“Will Luke Teach One More?”

That is the question, and you will have to see the movie to find out, but we have a Teacher, Luke Skywalker; we have a powerful subject to learn, the way of the force; and we have a hungry student, Rey; but will the Teacher teach one more? It only takes one, you know.

In our last article we talked about Luke secluded on the island and compared it to Elijah and his cave. In some ways, the comparison still seems to fit. God asked Elijah, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” Rey seems to be asking the same question of Luke.

After Elijah gave his little prepared speech, which he actually gave twice, after God asked him the same question twice, then God ordered him out of the cave and sent him on another mission, which also included finding his replacement. God even told him the name of the person to find.

But we note Elijah was not given a quick ticket out. That chariot did not show up for a while. So what was going on during that time period? Did his replacement need training? Was this depressed man hiding in a cave going to be able to rise to the need of a student?

We find Elijah locating his replacement, Elisha, in I Kings 19:19. He found Elisha plowing a field with a team of oxen. He happened to be the twelfth team of twelve in the field. So this is his student? This is the life he is use to, a farmer, and hard physical labor?

Verse 19 says Elijah walked over, threw his cloak across Elisha’s shoulders, and then simply walked away! Oh my. Elisha had to know whose mantle was now resting upon his shoulders. And there he goes, walking away! You better think fast, Elisha. Are you ready for such a mantle as this? Can you afford to let the Teacher walk away? Or do you need him?

It says Elisha left the oxen and ran after the Prophet/ Teacher. He asked the Prophet for time to say goodbye to his family. And the Prophet said, “Go on back, but think about what I have done to you.”

What I have done to you…

Think about what I have done to you.

Elisha immediately returned to his oxen, his livlihood, slaughtered them, and used the plow for wood to build a fire and sacrifice the oxen. Something in Elisha was ready for what the Teacher would do to him. In our movie, has Skywalker decided he will never do to another, what he tried in the past, to be the teacher?

It’s a powerful thing to be a teacher, and a great honor to serve in such a way. Depending on the subject, there may be many teachers, or only a few. There may be great teachers, and not so great. But the hungry student needs training for that which he desires to pursue, and the greater the desire, the more the student realizes the value and need of the teacher.

We invite the teacher to do something to us. Turn us into more than we are now, and this is the mastery of which I seek! How bad do you want it? How high do you consider the value of what this teacher teaches? His subject may not offer much in worldly gain, or an easy path, but it still has value? What is the value of what you seek? You must be convinced of its value for yourself. What are you judging the value based upon? Double check your motives, and choose wisely.

Bruce Lee loved being a teacher, and he was highly sought after. He broke down barriers in his quest to teach. He fought many battles, inspired many people, and even caused a movement. The power of a powerful teacher. Bruce taught a certain kind of fighting style, even the way of having no way. Jesus teaches a fighting style too.

For those of us desiring mastery in our Lord’s way, we have God’s Word, the Holy Spirit in us, and also many people God has called and gifted down through the ages to be teachers, mentors, and pastors of God’s Way. I think I need a second article on this, but in the meantime, choose your teachers well, and consider what they will do to you.

Rey knows she needs a teacher, but this one she has found may be badly damaged. Still, no one else knows what he knows. Who else can she go to? The dark side? Will he rise to teach one more?

How about you? Are you a teacher? Does your subject have true value? Will you rise to teach one more? Do you know what your subject will do to a person? Will it change their life in a powerful and worthwhile way? Us teachers will answer for what we do to our students. Let us teach well. Let us teach that which has true value, and let us pursue excellence!

Merry Christmas to one and all.

 

Where are the Bruce Lees of Christianity? Part II

“And if a man also strive for masteries, yet he is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” (II Timothy 2:5)

In other words, you don’t get your black belt, son, unless you prove the proper skills of a black belt. Pulling out a gun and blowing your opponent away will not get you a black belt, even if it’s a black belt martial artist you just blew away. You got to “learn the way of your Way”. And for the Christian, that means, how do I live by priestly skills, not carnal ways. Hhmmmm.

Do you really believe in the power of God’s Spirit? Do you really believe there is true power there? Do you believe it enough to construct your whole life around that belief, and learn those skills? Will you pursue those skills at least as hard as Bruce Lee pursued his fighting skills? Does our Master not deserve even more devotion?

ARE YOU REAL? Maybe you “are” living by the way of your Way? You’re just not being honest about what your “Way” really is. The church has let so many “worldly ways” sneak into the sanctuary that no one is sure what’s eternal and what’s temporary any more. Soon we will be confused as to male or female.

As I have said, it’s hard for a naked man to defend his position. Bruce Lee was true to the words he spoke. He was true even unto death. He practiced what he preached, and he sought to constantly improve those skills and to have a better understanding of a more perfect way of self-defense.

