Chapter 14: Seven Times

 

 

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The Seven Times

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The Seven Gestations of Spirit

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1.    The Gestation of Life

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2.    The Gestation of Endurance

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3.    The Gestation of Wisdom

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4.    The Gestation of Power

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5.    The Gestation of Hope

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6.    The Gestation of Faith

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7.    The Gestation of Love

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Entering the Begotten Realm    

 

The Seven Times

       Time is the fourth dimension of the created realm, where all things are measured by length, width, height, and age. For practical purposes, time has a beginning and extends in a straight line and in a single direction. Time is a linear scale that arranges all physical and spiritual events into an ordered sequence. Like a one-way tunnel, time is a discretion that surrounds the created realm, aligning every action, single file, to its proper place.

       Everything in creation is organized by time. The affairs of history are understood by their order of occurrence. All created beings draw their sense of purpose from their position in time. Even the significance of today was prepared by yesterday, and this forms the foundation for tomorrow. For there is a time there [on earth] for every purpose and for every work.

       Man is born into the peculiar environment of time and labors all his life within its bounds. Always suffering from a deficiency of time, man is “result” oriented. This means that getting to the end of a task is far more satisfying than the process that achieves it. Fast food, a fast buck, and a short marriage, seem to compliment his brief existence, while he scuttles for quick and easy solutions. A scarcity of time and craving for conclusion are symptoms of created beings.

       Man is governed by an awareness of time, and derives meaning from an ordered sequence of events. People are always late for one thing or early for the next, and there is always more to do than can be done. Hours bulge with priorities, becoming days pregnant with obligation, and the end of each week seems always laden with the undone.

       As adolescence slips away, life quickly evolves into a time-eating monster that munches down days and gobbles up years. Like a train hurtling through a tube, time is a one-way ride with no stops. Decades fly by and are gone, counted by the stars and commemorated in the hoary head as a monument to the purpose of God. Make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying.

       The “Created Realm,” by definition, is that area enclosed by the boundaries of time. This domain includes the observable universe and all physical and spirit beings. Within this realm all things live a fleeting existence of perpetual decay. Unless they are replenished by God they deteriorate, and as time passes, eventually wear out.

       Because of this, the Created Realm is the dominion of “death.” Created beings are not independent sources of life. Men, angels, and stars must be sustained by their Creator. Their lives are limited, and their continued existence is subject to his constant review. The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so.

       Time is understood by the stars. A year is known by a planet’s circuit around the sun. A month is observed as the moon revolves about the earth. A day is a single rotation of a planet on its axis. The seasons rise and fall as the earth moves in orbit about the sun. Even your birthday was marked by the stars and is commemorated by the travels of earth. By the astral bodies time is discerned and measured, they are its progenitors. From the stars, time flows to the Created Realm.

       As the stars course through space and move from place to place, time moves with it. Time is thus a function of position. This can be observed in the time zones of earth. When it is three o’clock in Seattle, it is six o’clock in Boston. When it is Saturday in the United States it is Sunday in Australia. Even the units of time’s measurement are valid only to a particular location. One “day” on Venus is 243 days on earth.

       Your position in the galaxy defines your position in time, and influences its interpretation. Since the stars are very far away, their light takes a long time to get to you. Viewing them on a clear night without a telescope, you are seeing the stars exactly as they existed, up to two million years ago.

       As you look at the stars, you enter the past. If you could suddenly travel to the far side of the galaxy, you would change your position in time. Thus time is local in character and valid only for a specific site.

       Because it is a function of position, time is a limitation only for creatures that must live in a fixed place. If you could be in two places at once, you would exist in two different times. This is easily accomplished by increasing your size. If you could grow until you reached three thousand miles long, you could lay down on the United States with your head in Seattle and your toes in Boston. Then your head would exist at a time that is three hours behind your toes, while your toes would be three hours in the future. You would exist in more than one place, and therefore you would exist in more than one time.

       If you continued to grow until you could place the earth in your pocket, time would become irrelevant, for you would then be in all the time zones of earth, at the same moment. You would dwell beyond the borders of earthly time. But this would not be a problem for you, because then you would not choose to live in any particular time zone. Rather, you would simply exist in the permanent “Now.”

       This is the situation with God. He is very big. Since he exists at all points in the universe, God dwells in every time. He is not limited to the confines of a single time or location. God is ubiquitous and timeless. He is everywhere at once, and all times are open before him. Though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being.

       To God, all the places and times of creation are visible and accessible. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. God is not constrained to a linear sequence of events. He is big enough to place the created universe in his pocket, and thus he is larger than time. For wisdom and might are his: and he changeth the times and the seasons.

       Because he has unlimited time, God is not “result” oriented, rather, he is “process” oriented. And in process of time it came to pass. His plans span eons of time and he works in infinite detail, savoring each moment of every process. God is never hampered by any constraint or uncertainty, and never in a rush to accomplish anything. Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return.

       God dwells in the ever-present “Now.” The instant called “Now” is common to every place. To live in the great “Now” is thus to be everywhere, and in every time. Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass.

       This is the dwellingplace of God it is called the “Begotten Realm.” The Begotten Realm is much larger than creation. It exists far beyond the confines of the Created Realm. This is a habitation of surpassing grandeur that far excels the stiff constraints of mortals. All the created universe and its billions of galaxies appear as a floating speck when viewed from the Begotten Realm.

       God easily fills every inch of creation’s volume and still exists infinitely beyond its boundaries. Out there, beyond the limits of creation, time has no meaning. All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Begotten beings have no beginning and no end. They are ever-present reactors of self-perpetuating life. In the Begotten Realm, there is no decay.

       Begotten beings live in the infinite “Now.” This is the home of “I Am,” the habitation of God, a heavenly domain where all the strings of time are gathered into a single hand, and converge to a single purpose. Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.

 

       For many eons God was alone in the Begotten Realm because only living beings can exist there, and he was the only one. Then he devised a plan to reproduce himself. This was a process for the begetting of Sons. It was a bold plan for the reproduction of Begotten Beings.

       By definition, “begotten” beings must be “born.” Whereas created things are constructed in final form, living things must complete a process of birth. To join God in begotten life, his Sons would have to be “born.” And like any birth, this would require an interval of “gestation.”

       Gestation is a period of development, a slow but steady transformation from one state of being into another. This is an interval of time that begins at conception and finalizes at birth.

