God is perfect. He is ‘outside of space and time’ where no one in space time and time could fully describe nor experience Him. There are no words, symbols, analogies, nor metaphors that can accurately explain Him, His intentions, and how He operates. If you ever attempt to do so, what you came up with, what so ever impressive it maybe earthly speaking, it cannot be God. God is indescribable, limitless, and full of potential.
So far you may follow me. I’m afraid, some may lose me quickly when I say our soul is perfect, pure, limitless, and full of potential like God- the Father of all spirits. Of course, before our soul emerged from God, from eternity to time, and from the same spiritual universe God resides into the temporal physical universe.
What is more? When she finishes her earthly assignment starting from redemption by passing through restoration and ultimately reformation, you will say boldly like Jesus, it’s finished; like Paul, I’m finished my race. Your soul cannot wait to become one with God for you to say, what is my Father is mine; He is in me and I in Him.
I understand that this could be too much for some to process and take it in one dose. Take time, pray, meditate, and reflect on it. No rush… Though you are in this world, you’re not off this world. Though you are in time and space in your body, you are already in eternity and spiritual universe as your redeemed soul maintains contact with the headquarter.
Don’t worry where your soul is on this holiest and godliest spectrum. Wherever your soul may be on the evolutionary continuum before she becomes one with God and reunite without losing her uniqueness, keep going. The Father in you is the one who will do the work necessary as far as you are willing to obey Him and your ego submits to the soul.
You will finish your race as the everlasting Kingdom is in you. You are the temple of God. The Kingdom provides what your soul needs to fulfill her journey from Redemption to Restoration, and ultimately Reformation. You have also in you the great Teacher, who will guide you to all the truth, Holy Spirit! Him as your teacher, mentor, and guide, you won’t lose.
One question that frequently surfaces whenever I facilitate Emotional Intelligence workshops for leaders is the struggle some leaders have to balance between showing empathy and fulfilling their leadership obligations by making some of their team members accountable. They lament saying that ‘I really empathize with my people. However, some of my team members are failing to meet their obligations even if I kept giving them multiple opportunities to catch up.’ And, they ask, how can I lead the team successfully to meet our goals while demonstrating empathy to those who are struggling to perform without demoralizing other team members who are performing?
There is no simple answer to this bugging question because each team differs. I cannot give them a magical formula that works everywhere and every time. Acknowledging the challenge, however, I always encourage leaders to make sure to keep the balance between taking care of their people and delivering results. Leaders who take care of their people at the expense of results and vice versa find themselves struggling in the long term. Leaders are put in place for strong reasons. Though they must take care of their people, at the end of the day, they must deliver and meet organizational goals. To succeed in this sticky position, especially in times like this, leaders should develop the right mindset, competencies, and character that allow them to keep the balance: Take care of their people and also meet their goals at the same time.
Successful leaders have the right mindset about empathy. They strongly believe that they have to put themselves in the place of their people, especially in those who are struggling. They also develop some emotional competencies to understand theirs and the emotions of others by listening actively and then demonstrating compassion giving ample space and support to those who may be facing challenges to fulfill their obligations. These successful leaders with high empathy also have a solid character where they have principles and consistency to meet their obligation for both the organization and its people.
I insist that it is possible to demonstrate empathy without dereliction of duties. Recently, I shared the observation of the biographer of Abraham Lincoln. She acknowledged his exceptional empathy and asserted that this same quality allowed him, though underdog, to become President and remain one of the greatest. She noted that Abe empathized with his rivals and in the process understood them very well that he was able to prepare himself better to beat them Regardless of his exceptional empathy, however, when it came to his duty, he didn’t shy away from declaring war to defend the union. I can imagine the pain he had gone through knowing the lives that were going to be impacted. You don’t need to be a President to keep the balance. You may not face Abe’s kind of decisions, however, wherever you may be right now, you can keep the balance between empathizing and making your people accountable. It is challenging but doable.
