘spirit-self’.  (Bio short for biology, or biological).  Obviously ‘we’ as a person are ‘one’ being, one ‘self’.  I simply am using the reference of two entities to make my point. 

Most people have the idea or concept that ‘self’, or ‘being’, is simply the person that they see in the mirror every day.  We have this ‘image’ of ourselves.   Most people are very aware of and have a strong sense of ‘self’ and of ‘being’ but they have never given much thought to where the conscious awareness of ‘self’ comes from.  Most people simply think that they are alive because they continue to breathe and think and they equate ‘self’ with the picture they have of their self-image which is a composite of their body and their personality.   People are aware of their physical biological self and they know they have a brain and a ‘mind’.  But the majority of people are not aware of the spirit-self which I defined in the prior post ‘The Default Program, Chapter 2, Part 2″.   We often hear someone say “he/she is a very spiritual person”.   By such inference they most typically are equating someone being ‘spiritual’ to someone holding religious views or behaving with regard to a religious view.   In referring to ‘spirit’ self I refer to our human spirit that resides in all humans as created and designed by God.  

Most people do have some idea and concept of a spirit-realm or spirit world.  These ideas and concepts come primarily from what they have learned in their religion and/or culture.  Another source of ideas and concepts related to spirits or a spirit realm is the entertainment industry’s ideas and versions that are expressed in television shows and movies.  Think about how many popular t.v. shows and sci-fi movies have subject matter that involves spirits or a spirit realm. In the whole of life, it is a rather accepted idea that there are two spheres or realms of operation.  One is referred to as the ‘natural’ realm and the other is referred to as the ‘spiritual’ realm, often also referred to as the mystical realm.  The majority of people are only aware of, by personal experience, the natural realm. 

The natural realm can be defined as what we can see, touch, taste, smell, hear, through our bodily senses.  We ‘think’ mostly in the abstract and natural realm.  We are most comfortable, like a fish in water, in the natural realm.  The spiritual realm can be defined as operating within the realm of what cannot be seen, but nonetheless ‘is’ an absolute realm and reality.  The spiritual realm is often referred to as the mystical realm or the realm of the supernatural.  The area or function inside our human body wherein we have awareness and perception of ‘being’ occurs to us in our ‘mind‘ as an influenced activity of our spirit.  When we think of the mind, we think of the internal place where we think and reason..we think of our operation center..and the majority of us relate the location of our mind as being within our human brain and our mind-function totally within the operation of organic brain tissue.   But let me ask you a question…and this question assumes the existence of an ‘after-life’ and the next plane we move to upon leaving the body, or crossing over…the question:  who or what is it that leaves the body and moves on after you die?…is it you?…is it partially you?….is it fully you?…your ‘self’?…your ‘being’?….all of your memories intact…??…how can this be ‘if’ you and your ‘mind’ are confined to the organic tissue of your physical brain????????  Ah-ha.  Now you are thinking.  “And the dust returns to the ground it came from (our physical body) and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”  Ecclesiastes, chapter 12, vs 7.

Continuing then, with the illustration of bio-self and spirit-self:   The ‘mind’ is a composite sum of the influence and function of bio-self and spirit-self.  The major function of the biological component of our mind is where we function within our genetic biology that is common to all humans and it is in this biological realm that we are not a lot different than ‘animals, the big difference in the natural realm-bio-arena would be human higher intelligence.’  

The major function of the spiritual component, or our spiritual capacity is the function or operation of ‘consciousness’…this is where we are conscious and aware of ‘self’, of ‘being’ and within the ‘range’ of awareness functions that belong to the function of spirit.  (We defined this in the prior post, The Default Program, Chapter 2, Part 2). The human ‘spirit is ‘the’ grand human distinction.  In order for the internal navigational compass of a person to operate correctly and at full capacity, the mind must have input and be influenced by our spirit function.  Our ‘minds’ are a product of ‘input’.  God designed the human mind to receive ‘input’ from our spirit.  Our internal compass is a part of, connected to, our mind.  Our mind is full of ideas and views.  It is our ideas and views which control the calibration of our compass.  We thus navigate through life based on our ideas and views. 

