Illegal Pyramid love

A. Illegal Pyramids vs, Legal distribution

I learned from illustration of illegal pyramid vs legal distribution source (graphic taken from MLM-theWholeTruth.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUWmgsgMkPU).

What has WorldVentures got to do with this article I am writing?

Well, I have been thinking how best to illustrate the point about the illegal pyramid love. Amazingly, I received the answer from exploring the internet resources to explain to prospect’s concern if Worldventures  is a legal MLM or illegal pyramid. Surprisingly this video provided me with new ideas on how to illustrate the danger of  illegal pyramid love. All these miracle happened because of  HIS divine intervention for me to join Worldventures. Glory to  HIM.

Illegal pyramids vs legal distribution

Illegal pyramids vs legal distribution

There is nothing really wrong with this triangle chart, as a matter of fact, all company is being structured in this way. However on the left is the illegal pyramid, what you see is that the money flows only upwards, there aren’t any product profit sales benefits going to the people at the lowest level.  People on the top receive huge amount of money from the membership recruitment below and those bottom down receive nothing.

The figure on the right showed the legal distribution systems. You can call them direct sales, network marketing or MLM (multi level marketing), it doesn’t matter what you call because they all meant the same thing. For this legal distribution, there are real products sales and at all level. Everybody, from top to bottom, has the right to sell products to prospects and also enjoy the products benefits themselves. This system provides certain degree of fairness. However, those who are earlier tends to have advantage over those who joined later but due to fairness in the system, those who joined later have the opportunity to move up to the upper level as long as they have more number of members in their recruitment team than the person who recruited, that’s why I like Worldventure’s system of two legs and unlimited depth of team bonuses.

B.  Pyramids love vs Hierarchy love

 

Pyramids vs Heirarchy love

Pyramids vs Heirarchy love

I know it is not easy to understand, but I’ll try my best to explain. On the left we are talking about Cell group system that runs on pyramids style of apportioning love. What the leader (might be you) do is that he or she cares only about the number of member being generated to reflect his or her status as good leader being able to build members in the team. The leader is absolutely very status concern and inhabit the wrong believe that   Familiarity Breeds Contempt.  This leader only communicate with his or her top most core member, maybe restricted to only the right hand and left hand man. All the other members do not get a chance to talk to the leader and have absolutely no idea of the plan or work details of the leader. The leader is only interested in the goal chasing for themselves.  Credits were being accorded to the leader only, he or she takes all the credits labored by members.

The figure on the right is Hierarchy love, this system is slightly better than pyramid love.  The leader is also very status conscious, he or she is particularly concerned that Familiarity Breeds Contempt. They thus shun away from members at the bottom of the hierarchy. To show that they care for members, once awhile they will avail themselves to speak to the members at the bottom of the hierarchy, but they kept a distance from them because of status conscious and distorted understanding of Familiarity Breeds Contempt.  The members at the bottom of hierarchy have little or no idea of what the leader and core members had planned for them. Basically these members at the bottom were being chucked into the “cold system”. The love flow (rewards) doesn’t go down to the people at the bottom of the hierarchy.  The leader himself or herself receives credits for themselves first and then apportion some of these credits to core member nearer to them or pleased them the most.

What’s wrong with these two systems?

For the pyramid love, it is very selfish and unfair system of running the group. While the members down the line worked and labored for the group’s profit but they aren’t receiving any recognition and benefit from the leader. The completely “left out” members will leave the group but felt cheated.

For the hierarchy love, the team work synergy is slightly better than the pyramid love in that the leader had apportion some time to touch base with the members down the line.  But unfortunately the members will leave the group as they felt the lack of attention and diminishing love.

Sometimes, the system can be so cruel as to sack the members or even do things indirectly to get rid of members by withholding information or knowledge from them. Or even deliberately omit them from participating in the group’s activities or events so that they would felt unwanted and leave the group.  The leader will do it as long as member is not producing results or maybe dislike them for whatever reason.

Familiarity Breeds Contempt had been misunderstood by certain leaders. In bible context, in most part of OT, what God means is that if you  gets too  familiar with sinful way of doing things, that brought contempt to God.  Another area is Jesus’ hometown, people are too familiar with HIM as the carpenter’s son and thus HE could not do much miracle there. Some leader used this as an excuse not to reach out to member at bottom, because of their status consciousness.

