Monday, September 26, 2016

The Key of Alignment: Self-Worth. The New Man - David Mitts



Divine Alignment: Self Worth The New Man

that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (Ephesians 4:22-23 NASB)

One of the issues of alignment for our victory in life is the area of self-worth.  We have spoken over the last 2 weeks about the self-worth vacuum that exists inside all of us by God’s design.  We are created with a hunger for value.


It is for this reason that when Yeshua began His Ministry He underwent baptism at the hands of John to fulfill righteousness.

But John tried to prevent Him, saying, "I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?" But Jesus answering said to him, "Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he *permitted Him. (Matthew 3:14-15 NASB)

This means, to me that He is honoring the process of righteousness, of being made exactly as He was meant to be.  So we spoke about how when He came out of the water, 2 things happened:
After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." (Matthew 3:16-17 NASB)

First, He received the Holy Spirit.  No one can be righteous without receiving the Holy Spirit.
Righteousness, being who we were created to be is made possible by the indwelling Holy Spirit who intercedes on our behalf.

Second, He received the declaration of worth from God Himself.  This is essential to our walking out our destiny.  We need to know who we are to God and that He is well pleased with us.  This is the declaration of our new birth in Messiah!  The curse of the Law, contained in our inability to live righteous through our own works is annulled by the cross and the Blood of Messiah.  He who knew no sin became sin that we might become the righteousness of God.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB)

He became sin on our behalf.  This is so powerful, if we can but grasp it.  As a man fulfilling righteousness, Yeshua lived sinless.  This means He lived as man was supposed to live.  He was beyond the Law.  The Torah was given to sin-filled man.  Apart from sin, Torah has no purpose.  They are symbiotic, Torah and sin.  Torah reveals sin.  Light shows darkness.  We measure light, in lumens which is a standard for how much darkness is displaced by the light.  Torah is pure light and totally illuminates darkness. Yeshua is pure light and so Torah has no effect on Him.  Yet He subjected Himself to Torah by becoming sin or becoming darkness itself.  He took darkness captive in Himself and neutralized it for those who accept Him by faith, now called the righteous of God.

I know this is heavy stuff but the point is that we are freed from Torah and the sin that it reveals when we receive Yeshua.  Now the question is what does it mean to be freed from Torah.  It simply means the basis for evaluating our lives is no longer Torah but faith and what faith means, trusting in His blood to cleanse us totally.  This frustrates the religious mindset which is performance based on lives under the curse of the Torah.

This means in Christ, we are free from the sin-Torah symbiosis and live by the faith of the Son of God.  We are speaking about self-worth and we need to correctly apprehend what determines it.  God declares us worthy in His declaration the Yeshua is His beloved Son in whom He is well-pleased.  We, in Christ, in Messiah, become beloved sons and daughters in whom He is well-pleased.

Then this last week we looked at how association affects our worth.  God declared that it is NOT good for man to be alone.  God who declared everything He had created “good” declares isolation,” not good”:

Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." (Genesis 2:18 NASB)

So man is designed to find a portion of His “good”-ness in relationship.  We spoke about how relationships can either make us or break us.  We looked especially at the danger of many relationships that are built on superficiality and the need for friends who are closer than brothers.  We spoke about the deception of being alone.  We also said that a faithful friend is not afraid to wound us if need be.

This week I want to go one step further in developing our self-worth.  The Baptism of Yeshua itself the key.  Why was He baptized as the way to receive the declaration of God and the Holy Spirit??
What is baptism?  Death.

So a big part of our alignment with God for our worth is death itself.  Now all death is NOT created equal.  There is death as consequence and death as the power for breakthrough!

Death as consequence: Romans 6:23 (AMP)
[23] For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God [that is, His remarkable, overwhelming gift of grace to believers] is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Our entire salvation is based on the wages of sin being death.  Death is the certain outcome for sin.  It is a law of life.  Since sin is rooted in pride and self-will, then pride and self-will lead to death.  Only by yielding our pride and self will do we come into the atonement. 
This leads us to second kind of death, intentional death.