God designed us with a spirit capacity ‘so that’ we would be ‘connected to Him” ‘so that’ we could perceive and know Him…His way…His ideas…His views…His plan.  God is Spirit and He communicates to us through ‘spirit’.  His Spirit communicates with and through our internal spirit.  We were designed to have God’s spirit ‘influence’ our ideas and views so that we could navigate accurately and with purpose.  Our internal compass can never be accurately calibrated ‘if’ there is inadequate or infrequent or non-existing influence from God’s Spirit through our spirit to our mind.  The human mind without the influence of God’s Spirit is a mind that can be best described as confined/limited to the influence of the bio-man, or natural mind realm.  And unfortunately, this is the ‘mind-set’ of most humans. 

One of my favorite writers from the bible is the Apostle Paul.  He wrote a couple of letters to some people who lived in a city called Corinth.  In his first letter, chapter two, verse 10, Paul says “God communicates (reveals) to us by His spirit”.  He goes on to say in the next few verses “The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except for the man’s spirit within him?  In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.  The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”    I underlined some of the words in order to emphasize my main points:  God designed man with a spirit.  “It is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding.” Job, chapter 32, vs 8.  “The Spirit (God’s Spirit) testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” Romans, chapter 3, vs 16.  “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him.” I Corinthians, chapter 2, vs 11. “We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of his Spirit.” 1 John, chapter 4, vs 13. God designed our spirit with intention and purpose.  Foremost was ‘so that’ we could know God personally and have communication with Him.  God designed our ‘mind’ to be influenced by His spirit in order to shape our ideas and views so that we could calibrate or internal compass accurately so that we could navigate through life accurately and live life to the ‘full’.  

As a result of the ‘fall of man’ as defined in “Defining the Darkness, Chapter 1, Parts 1-5”, all humans, mankind,  lost the ability to have their internal spirit connected to God’s spirit…thus all humans, all men, were left to navigate through life without the influence of God’s spirit at work in their human spirit.  The human spirit still contained limited basic operational features of functional ‘awareness’  and objective consciousness but in diminished capacity.  God allowed the spirit in man to contain a general revelation of the knowledge of God but God’s Spirit would no longer be merged with man’s Spirit. Thus the mind of man was left to be blinded by the influence of the sin nature, the ‘flesh’.    (Refer back to “Identifying and Understanding the Default Program”  Chapter 2, Part 3).  

 

The Entrance of Light Chapter 3, Part 3

 

The Nature and Purpose of ‘Compass’

All of us know that a ‘compass’ is a navigational device.  For a compass to function and perform as intended within its purpose and design it must be calibrated in relationship to what is referred to as ‘magnetic north’. North is referred to as the cardinal point on a compass.  Magnetic north is not the same as ‘true’ north, although it is very close.  Magnetic north constantly moves to some small degree and the result of this movement is represented by the term ‘declination’. Declination is the angle that equates to the difference between magnetic north and true north.  This angle of difference varies in relationship to our present location on the earth.  In order to navigate accurately when using a compass, it is important to have an accurate and current map.  With training, you can rather quickly learn to establish an accurate ‘bearing’ toward your ultimate destination.  But it is essential that you have your compass calibrated correctly, you understand the principle of declination, and you have an accurate and current map.

In order to navigate accurately on the ocean of life, we have all been provided a ‘compass’.  The compass is actually an internally located device inside of the human body and has purpose and function the same as any other ‘system’ within the human body, i.e., neuro, cardio, digestive, etc.  Our internal compass is a feature located in our mind that is designed to be calibrated by the work, or influence, of our ‘spirit’.  It is the ‘spirit’ compartment inside us that gives us connectivity to the spirit realm.  All humans have a ‘spirit’.  (We defined the function of the human spirit in the post ‘The Default Program, Chapter 2, Part 2).  

The distinction of having a spirit is unique to human beings.  Not all ‘life-forms’ have a spirit.  It is the spirit dimension of the human being which distinguishes him from all other forms of life.  Humans (man) was created/designed to have an internal spirit capacity.  Plants and animals do not have a spirit.  The universe and all life forms do not share in a universal connection to a spirit realm, although the spirit realm and dimension surrounds the all of existence.  Only ‘man’ has an internal spirit.

God designed the human compass to be calibrated to
divine true north.  Like any compass, the human compass cannot provide accurate navigation or strike an accurate ‘bearing’ without being calibrated accurately.  God also provided a map that is accurate and always remains current.  In the next post, we will talk about God’s design to integrate his ‘light’ into the calibration process of our compass.