Addon notes (19/10/2012) What do you familiar Jesus with? HE is somebody that only mentioned in bible? Actually, how are you related to Lord Jesus in your Christian walk? Many could not really get themselves familiar with the fact that Father God Jesus is very much alive and active for you in the spiritual realm, HE intercedes for everyone daily without stop. But what do you do when you are having problem? Unfortunately, many could not be familiar with Lord Jesus as the Spiritual Father who is available 24/7, they choose to switch on their phone and the first person to consult is someone close to them or CG leader. It is very unfortunate. I had already written before that Lord Jesus is your “supreme authority”. The rest above you, be it CG leaders or Pastors are “apparent authority” (which I explained, someone you can see, and touch) being appointed by church. Whom do you gets familiar with as your First Love? Father Jesus should be your First love! The first person to consult! Even you have little faith as mustard seeds, as long as you call out HIS name, HE can move mountains for you. Lord Jesus was well pleased with Peter when HE asked his disciples “but who do you say that I am?”.  Simon Peter answered and said “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16 So my friends, at what level are you familiar Lord Jesus with? Someone that you cannot feel nor see so that you will only make phone call to leaders, Pastors or close Christian friends or you’ll take the step of faith and make HIM your FIRST LOVE, FIRST LEVEL CONSULTATION, YOUR ONLY SPIRITUAL FATHER?  While understanding the rest that you are familiar with in person are assistance spiritual father.

What do the Bible say?

Luke 15:8-10   “Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents”

This parables speak of finding the lost, it also speaks of the important of apportioning love to the minor one.  There is genuine joy of finding and gaining back the lost one.

What is the right kind of love?  Equal  Love, learn from Lord Jesus.

Matthew 22:37-40Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Here Lord Jesus speaks of the two parallel beam of love, vertically loving God, horizontally loving people. Only if there is upward loving of God then there is infilling of God’s love and the horizontal beam is the equal sign with open end that allows love to flow eastward and westward to all people surrounding the individual. The pyramid love is in non existence!

 

God's Equal love

God’s Equal love

Matthew 25:42-45 “for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink. I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me. Then they will also answer Him, saying. ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least , you did not do it to Me.”

Here, Lord Jesus is not talking about Himself; HE is talking about those little ones that HE had sent to your Cell group. Many leaders can declare “Oh yes, you came to my group is not by coincidence but arranged by God.”  And then having said that they expect new member to fit into their system criteria for members because they operate their Cell group either in Pyramid love or Hierarchy system. The leader expects new members to be the same as his or her core member. I love what Dr A.R. Bernard had said in his sermon “Everybody is unique, everybody is wired differently. There is no one system fit all.” Also from Dr Robi Songderegger, he said “Everybody is unique, you have to treat individual as individual.” It is no wonder they don’t come down to ground level and met lower member’s needs. Lord Jesus depicted 6 different needs of cell group members.  The leaders running these systems had turned their CG into an Exclusive club, members who don’t fit their ideal will seems to them as rebellions and will be sent away instead of meeting their needs. But praise the Lord! There are those do not practice “system love” but have the anointing of God’s “equal love” will have the wisdom and discernment to meet every need, attentive towards  everyone because he or she didn’t sit on top but on ground level with everyone. Let’s look at another Bible verse.

“For if you love those who love you, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet  your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect. Just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:46-48

I think this bible verse is very clear, Lord Jesus expect you to do more than what would you had done while you are not yet reborn. If your attitude towards the members below you is just the same as the “old self” like what Lord Jesus depicted here, than your Spiritual fruit is in big question! You practiced pyramid or hierarchy love. If you’d have the Holy Spirit living and ministering inside you, then loving people at ALL LEVEL is natural. This is God’s equal love.

Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Thanks Pastor Kong for his timely weekend message 13/10/2012).

As also preached by Pastor Bill Johnson, whatever that is true in heaven, is also true on earth. Everybody is equal in God’s sight. We are all HIS heirs. There is no auntie nor uncle but brothers and sisters on same level. That means we ought to love one another as brothers and sisters. There is no level play. Different role based on gifting and talents one possessed.  

Any leader who does not come down to the ground level and willingly wash the feet  of disciples is not a worthy leader because Lord Jesus had already shown HIMSELF as a good servant hood example for all to follow.

Conclusion, I can understand that we are all human, we have emotion and we tend to love people who are more obedience and able to do work that pleases us more. Please have a thought, have a heart for those members who are at distance from you. They also equally need your loving attention and care.

Lord Jesus don’t have to be on top of an exceedingly high mountain to be worship and respected by Kingdom of the world and their glory, instead HE resists the temptation of the devil and said “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you serve.” Matthew 4:10 Lord Jesus came down to the ground level, sat, eat and drink with Tax collectors and sinners. The mark of true servant hood. A real warning for leader who lusts to be worship by men, you had fallen into temptation of the devil.

And lastly, the wisdom words as inspired by HIM :-

“It is NOT ONE BIG thing that you did for a person that gets appreciated, it is those small daily insignificant things that you do for the person, that brings much appreciations.”