"He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39 NASB)

This kind of death is anti-sin.  Instead of being rooted in pride and self-will, it is rooted in humility and sacrifice. This is the death that is not a consequence but a willful choice.

This kind death is transformative.

Romans 12:1 (AMP) [12:1] THEREFORE I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.[2] And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].

This is an alignment with death on purpose.  What do I mean by transformation?  Transformation is a complete change from one state of being unto another totally different.  It is complete. 
Death is complete.  A doctor has to certify a death.  Death as consequence is complete.  Death as purpose is also complete.  It is signified by Water Baptism.

When we are born again, we die to our old life.  Yet, like everything else of the Spirit, we have to walk in the reality of what is, an alignment.

Many of us while dead to the former life, drag it into our life today because we don’t use the power of death as a choice. 
Hebrews 9:15-17 says, "Therefore, He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance, because a death has taken place for redemption from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. Where a will exists, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will is valid only when people die, since it is never in force while the one who made it is living."  Heb 9:15-17 (HCSB)

This scripture is speaking of the death of Yeshua as redemption from transgressions made real by the Torah.  But it is also speaking of a promise of an eternal inheritance.  Now, certainly the eternal inheritance is unarguably our resurrection into the Kingdom.  BUT, it also is the means for obtaining our inheritance in the kingdom now!  You see there is a health and prosperity of soul that is available now!

"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers."  3Jn 1:2 (NKJV)

Our soul can prosper when it is free from the curse of the Torah.  What do I mean by that?  When we succumb to performance righteousness, we reattach ourselves to the life of the flesh. Is that even possible? Apparently:
"O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain? Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? just as Abraham "BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.""  Gal 

3:1-6 (NKJV)
You see I love Torah, because it is God’s love manual.  BUT, I do NOT “keep” Torah.  Rather, I let faith being activated by the Holy Spirit who live in me work out my salvation with fear and trembling.

But the hearing of faith that activates miracles is shaped by how I listen.  How I listen is affected by how I see myself and what I believe in my heart about myself.
Death activates the end of one identity and the beginning of another reality.

Activation:

1.      Based on your memories, failures and accomplishments write one page telling who you are

2.      Now take that page somewhere safe and burn it. Verbally declare: “this is the death I deserved. This person is dead!”

3.      Make a new list of:
a.      Strengths
b.      Benefits
c.      Privileges

That God’s Word says are yours through the resurrection of Yeshua!

4.      Make a list of how you choose to live your life with limitless power and unlimited resources

5.      Review this list daily

6.      Praise God for what He has done and for who He has made you!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Key of Alignment: Self-Worth Association - David Mitts

Divine Alignment: Self Worth Association

Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." (Genesis 2:18 NASB)

Last week we spoke about the alignment variable of self-worth.  We spoke about how we were created to need affirmation of our value.  We see this in Yeshua’s ministry time that the Father affirmed Him in terms of His identity and value twice by declaring audibly:

This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. 


This is a declaration of value and it was essential to Yeshua’s ministry time on planet Earth because He was fully human and needed that designed food of affirmation of worth.


Because there is a void of self-worth in man, we all need it primarily from God!  But God also stated that there is an essential need to man to receive “goodness” from others.  Primarily this need is supposed to be met through covenant oneness in marriage.

What do I mean by receiving “good-ness”?

God made us with a “good” void.  Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him." (Genesis 2:18 NASB).
Good is the word “Tov” in Hebrew.  It is comprised of the word picture that essentially means that something is as it should be.  So when we say someone or something is “good”, we are saying that the subject of that statement is operating as it should.

Yeshua said that only Father is “good”. And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. (Mark 10:18 NASB).
This means, to me that there is only One who operates as He should and that is God.  He alone is “good”.
And He who is “good” said that it was NOT-good or un-good for a man to be alone.  Anti-good-ness is isolation.  SO we are designed for relationship.  This means we cannot know ourselves in isolation.  As my Pastor PD Zink would teach, isolation is the breeding ground for deception. 

