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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Levels of Change Part One


Foundations Class #2

Levels of Change

Bob Hamp

Class can be seen on GatewayPeople.Com

Part One

Starts with two stories...

1. True Story. He had driven out to help his aunt who had a flat tire. He used a metric lug wrench on an American car, it wouldn't work so he forced it, stripping out all the lugs. He used the wrong tools to try to fix the problem and trying harder made it worse.

2. Potty Training Parable. You have an infant and shortly after you realize that the child needs his/her diaper changed. So you change it and it gets dirty again, and you change it, and it gets dirty again... Constant change but nothing changes. Then you get a higher order of change. Potty training. Once the child is potty trained you no longer have to change the messes anymore. A higher order of change has over-ridden the former things.

It is this type of change we are referring to with "Levels" of change. Not levels as in: When I pass 1st grade I will be in 2nd grade. It's not linear change, progressive change, rather it is higher order. Each order builds on itself and affects the order below. Ultimately if you achieve the highest level of change the other levels will fall in line with that.

The first level of change is: Environment, and Experience through Environment. 


 I just need a better job, better spouse, better house, better church, bigger nose, smaller nose... I just need to be taller or shorter....

The fallacy is that if we could just change the things outside of us, everything in our lives would work. Where ever you go, there you are.

"If we believe that changing our environment will have anything to do with setting us free we are already in bondage to that belief." Paul sat in a prison cell in absolute freedom. Circumstance cannot dictate your freedom or lack thereof. Freedom is becoming who you were created to be, regardless of the circumstance you are in.

Back in AA we used to call this the Geographical Cure. 


Characterized by: "If Only..."




*The teachings of this class are not my own, they are derived from notes I took during a class at Gateway Church. You may view the class on their website by following the link at the top of the page.

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Levels of Change Part One


Foundations Class #2

Levels of Change

Bob Hamp

Part One

Starts with two stories...

1. True Story. He had driven out to help his aunt who had a flat tire. He used a metric lug wrench on an American car, it wouldn't work so he forced it, stripping out all the lugs. He used the wrong tools to try to fix the problem and trying harder made it worse.

2. Potty Training Parable. You have an infant and shortly after you realize that the child needs his/her diaper changed. So you change it and it gets dirty again, and you change it, and it gets dirty again... Constant change but nothing changes. Then you get a higher order of change. Potty training. Once the child is potty trained you no longer have to change the messes anymore. A higher order of change has over-ridden the former things.

It is this type of change we are referring to with "Levels" of change. Not levels as in: When I pass 1st grade I will be in 2nd grade. It's not linear change, progressive change, rather it is higher order. Each order builds on itself and affects the order below. Ultimately if you achieve the highest level of change the other levels will fall in line with that.

The first level of change is: Environment, and Experience through Environment. 


 I just need a better job, better spouse, better house, better church, bigger nose, smaller nose... I just need to be taller or shorter....

The fallacy is that if we could just change the things outside of us, everything in our lives would work. Where ever you go, there you are.

"If we believe that changing our environment will have anything to do with setting us free we are already in bondage to that belief." Paul sat in a prison cell in absolute freedom. Circumstance cannot dictate your freedom or lack thereof. Freedom is becoming who you were created to be, regardless of the circumstance you are in.

Back in AA we used to call this the Geographical Cure. 

Characterized by: "If Only..."




*The teachings of this class are not my own, they are derived from notes I took during a class at Gateway Church. You may view the class on their website by following the link at the top of the page.





  • Levels of Change Part One
  • Levels of Change Part Two
  • Levels of Change Part Three
  • Levels of Change Part Four
  • Levels of Change Part Five
  • Levels of Change Part Six
  • Levels of Change Part Seven
  • Levels of Change Part Eight
  • Levels of Change Part Nine


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      Levels of Change Part One


      Foundations Class #2

      Levels of Change

      Bob Hamp

      Class can be seen on GatewayPeople.Com

      Part One

      Starts with two stories...

      1. True Story. He had driven out to help his aunt who had a flat tire. He used a metric lug wrench on an American car, it wouldn't work so he forced it, stripping out all the lugs. He used the wrong tools to try to fix the problem and trying harder made it worse.

      2. Potty Training Parable. You have an infant and shortly after you realize that the child needs his/her diaper changed. So you change it and it gets dirty again, and you change it, and it gets dirty again... Constant change but nothing changes. Then you get a higher order of change. Potty training. Once the child is potty trained you no longer have to change the messes anymore. A higher order of change has over-ridden the former things.