Right now, think about Jesus- the exceptionally compassionate leader of all time, who was willing to defend His followers and willing to die for them. Regardless of His extraordinary servant leadership style and selfless character, He never wavered from challenging and making His disciples accountable while still loving and caring for them. On many occasions, rather than joining the emotional states of His followers, He chose to lift them up to the emotional state where He was in. For instance, He could have given His disciples, who were scared to death of the storm, a pass but He didn’t. He knew that they had what it takes to rebuke and quiet a ‘storm’.
If you’re a leader, are you demonstrating empathy while fulfilling your obligations? Don’t fall into this trap: Empathy can be misused to derelict one’s leadership responsibilities. You should also know that people who don’t make themselves accountable can also abuse it. I shared some approaches for my audience to try to make sure that they keep the balance. What are some strategies have you been putting in place that guide you to keep the balance? Let me know those approaches that worked for you.
If you’re a follower, have you earned empathy? Don’t demand it; earn it. If you’ve been working hard and performing when you could, you earned the empathy of your leader when you need a break.
Ask Jesus and He will tell you that the most expensive item in the physical universe is the soul. Don’t trust your body’s voice in the mental world, your ego. It only thinks that reality is what can be percieved with the sense organs that are feeding it with barages of information. He thinks everything is all about the universe and the body that it represents while residing in the mental world. Very limited in its scope and perspectives.
Don’t believe people who may not have any clue about their own eternal assignment, let alone to help you figure out yours 🙂
Listen to the majestic being, which resides in your spirit. Your soul emerged from eternity to time, according to the Divine timeline, not for mundane cause. Your cause isn’t what you, your ego, think. It isn’t based on who you think you’re, and your physical conditions and abilities in the past or now. It isn’t based on what other people think you are and what they think you should do with your life.
Take time to pray, meditate, and visualize until you come in contact with your purpose. When you discover it, you will know it. It isn’t something you invent. It is not to benefit you alone. It isn’t also to feed your ego, and what the world thinks is popular and acceptable. It is bigger than you. It will benefits a greater number of people well beyound yourslef and the people you care about.
Once you discover it, honor the very cause that caused your soul to emerge from God to time and space in this generation at this time! Demonstrate commitment till it is fulfilled.
The rest isn’t your job. Ask Jesus, who had the most challenging generational assignment that required to die on a cross the most shameful manner, and He will gladly break the news to you that the Father in you, the Father of all spirits, will do the work. You are His vessel and Ambassador. His Kingdom resides in you.
You cannot accomplish the assignment of your soul, the mandate your soul accepted from God, with your body, mind, and earthly resources alone. You need the engagement of the Spiritual universe and celestial beings in It.
Make sure you constantly grow spiritually to be used, to remain connected with the Spiritual universe, and collaborate with God and His companions to fulfill the mandate of the soul…
Who truly is Jesus for you?
How do you describe Him?
How have you been relating with Him?
I’m here to remind you that misunderstanding the true identity of Jesus can be a huge stumbling block unless you’re very careful. It could stifle your spiritual journey.
On the other hand, if you grasp the true identity of Jesus, it becomes the solid foundation of living a triumphant life on earth and beyond. If you mess it up and misunderstand His true identity, you are indeed messed up, and nothing can fix this erroneous viewpoint.
Some are overzealous and think that Jesus is exclusively the leader of their little denomination on this 1 tiny planet. Many people, however, unconsciously- not necessarily deliberately, think that Jesus is the bishop of their denomination 🙂
These individuals forget that Jesus is the Wisdom, Power, and Word of God.
Jesus was the Word, Creator, and the Lord of billions of galaxies, trillions of living and non-living things including humanity.
The mind of Christ is the Intelligence that designed the physical universe. It is the Universal Mind that still sustains it with heavenly wisdom we cannot fathom while we are on this side of the fence entrapped in space and time.
Christ was the rock that was quenching the thirst of Israelites for 40 years in the desert by gushing out cool and life-giving water.