Added Notes : 04/01/2014

The Equal love of Father Jesus was so strong that I took much time and effort to create the Bookmarks for Church leaders and also specially for my Team15 and all  “First SOT Graduate in Suntec City 2011.” I prayed that those who were given this special bookmark; hand make myself, resultant from a reflex to the burning “Equal Love”  and remind each other of Father Jesus words: “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 3:34-35 

It is thus very hard for those who practice “Illegal Pyramid love” to obey. They will chose to love only those whom they felt loved them and also do things pleasing to their human eyes.

But those who had the “Equal Love” of Father Jesus, then following the commandment of John 3:34-35 would be natural.   The book mark on the left, I specially make for leaders hoping that all will share the thanks giving to Lord Jesus for HIS vision given to me of two Angels flying in circle whom I called them “Fiery Red and Glitter Gold”, one is from the East and the other from the West, as I had already interpreted and prophesied that our new church venue is at Marina Area. They are my personally assigned Angels by Father God Jesus. But I already knew, the supervisor in charge had actually curtail and stopped my work for Father Jesus, preventing  the very important thanksgiving message from reaching leaders whom I had make these special bookmarks with divine message for each of them. May God bless this person in spite of his undoing.

embracing_one_another

 

 

Three Levels of Spiritual Growth

Introduction

In church service sermon, various topics were being preached. There were times, the church would preached about the important value of being as humble as a child. Then on another service, the church would preached about the important value of servant hood and then yet in another sermon,  the church would preach of yet another important value of being the son or friends of God. At the back of my mind, I was trying to co-related all of them together but somehow it leads me to some confusion as to what value should I exhibit in my Christian walk.

 Sometimes I received Gift of knowledge from our Holy Spirit such that I must tell the person in the same manner as prophets in the old testament had spoken to Kings and authorities; that is to rebuke the person involved of the wrong attitude towards God, our Lord Jesus. Then, within my own sub-consciousness, I was reminded to behave as servant of God; that is to obey the authority and not to say anything about them. I was really confused,  then I tried even to remind myself that maybe I should be as humble as a child, just keep quiet, swept everything under the carpet and pretend I didn’t received the knowledge.

Then one day, our Holy Spirit revealed to me that there are actually three levels of spiritual growth for Christians. With much excitement over this revelation, I penned down everything in plain English  and recorded my second audio speech. Let us pray, “Father Jesus, we thank you for this wonderful knowledge that you had inspired me to share with others. So that all us will grow spiritually to do the will of God. Amen”.

Chapter 1 – Child Hood

My first audio speech talks about knowing our Holy Spirit intimately and also acknowledging the existence of  Angels assigned to protect you and also you already have the Gift of prophecy upon baptism by the Holy Spirit.

In this second audio speech, I will touch on 3 levels of spiritual growth; 1) Childhood, 2) Servant hood, 3) Sonship (or friend of God). Everyone should be able to progress through these sequential stages of spiritual growth. You will find out what is required of you and what our Lord Jesus can do for you.

 The main key to Kingdom of Heaven is that you must be reborn again.

John 3:3 “Most assurely, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

The disciple did not understood what Lord Jesus was saying to them. One of them even said that must one go back into the womb of his mother to be born again. It is quite a funny statement really. What Lord Jesus means is that one must be willing to reduce yourself to nothing; giving up self, your mindset must completely renewed, cleanse up by the blood of Lord Jesus by accepting him as your Lord and saviour. What matter most is that once you are reborn, the old man in you had died and a new spirit man live in you and you are able to think like Job in the old testament, for he said:

“Naked, I come out of the womb and the lord has the right to take.” That means giving up self completely, pride, possession and all the worldliness and nail them onto the cross, Lord Jesus took them all away from you.

Let us look at how new born baby behave in order to understand the meaning of being reborn as a child. First of all, they are purely innocent, a new being born out of this world. They do not know what is happening in the world, the right and wrong. Do you expect a few months old baby knows what is right or wrong? (Was this not the original state of Mind for Adam before he sinned? Adam has no knowledge of right or wrong, absolute obedience to God only) Baby only knows one thing, that is to cry when they are hungry with their mouth opened big big. That’s right, in the same way, Lord Jesus wants you to cry out loud with your mouth open out big big, asking for nourishing food. Thus baby needs milk to nourish them for their growth, they are not ready for solid food. Next, when they consumed food, they will urinate and pass out motion, thus they will cry too. The same for you at this stage of spiritual growth, as you take in more spiritual food and create messes big and small, you will feel comfortable, example; you assessed things wrongly and ended up worsening a situation due to wrong advice and you needed someone more experience to help you  “clean up”. Like a baby, you have not learned how to clean up yet, you need helpers.

