Being One - David Mitts

"The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one" John 17:22 (NASB)

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We have spoken last chapter about fragmentation as the strategy behind the current attack on the freedom that exists through those who have yielded themselves to the Lordship of Yeshua. Fragmentation is about the segregation of society and thinking into discrete areas of life that ultimately serves the purpose of totalitarian control. Yeshua called this a divided kingdom.

"But He knew their thoughts and said to them, "Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls." Luke 11:17 (NASB)

Fragmentation has left us with a world culture that has replaced the leadership of the Kingdom of God with a secular leadership. This is really about slavery. We are being asked to surrender our God-directed freedom to deal with the existential fear in our hearts. The solution is to surrender to Him who is Love. It is a paradox that to become truly free we become fully yielded. Here’s the verse that explains that reality, 2 Corinthians 3:17

"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit." 2Co 3:17-18 (NASB)

A veil is a disguise that hides a person from someone else. We are seeing veils in the form of masks covering the nose and mouth of people throughout the earth. Why is this? Well, we are being told that the veil is a sign of love. As one person I saw posted: “I wear a mask in public, not for me but for YOU”. They go on to state that the mask is a symbol of their concern for others and is a sign of being considerate. All of this seems logical and loving and a symbol of living a life of self-sacrifice. I am sure for that person they and others who faithfully don their facial coverings do so with a belief that they are acting for the good of others, protecting them from the possibility that although showing no signs of any disease they may be actually unaware carriers.

The World Health Organization who has been the source for worldwide monitoring stated on April 2: “to date, there has been no documented asymptomatic transmission”. This is not to say that there is no possibility of asymptomatic transmissions but at least at that point it was so rare as to be undocumented. This of course is NOT the fearful information that has fueled the mask wearing policies around the country.

The other question is, do masks represent a health hazard to the wearer? Two studies I read both indicated that there are additional health risks for mask wearers from the masks themselves. First was a study of healthcare workers who wore the masks for 3 hours. This study reported in the Journal of Lung, Pulmonary & Respiratory Research, revealed that the wearing of the N95 mask causes an increase in nasal resistance. This decreases the amount of oxygen going to the lungs and as a result headaches and other diminished oxygen effects happen. A second study reported on cloth masks which people are happily constructing and wearing. The researchers found that these actually have the potential to trap viruses in them and contribute to increased potential for infection. This was reported in Science Daily.

The question then is, with minimal potential positive benefit and some concerns for negative consequences, why are we being pressured by Costco and most other environments to wear masks. I think it is more a symbolic issue. The mask represents something. It is a veil. It is a symbol of compliance. It trains us in altering our behavior to meet the expectations of others.

Is there a potential for harm? That’s up to you to decide in prayer. Let me present one scripture for perspective:

""How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another, and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?" John 5:44 (NASB)

What is it to receive glory from one another? I believe this is all about conforming to the expectations of others and then using that conformity as an indicator for what is right or true can undermine our ability to believe and have faith.

Yeshua stated that this can, as it becomes a new norm undermine the power of God’s Word in our lives. Let’s look at an example of a similar situation in Mark 7:

"The Pharisees and some of the scribes gathered around Him when they had come from Jerusalem and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders; and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.) The Pharisees and the scribes *asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?" And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. 'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.' "Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men." He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition." Mar 7:1-9 (NASB)

I don’t want to get too sidetracked into this issue because in the big scheme of things masks are not that important either way but I do want to address what is behind this whole agenda of using this current health situation to precipitate a crisis and through the crisis begin to undermine the freedom that comes from the Spirit of God.

The freedom of the Spirit is a place that is called “being one” in the word of God. Oneness or Echad begins with God Himself. He is One or Echad.

"Jesus answered him, “The most important of all the commandments is this: ‘The Lord Yahweh, our God, is one!’" Mar 12:29 (TPT)

Yeshua’s declaration that this is the first and most important commandment means that it includes all of the others. What is a commandment? Instruction in righteousness. Instruction in righteousness is a principle of reality as God created it that aligns us with what is right and true. There is a harmony of righteousness. This is also known as the truth.

God is one. Yeshua is one.

"I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are." Joh 17:11 (NASB)

The Father and the Son are one. This means that they have a perfect alignment of the Spirit. They are in tune. Together they are the symphony of God. There is a harmony of Spirit that is the true music of creation, the song of the Lord. This is how creation comes into being. The Father sings in harmony with His Son, by the fellowship of the Spirit.

"For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Col 1:16-17 (NASB)

We think of the word as spoken. But speaking is really a form of singing affected by the modulation capacity of the voice. God and Yeshua sing reality into existence. That is why they are drawn to our praise and worship.

Oneness is then extended to the church, the kehillah, the called of the Lord. We are called to be one as well.

"I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. "The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. "Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world." Joh 17:20-24 (NASB)

So, what exactly is oneness? How is oneness connected to freedom? What does it truly mean to be free?

I cannot claim to fully grasp the oneness that Yeshua is speaking about because I believe that it has to be experienced rather than just explained conceptually. I do believe that I have had glimpses of it and can share those in hopes of coming more fully into the knowing of oneness.

First let me say that the anti-oneness is about fragmentation. Fragmentation comes from judgments and causes us to become frozen in the judgments. This is why there is such a push for polarization in our land today. As believer’s we need to guard our heart from polarization.

"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life." Pro 4:23 (NASB)

Does that mean that we become lukewarm? No! It means that we press in for oneness.

Oneness is that state of being where we become one with God, with Yeshua, with the Holy Spirit. In the place of oneness, we disappear into what we are doing. Like an elite athlete who has moments of being “in the zone”, we enter into a flow of the Spirit of Life in Christ.

This is the place in the Spirit beyond polarity, beyond condemnation into liberty and the exhilaration of life in the anointing.

"Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death." Rom 8:1-2 (NASB)

This is description of coming into oneness. It is also called the “law of the spirit of Life in Christ Jesus”. The word translated as “law” is the word nomos. Nomos literally is the picture of a grazing cow. This is the picture what nourishes a system of life. The nomos of sin and death is life source of rules and judgments that bring about polarization and death. The nomos of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus sets us free because it brings us int oneness. We lose the perception of separation and judgments and come into the unity of the Spirit. We have learn how to volitionally enter into the flow of oneness that comes from the Spirit.

Activation: Oneness Exercise

The exercise is simple. It takes a little imagination, but imagination is our most powerful intuition, and it opens doors. It goes like this: close your eyes, become aware of the people around you, the ones next to you, the ones next door, the ones driving down the street. Picture them in their homes on your block, or downtown in their office buildings. What are they doing? What are they thinking and feeling? Picture their hearts beating in their chests, the blood flowing through their arteries and veins. Think about how they’re breathing. Is it fast, or is it slow? Imagine that you can see their nervous systems, all lit up like a Christmas tree, and that you can feel what they are feeling. And ask yourself what all those nervous systems are keyed into, what stimulus affects them simultaneously, both subtle and dramatic. You have to know that what is affecting you is affecting them, whether you are conscious of it or not. Entrainment doesn’t only happen during big events like 911. It’s always happening. Where is it happening right now?

The dream of individuality keeps us from admitting that we’re really not that different from each other. This is where judgment comes in – if I can make you wrong, then I have just reinforced the dream. The reality is that we all react to things pretty much the same as everyone else. We may show it more or less, but it’s the same reaction. Viewed from a great height (metaphorically speaking) we are hard to differentiate.


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