To picture Jesus with His bodily form when He was on the earth and reducing Him to a religious leader doesn’t match His class and glory. It doesn’t allow us to enjoy the full spiritual benefits and heritages of Jesus. We will remain earthly with limited scope and impact.
Let’s lift our state and tune at the level He is now than bringing Him down where we are.
You may think and confess that you are redeemed, great!
How do you know whether you are redeemed?
How do you know whether your spirit is activated and your soul is alive?
How do you know whether you are in the spirit?
Easy if you are looking for the right signs.
In this short blog, my job is for you to quickly run some tests and see if you are truly redeemed. Double-check whether you are enjoying the results of your redemption.
The right place to start whether you are redeemed is your body. Once you gain redemption, your soul is fully alive and you are in the spirit. On the other hand, you are dead bodily. You don’t identify with your body and its history, deeds, ambitions, and priorities so seriously. That doesn’t mean you fail to recognize who you are and from where you came from physically but these won’t be your primary identities.
This seems easy but it is not.
Millions of people confess verbally that they identify with the Lord but live their lives fully attached to the flesh and its dominance. If the true self within is ‘dead’, however, it is impossible to disassociate with the identity of the body. That means one hasn’t gained redemption yet.
Another indicator to know whether you are redeemed and in the spirit is that you don’t over-depend on your bare eyes. You see with your eyes to guide your physical body in this universe but you trust your inner and spiritual eye. The latter can see well beyond what can be seen with our bare eyes. However, if your spirit is deactivated and if you are not up inside of you, your inner eye is shut!
You being redeemed, however, doesn’t mean you don’t find yourself here and there identify with your body. But, once you gained true redemption, even if you may be dragged down to the flesh’s level, your soul will find a way to get your attention and lift you up to your true state.
Just set time aside once in a while to make sure you listen to your soul.
Most people wait for the ultimate resurrection missing so many golden opportuntities to experience an equal proportion ressurection within and now.
We shouldn’t expect a dramatic resurrection after we die differently than the one we have had so far. Once we exit this universe, we missed all the God-given opportunities to resurrect our true self now while it matters the most.
Your true self must be resurrected within you while alive. When It does, you know it.
When you experience resurrection now, you look back with regret the years your ego in your head was alive while your true self in your spirit was dead.
If your true self is unable to gain resurrection within you while alive, you are going to the next phase with a dead persona, which cannot resurrect.
What you perceive and experience in the spirit while here on this side of the fence will be your reality when you emerge from this physical universe and mental world to the glorious spiritual universe.
Make sure your eternal self is up and running while you’re alive, not the ego.
Don’t be deceived as if you are alive because the noisy and temporal ego, which cannot emerge to the eternal spiritual universe when the body dies, is well and alive in this temporal and physical universe strapped with time and space.
Someone on Facebook asked me casually “Who truly are we?” while discussing a topic with nothing to do with spirituality. Below was my long response and thought sharing with you here.
We aren’t just flesh, blood, and bones. We aren’t just our bodies. Though we share so many things with other creations since we live in the same physical space governed by some inflexible universal laws, we have unique attributes that combine humanness and divinity in one!
Our existence didn’t start with the physical universe when each one of us got a DNA seed from our parents to join this universe with a biological body. But, this body was just a host to serve our true self survive and operate in this physical universe which isn’t suitable for spirits like us.
We are in this world but not of this world. We are the expressed images of the Creator. Our true self emerged from eternity to time and space in this universe without beginning and ending for a strong purpose bigger than just make ends meet. We will never die except our bio-suit decays. When our body gives up, we cease to exist in this physical universe and continue our eternal journey outside of this physical universe trapped in time and space. We are illegitimate without a body in here. Our soul will emerge back into eternity to continue her evolution to become one with God.
Many of us accepted our fate and bowed to the pressure from the outside world because we don’t know that the power summed up in the universe, both natural and man-made, doesn’t match the infinite power that resides in us. The Kingdom of God is within us with its full-unrestrained power if we just believe and unleash it.