 As the baby grow older, they will take slightly more solid food such as porridge or cereal, and at this stage they learn how to talk. Sorry to all the mother. Baby said their first word “mum mum” meaning they are asking for food not calling the mother, Mom. Then, they learned how to call “Papa”, first. Mother may find this very unfair since they took care of the baby, but that is the fact, survey found out that baby tends to learn how to call papa first. Lord Jesus like all his children to call him Abba Father. (I knew some people will dispute on this, but don’t everyone acknowledged that Lord Jesus is now one with God in heaven, so that equates to calling God Abba Father too).

 As they progress in their growth, they became more knowledgeable, and started to ask for things from Papa or mommy. But everything was being planned by parents because children do not know how to ask what is best for themselves. Sometimes, the parent obliged their kids, and gives them things that may not be suitable for them just to make them happy.

Of course at this stage of growth, the children will become more and more demanding as they are more equipped with knowledge. They are now more hungry for 2 things, for more food and knowledge by asking lots of questions. Like “What is this for? Papa, mommy” Why things happened that way? Papa, mommy” The how, where and when. Parents, do not be upset, be patience, they are learning. At least you have a normal growing child.

But in Kingdom of Heaven, Lord Jesus will always give you the right things. So, being a child of God, you don’t have to worry about anything.

Matt 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

 Matt 6:28 “So why you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

Matt 6:31: “Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear’

So, in the same way for spiritually born Christian, Lord Jesus wants his children to be hungry for his food, the living words of God, i.e Read the Bible daily. Be hungry for Bible knowledge  and spiritual gifts. You must be able to reverence the Holy Spirit as your greatest teacher. Do not push yourself to go for Bible school unless you had engaged our Holy Spirit as your solid foundational Rock to support your move to higher level of biblical learning. Christians who do not have our Holy Spirit as their foundation teacher will most likely graduated as academic Christian rather than disciple Christian. Know the different between being a Christian and learning to be a Christian? This has been preached many times, and yet Christian are not getting it. The former is one Christian who is born of the Spirit while the later one is born of the flesh or alternatively, you can call them systematically born Christian. But don’t get me wrong, there are people who are being reborn while during the Bible study or SOT.  What I try to emphasised is that it is more beneficial if you already have the Holy Spirit as your Biblical teacher. System Christian are those who had passed through the Academic process of building up Christian lifestyle without the Holy Spirit and they thought that they are being a Christian by doing things a Christian should do, eg attending Church, Cell group meetings, ministries, mission and others. This group of people are under the same category as “the rich young man” Lord Jesus spoke about in the Bible. One big question can be asked? Are you doing the will of God? Can you affirmly say that you are doing the will of God and on what basis? Doing the will of God has to be birthed by the Holy Spirit in the way of revelations,  dreams or visions and followed by more revelations and confirmations. Well, what is required of you to progress through this spiritual childhood growth? Simple answer but not an easy way, “Receive Kingdom of God as a child.” While Lord Jesus will provide you with the baptism of the Holy Spirit who will dwelled in you and teaches you ALL things; knowledge increment from revelations and progression through life with constant birthing of dreams and visions will  steer you from faith to faith and glory to glory.  Hallelujah!  All hopes will be realised not at once but many times as Lord Jesus had said “I am the creator of all faith and the finisher.” In fact, before anyone knows you, Lord Jesus had already knew you. You must be a mouldable clay so that he can shape you to the instrument that he wanted you to be and be usable for Kingdom of God. So, you are being chastened and now you are already growing and maturing spiritually, you are ready to go into the next stage of spiritual growth, the Servanthood. Congratulations.

Chapter 2 – Servant Hood

Lord Jesus once said “I come to this world to serve, not to be serve.”  Let’s take a look at the story of Joseph. How, from telling the truth of a dream, got his brothers envy and hated him even more.

Ge:37:9: “Look I have another dream, and this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.’

Ge:37:10: So he told it to his father and his brothers, and his father rebuked him and said to him, “what is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and  your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”

This is the starting point where Joseph, in telling the truth was envied by his brothers and this turned into hatred. Thus, the Bible taught us not to envy but gives praise to God for anyone who has something better than you. The whole story on how Joseph was being sold as slave to the Egypt and was later make the Governor of Egypt by Pharaoh can be found from Genesis Chapter 39 to 47  It was actually a prophecy that we has had the privileged to know about it because it was written in the Bible. The reason why Joseph can be promoted many level was, firstly he fulfilled his role as a good servant event under Egyptian rule and he is able to prophesised for the King which is the apparent Authority.  Having the Gift of Prophecy is thus very important, you already have the Gift of prophecy as mentioned in my 1st Audio speech, first, for yourself then for others.

