Dennis Harris

Dennis Harris

Over the past few decades I’ve done a lot of seeking, thinking, learning and sharing about awakening to the presence of Christ who is always very near. I’ve also become very mindful of the efforts of the Thief to rob us of the full life that Christ has for us when we pay attention to and walk in the light of his presence. I’ve also learned a lot about the challenge of minding the mind so I can maintain focus on the Light and avoid the distractions of darkness.

I find that when I share these ideas with friends, or clients (chulavistachristiancounseling.com) that people respond with curiosity and a desire to know more. I have often heard the words “you should write that down” so here we go!

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I have become the church’s servant

by the commission God gave me

to present to you the word of God in its fullness—

the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations,

but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people…

… the glorious riches of this mystery,

which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

 

He is the one we proclaim,

admonishing and

teaching everyone with all wisdom,

 

so that we may present everyone

fully mature, fully bloomed and transformed

in Christ.

 

To this end I strenuously contend

with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. Colossians 1:25-29 (NIV)

 

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For over three decades,

Paul relentlessly lived his commission

“to present the word of God in its fullness”.

 

And the full word was this.

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

 

His mission was to

present the mystery,

hidden through history,

but made available to everyone

when Christ died, was buried

and raised to appear in and around us.

 

He proclaimed

the message of the mystery

everywhere

to anyone who would listen.

 

He held back nothing,

the madman proclaiming

the full opulent glory of the mystery

that Christ in believers

is their only hope of transformation

into the abundant life of Christness.

 

The Mystery was hidden from Paul until

Christ burst in a blaze from the space right in front of him

stopping him in his tracks,

slamming him to the ground and

jamming his paradigm into a new dimension.

 

He had been combating against Christ,

but from that moment forward,

he would contend for Christ

with every ounce of his life ‘till there was nothing left.

 

From the blinding blaze until his execution

Paul presented the mystery of

Christ living in people

to transform them into the

full fragrant bloom of his glory.

 

The mystery remains hidden until it is announced.

But when the mystery is presented, perceived and believed

the paradigm shifts and we are never the same.

 

The Mystery is the thing above all things.

 

When it sinks in that

Christ in me is the thing above all things

I can enter into the process to be fully transformed.

This is the ultimate good life.

 

“He is the one we proclaim,

      admonishing and

teaching everyone with all wisdom …”

 

Overwhelmed with gratitude we broadcast Christ

to whoever will listen or observe the way we

adore, worship, celebrate and enjoy

our moment to moment Christ connection.

 

To persist in the process

we learn to practice admonishment of the mind.

We learn to persistently place the mind

on the presence of Christ.

 

The mind is ever wandering

but Christ is always near.

Therefore we take our mind and

bring it back to the light of Christ over and over again.

 

In his presence we hear him beckon,

“Learn of me”.

His Followers live a life of learning his ways.

Christ is the warehouse of wisdom

and school is always in.

 

“… so that we may present everyone

fully mature, fully bloomed and transformed

     in Christ.”

 

The endgame, the prize we pursue,

is the coming into the full fragrant bloom of Christness.

This is indeed, the thing above all things,

the thing for which we count all other things as loss.

 

“To this end I strenuously contend

     with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.”

 

When we place Christ above all else,

when our moment to moment is immersed in the mystery

we find ourselves both transforming and fighting.

 

The ultimate thing is the ultimate threat to Diablos.

He will fight to the finish

to distract and derail us from

the path of Christ’s presence.

 

He cannot stand the thought of the human

transforming into full bloom

and the thief will stop at nothing to wither yours.

And so we are contested.

Each day is combat.

 

The “war in the soul” is fought

on the battleground of attention.

 

Where is your mind most of the time?

 

Setting and resetting

and resetting again

the mind’s attention on the presence of Christ

is the thing that makes possible the thing above all things.

 

If we choose to engage in the battle

we’re in for an exhausting fight.

 

Christ is the energy of all life and

his fire in our interior

is the energy that powers us

in the battle for our soul.

 

When we lift our longing eyes to the surrounding hills

we find they are in fact blazing

with the presence of Christ, our certain aid.

 

The Thief is relentless in his distortions and distractions.

But Christ in me provides the energy to

maintain focus on his transforming interior presence.

 

This lavish mystery has been hidden for ages

but is now playing in the space near you.

 

So,

step in why don’t ya.

 

 

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Short version:

Veiled

Lord Spirit calls

 Turn

 Veil melts

Glory gaze

Metamorphous,

moment to moment.