       During this time, an embryo experiences a sequence of events designed to bring about its maturity. These steps must occur single-file, one after the other, each one adding to the work of the previous. Gestation thus requires the passage of time. And time can only be found in the Created Realm.

       This is the purpose for creation. God made the created universe as a womb for his soon coming Sons. Since there is no time in the Begotten Realm, there can be no gestation there. For the begetting process, the spirits of men had to be placed into the Created Realm. Here they can experience a sequence of events, a slow, steady transformation from one state of being into another. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope.

       You have been sent to earth in a physical body, to accomplish a spiritual gestation. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. The linear events of earth are like an assembly line, providing the various parts in the proper order, to transform your spirit into a Begotten Being.

       By your gestation in the Created Realm your spirit can be born of God. This is your purpose on earth. You are to traverse the halls of time and be born as a Son of God. When you complete this process, you will exit the Created Realm and enter the Begotten Realm. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

       When God designed the reproductive process for man, he made it a physical allegory of his spiritual process. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead.

       According to the encyclopedia, the ideal gestation of a human baby takes two hundred eighty days. Two hundred eighty is the product of seven times forty (280 = 7 x 40). In the Bible, the number seven represents “spiritual perfection,” just as there are seven days in the week, and seven colors in the rainbow. The number forty represents “probation,” a period of time devoted to growth and testing.

       Allegorically these numbers indicate that spiritual gestation is composed of seven periods of probation (280 = 7 x 40). Each of these probations is a period of testing that requires an interval of time. Completing these seven intervals of growth will complete your gestation on earth and bring forth a begotten spirit within you. Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD.

       These seven steps for the gestation of a begotten spirit are verified in the Bible. They are seven testings that shine as the gateway to immortality. He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. To complete these seven periods of growth is the only purpose for your earthly life. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. As seven washings, they remove the crust of carnality while your spirit is made new in regeneration. Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

       Choosing to ignore this process will produce a reverse image of its glory, a squalid posterity of seven-fold death. If ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. The seven probations of earth comprise the spiritual gestation of a Begotten Being. Only by completing all seven, can you come to your spirit birth. Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.

       The seven probations of gestation represent the development of seven spiritual attributes. For practical purposes these seven attributes are formed in your spirit concurrently and their gestations overlap.

       The incubation of all seven traits begins at the day of your physical birth, and ends at the day of your spirit birth. During this period you must beget the seven enduring qualities of spiritual substance. These are Life, Endurance, Wisdom, Power, Hope, Faith, and Love.

       When you are finally born of God you will be a wellspring of autonomous Life and a sentinel of infinite Endurance. You will have become a font of faultless Wisdom that flows from effectual Power. As his Son, you will live beyond the boundaries of time. You will possess the far flung destinations of Hope, having become the product of Faith perfected. Gathering these flames into a single menorah, you will one day find yourself a torch of Begotten Love. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, self-control; against such there is no law.

       The seven traits of begotten spirit cannot be spoken into existence, nor can they arise in a moment. They must be grown over time from a spiritual gestation in the Created Realm. These seven characteristics are matured by the earthly events that God brings into your life, and their nurture must become your daily vocation.

       For those who will use it correctly, time is the midwife of spiritual substance. The hours that whisk round the clock are nannies to the Sons of God. Every moment is purposive and no time is wasted. Each minute you must push forward into the seven new dimensions. Day by day these genetic traits of God must be matured in your spirit, carefully merged, and interlocked. These traits form the tartan of begotten life, the covering of a Son of God. As your passport to spirit birth, these seven traits will open the portal of time, and usher you in to the Begotten Realm. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

       The cosmic calendar of God is a captivating allure. It is always exciting to search into the grand galactic clock, attempting to discover the next stop on the schedule of created events. Because of this addiction, everyone thrills to speculate on the date for the return of Jesus Christ.

       But of far greater importance than his return, is the state of your own progress towards spiritual maturity. Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me. Whether your life is interrupted by physical death or by the Millennium is irrelevant. What is essential is that you complete your spiritual gestation before either happens. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

       The events of eternity will come at their appointed times, but the significant question is, what time is it inside your spirit? How far along is your maturity? Will you be ready? The status of your spiritual gestation will be the only thing that matters to you on the day your spirit leaves your body. And that day too, is already scheduled in the chronology of God. If ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.

The Seven Gestations of Spirit

       Spiritual maturity is not something you will get when you go to heaven it is something that you must become while still on the earth.

       Maturity is a living spirit that must be formed within you. The growth of this spirit is enabled by the resurrected life of Jesus Christ. Like all living things, this life is transferred to you in seed form. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him.

       The seed of life from Jesus Christ is a free gift, but bringing it to maturity is another matter. After the seed enters your spirit, it must be “grown” to maturity in an earthly gestation.

       As it matures, your new life will express itself in seven manifestations that must issue out from you. This germination can be envisioned as seven fires that must ignite inside you, to cast their light and warmth throughout the affairs of your day. These are the lively flames of Life, Endurance, Wisdom, Power, Hope, Faith and Love. Like separate facets of a priceless gem, each is part of a greater whole.

       The development of these seven attributes is illustrated in the Bible by periods of forty days or forty years. The seven characteristics themselves are actually the attributes of God, passed on to you in the form of spiritual genetics. When these traits are matured within you, you will possess the character of your Heavenly Father, for you will have become his offspring.

1.    The Gestation of Life.

       God is immortal; he is a self-sufficient, ever-living being. Being begotten of his spiritual chromosomes, his Sons are to be birthed into this same immortality. This is the gestation for Life. It is the time that it takes for your spirit to develop into a self-sustaining, autonomous life source.

       Immortality of the spirit is difficult to see. But there is another indicator of spiritual life that is very plain. This indicator is the decay of your carnal nature. The gestation for spiritual Life functions through, and is measured by, the death of your carnality.

       At your physical birth you were installed with a fallen Adamic nature and a carnal mind that is enmity to God. The self-sufficiency for your spirit is gained as this cursed Adamic nature dies. The gestation for Life is a symmetrical tradeoff. Spiritual life blossoms within you, only as your Adamic nature is destroyed. By little and little I will drive them out [the Canaanites] from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.

       When your carnal nature is completely dead, your spirit will be completely alive. The time that it takes you to kill your old selfish nature, is the time of gestation for the living spirit within you. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

       This period of time is indicated in the Bible by the forty days that Goliath paraded before the armies of Israel, defying their God and their courage. And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together. ... And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.

       At the end of this probationary period there was a conclusive reversal, as a young King David arose and killed the offensive braggart. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel. ... And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead.