One thing important knowledge I would like to share with all. Satan is blind, he do not know the battle plan of God and he cannot see nor distinguished exactly who are the one who have real faith in God. He is the King of all lies, he needs to work through someone. Just as he is a snake, he needs to sense with his tongue on those people who have openings in their soul,  caused by having pride, lusts, and all sort sins like unforgiveness. These are all hot spots that Satan can sense, penetrate and make use of to influent you to go against God. That’s why you must always be on good faith and guard your heart. Take a look at Old Testament:-

Job:1:7: And the LORD said to Satan, Where do you come from?  Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking  back  and forth on it.

Job:1:8: And the LORD said to Satan, have you considered my servant Job, there is none like him on the earth, a blameless man, one that fear God, and shuns evil?

You can see that Satan is blind. He can’t see.

Job:1:21: And said, naked I came out from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return to there: the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.

Such is the character of a servant. They always serve the Lord. And whatever the Lord ordered punishment onto him, he will not complain. He still bless the name of the Lord. At time like this, being a servant means you are subject to enslave by authority. Suffered test and persecution, even by own people who would make you a slave. In the end, Job won the favour from God while his 3 friends must be interceded by him  because of their ignorant, they had offended God and God would not speak  to them.

Job, was being rewarded many times more. This is the longest, difficult path that all Christian have to go through. A servant is one who is able to obey the authority. He don’t question the authority. This is the most crucial stage of spiritual growth where you will be put under apparent authority like Joseph and yet is able to recognise and work all things out within the realm of the supreme authority,  Abba Father Jesus. Such ability needs Wisdom from God. Many persecutions and tests will be apportioned to you as a servant. It is a real chastening process where like real gold will pass through the fire and became a more refined pure gold. The faith in Lord Jesus is even stronger as you progress through this process of spiritual growth. Christians have to hold on to their faith, endure to the end, do not be afraid or give up the fighting. God will not test you beyond your ability to hold onto to your faith.

1Cor 10:13:”No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able but with temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
Act 15:10: “Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear”

Being able to pass through the servant hood not only strengthen your faith but also increases your spiritual Gifts. You will be like prophets moving from one ground to another telling people of God’s messages and prophesise for people. Many time, when you are on mission, you probably not allowed to have financial prosperity, this has been clearly explained in the Esharingportal.com article, it is a funny title actually, “Clink, Clonk, Clank not allowed on Mission.”

 Knowing and understanding the requirement to be a servant is so important that our Lord Jesus demonstrate this in the last super.

John 13:13-24 “Jesus washed his disciple feets. You call me teacher and Lord, and you said well, for so I am. If I then your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”

Being a Servant of God, everything has been provisioned for by our Abba Father Jesus, and he gave you abundant so that you can share with you immediate neighbouring brothers and sisters, you just have to be in absolute obedience to our Holy Spirit and you can progress to the next Spiritual level, the sonship or friend of God.

Chapter 3 – Sonship (Friend of God)

This is the wish of our Lord Jesus, though we must reverence him as our Abba father, our supreme authority, he really wants us to communicate with him as though he is your friend. You are now being exalted to this highest level of Spiritual Growth.

Lord Jesus was the Son of God because he had not failed to defeat the enemy both on earth and lowest part of Hell by dying on the Cross to be our saviour. While Lord Jesus was on earth, he had to reverence God as Father. Now that He is in heaven as ONE with God, we ought to call him our Abba Father. Many parts of the Bible is written as such, Lord Jesus is the Son of God and it is correct in logical theoretical sense. There are people out there, a wolf in sheep skin reverenced himself as chosen Son of God, later claimed his status as equal to Lord Jesus and now even said and proclaimed that he had replaced Lord Jesus, that is Blasphemy!  So, if we can call and reverence Lord Jesus as our Abba Father, then in our mind and spirit we are admitting that we can’t go straight to God but the only way is through Lord Jesus because He is our spiritual father. Not calling nor accepting Lord Jesus as spiritual father also have the risk of Christians worshipping their senior or leader as their idols and thus not considering Lord Jesus as their first call of consultant, the First Love.

James 2:23-24  “And the scripture was fufilled which says, :Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for his righteousness. And he was called the friend of God.”

You see then a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Being a son of God, you knew the spiritual battle plan of your father, you are proactive, knowing what to do next. Unlike a servant where you will do only as instructed, neither are you a child, do not know even how to ask for the right thing.  Abba Father Jesus will reveal to you his spiritual battle plan. You are his trusted friend. At this level, you are a Matured Christian, being regarded as true son or daughter of God and you will be able to wield the Sword of God which stands for the living words and the Truth.   You are able to think and wish for things exactly according to God’s will. Many times your wish is being fulfilled without even having prayed for it because you are righteous with God and you only do and say things that Abba Jesus allows you. You are the warrior of God, fearless of the world, ready to put on the Spiritual warfare gear anytime when called upon to go for war. It would be funny if our Holy Spirit had already revealed to you what you will received and yet you had to ask in prayer for things that you knew you will received. Father may speak to you. “Why doubts and ask of it again? You have little faith!” Of course, there are time where Lord Jesus want you to pray for it, such is when you aren’t sure of the battle plan installed for you.