 

And we all, who with faces unveiled

gaze upon, contemplate and reflect as in a mirror,

the Lord’s glory,

are being transformed into his image

with ever-increasing glory,

which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.2 Cor. 3:18

 

 

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Image: eikōn

a material, likeness, an exact representation.

 

What images capture and hold my attention?

Available images include

the cares and lures of the world and

the splendor of the nature of Christ.

 

Only a fool would trade

the splendor and beauty of the immortal God

to worship images of humans and beasts.  Romans 1:23

 

Yet Diablos cons us into trading

the splendor and beauty of the immortal God

for the constricting coldness of anxiety,

the harsh ugliness of unchecked anger,

the temporary stimulation of the current shiny object,

all leading to an empty and dark despair.

 

Often we are fools.

 

But when we fix our focus on Christ

we take off the old self with its practices

and put on the new self,

which is being renewed in knowledge

in the image of its Creator. Col.3:9 – 10

 

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of the immortal God

is the eternal, divine nature,

the way Christ lives.

 

This is the image upon which

we can fix our eyes in any moment

and in doing so we enshroud ourselves

in his transforming glory.

 

The gospel is the intervention of God in history

to transform and transfigure his creation

back into his own image and likeness

so that the created reflects the Creator.

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focus our attention on Christ and his way

and consequentially

to be supernaturally changed

to be like him,

to be transformed into his image,

to be metamorphed.

 

This is an amazing thing.

 

Peter, James and John

caught a glimpse of the amazing

when they saw Jesus transfigure (metamorph)

on the mountain.

“Sunlight poured from his face and

his clothing shimmered,

glistening white as light

right before their eyes.”

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Peter began babbling something about shelters and

“while he was still speaking,

a bright, shining cloud composed of light enveloped them

and a voice from the cloud said,

‘This is my Son, whom I love;

with him I am well pleased.

Listen to him!’” Matt 171ff / Mark 9: 2ff

 

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Miraculous Metamorphous Mirror

is a half turn near.

 

Shift your gaze.

Stop talking.

Start listening.

Still and quiet the soul.

 

We turn to Christ.

The veil evaporates in his light.

We gaze on Christ

contemplating and reflecting his nature.

In faith we see Christ in us

as we stand gazing in the Christ cloud.

We are transforming into his image.

Christ is forming in us.

 

In gratitude

we bow.

Empowered

we rise and follow.

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Short version:

Veiled

Lord Spirit calls

Turn

Veil melts

Glory gaze

Metamorphous,

                moment to moment.

 

And we all, who with faces unveiled

gaze upon, contemplate and reflect as in a mirror,

the Lord’s glory,

are being transformed into his image

with ever-increasing glory,

which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.2 Cor. 3:18

 

Transformed Into His Image

 

Transformation is preceded by and dependent upon

 gazing into the Miraculous Metamorphous Mirror.

Glory gazing transforms us into glowing glory.

 

The more we linger

the more we morph.

The more we gaze at his goodness

the more we transform into his likeness.

 

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– to remodel, to change into another form.

 

To set my mind on the

ever before me Glory of Christ

is to offer my mind,

to God as a living sacrifice

and the outcome is  transformation

by the remodeling of my mind.

 

Be in Christ, engulfed in the Christ cloud, and

be filled on the inside with Christ.

Breathe in the presence of the Spirit.

 The glow of his glory

flows through the neural pathways.

 

The glory of the goodness of God

flowing through our million mile neural highway

transforms our psyche,  the soul,

until “Christ be formed in us”. Romans 8:29

 

As the grace of Christ cleans the soul

the mind, under the influence of Christ,

learns, adapts and transforms

into the divine nature

one step at a time

over our lifespan.

 

The more we behold his glory

 the more the mind is renovated.

Our neural fibers vibrating

to the rhythm of the Redeemer,

regenerating and growing

in the glow of the glorious nature that is divine.

 

Increasingly we function

per the design of the Creator.

With ever increasing glory,

Christ is formed in the follower.

 

So…

”Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,

  but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Fix your attention on God.

You’ll be changed from the inside out.” Romans 12:2 NIV Msg

 

“This has from eternity been God’s plan for you.

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You see, He knew those who would be His one day, and

He chose them beforehand to

be conformed to the image of His Son

… so that they would experience what it means to

be made right with God and

 share in His glory. Rom 8:29-30 Voice

 

His intention from the beginning

is that each of us would be transformed

into the image of Christ and

 we get there by gazing on his glory.