       Goliath represents your carnal nature, and David represents your begotten spirit. The forty days of Goliath’s intimidation was the probate of his own death, for this was the time required to bring forth a victorious David. In like manner, the time it takes you to destroy your carnal mind is the same time it takes to bring forth a living spirit. The growth of one causes the death of the other. This is the gestation for Life. For thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.

       This concept is seen again at Noah’s flood. For forty days Noah’s family endured the scary monotony of ceaseless rain. Slumped on the floor of the floating ark, they bobbed to and fro with nauseous stomachs and the murderous rain pounding on the planks. I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

       At the end of the forty days all the wicked Adamites were dead. Thus the same period of time that killed the old order, also delivered the new. Those killed in the flood represent your fallen Adamic nature, while the eight souls saved in the ark symbolize the resurrection of your spirit. As the old was brought down, the new was established in prosperity. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things ... and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

       Another example of Life’s gestation is the forty years that the Israelites wandered in the wilderness of Sinai. During this time all the fearful and unbelieving Israelites died. For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD.

       After the older generation was dead, God led their children in the conquest of Canaan. When the old order died, the new entered into their inheritance. Once again, it is the death of your old Adamic nature that brings life to the spirit within you. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you.

       The trials of daily life are provided by God. They are designed to evoke a response from your cursed Adamic nature. Problems with your business, health, or family will cause your own selfish disbelief to show itself. As this monster raises its ugly head in outrage, its hiding place is revealed. Your youthful spirit must then run to the challenge and slay the beast with the sword of truth.

       Each day you must deny the demands of your Adamic nature, even many that you consider normal and “good.” Every thought must be measured not by the accepted standards of worldly carnality, but by the stature of Christ. Put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

       Like a worm destined to become something new, moment by moment you must spin a cocoon to restrict the expression of your Adamic nature. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

       This will take a long time, but every day is essential. As a journey is composed of many steps, so the daily subjugation of your carnal nature is your spirit plodding toward life. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

       The gestation of spiritual Life is the time that you spend killing your carnality. Until this death is accomplished, your victory (David), prosperity (Noah), and inheritance (Canaan), are held in abeyance. A lifetime of crucifying the flesh will birth in your spirit the immortality and promises of God. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away [killed]; behold, all things are become new.

2.    The Gestation of Endurance.

       Endurance bespeaks of a self-perpetuating supply. It is the quality of timelessness, for though it may begin today, it has no end. Since its farthest extremity is infinity, endurance is the spiritual attribute that will remove you from the confines of time.

       Endurance is developed within you day-by-day, as your spirit remains steadfast and the weeks drag into years. From moment-to-moment, and month-to-month, your spiritual goals must hover before your eyes, transfixed as the purpose of your earthly life. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth.

       As Endurance grows to maturity within you, your spirit is rendered impervious to the passage of time. Endurance is the guarantee that nothing in creation can ever influence your personal relationship with your Heavenly Father. It begins with simple waiting, then grows into patience, then finally develops into an immovability that is unaffected by time. Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.

       Waiting is excruciating to mortals, but this is the first trimester of Endurance. The ability to wait is formed during the slack times of God, those dreary months when he seems as motionless as a wall.

       Encountering these spiritual doldrums it seems your progress is becalmed. You feel that God is not doing anything. Nevertheless, in reality, he is operating at maximum power. He is teaching your spirit to wait. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

       This gestation of waiting is illustrated in the Bible by the forty days that Jonah waited to see the outcome of Nineveh. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.

       During those tedious days, Jonah became quite grumpy. He was not getting his own way. The objectives he preferred were being thwarted by the superior wisdom of God. So Jonah went out of the city, and sat on the east side of the city, and there made him a booth, and sat under it in the shadow, till he might see what would become of the city. ... And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.

       The lengthy times of waiting, in quiet confusion to see what God will do, are your first steps toward patience and ultimate Endurance. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

       Patience is the second trimester of Endurance. Patience is fashioned like a chain, with each link forged from an experience in waiting. Patience is illustrated by Isaac’s age when he finally married Rebekah.

       After the death of his mother, Isaac was lonely and melancholy. Though he lacked nothing of this world’s goods, yet he yearned to fill his life with meaning. As time dragged on he dredged through the dumps of despondency and mourned an acute lack of comfort. Eventually Rebekah was brought from far away to become his wife, and her companionship was the remedy for his misery. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming.

       Isaac was forty years old when he finally embraced the solace of Rebekah. And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death. ... And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife.

       By waiting in heartache, Isaac learned patience, and eventually found the fulfillment he sought. Waiting for the provision of God brings forth tenacity of spirit, developing patience within you. This is the second trimester of Endurance. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

       Endurance is the ability to hold your spiritual course, unwavering, through long seasons of paucity or profusion. This is illustrated in the forty year reigns of King David and Solomon.

       While David was king, the Israelites lived in troublous times of continuous war, intrigue, and rebellion. Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years. Solomon’s reign was just the opposite, a time of peace, wealth, and international prestige. And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.

       Whether lounging in abundance or weeping in turmoil, you must learn to remain resolute in your desire for God above all else. This is the trait of Endurance. It is fashioned by a long experience in abundance and another in war. This is the gestation of a spirit that will be unaffected by any circumstance. I know how to be abased and live humbly in straitened circumstances, and I know also how to enjoy plenty and live in abundance. Philippians 4:12 (Amplified).

       Endurance is unwavering perseverance, the product formed when patience is forced to travel a great distance. If you persistently hold your supreme desire for God while speeding through your life, your spirit will emerge at the far end with the timeless Endurance of your Heavenly Father. He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

       To be successful in this contest, you must fix your heart on God and never cease to pursue his intimate friendship. Each moment must be linked to this eternal purpose. Each day you must continue in patient welldoing, with your spiritual goal pasted on your thoughts. For of endurance ye have need, in order that the will of God having done, ye may bear away the promise. Hebrews 10:36 (Emphasized).

       It is absolutely impossible to win a race if you never cross the finish line. You must continue faithful to the end to have any chance of being declared a victor. By your endurance shall ye gain your lives for a possession. Luke 21:19 (Emphasized). So also is the race for Endurance. It is a lifetime of tenacious persistence that will bring to the birth an indestructible spirit, born with an immunity to time and circumstance. Can thine heart endure, or can thine hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? I the LORD have spoken it, and will do it.