While Lord Jesus was on earth, he relevant God as his father

John 15:1-2 “ I am the true vine, and My father is the vine dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that bear fruits He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

He wants us to reverence him as father and you cannot be a Son of God,  Abba Father Jesus if you were not born of the Spirit and progress through these three levels of Spiritual Growth.

John 15:15 “ No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.

Abraham was called a friend of God because he is faithful even willing to offer his son as sacrifice when God commanded his to do so.

Genesis 22:2 “Take now your son, your only son Isaac whom you love and got the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering.”

But Abraham is not God, had he sacrifice his son, he would have equal God but God didn’t let him and decided that his son’s life should be spared, instead a ram caught in a thicket by its horn were being offered as burnt offering. We now know, only God offered his only son Jesus as the sacrifice to be the Lamb to die for our sin.

Conclusion: Since you had gone through all the three level of spiritual growths, as you are lead by the holy spirit, there is no problem of you lowering down to whatever level. Sometimes you may have to humble down to be a child, listening to people who are young in spirit, by listening, you can help them actually because you are putting yourself at the lowest level in line with them so that you can understand them better and communicate. Sometimes you have lower to the level of servant hood and sometimes you have to exercise the authority as the Son of God. This is possible only if you are born of the spirit and you had gone through the three level of spiritual growth.

Let’s us pray. “Thank Lord Jesus for this wonderful sharing of knowledge, I pray for everyone who had listened to this audio message that their life will be transformed through the three level of spiritual growth. I also pray in Jesus’ name for those who are still in bondage to the worldliness and selfishness, I pray that they will be release from these bondage. I pray that they will read the bible and understand what Lord Jesus you had warned us about sign of Jonah who was thrown into the belly of the big fish and he repented and did the will of God. Lord Jesus, father you also reminded us of Lot’s wife, how she turned back desiring for the good life that she had. Lord Jesus thank you for the knowledge that one should not turn back for selfishness and lusts for worldliness or we will die just like Lot’s wife who was turned into a pillar of salt. In Jesus’ name, we would like to bless those who had listened to this audio speech and may God bring them from faith to faith and glory to glory. In Jesus precious name, Amen.”

Three level of Spirit Growth agreeds with Dr A.R. Bernard’s sermon on 11/7/2009

STANLEY

A.R. BERNARD

Level 1

Child hood

Prophet

(Prophecy on self first, spread Gospel, reconciling God’s message)

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(Spiritual role in helping people, serving and intercede for people)

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(Authority, empowering people, governing, knowing God’s battle plan)

Praise the Lord! It was an amazing miracle confirmation from Bernard.
The audio was recorded Jan 2009 and was confirmed correct by Bernard.

Joshua Tree Lesson

Joshua Tree

Joshua tree is also called Yucca brevifolia and is a plant species belonging to genus Yucca in the family Agavaceae.This monocotyledonoustree is native to southwestern North American the states of California,Arizona, Utah and Nevada,where it is confined mostly to the Mojave Desert between 400-1,800 m (2,000-6,000 feet). It thrives in the open grasslands of Queen Valley
and Lost Horse Valley in
Joshua Tree National Park.

How was the name Joshua tree derived?

The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua
reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.


A BRANCHLESS JOSHUA TREE

Growth and development

Joshua trees are fast growers for the desert; new seedlings may grow at an
average rate of 7.6
cm (3.0in) per year in their first ten years, then only grow about 3.8cm (1.5in) per year thereafter. The trunk of a Joshua tree is made of thousands of small fibers and lacks annual growth rings, making it difficult to determine the tree’s age. This tree has a top-heavy branch system, but also has what has been described as a “deep and extensive” root system, with roots possibly reaching up to 11m (36ft) away. If it survives the rigors of the desert it can live for hundreds of years with some specimens surviving up to a thousand years. The tallest trees reach about 15 m tall. New plants can grow from seed,but in some populations, new stems grow from underground rhizomes that spread out around the Joshua tree. Spring rains may bring clusters of white-green flowers on long stalks at branch tips. Like all desert blooms, Joshua trees depend on just the perfect conditions: well-timed rains, and for the Joshua tree, a crisp winter freeze. Researchers believe that freezing temperatures may damage the growing end of a branch and stimulate flowering,
followed by branching. You may notice some Joshua trees grow
like straight stalks; these trees have never bloomed which is why they are branchless! In addition to ideal weather, the pollination of flowers requires a visit from the yucca moth. The moth collects pollen while laying her eggs inside the flower ovary. As seeds develop and mature, the eggs hatch into larvae, which feed on the seeds. The tree relies on the moth for pollination and the moth relies on the tree for a few seeds
for her young a happy symbiosis. The Joshua tree is also capable of sprouting from roots and branches. Being able to reproduce vegetative allows a much quicker recovery after damaging floods or fires, which may kill the main tree. Many birds, mammals, reptiles, and insects depend on the Joshua tree for food and shelter. Keep your eyes open for the yellow and black flash of a Scott’s oriole busy making a nest in a yucca,s branches. At the base of rocks you may find a wood rat nest built with spiny yucca leaves for protection. As evening falls, the desert night lizard begins poking around under the log of a fallen Joshua tree in search of tasty insects.