We are the crown jewels of the God who created and sustains not just this gigantic physical universe with trillions of cosmic bodies but also the invisible world more vast and powerful than the former. Do I have proof? I mean something physical, no! Does science provide evidence for what I am claiming? Partially. I am sure future generations will look back and ‘cry’ for our scope of understanding of who we TRULY thought we were like we now do cry for past generations who never had a chance to witness the latest cosmic, neuroscience, quantum physics, epigenetics, and other latest discoveries that push the traditional boundaries of what a human being means.
Our infinite thinking, imagining, and creating powers are god-class. We can call things that don’t exist yet from the quantum field as though they are, like our dad! Though I am sharing this by faith and personal experience, I am sure science will catch up to prove many of the spiritual dimensions of humanity. I am sure, the future generations will evolve and become better ‘humans’ than we ever had been not because of technology advancements but because of humanities ability to recognize its TRUE self and to tap into its invisible side than being stuck with what can be seen- our body and brain, which predisposed us to treat ourselves less than who we truly are.
We can easily test our faith to see where it stands. We should have the self awareness whether our faith is delivering. If it isn’t, we need to be intentional to work on it. Here we go…
If yes and we believe that we have recieved as soon as we prayed, are we thanking before we see the result of our prayer manifest? If not, well, we are deceiving ourselves. It won’t happen. God doesn’t contradict His own word, His own Son. Jesus said, when you pray believe you have recieved and it shall be done on to you.
If yes and we are grateful before our eyes see the manifestations of our prayer, do we act as if we got it? Do we have the feelings that accompany if we have it right now while we are waiting? If yes, we don’t pray about it again and again. We don’t feel as if we are lacking it even if it isn’t yet here in the physical.
Like a faithful farmer who trust God to send rain after he plants the seed, we go back to life as if it was already done. We don’t sweat, labor, beg, and plead. These are signs of lack of faith.
Unfortunately, divine cannot be manipulated. He cannot compromise His eternal principles. We are the ones to meet the requirements of divine laws. Time to go back to work and do our part. He is always faithful to do His part.
At your core, you don’t have a beginning and an end. You were with Him before the foundation of the world. You’re eternal.
No question. Your body with its voice- ego, will decay with time and finally dies, not you! You need this physical body to be legitimate in this physical universe. You’re in this world but not of this physical world.
Your true self isn’t in the physical world. Your true self is god and doesn’t test death. You are the son or daughter of God who shared His glory with you. You’re the image of the everlasting King who is supreme in all the universes that exist.
Of course, you decide how you view yourself: As a body that decays at the end of the day or an eternal spirit? You can test how you view yourself. Are you thinking, feeling, behaving, and acting as an eternal being free of the fear of death or a biological accident vulnerable to the outside world? Are you limited to the physical universe or are you transcendent residing well beyond this universe?
If you fall from grace right now and living below your class, it is okay. Decide today to return to your innate nature. Decide right now to live in your native spiritual universe well beyond this universe.
“… I answered, “Coming to your question, Jesus saw everything He would do before He began His ministry at the age of 30. He knew the kind of team members He needed. He shared to His followers how His journey ends long before it all happened.” Kate challenged, “AZ, be specific.”
As a visionary myself, I always prefer when people paint a picture to me using words than giving me specifics and facts. I sometimes forget that people learn differently than I do. Some people may prefer to get some specific examples and data. I smiled and quoted how Jesus actually began His mission. “Do you remember how Jesus went to a Synagogue and read a scripture from the prophet Isaiah’s book?” Kate nodded.
“Luke 4 depicted how Jesus read the place where it is written ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind…’” I continued, “In Luke 4: 21, He said, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’ Jesus had read this part from the book of Isaiah and uttered the last statement well before He began talking about the good news nor recovering the sights of the blind…” Taken from The Highest Level of Greatness
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