We are created needing others.  Needing them for what?  Well we are created to need them for good-ness.  What do I mean by that?  Well I mean that we cannot know the “good-ness” or the correct operation of our being in isolation.
We need association and our good-ness is derived from it.  We may think I can get my good-ness directly from God!  Well you can get part of it from God, but not ALL of it.  Otherwise God would never have created Eve.  Eve was the fly in the ointment.  She was necessary to heal the “un-goodness” in Adam, the being alone.  BUT she was also the source of deception.

The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate." (Genesis 3:12 NASB)
So relationships, association is key to healing our aloneness but also full of peril and danger. 
So we have to choose wisely.  Like gravity, association is an alignment which affects our destiny.  It is a law of the spirit.

Look with me at Proverbs 18:24:
A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24 NASB)

This scripture shows us both the positive possibility of association and the negative peril.  When I think of the statement, “too many friend  sends s s”, I immediately think of superficiality in relationships.  The contrast is with an intimate friend who sticks closer than a brother.  Remembering it is Solomon who is writing this whose life was threatened by “brothers” and who had true loyal friends, today we see a real shifting atmosphere in the “friends” department.

God designed us for association to impact our lives.  It is part of His goodness that has the potential to draw us unto our destiny.  We need other people to influence us.  We are made that way.

Charles tremendous Jones, the famous trainer and coach said: “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”
People are essential to our destiny.  We need wisdom in choosing wisely the relationships that are to be part of our future destiny.

We all know that but we also need to address our addiction to comfort in our relationships.  We tend to form friendships out shared interests and with those whom we feel comfortable with.  This is adding mass to our present situation. Look at Proverbs 27:5-6

Better is open rebuke than love that is concealed. Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. (Proverbs 27:5-6 NASB)

Not too many are searching for friends that are wound bringers. In fact, based on the world of Facebook “likes” and other social media avenues, I would say that a huge agenda is to build agreement, not much rebuke, open or otherwise.
The other face of today’s “friendships” is isolation.  This is a dive into “ungoodness”.

He who separates himself seeks his own desire, He quarrels against all sound wisdom. (Proverbs 18:1 NASB).

The other ditch on the side of the road, to borrow the words of Craig Hill is isolation.
Rather than be challenged, rebuked and even wounded we retreat either into superficiality of social media or the isolation of our thoughts and counsel.
What I want to suggest is that this a condition of the end times and a challenge to the true Holy Spirit empowered life of oneness.  This is the time Yeshua prophesied about:

"At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold. "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:10-14 NASB)

The gospel of the kingdom is the good news of a kingdom of a loving accountable friendships.  We will find this increasingly difficult to find in the days ahead.  Offenses will abound and many will retreat into cyberspace relationships that are superficial and truly a form of relational junk food.  

Agreement and tolerance will become the currency of relationships.  We will be challenged by pain to retreat into the ozone of comfort where no one will dare challenge one another to be their best.  The glory of God will be traded for a false comfort of mediocre agreement.  True friends who challenge us will be rare and we will need to pursue through the feelings of discomfort to be challenged to stretch and grow.

Activation:
Here are some ways to gain clarity before choosing a mentor, coach or leader to follow:

  1. What area of expertise does this person have that I want to learn about?
  2. What values does this person exhibit that are congruent with mine?
  3. What values does this individual exhibit that are out of alignment with my values?
  4. Do I have a need for this person to be perfect?
  5. Am I strong enough to learn from someone that may not have the same values as I do?
  6. Can I look through the proper filters to learn what I need to learn?
  7. What are my real objectives for working with or learning from this person?


