Friday, March 7, 2008

The Mystery of Divine Imprinting

Warning, long post ahead!!!!

"I personally feel that what we see in the institution of church is very much the same. The institution is like a pregnant mother whose body refuses to go into labor and give birth. It reminds me of a woman who adores being pregnant, but despises parenthood. When people are not allowed to exit the system of church and enter into life apart from that system, they begin to suffer the dangers of post-term birth affects." By the way, I love how our Father expresses Himself through Darin!
(Darin Hufford~ Inducing Labor)

In regards to these thoughts, I see the institution being but a midwife and its sole purpose is assisting in the facilitating of that which Father God is totally responsible for, the miracle of siring the re-birthing!

Unfortunately, the midwife (surrogate parent-mother/father) position has vied (lusted) for the role that only one can effectually fulfill, a.k.a., the Father of our spirit, God himself. As a matter of fact I see little difference in motive or spirit from that which invaded Lucifer's heart; (And you said in your heart, I will ascend to heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit upon the mount of assembly in the uttermost north.) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.)

You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, the carnelian, topaz, jasper, chrysolite, beryl, onyx, sapphire, carbuncle, and emerald; and your settings and your sockets and engravings were wrought in gold. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were the anointed cherub that covers with overshadowing [wings], and I set you so. You were upon the holy mountain of God; you walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire [like the paved work of gleaming sapphire stone upon which the God of Israel walked on Mount Sinai]. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until iniquity and guilt were found in you. Through the abundance of your commerce you were filled with lawlessness and violence, and you sinned; therefore I cast you out as a profane thing from the mountain of God and the guardian cherub drove you out from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was proud and lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I lay you before kings, that they might gaze at you. You have profaned your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities and the enormity of your guilt, by the unrighteousness of your trade. Therefore I have brought forth a fire from your midst; it has consumed you, and I have reduced you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who looked at you. All who know you among the people are astonished and appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and shall never return to being.

The institutional church is but one of countless means and ways of facilitating the Father's re-birthing and to bring us much further into his higher purposes.

'NOW WHAT I mean is that as long as the inheritor (heir) is a child and under age, he does not differ from a slave, although he is the master of all the estate; But he is under guardians and administrators or trustees until the date fixed by his father. So we [Jewish Christians] also, when we were minors, were kept like slaves under [the rules of the Hebrew ritual and subject to] the elementary teachings of a system of external observations and regulations.'

'After all, though you should have ten thousand teachers (guides to direct you) in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the glad tidings (the Gospel).'

Darin goes on to say; "It is absolutely necessary though, that there be a graduation from that time into another phase of life."

The mystifying magic of imprinting is a wonder to behold, for example: say for whatever reasons the parent bird (goose) has been either killed or abandoned her eggs, when those eggs hatch - if the first thing the goslings see is a dog, cat or person, the baby birds will instinctively see that object as their leader-mother.

In not recognizing or listening to the voice of our Father within our spirit, we will be conformed by the world’s deceitfulness, squeezing us into its mold, why? Because there are NO vacuums. The only other option is to BE renewed in the spirit of our mind, the true conforming (transformational) is seen in the Father bringing us lovingly into His higher purposes; Those who He foreknew, he predestined them to BE conformed into the likeness and image of his only begotten Son.It is NOT enough that He is in us, but he is to BE fully formed IN us as well.

Is it any wonder the real Father-Son appears to be lost in the hazy subterfuge of religious garb manufactured by the masterminds of Vogue fig-leaf designer, one size fits all?
There is an awakening of unfathomable proportion and its source, its origin is entrenched in the heart of the Father clearly expressed through the words of the Son; 'And I will build My church, and the gates of hell will NOT prevent its appearing'!

Re: Imprinting (submitted by my wife Mgo)

This term has really sparked my radar, so to speak.

It is common knowledge that, particularly as it pertains to birds, the first thing they see upon hatching is who/what they perceive to be their parents. Sometimes it’s an animal; more often it’s a human being. More on that follows, but first:

I teach Kindergarten. When I ask my little boys what they want to be when they grow up, they most often reply they want to be a super-hero. It truly is a phenomenon. So, I began to wonder…why is it that little boys, in particular, are so irresistibly drawn to the super-hero, the good guy who defeats the bad guys, who rescues the helpless or defends the downtrodden, who swoops in to save the day? My boys’ heroes include Superman, Batman and Spiderman, and I thought, isn’t that a shame? They usually know absolutely NOTHING about Jesus, the only real, true super-hero. I mean, what better super-hero could there be than the one who spoke the world into existence, who hurled the planets into outer space – who defied death – who can walk through walls unscathed? The bible states that the knowledge of the existence of God has always been in people’s hearts. So, could it be that IT WAS GOD HIMSELF who has put that insatiable desire in the hearts of little boys to emulate, to want to model themselves after, to want to be just like…their only one true Father, the original Super-Hero?

Yet, when all of us are born into this fallen world, is it God’s face we first see? No. We quickly become imprinted into becoming something that we’re not, something twisted, and it often takes a lifetime to find our way back and to discover the truth about our parenthood. In the meantime, we stumble around in an alien world, fearful of venturing outside its polite, acceptable societal confines, dumbing ourselves down in the process.

It seems that God is always trying to communicate with us in one form or another, particularly as it pertains to nature. Take the real-life story of ‘Fly Away Home’, the story of a Canadian inventor who became the imprinted father-figure to baby Canada geese. Here’s the Wikipedia synopsis:

The film was loosely based on the real-life experiences of
Bill Lishman, a Canadian inventor, artist, and ultralight aircraft hobbyist. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Lishman openly wondered if geese and similar birds could be taught new migration patterns by following ultralight aircraft onto which they had been imprinted. In 1993, after several years of logistical and bureaucratic setbacks, Lishman successfully led a flock of Canada Geese on a winter migration from Ontario, Canada to Northern Virginia, U.S.A. Of the 16 birds that participated in the migration, 13 returned to Ontario the following year – entirely on their own.

So getting back to my question: was it God who put the longing into every little boy’s heart to aspire to be (for lack of a better term) just like the one and only genuine Super-Hero – God himself? I’m inclined to think so! And could it be that He can work through any medium to entice us to seek Him? For example, I’m sure comic book writers would be astonished to entertain the thought that perhaps God has infiltrated their craft. For instance, did you know that:
Superman (actually a survivor of a blast that destroyed his home planet) was raised on earth from infancy by John and Martha Kent, a devout Christian couple who raised him according to their faith?
That Superman, who epitomized everything good, brave and noble, was actually killed off in the nineties while trying to defeat the evil monster “Doomsday”?
That after his apparent earthly death, he defeated demonic powers which were trying to cast him into hell, and in the process remembered his true identity?
That when Lois Lane went to check on Superman’s casket to see for herself that he was really dead…that it was empty?
That Superman came back to life but wasn’t recognized by many until much later, and that his regenesis in the comic book was entitled ‘Born Again’?

Interesting, huh?

Getting back to “Fly Away Home”: although the hatchlings perceived that their parent was Bill Lishman, and emulated and copied his human ways, he was able to RE-imprint them because in their hearts, they discovered they really were geese! When they began to perceive it, they began to act like it. So it is with us. Are we willing to cast aside the imprinting that has kept us earth-bound all our lives to discover our true identity?

Rich and Mgo

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