3.    The Gestation of Wisdom.

       The gestation of Wisdom begins with the knowledge of God. This knowledge is an accumulation of facts. When these facts are assembled into a structure, understanding occurs. This structure gives the ability to perceive and comprehend God’s plan.

       Once a framework of understanding is constructed, you can better see the inter-relationships of data. Understanding is like a jigsaw puzzle with some of the pieces missing, or like a matrix with only some of the points filled in. Studying this matrix, new insights will materialize in the previously obscure. These insights will emerge as shimmering truths never before known. Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established.

       Once you understand a subject you become a new source for its truth. This new truth, that emanates out from you to explain the unknown, is called “Wisdom.” The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

       The probation for Wisdom is symbolized by the forty days that Moses spent on Mount Sinai, learning the ways of God. The sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel. And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

       The masses of Israel were afraid of God and refused to learn from him personally. So Moses was called up into the mount to be tutored in the character and purpose of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

       For Moses, this was a time of total immersion in an intense course of instruction. While high on the mount, learning the mysteries of God, the things of the world below simply ceased to exist.

       Moses lived with God forty days without food or water, being supernaturally sustained. This time of personal instruction assembled within him a stellar comprehension of his Heavenly Father. Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation. And from this comprehension came the light of Wisdom, which produced solutions to the arcane, and a shepherd who was a blessing to the earth. And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.

       Another example of the gestation for Wisdom is seen in the spies who were sent to survey the land of Canaan. Leaving behind the security of family and friends, these twelve were launched into an adventure of wild discovery. For forty days they freely roamed the promised land, knowing that all they saw would one day be theirs.

       This trek through the wonders of Canaan represents the incubation of spiritual Wisdom. This is a period of time spent in joyous search for the knowledge, promises, and understanding of God, knowing that everything you find, will one day be yours. And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. ... And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey.

       To learn the ways of God and see his promised land, you must leave behind the fearful rabble and boldly stride to explore new realms with your Heavenly Father. There you will hew the stones of knowledge and understanding, which are the substance of Wisdom. These living stones will be mortared into your spirit by your experiences in earthly life. Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

       God’s Wisdom is not a trophy; it is not conferred as an award. It is an attribute of a begotten spirit. Like any living thing, Wisdom must be fashioned over time, in a womb of gestation. But wisdom’s home where can he find, or where is the dwelling of sense? Its origin man cannot know, nor find in the land where we live. Job 28:12,13 (Fenton).

       The gestation of Wisdom is the time it takes you to finally comprehend God’s absolute sovereignty, and his plan for the begetting of Sons. Each day you must fill your mind with his instruction. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. Discipline your heart to grow in understanding. The anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ... teacheth you of all things. From this education your spirit will become a new source for the Wisdom of God. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee.

       When your gestation for Wisdom is complete, you will be given the responsibility to govern the Created Realm. You will then be expected to apply the Wisdom you have become. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son. Those who complete their gestation for Wisdom today, will rule the world of tomorrow. The priests the sons of Levi [now Melchisedec] shall come near; for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of the LORD; and by their word shall every controversy and every stroke be tried.

4.    The Gestation of Power.

       The gestation of Power is accomplished through exercise. Just as physical muscles have to grow, so also your spiritual muscles must grow, developing over time.

       Spiritual muscle requires the constant lifting of spiritual weights. As a body builder in the spirit realm, each day you must push and pull an ever increasing load. For this purpose your Heavenly Father is your personal athletic coach. He monitors your progress and provides situations to strengthen your weak areas. As the strain increases, so does the muscle. Soon you will notice that the overwhelming trials of yesterday, you can now heft with ease.

       Spiritual Power is developed as you conquer foes of increasing ferocity. For this you have been matched against the ultimate adversary that God could devise. You comb its hair every morning. It is your own fallen carnal nature, the mind that loves death and hates God. The mind of the flesh, with its carnal thoughts and purposes, is hostile to God; for it does not submit itself to God’s Law, indeed it cannot. Romans 8:7 (Amplified).

       The carnal mind of man was sired in Eden. It is the genetic offspring of Satan. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. From this formidable adversary come the self-destructive cravings that afflict all men. These cravings give rise to situations of trial and torment, both within you and against you. Yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live. Your handling of these situations is the exercise that develops spiritual muscle.

       Throughout your life, difficult testings will come your way. Your natural tendency will be to respond from the self-centeredness that dwells within you. To develop spiritual Power you must interrupt this process. Instead of giving in, you must respond from the spirit, and destroy your self-centeredness.

       When you defy your own self-centeredness you challenge the greatest enemy in existence. As you win these battles you become an “Overcomer,” and your spirit is enlivened with Power. He that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron.

       Like any conqueror you will then draw strength from the vanquished, and be energized by the victory. Attacking self-centeredness with God-centeredness is the gestation for spiritual Power. So kill, deaden, deprive of power, the evil desire lurking in your members, those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry, the deifying of self and other created things instead of God. Colossians 3:5 (Amplified).       The gestation of Power is represented in the Bible by the forty days that Jesus withstood Satan in the wilderness. Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil.

       During this time Jesus was without food or water, being supported in combat by the power of God. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. Through this conflict Jesus demonstrated his sinless, incorruptibility.For the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. This successful campaign produced within Jesus a down payment of supernal Power. When the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee.

       This early victory sustained Jesus all the way to Gethsemane, where the Satanic conflict resumed. In Gethsemane Jesus struck down his own will, and took on the carnal nature of fallen man (all the sins of the world). At Golgotha he killed the carnal nature.

       By crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus produced a spirit powerful enough to kill the enmity of carnality. So also is the resurrection of the dead ... it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. By this final conquest Jesus inherited all Power in existence and all the same authority that his Father possessed. Jesus approached and breaking the silence said to them, All authority, all power of rule, in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Matthew 28:18 (Amplified).

       Amongst mortals, there is no greater power than that of self-sacrifice. This was confirmed by Jesus’ instructions to his disciples, just before his ascension. Wait for the promise of the Father. ... Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me.

       In this verse, power is the Greek word, dunamis, which is the root word of dynamite. Witnesses is the Greek word martus, which is the root of martyr. Literally, you will receive the power to become a martyr, or the spiritual dynamite to blow your Satanic carnal nature to oblivion. For my strength is made perfect in weakness.

       The power for self-sacrifice is the gift of God through Jesus Christ. As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. Every person who is born of God will mature this power by the swift beauty which he brings to the extermination of his own carnality. The preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

       Only once in the history of creation did time ever stand still, and this occurred when the Israelites were destroying their enemies in Canaan. Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.