It will take God’s grace to align yourself with the right people. Let’s ask God what we need to let go of to be coachable?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Key of Alignment: Self-Worth - David Mitts


Divine Alignment: Self Worth

But one has testified somewhere, saying, "WHAT IS MAN, THAT THOU REMEMBEREST HIM? OR THE SON OF MAN, THAT THOU ART CONCERNED ABOUT HIM? "THOU HAST MADE HIM FOR A LITTLE WHILE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS; THOU HAST CROWNED HIM WITH GLORY AND HONOR, AND HAST APPOINTED HIM OVER THE WORKS OF THY HANDS; (Hebrews 2:6-7 NAS77)

Listen to Self-Worth

We began to speak last week about divine alignment. When we align ourselves to reality then life works the way it is supposed.  The biblical term for this alignment is justification. Like a typewriter of old or a word processor, there are margins and tabs of alignment, so there are margins and boundaries of alignment for those who have been made justified. 

When we are aligned correctly our margins are right.  By margins, I am speaking about the belief boundaries of our heart.  We act in accordance to what we believe to be true.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; (Romans 3:23-24 NAS77)

A lot of folks like to emphasized the “all have sinned” part but what about the justified part?  Justified means set in the right alignment.  Now, like all things of the spirit, they exist in resource form like books in the library, but they need to be activated spiritually.

All of us know people including ourselves who have great potential but have not crossed the threshold of effectiveness.  A way to think of that is like a see-saw.  The thing we or they want to accomplish is on one end of the see-saw, but their belief boundary is too close to the middle to lift the goal.  As they move backwards on the see-saw they reach a point where the leverage of their position allows them to lift the boundary with their weight.  Weight is called glory or kavod in Hebrew.  The weight or glory of a person is based on the position of their belief boundary.  As they shift their position their boundary changes and they can control larger accomplishments.  It is NOT a question of calling or potential but of where they see themselves and what they will allow themselves to do based on that belief. Look with me at 2 Timothy1:5-7.

For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well. And for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. (2 Timothy 1:5-7 NAS77).

Timothy had a spiritual inheritance from his mom and grandma but he still was instructed to activate it. Notice that the Apostle Paul is dealing with timidity.  So Timothy must have had the call, the potential for greatness!  Yet he was struggling with timidity or fear.  Why was that?  Because even though Paul had laid hands on him and believed in him and he had a great mom and grandma, he still had to activate afresh the “gift”of God that was in him, his potential.

In a similar fashion, we have divine alignments which we need to activate.
One of these central to our breakthroughs is self-worth or how we see ourselves. 
How we see ourselves and how we feel about ourselves affects every aspect of our lives.  Self-worth is a key component to fulfilling our destiny in life.

We can know our worth through one standard, or one unit of measurement.  We are worth the price that was paid for our redemption.  Let’s look at Psalm 8:
O LORD, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory on [or above] the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and unweanedinfants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger. [Mat 21:15-16

When I view and consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained and established, What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your name in all the earth!"  Psa 8:1-9 (AMP)

First of all, the book ends of the Psalm are the statements of how excellent is the name of the Lord in all of the earth.  The Hebrew word for excellent is “Adir”.  It is the word picture of a swelling, or a round shape.  It has many uses but the one that caught my attention in today’s context is the feeling of pride that a father has for the accomplishments of a child.  The Name of Yeshua causes a swelling of pride in all the earth.  This is connected directly to self-worth.  His name in all the earth is a declaration of how He feels about His Sons and Daughters.

We see this with Yeshua as a firstborn of many brothers and sisters at the River Jordan and again on the Mount of Transfiguration:
"and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.""  Mat 3:17 (NASB)

"While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, "This is My belovedSon, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!""  Mat 17:5 (NASB)

We are designed with a God approval need in us.  God made us with a need for His approval and so He demonstrates that with Yeshua and it is reflected in Psalm 8. If we don’t receive our approval from God, then we will need to get it from other earthly or demonic sources. Approval is a key to our effectiveness in life .Psalm 8 continues with:
Out of the mouths of babes and unweaned infants You have established strength because of Your foes, that You might silence the enemy and the avenger.