 

“We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only”. John 1:14

We can see his glory in any moment.

With a turn and a bow

the veil evaporates

revealing the calming goodness of Christ

very near, and always now.

 

This gazing and transforming

 is the Way of the Christ follower.

This is how we follow,

moving from one radiance of glory to another

with ever-increasing glory,

 

This is the journey along the light walk,

 to move from one level of radiating Christ

to a brighter level of radiance as time goes by,

our glory ever- increasing.

 

“All of this comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”.

 

An eternal way of life,

this is the gift of the Spirit of Christ.

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Short version:

Veiled

Lord Spirit calls

Turn

Veil melts

Glory gaze

Metamorphous,

moment to moment.

  2 Cor. 3:18 All of us (not just Moses) with nothing between us and God, our faces unveiled, (disclosing our true nature and that of Christ); as we gaze upon his glory as in a mirror 1 and contemplate the clear image of the splendor of his divine nature and see ourselves merged with Christ, me in his glory and his glory in me, are transformed into his likeness.  

1Katoptrizomai  – to show in a mirror, to reflect, With uncovered head, without being blinded – we see the glory of the Lord visible as in a mirror. The idea of a miraculous mirror in which what is invisible is made visible … Looking into the divine mirror has the wonderful result that those who look are changed into the likeness of what they see; they themselves acquire a share in the glory.  Theological Dictionary of the NT

When we remove the veil and

see the glory of the goodness of God

we are looking into

the miraculous metamorphous mirror.

  Fixing our eyes on the glory of Christ’s nature

(his character and ways of being)

produces a metamorphosis in our souls.

 

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The longer we look

the more like him we become.

  We begin to see what he sees,

think like he thinks and

love like he loves.

We become the body of Christ.

 

This transformation comes from time spent

gazing upon the shimmering glory of Christ.

  Like Moses,

who caught a glimpse of God on the mountain,

after a while we begin to glow.

 

Unlike Moses

this is not a once in a lifetime mountain top experience

but a moment to moment

many times a day,

many times a minute practice

in which we fix our eyes on Christ repeatedly,

contemplating the glory of his divine nature in the

miraculous metamorphous mirror.

 

Moses also went into the Tabernacle

to stand before the Presence and when he did

he removed the veil covering his face.

 

But another, larger veil hung between

the humans and the glory hovering above

the Ark of the Covenant,

the curtain between the Holy and Most Holy Place.

Only the high priest could pass beyond that veil

and stand for the presence of God,

but he could only go in once a year.

 

The glory of God’s presence hovered constant

between the wings of the cherubim

but the veil constantly prevented the people access.

 

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when he died the veil was torn from top to bottom

opening the way for all of us to stand before his presence where,

if we will fix our affectionate attention on

the gracious gift of his glory,

we will be transformed and

glow with his goodness.

 

Today God does not dwell in man made temples

but is accessible in his hand made temples,

our bodies,

and in the space around us.

We may at any moment enter into his presence

in our spirit, the center of our interior,

our personal Holy of Holies.

And we may at any moment stand in his presence

which is always surrounding us.

  His glory hovers constant in the splendor of his presence.

 

The clean pure energy of his

love, grace, forgiveness and integrity

is only a gaze away.

 

“And we all, who with unveiled faces

contemplate or reflect the Lord’s glory

are being transformed into his image.”

 

When we stare with unveiled faces at his goodness

we see Christ in a miraculous metamorphous mirror.

  In this mirror we see Christ in us

providing “all we need for life and godliness

through our knowing him” in this moment. (1Pet1:3)

 

His voice constantly beckons,

“Come here. Learn of me”.

The more we gaze upon him,

the more we study and learn of him

the more our soul adapts and becomes like him.

 

The cloud of his presence is

a miraculous metamorphous mirror

aglow with his glory,

the patience, loving kindness, forgiveness,

endurance, creativity, passion and

whatever else I need to function gloriously

in the present moment.

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The practice is to notice his constant near presence,

to intently look at, contemplate and meditate on

his glorious goodness in the space in and around us;

in many moments of every hour

to fix my eyes on the Christness accompanying me.

 

It is the sustained seeing

and the intense studying

of the Christness in the miraculous mirror

that at once reflects off of me and

transforms (metamorphous) me

into his likeness one step at a time.

 

Stop thinking for a moment.

 

Put the mind in neutral and

see Christ around you.

Take a breath of Life.