      It is this type of change we are referring to with "Levels" of change. Not levels as in: When I pass 1st grade I will be in 2nd grade. It's not linear change, progressive change, rather it is higher order. Each order builds on itself and affects the order below. Ultimately if you achieve the highest level of change the other levels will fall in line with that.

      The first level of change is: Environment, and Experience through Environment. 


       I just need a better job, better spouse, better house, better church, bigger nose, smaller nose... I just need to be taller or shorter....

      The fallacy is that if we could just change the things outside of us, everything in our lives would work. Where ever you go, there you are.

      "If we believe that changing our environment will have anything to do with setting us free we are already in bondage to that belief." Paul sat in a prison cell in absolute freedom. Circumstance cannot dictate your freedom or lack thereof. Freedom is becoming who you were created to be, regardless of the circumstance you are in.

      Back in AA we used to call this the Geographical Cure. 


      Characterized by: "If Only..."




      *The teachings of this class are not my own, they are derived from notes I took during a class at Gateway Church. You may view the class on their website by following the link at the top of the page.

      __

      Have questions about anything I said here? Want to share your story? Comment Below!

      I call you empowered 2 prosper with good success!


      N2 Good SuccessDarrell G. Wolfe
      Blog: http://n2gs.blogspot.com/
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/n2goodsuccess
      Twitter: http://twitter.com/n2goodsuccess

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      Wednesday, October 30, 2013

      Grace v Purgatory


      Study: Purgatory v Grace


      Apparently this is an issue that still needs to be settled. Let me settle this right up front.

      There is no such thing as Purgatory. 

      It's not only missing from the bible as a topic, it's directly opposed to the entire life, ministry, message, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. Everything Jesus is lays in direct opposition to the concept of Purgatory.

      So why is it so prevalent among some churches?

      Grace is hard to believe. Grace says that we cannot earn it.

      Study what Catholics have to say about Purgatory and you will find this: a total lack of understanding regarding Grace.

      Study scriptures on Grace and you find something totally opposed to the very concept of purgatory. http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/20-inspirational-bible-verses-about-grace/

      Purgatory is a works based idea. It says, gosh I need to pay for my sins on earth. Grace is not a works based idea, but a gift based idea. ALL sin, past, present, future, every man, every woman, from Adam to the last man to live from the first sin to the last, was paid for by Jesus!

      But wait, there more! In fact it was not dead works for which Jesus died really at all, it was death itself. Dead works are the fruit, not the root. It was the power and force of death, working in and through men, like spiritual cancer, that Jesus came to deal with.

      In fact, cancer in the body (and every other malady that affects us on earth) is simply a natural manifestation of this death that came to us through Adam. Our works don't make it happen. You didn't DO anything that caused you to have cancer, it came because Death is already here working against us.

      Jesus exchanged our death for his life. Your works, bad or good, have never been the issue. It was death in you that Jesus dealt with. Death in you that would send you to hell to be separated from God. Death in you was dealt with. There is NO SIN that can send you to hell. Rather your sins are fruit of the real problem. Death is working in you. (See my post on Levels of Change).

      Jesus didn't die for what you've done (although that was covered by it too), he died for who you are! You have a disease called death and he gives you the free exchange of life. In fact, it is that very life He gives you, that if you access it and take hold of it, can repel cancer from your body and heal you.

      Come to God and say 

      "Father, I have death working in me. I accept the gift of your Son, who died and rose again for me. Jesus I receive the life you died to give me."


      That it is it. You are born again. You may or may not feel like it, but you are. You can't change yourself. Even if you spent an eternity in purgatory you would not be one once closer to heaven because it's not about paying for your actions. It's about being given a new nature. You can't do that, only HE can. If you just prayed that prayer, and meant it in your heart, you have that new nature now. And you are bound for heaven regardless of anything you do or don't do.

      Reading your bible, going to church, praying then are not things you do to earn heaven stripes. You don't HAVE to do any of those things. However, they are simply ways to engage the new life that is in you and facilitate the growth of that life to impact your life on earth from the inside out.

      Amputee Parable


      Amputees sometimes feel as though the missing leg is still there, just like born again believers still feel the old dead nature is still there. It's a false perception because the nervous system has been programed for so long to respond to it.

      Treating the amputee with medications only can often prolong this "Phantom Limb Syndrome" because it re-enforces the neural pathways that tell the mind the leg is still there. Medications can help short term to deal with symptoms, but what must be done is to stimulate the new nerve endings with as many things as possible (hot things, cold things, prickly things, wet things, etc) and this will create new neural pathways in the mind telling it something has changed here. 