You may be at ease with pine or hardwood, or find shade under the domesticated trees in your city park, but in the high desert, Joshua is our tree. It is an important part of the Mojave Desert ecosystem, providing habitat for numerous birds, mammals, insects, and lizards. Joshua tree forests tell a story of survival, resilience, and beauty borne through perseverance. They are the silhouette that reminds those of us who live here that we are home. Like the Lorax we speak for the trees, but often the trees speak to us.

Panicle

Fruit

Once they bloom, the trees are pollinated by the yucca moth, which spreads pollen while laying her eggs inside the flower. The moth larvae feed on the seeds of the tree, but enough seeds are left behind to produce more trees. The Joshua tree is also able to actively abort ovaries in which too many eggs have been laid.

Summary
of how Joshua Tree can survive in Desert.

  1. Most important of all, they have deep rooting system, enabling them to draw water from underground.
  2. Capable of vegetating more roots to survive damaging floods or fires.
  3. Able to bloom into more branches in perfect timing and condition.

Learning from the Joshua Tree –  Biblical application for Christian.

1)Deep Rooting System

Just like the Joshua Tree, it survived in the hardest desert because of its deep rooting system, the ability to draw water from the deepest underground where there is stream of living water.

Christian survival is dependent on the deep rooting with the Holy Spirit, always in the awe, realm of the Holy Spirit in order to draw the living water and spiritual strength so that one can survive even in the worst hash desert condition. There is much contentment and comfort hidden deeply away from where human eyes can’t see, spring of living water, the hidden manna can be found.

John 3:5 “Unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”

Building on a Solid Foundation

Matt 24-25 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock.”

Water speaks of Living word of God, having the faith believing in the living word of God and be born of the Spirit (baptised).

2) Vegetate more roots

Once the Joshua Tree had the deep rooting system established, it didn’t stop there, it continues to vegetate more and more root branches deep underneath the ground. This will help the Joshua tree to survive even though above the ground surface there are much damaging floods or fires.

So for Christian to survive, do not stop at first instant of deep rooting with the Holy Spirit upon being baptised. Go forth and vegatate more roots with our Holy Spirit, thus growing more branches of hidden Spiritual Gifts of which; Word of Discernment, Word of Wisdom and Word of prophecy is primarily important. Thus, even though being weathered by floods of persecutions, trials, and test by fire above the ground level, you will survive victorously!

1Cor 12:3-13
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To
another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”

Thus the Rooting system the roots, are hidden Spiritual Gifts that is hidden underground where it not visible nor easily seen nor understood by man.

3) Blooming with more branches

For Joshua Tree to bloom and have more branches, it needs perfect conditions:

  1. A well-timed rain.

  2. A crisp winter freezing, the end of branches was broken and this stimulate growing end of branch and stimulate flowering combined with growing of more branches.

As an individual Christian, at times we are too happy or contented with what we had achieved. We are very satisfied with the number of branches we have. Symbolic meaning of branches represents our achievements, the works we had accomplished in Church or Kingdom of Heaven and it also represents spiritual fruits such as love which is the main essence of standalone ability to draw people closer and expand branches from this community love. But we becomes stagnant, there is no synergy of new Visions to do more. Do not be like the branchless Joshua Tree! It looks ugly! At time like, this we needed to be place into the well-timed rain from God, exposed to extreme crisp winter so that we maybe broken and bring forth stimulated growth, evident by blooming flowers and sprouting of branches. This is the same for Cell Group, it is good to be big but there will come a time when we’re contented with a Big family and just stopped there. So we have to pray for the same “Well timed rain” where the rain symbolize “Blessings from God” and then be exposed to “ crisp winter freezing, Crisp winter freezing symbolize “chastening” just like Jonah being put in the belly of the fish. Only then, with the complete brokenness and with direct well timed commandment from God then the division can proceeded for growing more branches of Cell Group. Please note that this is different from the simplified decision making by Cell Group leader where he or she “feel the need to expand cell group” and the decision making is based on numerical calculation whereas the well-timed rain and crisp winter freezing to permit sprouting of more branches is from the invisible hands of God.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.’