 

When you see his love you become more loving,

when you see his grace you become more forgiving,

when you see the brightness of his smile you become more joyful,

when you see his power you become more confident.

The more you see the more you transform.

 

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the Spirit transforming you into Christness.

 And isn’t this that for which we bow?

 

The many moments of gazing into

the miraculous metamorphous mirror

comprise our light walk.

 

A moment of gazing into

the miraculous metamorphous mirror

provides a garment of light.

 

“So let us put aside the deeds of darkness

and put on the armor of light.

…clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ”. Romans 13:12f  

 

We are constantly embedded

in the shimmering cloud of Christ

who is ever around me

like a fine coat of his character;

always open and waiting for me

to slip my arms into his sleeves of Light

enshrouding me in the nature that is divine.

 

This is normal life in the Kingdom of Heaven

and surely that for which we bow.

 

“The assumption of Jesus’ program for his people on earth was that they would live their lives as his students and co-laborers. They would find him so admirable in every respect – wise, beautiful, powerful, and good – that they would constantly seek to be in his presence and be guided, instructed, and helped by him in every aspect of their lives. For he is indeed the living head of the community of prayerful love across all time and space.” Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy, pg. 273

So, gaze ‘til you glow baby!

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Short version:

Veiled

Lord Spirit calls

 Turn

 Veil melts

Glory gaze

Metamorphous,

moment to moment.

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Now the Lord is the Spirit,

the constant wind at our back,

and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom. 2 Cor.3:17

 

But the veiled world is a small one;

we can’t see the vast glorious Christ space

that lies beyond the veil.

We are confined to

the dark space of self-reliance and

the dullness of self-absorption.

 

The endgame is an anxious mind,

a brain buzz of racing thoughts

trying to manage the craziness of this

confined dark way

that constricts the free flow of the Spirit’s life.

 

From the cloud of splendor Christ watches and aches

for the veiled lost and wandering

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harassed and helpless,

bewildered, confused and aimless,

cut, crushed and scattered to the wind

like sheep without a shepherd.”  Matthew 9:36

 

From the light we hear the Lord calling

“Whoever walks in the dark

does not know where they are going.

I have come into the world as a light,

so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.

I am the light of the world.

Whoever follows me

will never walk in darkness,

but will have the light of life.” John 12:35, 12:46, 8:12,

 

When we turn to the Lord the veil is taken away.

 

We follow the Way into the light of his love.

We move from self-reliance to Christ reliance and

we come to rely on the love that he has for us.1Jh4:16 

Because self-reliance can be remarkably unreliable

we walk in the light of his relentless reliable love.

 

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When we dropped the veil

we hoist our spirit sail.

We can pull it tight into the flow of the Spirit.

 

The wind of the Spirit rises and

lifts us into a freedom to soar and explore

the vast glory of his divine nature.

 

We feel our vessels rise in the water and

move in congruence with the Wind

free to flow in the Spirit’s currents,

free from rigid religion

 and the oppression of Diablos,

free to flow with ease and equanimity.

 

The Spirit, the Breath of Eternal Life

flowing with the mind through the brain

frees up disk space

(formerly consumed with

dread, resentments,

despair, and restlessness)

for discovery, insight and wisdom,

and a loving-kindness that is better than life. Psalms 63:3

 

The human spirit functions as designed

when it is filled with the Sacred Spirit,

the interplay of human and Holy Spirit.

 

The human spirit

powerfully driven by

the Divine Spirit

is the eternal way of life

God intended for us from the beginning.

 

The mind set on the flesh constricts,

restricting the flow of the Spirit.

The mind set on the Spirit opens,

allowing the Breath of Life to flow freely.

 

In any moment we can set the mind on the Spirit, the Pneuma,

the ever present breath of his presence

so near we can feel his breath on the cheek.

 

Right now, we can bow and breathe deeply of his Spirit.

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Freedom flows with the Spirit Wind;

the natural outcome of the Breath of Life

flowing into one who has turned and bowed.

 

Now the Lord is the Spirit,

the constant wind at our back,

and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom

breathing through our connections with Christ

and fellow Christ followers,

a lavish koinonia in the nature that is divine.

 

Really,

“If the Son sets you free

then you are free indeed”. Jhn. 8:35

2 Corinthians 3:10-18

For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

 

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.  But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.

 

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord,

the veil is taken away.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and

where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

And we, who with unveiled faces

Behold (Contemplating and reflecting )as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,

(our faces shining with the brightness of his face)

are being transformed into his likeness in ever increasing splendor

from one degree of glory to another;

which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

 

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Short version:

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Lord Spirit calls

Turn

Veil melts

Glory gaze

Metamorphous,

moment to moment.