      For the Born Again Believer the neural pathways are still there, programed by the old dead nature. Treating it with religious activities and dead religious works can temporarily ease the pain but may simply re-enforce the belief that the dead man is still there. Rather we must view activities, like bible reading, praying, church going, and practicing loving your neighbor, as ways to stimulate the new spiritual nerve endings and create new pathways in our soul to spirit neural network.

      Then, there is NO CONDEMNATION when you forget to read you bible for a day, week, year, etc. It's about living out this new life. However as you stimulate these new nerve endings you will find you want to stimulate them more and you will want to read your bible more. Pray more. Go to Church more. As you do, you find more and more about the new nature that is already in you, and trying to grow from the inside out.

      If you find you don't want to do those things, that is simply the old pathways resisting reprogramming, ignore them and do it anyway. Just remember, don't do them as works to be done, check lists to be crossed off so that you can be a "Good Christian". Do them as ways to intentionally stimulate those new nerve endings.


      How about you? You see anything to add to this? Want to share what examples you have seen or experience in yourself or others? Comment below. 



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      Promotion


      Acts 17 was the scripture I built my faith on when we moved to Texas. Ironically it is now the scripture that stands out as I contemplate not moving from where I am...
      Acts 17:26
      NKJV: And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings...
      Good News Translation: From one human being he created all races of people and made them live throughout the whole earth. He himself fixed beforehand the exact times and the limits of the places where they would live.

      Complete Jewish Bible: "From one man he made every nation living on the entire surface of the earth, and he fixed the limits of their territories and the periods when they would flourish...

      Keith Moore asked a question that astounded me in it's simplicity: "Are you the Lord or is He?" Many people have Jesus as their savior but not their Lord. They go where they want, when the want, because the feel like it. But if God is directing your paths than He is the one who decided when and where, not you!

      But how do I know? If I have two choices in front of me and both seem good, but one feels a little better how do I know which one, if either, is God's will? Some say that I could just choose one and He'd bless it. But if I've seen anything in the last 10 years of walking seriously with God it's that, THAT is NOT true! You CAN take a wrong turn, and it WILL have negative consequences and delay you from your rightful place. But there is a way that you can know.


      1. Be willing to be willing... Choose, now, before you know what it is, to will to do His will. Choose that His way is the way you'll go regardless of how it looks. AND; Choose to believe that if it's his will, that it's GOOD! John 7:17 "If anyone wants to do his will, he will know whether my teaching is from God or I speak on my own."
      2. Pray. Sounds simple huh? Jeremy Pearsons re-worded a scripture I've heard all my life that made it so simple. If you are facing a situation, go pray about it and get the answer, and then thank God for the answer. Don't make a MOVE until you've heard from Heaven on it. 
        Phillipians 4:6
        NKJV: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
        CJB: Don't worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving.
      3. Listen: God is talking, are you listening? Pay attention to prophetic words that stand out to you, scriptures that jump off the page, themes of your life where you've faced these things before... God is talking. 1 Thessalonians 516 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.
      4. ACT: Walk in Exellence. Be faithful, diligent, walk in Love, do what's right, because it's right, do it right, and do it right away, and do it whether anyone is watching. When He tells you to make a move, make it. When He tells you to stand, stand. Don't settle for substitutes. 

      So what have I been hearing? I've been praying about work... Here's what I've heard so far:
      • One Job. Tailor Fit. More Than Enough. 
        • Tailor fit doesn't mean taking a job that removes me from my calling to serve in 14-forty or one that removes me from hearing my Pastor. It won't mean compromise it will mean enhancement. 
      • 2013: A year of Great Grace, a Word of the Lord by Kenneth Copeland 08/17/2012. "Stay where you are. Stay Steady. Why? Your greatest Blessing ever is at hand..."
      • In 2010 I was faced with leaving my employer just on the verge of a promotion or going to a new area within the company. I'm now faced with that exact situation all over again. I felt I did the wrong thing by leaving back then. It's important to notice patterns or themes in life. If you circle a mountain only to return to it, you may need to choose a new path. In fact I've had a habbit of leaving jobs before promotion comes. 
      • Sunday 02/17/2013 Pastor George changed his whole service to address my situation. I felt it. As soon as I said: "This just came out of my spirit..." I felt it hit me and I stood up to hear what he would say. It didn't end up just being a Word, it ended up being the entire message! 