       When you throw yourself into the battle to destroy your own Satanic carnal mind, all time waits breathless. So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it.

       Those who undertake this supreme quest will complete their gestation for the Power of God. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning. And these magnificent warriors will depart the bounds of the Created Realm. And nothing shall be impossible unto you.

5.    The Gestation of Hope.

       The sun was warm on the Judean hills, a gentle breeze nuzzled the sparse sage and ruffled the desert grass. Contentedly the sheep ambled over the hillside as a sea of shifting cotton. The lazy day was the same as countless that had come before. Moses sat in the shade of an acacia and once again his mind fell into forty years past.

       Sinking into bitter memory, Moses relived the succor of Egypt where he had worn the promise of greatness. As a youth he had thought God to be alive and good, his provision glorious and abundant. Moses had felt the energy of God, his calling, his strength. He had thought himself a deliverer of his people. Yet he had failed and fled. In a moment he was cast down, his life brought to ruin, his purpose obscured. The powerful radiance of Egypt had drained from him as blood from a slaughtered animal, his hope was carried away with the wind that scoured the hot desert sand.

       What had gone wrong? How was it possible to now find himself a cast-off? What had he done to displease his God? These questions gnawed at his mind as starving rats. Merciless, they never left, they gave no rest.

       Unexpectedly stirred from his reverie, a glint from the hillside caught his eye. Again, there, a flame kindled on the mountain. Arising to see this wonder, Moses encountered a bush that burned unconsumed, as perpetual as the thoughts that plagued him.

       Moses approached the burning bush, and as he stepped into the circle of its light, obtained the fulfillment of his dreams. There Moses was given the opportunity of a lifetime, a reality that exceeded imagination. Commissioned by the power of God, he was sent to deliver his people from Egyptian slavery. In that instant his life took on purpose and meaning. Everything suddenly made sense, it all fit.

       Moses had completed the gestation of Hope. And reaching this living destination he was filled with all the glory he thought he had lost. Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

       For forty years in Midian, Moses had slogged through a slough of apparent failure. Each day the sight of his eyes and thoughts of his head told him that he was a worthless loser. Each day his spirit would steadfastly respond that there was more going on than met the eye, that God was secretly accomplishing some unseen purpose. This is the gestation of Hope. It is shaped by lengthy distress, in the quiet, crashing battles of your own mind. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

       The gestation of Hope requires adversity it is born from opposition to its plans. Give her a vineyard there, and the Vale of Sorrow as an opening to Hope, and she shall sing there as in the days of her youth. Hosea 2:17 (Fenton). Hope can never be birthed in the abundant blessings of God. While basking in anointings or reveling in miracles, hope is needless. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

       Hope is fashioned by desperate need and desire. When God seems lost, vacant, or destructive, then hope rises up to go after him. Hope is matured by long days spent in denial of the obvious. It is born in a child orphaned, a fighter knocked down, a spirit who hungers incessantly for God, he who yearns for the impossible. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope.

       Hope is the targeting device of spirit beings. Hope searches out the opportunities of God and decides on the most beneficial. Hope then locks-in the coordinates of this destination and instructs your spirit to proceed toward the goal.

       As your life trundles over the rocky terrain of success and defeat, hope is ever there, steering to the objective and recomputing the course to reach it. Hope is the ability to embrace a spiritual vision, regardless of the circumstances. It can see through every misfortune to track and capture the blessings of God. Lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil.

       When you think your hope in God is invincible, he will turn your world upside down. Thou washest away the things which grow out of the dust of the earth; and thou destroyest the hope of man. As your dreams crash in on your head, hope seems to fail, and your life is suddenly skewed into an alternate and miserable reality. By catastrophe your life’s goals are terminated; in a moment they are removed far beyond your reach. He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree. Everything you wanted appears to dissolve, your hope is shattered, and your life abruptly careens out of control into a new and fearful direction. My flesh is clothed with worms and clods of dust. ... My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

       Hope is the only remedy for this situation. It is the equipment of reconstruction, the tool that you must use to rebuild a shattered life. The heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people. From the rubble of disaster, hope must arise to search once again the possibilities in God. When it does, it will discover something new and wonderful.

       After any calamity you will always find a new destination in God suddenly revealed, waiting for you, a higher grander destiny than you ever saw before. Thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning. And thou shalt be secure, because there is hope.

       At the upheaval of a mountain, strata are revealed which lay previously hidden, and a pinnacle is created that did not exist before. So also every cataclysm reveals new layers of truth which thrust up to form a new, higher promontory in God. This is the purpose of upheaval, to raise your spiritual vision from the terrestrial to the sublime. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling.

       By tragedy your life is irretrievably placed on a new course, but it does not have to be downward. Hope cannot undo a disaster, but it can change the destination that it leads to. If you let your hope grow through your problem, it will soon gain the strength to rotate your entire life, disaster and all, into a new upward direction. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.

       Finding a higher target in God, your hope will fix its aim to this new destination, and your entire being will turn toward a higher splendor. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God. With these new coordinates locked-in to your spiritual computer, you will find yourself propelled on a new course to a better destiny than you had ever seen before. Develop your hope into full assurance until the end, in order that you may become not sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience are now inheriting the promises. Hebrews 6:11.12 (Wuest).

 

       Trials enable the birth of new hope and this new hope can steer you to a more glorious destination. To produce this result, you simply have to believe that calamity comes from God’s hand and that it is intended for your ultimate spiritual blessing. The time it takes you to assimilate this understanding is the time of Hope’s gestation. For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth. By thee have I been holden up from the womb.

       Every great person in the Bible was perfected in bone-crunching travail. Use this knowledge to generate a new hope that by calamity, you too can be included in this elite group. Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded. ... And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD.

       The energies of both good and evil are designed to lift your sights higher than you ever imagined. By hope even the things that seemed against you are turned to your benefit. As hope operates in you today, you are empowered to see good coming from evil, and life springing from death. Every cataclysm thus brings possibilities that for you, did not previously exist. Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee.

       Hope is the virility of spiritual conquest. It defies failure, it dismisses accusation, it turns the works of darkness into light, it ignores taunting, and supersedes the naysayers. It transcends the here and now to grasp hold of future events. Hope finds your goal afar off and with tenacity, brings it into reality. Ultimately, you will have what you hope for. Let Your mercy and lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us in proportion to our waiting and hoping for you. Psalms 33:22 (Amplified).