God spoke from the mountain to the people

and it scared them.

So Moses went up to the mountain

to hear God.

 

God to Moses: “Lead my people.”

Moses nervously to God: “Send someone with me.”

God to Moses: “My Presence will go with you,

and I will give you rest.”

Moses wisely to God: “If your Presence does not go with us,

do not send us up from here.

How will anyone know

that you are pleased with me and with your people

unless you go with us?

What else will distinguish me and your people

from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Ex.33 (loose translation)

 

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of the Christ follower is

the presence of Christ

whom we are following.

 

The cleansing mercy of Christ

allows him to be near us.

The transforming mercy of Christ

changes and distinguishes us

from a culture of darkness.

 

“If your Presence does not go with me,

do not send me out there”

is the morning prayer of every Christ follower.

 

Moses boldly to God: “Show me your glory.”

God to Moses: “Just a glimpse.”

 

Unbeknownst to Moses

when he came down from the mountain with God’s law

the skin on his face was glowing and radiant, and

his face was shining,

reflecting God’s holiness and glory

because he had been speaking with God.

 

The people were afraid to come near so

Moses veiled his face.

God gave Israel a system of rules that

came with a fading glory.

Now God sends eternal Lord Spirit,

the Light of the World,

with an everlasting radiant glory.

 

“Therefore, since we have such a hope,

we are very bold.” 2Cor3:12

The hope of glory energizes boldness

to go big in turning to his presence,

gazing and reflecting his doxa,

transforming into his likeness

and transmitting this mysterious experience.

 

Like Moses we do not cover our face

when we stand in his presence

gazing upon the goodness  of his glory.

 

Unlike Moses we do not cover our face

when we walk in dark places;

the Splendor shines disrupting and dispelling.

 

We hope for the glory of transformation

in ourselves and others

and this hope makes us, like Paul, very bold.

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But what veils us?

 

What covers and prevents us from

reflecting Christ’s Doxa?

The work of Diablos is to cover the glory

by holding a veil in front of our face.

 

Diablos distracts with veils of

fear, anger, cravings, sadness, shame

and with religious veils;

delusions that merely keeping rules and rituals

will transform us into the goodness of Christ.

 

Diablos dangles his distractions and

as we turn the curtain falls covering our eyes;

we are turning away from the glory

to gape at the darkness.

 

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developmentally delayed.

Our veils are familiar and they inhibit

soul formation into Christ likeness.

 

Only in Christ is the veil taken away.

 

When one turns to Christ,

steps into his presence and

bows in surrender

the veil evaporates.

When we turn to the Lord,

the veil melts.

 

The Israelites turned away from

the radiance of the glory.

We can turn toward and run to the Light

to bask in the splendor and

bathe in the radiance of his vast goodness.

 

Moses asked two things of the Lord:

“Show me your glory”

 and

”Teach me your ways

so that I may know you and

continue to find favor with you.”

 

In any moment,

in active belief,

we can turn toward,

see Christ in the space in and around us

and unveiled,

behold the glorious goodness radiating from his face.

 

We can bow to the divine power of his influence and

walk in conformity with his ways.

 

This is the hope of glory,

Christ embedded in believers.

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For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

 

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away.  But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts.

 

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord,

the veil is taken away.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and

where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

And we, who with unveiled faces

Behold (Contemplating and reflecting )as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,

(our faces shining with the brightness of his face)

are being transformed into his likeness in ever increasing splendor

from one degree of glory to another;

which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

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Believe in your hope.

 

 

Christ in me is the hope of glory because

in Christ is everything I need

for life and godliness and

in Christ all the treasures

of wisdom and knowledge are concealed. Col. 2:3 

 

What is the hope of glory?

 

Red, in the film Shawshank Redemption,

had descended into incarcerated hopelessness

and when finally paroled he develops hope

and absconds to be free with his escaped friend Andy.

 

Christ provides a way of escape,

pardons, redeems and reconciles you.

Why would he do that?

 

So he can

“present you holy in his sight,

without blemish and

free from accusation”. Col 1:22

 

WOW!

 

This is the secret,

         the mystery into which we are initiated.

Christ in me

          is my hope of living the divine nature.

 

This is a moment by moment enterprise.

 

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Faith is the assurance of things hoped for…

Taking the next step in the light walk is

always drawing near to the Light,

always resisting the Thief,

always actively believing in

the One the Father sent.