      Promotion
      Pastor George Pearsons 02/17/2013 9 AM service (Time 3:50 into message)
      Be BLESSED! Blessed means to be empowered to prosper. Prosperity means complete success!
      Deut 8:18 “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He that gives you power(capacity/force) to get wealth…”
      Prospering in every area of your life… What you do on the job prospering. Being just like Joseph. You just continue to rise to the top. No matter what is going on around you. No matter what is happening around you. You continue to rise to the top. You continue to rise to the top.
      Now this is something that is coming out of my heart now for you: Now if you are in a job situation, and it seems to be surrounded by strife, people of strife, stuff’s going on in there, do not…
      Number one insist on walking in the Love of God, you insist on walking in the Love of God. Number two, you stay above the fray, don’t dip down into it, don’t be talking (this is a Word from the Lord) don’t be talking to other people about it, don’t be getting on the phone and talking to people about that situation, you stop it right now, you cut that off! And you gain altitude over it, when you do that by praying in the Holy Ghost, you can look down on that thing, and you can know exactly what to do, exactly how to handle it, but you keep your mouth shut over that thing right now, you just stop it, you just stop talking about it. And here is the result of it God will lift you up… He will lift you up. He will lift you up above that situation. He’ll bring you above that situation so that He can deal with what’s going on down there. And then He’ll set you back down in it. You see that? Do you see that? Now for those of you who that means something to you take hold of that and you stay above the fray.
      (Story about Kenneth Hagin praising God with his staff to stop strife)
      You have to handle things like this above the fray. You’ve got to step up above that and not allow that to control you, to control your emotions, to control your words, because your words have got to line up with The Word of God. And don’t, don’t get down in there and be a part with the devil of being an accuser of the brethren. Or speaking ill of against other people. The Lord is going to work that out I’m telling you! He’s going to work that out.
      Now Father I pray over these situations in the name of Jesus and I thank you that each and every one of us, in whatever situation we are faced with, these agitating situations on the job, or even at home, Father we are rising above it right now, we are insisting in walking in Love, we are staying in the Word, we are staying steady, we are unwavering in our stand. And Father we believe for the moving of the Holy Spirit…
      Somebody’s wondering right now; can the Holy Spirit move on the secular corporation that I work with? OH YES! OH YES! Absolutely! Did God move in Egypt through Joseph? Yes! Yes He did. He turned that nation around because of Joseph. Because of Joseph being there, and the same thing with Joseph everywhere he went. He turned that situation around. He was a living breathing BLESSING of God wherever he went, and whatever he did. Wherever he showed up, that anointing that was on him to prosper, just was flowing out from him. And it changed Egypt to where Egypt was blessed during that time of famine because God put a man in there who was operating in the wisdom, the wisdom of God. They even said when they were talking about him: “There’s a man here who operates in the wisdom of God.” It’s the same thing with Daniel. Daniel did the same thing, that man was in a foreign land. He was not home. But he was controlling the whole thing from his prayer closet. Moving that whole thing, shifting that whole thing right there. So can God move in your business, can God move in the Corporation that you work for? Absolutely! And what I believe is that God is looking for people in the Body of Christ who will walk in places of integrity, walk in places of Honor, people who do not lie, people who do not cheat, people who are walking on the Word of God, and their only motivation for being on that job is to do exactly what Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves.” A servants heart, a servants heart. Allowing that servants heart to flow through you. And we are going to see some things take place in these major corporations. That God is going to lift up the Humble. God is going to lift up into places of promotion those people that He wants set in there to do that job, to run that business, to run that corporation, He is going to do it with His people….


      These KEY messages completely impacted my life for 2013...


      These KEY messages completely impacted my life for 2013...