       God does not tantalize with sweetness which is beyond your reach. If you stubbornly hope for the things he shows you, you will achieve them. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and ... neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The vision that God gives you, when embraced by your hope, will become your reality. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.

       Hope is the ability to see beyond the confines of time. It is the power to see the end from the beginning. This is a living spiritual attribute of timeless, tenacious, and unflawed vision. It is a trait of one who dwells in the Begotten Realm. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope.  

6.    The Gestation of Faith.

       The gestation of Faith is the process of hearing, believing, and eventually trusting in God. This is an arduous pilgrimage along a road that passes through hostile lands. This journey requires a warfare of spirit to believe the promises of God, while silencing the enmity of your own doubt. Ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

       The pursuit of Faith begins with the hint of God’s presence, that miracle of “hearing” where God first opens a spirit to the knowledge of his existence. How shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? When a person is exposed to the awesome reality of a loving, brilliant creator, a liquid joy seeps into that person as cool water into parched ground. Blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. This living word awakens the spirit and brings the opportunity to believe. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

       Having once heard the word of God, then begins the challenge to believe it. This is far from easy. The truth of God is strange to the mind of man, his ways are contrary to yours. His thinking and behavior cannot be predicted by human experience. Thus even the belief of simple truth can be a difficult task. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

       Here is where most people fail. Stumbling at the grandeur of God’s plan or at his perplexing methods, they turn back and abandon their own spiritual possibilities. Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Even those who press on in their quest for God frequently cannot endure the strain of a steadfast belief over a long period of time. When they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

       Believing in God begins with intellectual assent as you hear his word and profess to yourself that it must be true. But it is not enough to lend airy affirmation to God’s truth, you must assimilate it, absorbing its reality into your thinking and decisions. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead. His word must be pressed down deep into your spirit, as a seed into soft earth. When belief takes root in your life it will produce a change in behavior, invading all that you do, think, and say. Having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken.

       From the germination of this belief comes the power of trust. Believe in and on the Lord Jesus Christ, that is, give yourself up to Him, take yourself out of your own keeping and entrust yourself into His keeping. Acts 16:31 (Amplified). Trust is reliance on the wisdom, power, and love of God these are the attributes of his illimitable sovereignty. Jesus demonstrated perfect trust, because he knew his Father’s infinite supremacy. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above. This trust is the substance of Faith.

       Faith is trusting God. Faith is a trust in God’s unlimited ability and benevolence. It is a rooted confidence that what God has said, he will in fact do. Faith does not mean trusting God to fulfill the avaricious desires of your carnality. Rather, Faith is a trust that empowers your surrender to his care.

       Faith is made visible by your actions, by plans and priorities that are based anew on your personal trust in your Heavenly Father. What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust. Faith can be defined by the acronym, F.A.I.T.H., which means, Forsaking All I Trust Him. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

       Like all living things, Faith is received as a seed. This seed must then be nurtured, strengthened and developed. For all men have not faith. Day-by-day and task-by-task your faith must grow, each day’s increase adding to the previous. And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.

       Like a net carefully braided of strong ropes, Faith is fashioned as your trust in God is tested and proven. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. Whether your life is in tedium or turmoil, God is looking for the growth of Faith within your spirit. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

       Faith must distill in purity and flourish in capacity, reaching through the undulating circumstances of daily life to grasp an unfaltering trust in God. As this trust is born within you, your spirit will unfold toward begotten splendor. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called.

       The time required for the birth of Faith is represented in the Bible by the forty days that Elijah fled from the hand of Jezebel. After slaying the prophets of Baal, Elijah’s magnificent success was pursued by his own frailty, which produced a rolling tumble into fearful depression. He requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.

       While wrestling with this anguish of soul, Elijah traveled forty days without food or water and finally came to Mount Horeb (Sinai). He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

       Elijah passed these days in the fitful confusion that comes from being a mighty prophet one day, and a frightened fugitive the next. By this Elijah’s trust was tested to the extreme, being matured in both victory and defeat. I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts ... and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.

       Finally God explained the nature of Faith to Elijah. God showed Elijah that the winds, quakes, and fires of everyday life are in themselves, meaningless. They are but tools that he has designed to produce the trust of Faith in the spirits of men. Behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind ... and after the wind an earthquake ... and after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

       God could have killed the prophets of Baal without Elijah’s help. Elijah’s involvement was only intended as a generator of Faith. His experience taught him to trust God in spite of his circumstances. Killing Baal or running in fear are but exercises to develop Faith in you. This Faith must grow from an inner hearing, through believing, to become an unmovable trust. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave.

       Faith is developed in your spirit as you ride the rolling swells. Throughout this voyage you will rise to high success, then slide to the troughs of despair. Faith does not grow in a state of steady abundance. It is conceived in the repose of victory, then matured in the distressing guise of defeat. I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not. ... I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.

       Your faith will be tested in the throb of many trials. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. As steel is prepared in a fiery forge, so your trust must emerge from tumult, to enter the permanence of a living Faith. Ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory.

       Faith is the multifaceted antidote for carnality it is your vehicle to the Begotten Realm. Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Faith is the avenger of fear. Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? It is the remedy for doubt. O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? It is the requirement for spiritual vision. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened.

       Faith is the basis of every healing. He said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. It is the seat of all authority. He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? Faith is the foundation of righteousness. That I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. It is the vitality of begotten life. The just shall live by his faith.

       The gestation of Faith is your journey to a sinless character. For whatsoever is not of faith is sin. It is the path to Sonship, the door to the Begotten Realm. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

       When your hearing of God is pristine, and your belief is found unflawed, then your trust in him will never quiver, and your Faith will be perfected.

       When this inerrant Faith has permeated your spirit you will have become a sinless being, for it will be impossible for you to displease your Heavenly Father. You will then enter the Begotten Realm and inherit the creation that floats within it. An inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith.

       Faith is a character trait of a Begotten Being. Its gestation will lead you to life eternal in an existence of unfailing perfection. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

7.    The Gestation of Love.

       The gestation of Love is the incubation of all the other begotten attributes. Love is not a singular trait of God, it is his substance, the summation of his character. Love is the unified expression of God, the framework that binds all his traits into a single voice.

       Much as your body is made of several parts, so also is Love. Love is the product formed by the eyes of Hope, the ears of Faith, the mind of Wisdom, the arm of Power, the walk of Endurance, and the beating heart of eternal Life.