Thus if every members can incubate more spiritual fruits, then the retention of members and expansion of a cell group is a natural process by the Grace of our Lord Jesus.

Thus the flowering blooms and the growing branches, are evidents of Spiritual Fruits that may become tangible or visible due to the resultant of various love actions taken to materialized it or it can be felt by people.

The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree’s unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer. But somehow I gotten the revelation from our H.S. that the name was derived from Joshua’s ability to survive in the desert because he had deep rooting with God and a remarkable event happened, he caused the Sun to stand still so that Israel won the battle against their enemy.

Joshua 10:13 “So the Sun stood still, And the moon stopped, Till the people had revenge Upon their enemies.”

End notes:

You can’t determine the spiritual age of a Christian
Unlike normal tree where its age can be determined by the ring formed by its bark in its trunk, the trunk of a Joshua tree is made of thousands of small fibers and lacks annual growth rings, making it difficult to determine the tree’s age.

In the same way you can’t determine the spiritual age of a Christian.
How many of us are feeling like being in the “Desert” dry and lost, fighting the battle alone without any support?
I strongly encourage you to have deep rooting with our Holy Spirit. With HIS command in Jesus’ name; armies of God’s warriors will be with you in any spiritual battle fields and not only that; many Angels will be at hand to support you. There is no fear against those who can kill only the body but not the soul. Our Holy Spirit will lead you out of the “desert’ into the promise land where there are springs of living water in the valley. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!

Added notes 20/1/2013 (Thanks Pastor Eileen for the Bible verse):
“Blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river, and it shall not see and fear when heat comes, but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8

Spreading kindled fire

During one Sunday morning sermon,
While in prayer, my hands clapped with constant rhythm
Then, our pastor was mentioning “let the fire burn, let it spread”
As I closed my pair of eyes, I seems to be holding a pair of flintstones.
Then I opened my pair of eyes, I see the same thing.
Here is what my partner inspired me to write:-

The pair of flintstones firmly I held, one on my left hand and the other on the right hand
As I clapped them together, the jagged edges doesn’t seems to produce good sound,
But it does helped to produce good fire sparks as it breaks away upon impact.
Yes, the breakaway flint sparks managed to spread fire to my immediate neighbouring friends.
The fire is burning in the mid-air, with many of us holding the flintstone clapping together in rhythm.
Yes, the fire is burning strongly, warming the House of God.
Each and everyone of us are burning with desires.
Now I know, as the jagged flints break away to light up more fire, the stone becomes more smooth.
As I clapped these reshaped stone, it produced better sound, a wonderful rhythm of celebration.
Yes, let the kindled fire burn, let it burn, burn, burn
Yes, let clapping stone sounds louder, louder and louder.
Praise the Lord. Hallelujah!
We are celebrating Victory upon victory
Our Angels are dancing in circle to celebrate the Victory too.
This kindled fire is forever burning, now till eternality.
The sounds of celebration will never stop.
Clap, clap, clap, burn, burn, burn
Celebrations, celebrations, rejoicing, rejoicing in the Name of our Lord Jesus.
Hallelujah!
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

Captured on Video, Angel fellowship and dance around camp fire with youth from Puerto Rico, Feb 2008. Loves rule, fellowship brings the atmosphere of holy celebration.

Added image 21/3/2009: Nonya Fellowship – 19/3/2009
Ika, Cindee Lim, Francis, Joreen, Fion Tan, Joel Lim, Ann Tan, Huizhen, Javert, Jaslin Chua, Vivien, Lorrain, Stanley, Joey Loh, Kebing, Lance, Jeremy Choy, Joshe, Jeremy Chng, Dolly, Jonathan Tang, Andy, Anne Hay, WenWen, Lawrence Yong, Ryan, Eric, Cherie

My Cell Group E388

Yahoo Chat Friends, mid 2007
Sarah (1st Online daughter), Felicia, Jaclynn, Sue Sue

Revealing the meaning.
Fire = The Helper Our, Holy Spirit
The Stone = Brothers and Sisters
Hands = Hand of Unity, the Power of Prayer
Flints = Unwanted part of Individual, turned into useful Sparks. Some may think that they are not equiped to share the Gospel. But let’s give this in prayer, for upon received Salvation, this is the 1st commandment, SHARE THE GOSPEL and disciple nations! The Helper who was given to you will help you to speak wisely.
Sound of Clapping stone = Sound of Celebration together in Unity
Reshaped stone = Transforming an individual to a better person.

Interesting fact!

Even olden day, the Indians know the important of communal Fellowship.
The ruins with the circle soil bricks. Arizona, Grand Canyon.
Indian Ruin