      Sunday 11:00 AM | STAND Rick Renner 02/03/13

      Sunday 11:00 AM | The Word - Spirit and Life Kenneth Copeland 03/03/13

      Sunday 9:00 AM | God's Promotion Pastor George Pearsons 02/17/13









      Promotion
      Pastor changed his message just to address the very struggle I’ve been dealing with for months. It’s a struggle that came to a head recently and it is causing me to come to a fork in the road soon. I’ve talked it over with JoAnn and Flavia.
      I’ve been mad at my company. Ready to leave for their flagrant lack of integrity. How can I continue to work for a company that deals with people this way?  Maybe I should just leave. I’m on the verge of a promotion there, but then I’ll have to be the leader representing a company that isn’t doing right by people. Then I keep staring at the Word of the Lord from Kenneth Copeland for 2013: “Stay where you are. Stay steady. Why? Your greatest blessing ever is at hand…” I’ve tried to ignore it, I’ve tried to argue with it. I’ve asked does that really mean Wells Fargo? Maybe it just means 14-forty where I’m serving now… God told me at the end of 2012 to believe him for “One Job, “Tailor Fit” More than Enough ($50+)”  I have an interview with another company and some positions coming up at WF. I don’t know which way to go. Both look good. In 2010 I came to this same cross road and left the Phone Bank for the branch. I gave up a guaranteed leadership position that was mine for the taking and I went, I believe, the wrong way. My whole life is full of giving up and quitting before promotion comes. It’s been a theme. I’ve been at WF 7 years without taking a leadership role officially. But it’s so negative that I don’t know what to do. I hear “Stay where you are…” and I think “WHY?! What blessing is coming there!” At church today God had something to say about it through Pastor George.
      PromotionPastor George Pearsons 02/17/2013 9 AM service (Time 3:50 into message)Be BLESSED! Blessed means to be empowered to prosper. Prosperity means complete success!Deut 8:18 “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He that gives you power(capacity/force) to get wealth…”Prospering in every area of your life… What you do on the job prospering. Being just like Joseph. You just continue to rise to the top. No matter what is going on around you. No matter what is happening around you. You continue to rise to the top. You continue to rise to the top.
      Now this is something that is coming out of my heart now for you: Now if you are in a job situation, and it seems to be surrounded by strife, people of strife, stuff’s going on in there, do not…
      Number one insist on walking in the Love of God, you insist on walking in the Love of God. Number two, you stay above the fray, don’t dip down into it, don’t be talking (this is a Word from the Lord) don’t be talking to other people about it, don’t be getting on the phone and talking to people about that situation, you stop it right now, you cut that off! And you gain altitude over it, when you do that by praying in the Holy Ghost, you can look down on that thing, and you can know exactly what to do, exactly how to handle it, but you keep your mouth shut over that thing right now, you just stop it, you just stop talking about it. And here is the result of it God will lift you up… He will lift you up. He will lift you up above that situation. He’ll bring you above that situation so that He can deal with what’s going on down there. And then He’ll set you back down in it. You see that? Do you see that? Now for those of you who that means something to you take hold of that and you stay above the fray.(Story about Kenneth Hagin praising God with his staff to stop strife)You have to handle things like this above the fray. You’ve got to step up above that and not allow that to control you, to control your emotions, to control your words, because your words have got to line up with The Word of God. And don’t, don’t get down in there and be a part with the devil of being an accuser of the brethren. Or speaking ill of against other people. The Lord is going to work that out I’m telling you! He’s going to work that out.
      Now Father I pray over these situations in the name of Jesus and I thank you that each and every one of us, in whatever situation we are faced with, these agitating situations on the job, or even at home, Father we are rising above it right now, we are insisting in walking in Love, we are staying in the Word, we are staying steady, we are unwavering in our stand. And Father we believe for the moving of the Holy Spirit…
      Somebody’s wondering right now; can the Holy Spirit move on the secular corporation that I work with? OH YES! OH YES! Absolutely! Did God move in Egypt through Joseph? Yes! Yes He did. He turned that nation around because of Joseph. Because of Joseph being there, and the same thing with Joseph everywhere he went. He turned that situation around. He was a living breathing BLESSING of God wherever he went, and whatever he did. Wherever he showed up, that anointing that was on him to prosper, just was flowing out from him. And it changed Egypt to where Egypt was blessed during that time of famine because God put a man in there who was operating in the wisdom, the wisdom of God. They even said when they were talking about him: “There’s a man here who operates in the wisdom of God.” It’s the same thing with Daniel. Daniel did the same thing, that man was in a foreign land. He was not home. But he was controlling the whole thing from his prayer closet. Moving that whole thing, shifting that whole thing right there. So can God move in your business, can God move in the Corporation that you work for? Absolutely! And what I believe is that God is looking for people in the Body of Christ who will walk in places of integrity, walk in places of Honor, people who do not lie, people who do not cheat, people who are walking on the Word of God, and their only motivation for being on that job is to do exactly what Jesus said, “I am among you as one who serves.” A servants heart, a servants heart. Allowing that servants heart to flow through you. And we are going to see some things take place in these major corporations. That God is going to lift up the Humble. God is going to lift up into places of promotion those people that He wants set in there to do that job, to run that business, to run that corporation, He is going to do it with His people….