       Like the six intricate points of a snowflake clustered around a beautiful center, Love is the aggregation of God’s timeless traits. Every utterance of God’s Love includes portions from all his radiant qualities. For God is love.

       As a bouquet of resplendent blooms, Love is a mix of spiritual scent, color, and shape, each contributing to the magnificence of the whole. Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (ASV).

       The glory of begotten Love is demonstrated in the Bible by the forty days that Jesus Christ lived upon the earth, after his resurrection. He shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

       After his resurrection, Jesus basked in the glowing, peaceful elation of a champion, having completed his earthly processing and achieved his stellar destiny. During this time, his actions exhibited the maturity of the seven traits of begotten Love. This Love is achieved by willing surrender unto self-sacrifice. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. This self-sacrificial death results in an award of Life that cannot be contained in the Created Realm. Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.

       Resurrected Love instills Hope in the captives of mourning, piercing the heart with urgent recognition. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Love is the instructor of God’s Wisdom. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer.

       Love incubates the Endurance needed for every ordeal. As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. Love is the Power to command creation. Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Love has the Faith to make Christ in you, a tangible reality. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

       Begotten Love is the urgent desire to give and to bless. Having said this, He infused Himself into them, and said, “Receive Holy spirit. If you expel sins from any, they will be free.” John 20:22 (Fenton). Love is unqualified forgiveness. Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? ... Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. This begotten Love will eventually deliver all men from the grip of death and decay. Now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes ... an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.

       Love is the nature and substance of God and his begotten Sons. It is the end of your mortal limitations. It is your departure from the confines of creation. It is your entrance into the timeless existence of begotten splendor. And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

       Because of its sweeping magnitude, it is very difficult for mortals to comprehend begotten Love. To locate its presence within your spirit, it is easier to divide Love into its component parts. Then you can assess each of these traits individually, testing their development in your spirit and pressing for their maturity, one at a time. We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God ... knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts.

       Whoever will perfect begotten Love must first perfect its seven attributes. Love will bring Life to your spirit through the death of your carnality. Love will Endure hardship from God’s hand. Love will cling to God’s Wisdom, not yours, and surrender to his Power. Love will anchor its Hope to spiritual goals, and by Faith, attain them. Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (ASV).

       If you cannot trust God with your children, spouse, business, and health, even when he destroys them, then you do not Love him. This Love must be the goal of your life, for apart from it there is nothing of any lasting value. If I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3 (ASV).

       Like Jesus Christ before you, you are expected to become a new wellspring of begotten Love. That the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them. This Love is the end product and final output of your earthly campaign. The aim of the aforementioned charge is divine and self-sacrificial love out of a heart which is pure. 1 Timothy 1:5 (Wuest).     Those who successfully reproduce this Love within themselves will become the Sons of God. Brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible.

       The birth of Love in your spirit is your ticket to the Begotten Realm. Love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God. When it is complete in you, it will carry you out of the Created Realm and into the infinite majesty of begotten brilliance. To know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Entering the Begotten Realm

       As a baby in the womb, so is your spirit on the earth. Even now you are enclosed, cradled by your Heavenly Father. Though your eyes are dim, his vision is infinite, and he guides your every move. He can never leave you for you two are joined by an umbilical of spirit which flows with his love. Though his voice seems muffled, still you know its sound and recognize his call. It is a thrum of comfort that resonates with assurance and reminds that all is well.

       If you stay connected and spiritually healthy and continue to grow, you will complete your gestation according to your Father’s design. Then your spirit will irrevocably come to the birth as his Begotten Son.

       The prospective Sons of God have been implanted in the Created Realm by the hope of their Father. He has confined them to the processes of time, as embryos within a womb, that they might become Begotten Beings.

       Your life on earth is only a dull, watery representation of the spiritual life that awaits you. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. As an unborn child you are here to develop the senses and traits that you will need as a Son of God. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

       For six thousand years planet earth has tingled in spiritual gestation. And from this incubator God will have Sons, born from his own genetics and into his own image. Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons.

       Jesus Christ is the first of this issue. His birth inaugurated and validated the birth process for the Sons of God. Jesus came to earth to experience a sequence of events. These events were designed by God to produce the maturity of a begotten spirit within him. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

       Jesus had a physical birth and then a spiritual birth. He was attacked by Satan and falsely condemned. His crucifixion was arranged by his Father. By his travail he completed the seven gestations of a spiritually Begotten Being. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

       By surrendering unto death Jesus came to the glory of resurrected life. By this resurrection he became the first spiritually begotten Son of God. Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; and declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Having become the substance of begotten love, Jesus was then raised into the Begotten Realm. Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

       By this process Jesus established a pattern that you are expected to follow, precisely. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. As the firstborn Son of God, Jesus is the prototype for many brothers. Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead. The same scriptures and principles that made Jesus a begotten Son of God, can produce the same result in you. For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled.

       Jesus blazed the trail from death to life, from in-part to whole, from infant to adult. Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead. Now, according to the plan of God, you are expected to follow his example. As many as did receive him to them he gave authority to become sons of God, to those believing in his name, who, not of blood nor of a will of flesh, nor of a will of man but, of God were begotten. John 1:12,13 (Young’s).

       Through the travails that God brings to your life you are to become his begotten Son. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. You are to become all that Jesus Christ now is. So He [God] fixes the time for the birth of her child [Jesus], and He will restore with the Children of Israel, The rest of His brothers! Micah 5:2 (Fenton).

       The spiritual begetting of Jesus Christ opened the cosmic womb and established a new passage that leads from the Created Realm to the Begotten. This doorway to immortality is the opening to the Melchisedec priesthood. Entering into that which is within the veil; whither as a forerunner Jesus entered for us, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. Hebrews 6:19,20 (ASV). Anyone who acquires an endless life will enter the Melchisedec order. Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God.