 

This is only possible for those

 who will walk in awareness of

Christ glowing in our interior soul space.

 

To arrive at such a state requires

“continuing in our faith,

            being established, firm, steady, and

not moving from the hope held out in the gospel”. Col 1:23

 

What is the hope held out in the gospel?

 

To be reconciled to Christ,

            to be filled with his accompanying presence and

progressively transformed into his image.

 

“Do not move from that hope”.

 

When Red was paroled his friend, Andy, had already escaped.

           One escaped, the other paroled.

Either way, they both hoped for a better life.

            We are pardoned and have escaped to hope for a glory life!

 

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… being convinced of the invisible.

This is a big deal.

 

This is “the mystery of the ages!

            His blessing to the nations …

the glorious riches of this mystery is

            the indwelling of the Anointed (Christ) in you!

The very hope of glory.” Col. 1:26-27 Vc

 

So, for what glory do you hope?

 

I hope for the glory of the character and ways of God

             to be formed in me.

 

I hope for the glory of Christ’s surpassing peace.

I hope for the glory of Christ’s steadfast love.

I hope for the glory of Christ’s unspeakable joy.

I hope of the glory of Christ’s creative power.

 

I hope for self-rule

             under the influence of Christ’s rule.

I hope for differentiation, finding my unique role and acting out my unique gifts;

             the outcome of Christ uniquely formed in me.

I hope for integration within myself of various redeemed parts

             to form a healthy and effective whole.

I hope for integration with Christ;

             robustly being found in him and he in me.

I hope for integration in my relationships

             with family and communities.

 

I love the scene where the once hopeless Red,

             who previously scowled “Hope is a dangerous thing”,

is gazing out the window of that old bus

             going down a winding road and hearing his thoughts.

 

“I hope I can make it across the border.

             I hope to see my friend and shake his hand.

I hope the Pacific is as is blue

             as it has been is in my dreams.

 

I hope.”

 

Having crossed the border and been translated

from the Kingdom of Darkness

into the Kingdom of Light

I now hope to be transformed into the King’s likeness.

 

I hope to overcome my anger and resentment

 with grace and forgiveness.

I hope to rise above my anxieties and

walk confidently with my God.

I hope to live in his peace that

 transcends cognitive reasoning.

I hope to rule my appetites and

 be content with my connection with Christ.

I hope to move through discouragement and loss and

 dwell in the present moment of his fullness.

I hope to draw near and

enjoy his cleansing and boundless love.

I hope to resist Diablos relentlessly

in the power of the Warrior Christ.

 

I hope to be transformed

 into his glorious goodness.

I hope to transmit

the Light of the World.

 

I hope.

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This is what the ancients were commended for. Heb. 11:1-2

 

As I write this I’ve been off the grid for about a week.  I’m looking out over the Pacific which is in fact as blue as it has ever been in my dreams. It’s quiet. I’ve been watching otters floating in the kelp and now and then whales go by gently breaking the surface and exhaling their spray. Yesterday I was photographing streams in a redwood forest. I’m not completely removed from civilization (an interesting workshop on neuroscience a few days back) but there’s no cell phone coverage here and I haven’t watched TV or news media of any kind. I’ve had little need for a timepiece; mostly kairos time. A pair of dolphins just swam by.

It’s interesting to imagine that this goes on every day; especially in an old growth redwood forest surrounded by giants, grounded and unmoved for hundreds of years enduring fires, storms and the madness of men. Likewise we are, in every moment, surrounded by the everlasting Light of the World who endures our foolishness and patiently waits, ever calling to us. Like the wind whispering through the trees, the Spirit breezes by gently calling my name. Often I’m oblivious. Sometimes I hear. Occasionally I respond.

I hope next week to be as peacefully connected and bathed in his love in the middle of a bustling city and busy schedules as I am right now.

I hope.

 

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Lucia, Big Sur

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His divine power

has given us everything we need for a godly life

through our knowledge of him

who called us by his own glory and goodness.

 

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,

so that through these promises you may

escaped the corruption in the world caused by sinful desires

and participate in the nature that is divine.

 

… who called us by his own glory and goodness.

 

Christ permeates the space around us,

with the radiant glory of his goodness.

 

The goodness of his mercy, and

the goodness of his desire to be with and in us,

calls to us to get up from our dry self-absorbed state and

run to his lush glorious goodness.

 

Christ calls to the crown of his creation,

the human,

made in his image and

created to contain his glory.