Babes and infants are the most vulnerable, the weakest in the natural.  But because our self-worth is from God and NOT from our own strength, our weakness establishes His strength.  The enemy taunts our weaknesses, accuses us and reminds of our imperfections and God in that place of humility when we reach out to Him establishes who we truly are because of our weaknesses and that revelation transforms us.

Next in Psalm 8, we see the true worth of man, a little lower than God (Elohim) and created in His image so empowered with glory and honor!  We can be as BIG as our God is as long as we are small in our own strength.  It is a paradox, our worth is from Him and is unlimited but requires a humility, a dependence on Him to give us His words of approval.

You determine value by what you pay for something.  God values us by giving up His Own Son to draw us back to Him.  This is because He knows we need to hear His voice of approval.  In that place of love the fear we were born into is silenced.  Religion starts from fear and tries through performance to earn approval from God.  God through His Love, starts with approval based in love and then in that place of love we trust Him through faith and we transform into the glory He has for us.
"In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."  1Jn 4:9-11 (NKJV)

He loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us! Try to grasp that kind of love.  This is the ground of being that we live in.  We are loved, accepted, valuable and then we do.  The opposite ungodly way of life is that we do and if we do well enough then we are someone, we are significant.  This is called the life of the flesh.  The flesh life is not just the evil strategies of sin, lust, jealousy, envy, greed, murder, stealing etc.  No the flesh is any strategy or action that is from the ground of being of lack of approval, lack of worth.  

Once our essential worth is established in our being, then we do things out of a place of worth, value, being loved and treasured.  We cannot hear  that enough because every message we have ever received came from the other kingdom.

This is why we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We need to set our thoughts, ground ourselves continually in the reality, the alignment that we are loved, treasured and valued.
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."  Rom 8:5-6 (NKJV)

Peace is the condition of the heart and mind when we are approved of.  We are hungry for approval because we were made that way.  It is not wrong to seek approval.  It is very right!  But we need to get our approval from the right source or we will be in bondage to our own need.

Activation:
1. Do you have a general sense of approval or disapproval?
2. Do you feel that you will lose approval based on performance?
3. Did you grow up in an environment of conditional approval?
4. Do you have a clear distinction between who you are and what you do?
5. Do you have a difficult time giving acceptance and love to others when they don’t perform up to your standards?
6. Is your approval based on your works or the finished work of the cross?

Partner up and share with your partner what the Lord has shown you today.  OK, now let’s pray in the spirit and then ask the Lord: “Who am I to you?”

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Key of Alignment - David Mitts



For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Romans 1:18-21 NAS77)

When we study natural process, it reveals spiritual process.  Actually they are one whole.  The natural world reveals the operations of the spiritual world and the spiritual world directs the natural world.
God’s Word is the revelation of the spiritual world that impacts the natural world.
Part of what makes our lives difficult is our alignments.  What do I mean by alignment?

Listen to Alignment

Alignment is like gravity and balance.
When we are correctly aligned to God then we operate with power and are strengthened in all that we do.
So, what our alignment variables?  What are the levers and dials that we have input on and can adjust and how do we adjust them for optimal performance and integrity?  I don’t claim to know them all.  I am just like you are.  I want my life to work and experience the satisfaction of true success.  The word success means different thigs to different people.
I know and I believe you know that we have a living God who organized reality to lovingly fulfill a definite purpose.  And I know, and I believe you know that our minds and hearts need to be renewed to that purpose. Romans 12:1-3:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. (Romans 12:1-3 NKJV)

Since this is to be an act of worship, then our alignment through the renewing of our mind, which demonstrates or “proves” God’s will, His purpose, then the more we align ourselves with Him as reality the more He is worshipped.  Worship then moves from something we do with music or with offerings or even prayers, all of which are legitimate acts of worship but into a greater living reality where our very lives are an expression of worship.