       Jesus obtained an endless life at his resurrection. Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. When glorified at his resurrection he became the first spiritually begotten Son of God, and entered the Melchisedec priesthood. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

       The Melchisedec priesthood is a rip in the fabric of time. It is an association of timeless beings, those who are born of God. As he established this priesthood, Jesus pulled wide the passage, calling his brothers to hurry through. After the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

       Jesus came to earth to complete a spiritual gestation. As he lived this process, he described what was happening inside him. He called it the “Kingdom of God.” From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

       The Kingdom of God is not a physical place, it is another dimension. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God. It is an existence outside the confines of time. It is a state of being, beyond the limits of creation. The kingdom of God cometh not with observation ... for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. It is the habitation of living spirit beings. The Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and gladness, in a holy spirit. Romans 14:16 (Fenton). The Kingdom of God is the Begotten Realm. Unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

       The Begotten Realm is the only thing Jesus ever talked about. I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. It is achieved by a physical birth and then a spiritual birth. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. The physical birth is required to bring forth a child of Adam. The spiritual birth requires a gestation for the seven traits of a Begotten Being. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

       The Kingdom of Heaven is SonPlacing. It is the Begotten Realm. It is love perfected. It is achieved by the growth of a begotten spirit within you, as you complete the seven gestations of spiritual substance. The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seed upon the ground, then continues sleeping and rising night and day while the seed sprouts and grows and increases, he knows not how. The earth produces, acting by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. Mark 4:26-28 (Amplified).

       The existence of the Begotten Realm has been revealed to only a few, and today remains jealously guarded by the harsh process of spirit birth. Every birth comes escorted by travail and your entrance into the Begotten Realm is no different. We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

       The trials of earth are the contractions of spiritual labor. Each squeezing is an opportunity to perfect one or more of the seven living traits. Therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. These are the strivings for begotten love, the pangs of spirit birth. The persecutions and afflictions that you are enduring, as a proof of the right decision of God in having considered you worthy of His Divine Kingdom, for the sake of which you suffer. 2 Thessalonians 1:4,5 (Fenton).

       This passage is not easy, it is not for cowards. It is stormed by the indefatigable. It is conquered by warriors made fierce from their birth. From the days of John the Baptist until the present time the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force as a precious prize. A share in the heavenly kingdom is sought for with most ardent zeal and intense exertion. Matthew 11:12 (Amplified).

       Only those who will trade their lives in this world, will find their way to the Otherworld of begotten glory. This Otherworld is the habitation of heavenly kings. Those who dwell there possess the attributes of God. You are come ... to the full assembly and congregation of the first-born registered in the heavens; and to a Divine Judge of all; and to spirits of the perfected righteous. Hebrews 12:22,23 (Fenton). Every day you must force your spirit toward maturity, you have no time to lose. For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again.

       If you are summoned to the first resurrection of the Sons of God, you will enter the Begotten Realm of timeless perfection. That realm is the antitype of creation. It is the true reality, after which the Created Realm was modeled. And they rest, when tired, at the bounds of the earth. Mikah 5:3 (Fenton).

       There you will enter a world far grander and richer than the languid emptiness of earth and stars. In the Begotten Realm you will exist as the source of all these things. And from within you will flow the treasures spawned from an immortal character. As we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

       As you gaze back upon your former home in creation, it will look trivial and confining. It will appear as a small dark bubble, enclosing a spray of tiny luminous galaxies.

       Gently you will reach out to scoop it up, to hold it in your hand. Lifting it to your eyes you will stare in wonder at the place where you were born. Then you will notice that you have become immensely larger than the created universe. You will have become more powerful than the Created Realm. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

       When you can put the Created Realm in your pocket, you will have exceeded the boundaries of both space and time. Then you will have joined your Father and Brother in the timeless state of being known as “I Am.” Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him. When you are born of God you will dwell in the ever-present “Now,” where all times and places are open, available, and obvious to your spirit. Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am.

       The mortals of creation ever boast of their past deeds or fret with future plans. Growing old they say, “I was-a _____,” businessman, millionaire, politician, doctor, as if offering an excuse for their lack of “being.” For these people their time came, they did something seemingly significant, and then it was gone. What they did is far greater to them than what they are.

       But for those who complete the seven gestations of begotten spirit, what they do is important only as it affects what they become. These people will become living spirits and enter into a timeless state of “being” in the Begotten Realm. What you do in your life will soon be over, but what you become is eternal.

       At the end of your life you must be able to say, “I Am-a _____.” That is, I Am a new creature. I Am a begotten spirit. I Am a Son of God. I Am a new source of divine love. I Am a brother of Jesus Christ. I Am an heir of Yahweh.

       This is not the flamboyant noise of the braggart, loudly announcing his arrival at self-exaltation. This victory is celebrated in the joyous, intimate communion of Father, Son, and Brother. This is entering the “Now” of “I Am,” in the Begotten Realm of timeless existence. The glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one.

       Time is your ally and your enemy. As your friend, time is an opportunity to complete a spiritual gestation. It affords you the chance to reach for the glittering wealth of the Begotten Realm, to own the spiritual treasures that lie beyond the sight of your eyes.

       But time is also a foe of menacing countenance, and the greatest adversary of man. It is the chief of the spiritual assassins, a miscreant that seeks your spiritual demise. Daily it offers you the path to failure. Through constant subtle pressure applied over years, it attempts to wear you down, to change your goals, to remove your crown. Take heed, that you are not drawn away from what has been spoken! Hebrews 12:25 (Fenton).

       As time drags on it seeks to turn your persuasion, to poison your thoughts one drop at a time, until unwary becomes unable, and too busy is overtaken by too late. Your adventure in time is a double-edged opportunity, leading to abortion or the birth of perfection. You must be certain that every day is tenaciously applied to your spiritual maturity. Exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.

       The Seven Times are the seven traits of a begotten spirit. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Each requires a period of development which is represented by the number forty. Taken together they sum to 280, which is the interval of perfect gestation.

       Physical then spiritual gestation is the purpose for your existence on planet earth. Your spiritual gestation is for the maturing of Life, Endurance, Wisdom, Power, Hope, Faith, and Love. These seven characteristics must be fully formed in you before you can come to a spirit birth. These traits are matured in you each day, by your subjection to the devices of good & evil within creation’s time.

       The travails of earth are the contractions of spirit birth. Each is designed to test the condition of your spirit, to develop your weak areas, and to exercise your masteries. As the seven spiritual traits of God are matured within you, your spirit will grow into his begotten Son. For this reason, use every effort, having enlisted, to drill yourselves by the faith in virtue, and by the virtue in intelligence; and by the intelligence in self-restraint; and by the self-restraint in obedience; and by the obedience in piety; and by the piety in brotherly kindness; and by the brotherly kindness in love. 2 Peter 1:5-7 (Fenton).

       When you are called to the first resurrection you will come to spirit birth. Then you will exit the boundaries of the Created Realm and the limitations of time. Being begotten of God, you will be larger than creation. Then for you time will cease, and you will enter a timeless new existence in the Begotten Realm. That there should be time no longer: but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished.

 

 

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