 

His greatest pain is the wrenching away of people from his life into the dark.

His greatest passion is to call you back out of darkness into himself.

 

How could it be otherwise?

 

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He will continue to call.

From the core of his being emanates the light,

the glory of his goodness.

And out of that goodness is his burning desire

to have back in the light of his glory

the crown of his creation.

 

More than anything else he wants

you to be in him and filled with him.

It is out of the glory of his goodness

that he calls you to return to him.

 

A most glorious summons,

the most gracious of invitations.

 

While we stumble about in our willful indulgent darkness

he hovers nearby inviting,

even beseeching the human to turn from the pain and

be loosed from the grip,

to enjoy the freedom of walking in his light of his love life.

 

From the glory of his goodness he calls us to

leave the wasteland and follow him into

a lush vibrant way of being.

 

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,

 

From the glory and goodness of his presence

flow two precious and very great promises.

It is his divine nature to favor the crown of his creation

with splendid blessings of great value;

promised blessings so costly that in fact they are priceless.

 

The promised blessings are that

we may escape the corruption that is in the world and

participate in the nature that is divine.  

 

 

… so that through these promises

you may escape the corruption that is in the world caused by sinful desire

               

Escape is the first promise,

to flee for our lives and

be rid of a life of lustful, impure desire and decay.

 

Christ is the Way of escape from

a perishable existence corrupted by craving

ranging from the selfish insistence that my needs be met

to the ravaging lust and desperate desire that is

the source of endless pain and destruction in families and nations.

 

Activate your belief in the near and now Christ,

attend to the light of his presence in and around you

and step into his Light.

 

In any moment we can do this;

by the shift of our focus we escape from the cold darkness

into the warmth of his divine nature.

 

… and participate in the nature that is divine.

 

The second blessing is that of Koinonia

– to share, to partake or participate,

to have in common, in community or communion.

 

Out of the divine power of his glorious goodness

he generously offers to share with us his divine nature.

He invites, in fact welcomes you to step out of your darkness

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where he waits to share with you

the divine power of his divine way of being.

 

He shares his divine nature with us and

as we drink deeply and participate

we are gradually transformed into his likeness.

 

He shares his divine nature with us and

we share his nature with each other

in the community of the King.

 

The divine nature of Christ

is what Christ followers have in common

and it is the marker of the Christ Community,

A.K.A. the Church

 

The Christ nature, the Christ condition – all that is good

is waiting in his Kingdom and you are invited to participate

– to partake as a fellow,

to share in the glorious goodness as a companion of Christ,

to pour out his goodness on your fellow companions

in the community of the King and

to transmit that light into the shadows of a corrupted world.

 

Escape and Participate!

This is the hope of living the glory life.

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Gateway to Point Lobos, Big Sur

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His divine power

has given us everything we need for a godly life

through our knowledge of him

who called us by his own glory and goodness.

 

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,

so that through these promises you may

escaped the corruption in the world caused by sinful desires

and participate in the nature that is divine. 2 Peter 1:3-4

 

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the power that brings life to the world.

His Divine power –Theios dynamis– God power

– the strength to make us able to be like him,

to live a life that is godly in its manner and characteristics.

 

In his presence there is fullness of divine power.

His blazing power surrounds and envelops us,

as we stand with open arms and heart

drinking deeply and absorbing the light of his goodness

we are in the transforming power of his love.

 

As the splendor of his nature envelops us

we are embedded deep in the presence of his person.

All around us, in the unseen eternal,

is displayed the vast array of his goodness.

 

This is Christ near and now and

from his divine transforming power shines his goodness

displayed in absolute truths, purity,

the beauty in nature, music, art in all of the expressions

that reflect the Creator, the source of life,

health, joy, peace, creativity, productivity,

loving relationships, and all things good.

 

… has given us everything we need for a godly life

 

In the cloud of his divine power

all we need for a godly life is lavishly provided. 

No need to look elsewhere.

All the fullness of goodness is contained in

the bright cloud of his glory.

 

When we bow in surrender to Christ, the source of all goodness,

he steps inside us bringing everything we need

to live life as God intended it to be lived.

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You don’t need to look elsewhere,

the Kingdom is within you because

the King is in you

in all of the glory of his goodness.

 

… through our knowledge of him

 

We gain access to the fullness of his goodness when we

fix our gaze upon him and increasingly come to know him.

Our knowing him expands as we seek him;

as we read, listen and learn,

consider, contemplate and meditate

on his word and presence.