This is what it means to be His Word made flesh.  Yeshua was the Word made flesh.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, [3] and His own [4] did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:10-14 NKJV)

He was the only begotten of the Father at that point.  Then as the scripture says in verse 11, as many as received Him and believed in His name, He gave the right to also be begotten of the Father through the Holy Spirit, through His will, His purpose.  Now as He is so are we, children of God.  I know you know this but I think Church teaching has exalted Yeshua to such a position and diminished the children of God to such a position that we have lost access to our inheritance as Sons and Daughters.  So we live at best as shadow people.  We are in the shadow of Yeshua and content to be in that shadow.  But He never saw us nor sees us or ever will see us as shadow people.  He sees us as lights.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV)

He who is the Light calls us lights.  This means that our lives are to shine with Glory!  Glory, remember is the opinion of God made real.  Unlike human opinion which is based on limited perspective and thus subject to constant change, God’s opinion, His Glory, His vote, is eternal and never changes. It is settled.  When it is validated by our agreement, then it becomes His Glory in us.  This is the message of alignment.
BUT I want to make a distinction of alignment with principle, which becomes quickly dead works even though it is with a living power and alignment with a living dynamic person, God.

We can align with a principle of truth and be effective relative to that truth.  For example we learn about gravity and we learn to step inside certain boundaries.  This is a principle.  BUT we could learn to come into relationship experientially and personally with the giver of gravity.  Then we could walk on water! We could be translated.  We could be in heavenly places!  You see there is alignment with principle and there is oneness.  Oneness doesn’t just acknowledge truth and lives with respect to the truth, but becomes one with truth as a living relationship.

Take your and my salvation for example.  We don’t just receive Yeshua’s lordship and salvation as a fact or reality.  That would be a principle which demons accept.
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe--and tremble! (James 2:19 NKJV)

But as children of God we have actually allowed that truth to become “one” in us and have entered into a new reality where the principles of salvation are no longer something we just respect.  NO we ARE saved!  This reality is now our reality and it changes everything about life, dying, heaven, etc.  We don’t full even understand what is happened, we just know that we know that we have been born again. We are aligned now with Him and we can truly say:
God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. And He has made from one blood [78] 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, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' (Acts 17:24-28 NKJV)

So, now that we can understand what I mean by alignment, we can look at other components that we want to become one with and thus reveal Him in us to the creation which is travailing under the burden of unrevealed glory which is a strain because of who we truly are.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. (Romans 8:19-22 NKJV)

So even nature is under the burden of ignorance.  Why? Because God never took away the authority He gave to His children.  So the more ungodly we become, the we damage reality itself. BUT the more we come into living oneness with Him, the transformation of reality into its full glory is at hand!
So, we want to align. Lisa is aligning by going to help her mom.  Generational alignment is key, hence Blessings Generation seminar in a few weeks.  The is a flow of blessing that occurs when we align generationally.
Throughout the BEST Shabbats, we will be exploring alignment and activating spiritualy into alignment.  Today, I want to activate the BIG picture of our lives: I want to take an honest look at what is and what needs to change.
Activation:
1. Make a list of 10 things in your life with which you are not satisfied.
2. Make a list of all the pain, suffering or sorrow in your life as a result of this diminished lifestyle
3. Make a list of how you would have those things to be if there were no limitations.
4. Make a long list of as many benefits as you could think of that you believe these changes would bring to your life , your happiness, your personal peace, your relationships with others, and your relationship with God.
5. Make sure your list of benefits is twice as long as the list of pain and problems. The longer  better!
6. Imagine what it would be like to enjoy those benefits. Try to come to the place where you would know what it actually feels like to experience the benefits.
7. Ponder this until you feel passion to have those benefits in your life, even if it takes days or weeks.  First thing in the morning and last thing at night is the best time to think on these things. See and feel yourself enjoying the benefits of these changes.
8. Acknowledge to God that you know He wants you to have the best.
9. Make a decision that you will seek until you find