 

The Entrance of Light Chapter 3, Part 2

The objective of this series, The Entrance of Light, will be to define God’s plan for bringing us out of  darkness and into the ‘light’.  There is no greater truth in life than to know what God has provided as to His plan for saving us from the darkness.  And thus it is essential that we know and understand both ‘what’ and ‘how’ of his provision.  In coming to understand God’s provision and plan, we will come to understand the essential nature of the biblical principles and laws of the theological concept of Atonement and how Atonement procures for us a ‘standing and position before God’ that is identified in the New Testament as ‘Justification.’  Once we know and understand what God has done ‘for us’ and ‘to us’, we then must learn how to apply and use the light and truth of what he has given us.  It is a learning process.  The more we know and understand about God’s intention and design for our ‘maturation’ process, how the pieces and parts fit together, the more we will experience living life to his ‘full’. 

Ephesians 2:10 NIV   “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Romans 12:2 NIV   “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

First, we will spend some time looking at how the light of God’s truth works inside our human spirit to provide accurate navigation in our journey into experiencing him in the ‘full’. 

The ‘Light’ of God’s Truth is our Compass  

The ‘light’ of God’s truth illuminating our spirit and mind serves to function as our internal compass as we seek to navigate through life.   Where does our compass say we are headed in life?  What is our direction for today, tomorrow, next week, next month, this year?  What ideas or views do we have that are the internal ‘controls’ that orient our compass?  All of us have a ‘direction’ that we are traveling in life.  Even if we think we don’t have a specific direction, we do.  Life is always moving forward, taking us with it in its never ending and relentless movement through this thing we call ‘time’.  Movement through life can be easily likened to being on a boat on the ocean with us being the captain and navigator of the boat.  Let me suggest that ‘every’ boat comes with the standard equipment of a steering wheel and a compass.  They are built-in standard components in all boats.  ALL boats are ‘moving’ in ‘some’ direction.  The elements of nature, the wind, the ocean currents, make it absolute that movement will occur.  Thus it is reasonable to say that ‘every’ incremental move has purpose and relationship to direction.  Thus far we have the elements of the ocean, the boat, the captain.  Now let’s add in another dimension and component.  God.  In our ocean-boat-captain-God scenario, let’s place God in the position of an invisible ‘supernatural being’ that has control of the ocean, connection to all captains, and intention and purpose as relates to navigation and direction for the overall objective of arriving with a ‘full’ boat at the final destination.  

The goal for the blog  is to help captains learn how to use the truth of God’s ‘light’ to calibrate their compass ‘so that’ they can maximize navigation related to overall direction in life by coming to understand the truth of God’s light as it relates to His purpose and relationship to our life. 

 

The Entrance of ‘Light’ Chapter 3, Part 1

 

Let There Be Light

In the bible, from Genesis to Revelation, we see the contrast between darkness and light. In the prior posts we have sought to define the darkness.  We will now move to define the ‘light’.  Jesus, the Son of God –  God the Son, is the light.  Please read the scripture references below to form a basis and premise for the posts that will follow over the next series “The Entrance of Light.”  Numbers 6:25 NIV “The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;”

Darkness is the absence of light. Light penetrates darkness and provides illumination.  We are dependent on light to ‘see’.  We have lights in our home, on our car, and on our electronic devices.  We  use flashlights, candles, and lanterns in order to illuminate our need to ‘see’.  Light is ‘the’ essential element that gives us the ability to ‘see.’

Definition of ‘Light’, Merriam-Webster: Something that makes vision possible.

Genesis 1:3 NIV “And God said, Let there be light, and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.”

John 1:1-5 NIV   “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

1 John 1:5-7 NIV “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin.”

Mathew 4:16 NIV  . . .  “the people living in darkness have seen a great light “ (quoted from Isaiah 9:2, Isaiah’s prophecy concerning the coming of Christ).

John 8:12 NIV Jesus said “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 14:6 NIV Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Matthew 5:14 NIV Jesus said “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Ephesians 5:8-9 NIV   “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as Children of the light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth).”

1 Peter 2:9 NIV   “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”

(In the next series of posts…we will come to see the ‘light’)