 

The hungry are not content with data;

it is not satisfying to merely know about Christ.

We yearn to know him,

to see, comprehend and know inside and out

the many nuances of his nature.

We live an adventure to explore the vast expanse,

the divine universe of Christ’s glory and goodness.

 

Our character adapts to his character as our knowing him grows;

the more we know him the more like him we become.

We focus our attention on Christ

longing to comprehend and develop insight into his instincts,

to learn to walk in his Ways.

 

We can long like Paul who was willing to

“lose everything else for the surpassing worth of

knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…

That I may know him

and the power of his resurrection…”.Philippians 3:8-10

 

And he longed for you to possess the same treasure.

 

He kept “… asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father,

may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation,

so that you may know him better. Ephesians 1:17

 

Because in knowing him we have everything we need to live the glory life.

 

Doesn’t it just make sense,

to pursue the forgiveness and life found in Christ?

“For since the creation of the world

God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature –

have been clearly seen,

being understood from what has been made,

so that people are without excuse.” Romans 1:20

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Road to Hana – Maui

 

The gateway to the Kingdom of Light

requires passage through

death, burial and resurrection to appearance.

 

This is an essential truth.

 

As we appear with him on the Light path

there are more essentials available to us.

His divine power, out of which emanates his divine nature,

provides a shelter from the sinful storm

and a house of transformation where,

if we focus our attention on his presence and glory,

we enjoy a metamorphous into Light child.

 

This is a delightful essential.

 

The Light of the World is a space of

illuminating power emanating from Christ,

a transforming power of the King’s character.

From that space comes the constant sound of

Christ calling to those painfully stumbling about

in the dark grip of Diablos.

 

His divine power is the glory, the virtue,

                that emanates from Christ.

Out of his radiant power

                he calls us to himself.

 

You find yourself held captive in

the territory of darkness but very near,

the Light of the World walks

with his eye on you.

 

From the luminous space of his presence the King calls,

he beckons;

he summons you to arise from that dark weary place

and come into his Realm,

a territory bathed in the light of his character.

 

 

Those who hear the call can turn to face the Light

realizing that their only hope of

enjoying the goodness of Christ, the lifestyle of the Eternal,

is to run out of the darkness into the Light and

bow before the King.

 

This is our only hope of living the glory life.

 

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gazing upon the divine qualities of his nature.

With grateful adoration and enthralled focus

we move in His vast expanse

drinking deeply and absorbing the goodness of God.

 

Step by step, the One we take in

takes us

and re-creates himself in us.

 

We become the body of Christ.

 

In the endeavor of this adventure

we are fiercely contested by Diablos,

the thief and the liar, who maneuvers relentlessly

to slice through our heart

and separate us from God.

 

Diablos is constant resistance.

 

There are times when we struggle in the contest

to complete exhaustion.

But always Christ is near and

the energy of his life surrounds and penetrates our soul

energizing us with his divine power.

 

Christ provides the energy

to escape and participate.

To access the energy

turn your face to the near and now face of Christ.

Gaze steadily into his face and see the glory of his love.

 

See the glory of the determine fierce Warrior

                who is jealous for you and has

no tolerance for trespass on his territory.

 

As we gaze upon the energy of his glory

the energy of his light arises in our interior

displacing the darkness of Diablos.

 

As we set our mind to follow Christ

we step from the shadows and

continue our Light walk.

 

Once again the Way,

provides a Way of escape.

As we continue to gaze at his divine nature

                his energy in our interior molds our soul

                                until Christ is formed in us.

We are participating in the nature that is divine.

 

Sounds a little wild, I know.

 

But this is daily life,

                provided by his divine power,

in the Kingdom of Light.

 

Escape the dark

                of the Diablos lie.

Participate in the Light

                of the divine nature ofChrist.

 

This is the divine dance,

                the gazing,  the following in step.

A delightful dance in the

                glowing embrace of the Nature that is Divine and

the turning toward that transforms

                death to life and

                dark to light.

 

 

His divine power has given us

his very great and precious promises,

so that through them we may escape

the corruption in the world

and participate in the divine nature.

 

Christ in you is your hope of glory.

And as we gaze upon, as in a mirror, the Lord’s glory,

the Spirit transforms us into his image.

 

To this end I also am constantly laboring

engaging in a contest in which

I am controlled by his energy which so

powerfully energizes me.

2 Peter 1:3-4, Col. 1:26&29 2Cor. 3:16f

 

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