We have the Word of God. As we study, we should have seasons of growth where we come to a “better understanding” of what God hath said. When we do, are we faithful to grow, change our way, practice the new understanding until we have it down pat? Or do we simply continue in the old, in the lesser, in the mediocrity, in the luke-warmness, the no-fire? If so, we need an awakening.

I intend to die like Bruce Lee, living what I preach. Living by what I have learned, and constantly seeking even better understanding, a more perfect Way. This is one reason I’m building the Tipi. I couldn’t take it anymore. I had to do something that was true to what God has showed me, cause I couldn’t seem to practice it in the modern church of our day. Even our government pleasing ways make me sick. Am I anti-America? Not at all. Earthly kingdoms will do what earthly kingdoms will do. But when I allow them to influence what I teach from the Word of God, just so I can maintain my precious tax-exemption, that’s being anti-Kingdom of God!

What did Jesus do? What would the Apostle Paul do? What would Bruce Lee do? What would an upcoming Jedi Knight do? Light or darkness? Are we willing to endure hardness to be a warrior? This is “the way of the Way”. 

Jesus did not hide “the way of the Way”. Neither did the Apostle Paul or any of the other Disciples. Neither did Bruce Lee or any other warrior try to hide the hardness of this Way. But there is also joy here. And there is power here. As we climb in mastery, there are also all the benefits contained in mastery.

Acts 1:8a> “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:…”

Yes, there is power there, but it is the power of Priesthood. It is in more of the Holy Spirit. It is of that “Way”. So if you want to learn that “Way”, then you better learn to pray. Jesus said you can do “nothing” without me. It all starts on our knees drinking more of God’s Spirit as we pray and worship. The two go together. They are like the two wings of the eagle.

Never forget this is not our home. Spiritually speaking, we are the Children of Israel in the wilderness after coming out of Egypt. When God moves, when the cloud moves, you better learn to flow with Him, stay in the Shadow, His will and presence, His secret place. This is “Godwalker”. And you better learn to gather your “manna”, your spiritual sustenance everyday. These things were all for a picture to us to learn from and receive revelation of how Spirit life works. Have you seen this? Are you awakened?

I know what God had me do. He had me start right here, gathering my daily manna, in prayer. I was no longer allowed to take God for granted, or fail to appreciate His power in my life. I became very conscious of my “first-fruits” to God every day. How I broke my fast as one of his priest. Every night as we sleep, we enter a state of fasting. When we eat “break-fast”, we break the fast. I don’t manage to do this every single day, and I am not under some “law”, but at least 95% of the time I enter prayer and worship before coffee. In other words, I seek God’s Way in my life before I break the fast. I render first-fruits unto Him. Prayer before coffee has become one of my priestly mottoes.

There is great power in this understanding, because there is no good thing in us, and if there is to be good things come of us, then it is only when “God in us” produces those things supernaturally. So if we become faithful in drinking of the POWER OF GOD, which is His HOLY SPIRIT, then all these other things begin to supernaturally grow within us. This is God’s WAY. Not based on our own abilities, but based on His. Not based on our own power, but based on our obedience to the revelation we currently have, and our desire for more. Constant growth unto a more perfect day. Selah.

In the coming movie, our new Jedi needs a trainer. Let the Holy Spirit be your trainer. Jesus says: Walk with me. God says: Learn my Ways. Holy Spirit says: I will train you.

Now we’re getting somewhere.

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Where are the Bruce Lees of Christianity?

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.” (I Cor. 9:25)

When did we settle? When did we lose interest in mastery? When did we decide “good enough” was “good enough”? When did we lose the fire that creates someone like an Apostle Paul, or a Bruce Lee?

Is there anything more important than eternity? And yet we have settled for the temporary, lost interest in the Spirit, slid into complacency and compromise, and we are no longer on the warrior’s journey.

We need an awakening.

In just a few more weeks the newest episode of “Star Wars” hits the big screens. I still remember when the last one was coming out. remember what they were saying? “There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?”

Have you achieved Black Belt in your Christianity? Is that a weird thing to ask? What do you think Paul is talking about when he is speaking of striving for mastery? Have you decided a brown belt, or even white, is good enough for eternal things? Good enough for God? Good enough for now?

This series is meant to be motivational. It’s meant to light a fire under our pathetic spiritually fat butt and wake us up! I can assure you the devil is fully awake, but are we? Can anyone write anything that might light our fire again? Can mere words stir us with a vision of climbing God’s mountain of mastery?

I don’t know. Perhaps I write this only for myself, to keep myself on fire!

I had a strange thing happen to me when I was 38. I was at a movie about the life of Bruce Lee: “Dragon”. I was there alone. I didn’t need company to enjoy something about Bruce Lee. He amazed me. There was something about his devotion and dedication to the warrior’s path that always inspired me.

I was shocked when he suddenly died. Now they were making movies about him, and this actor was pretty good. In the dark of that theater I was really getting into it, really enjoying it, totally focused, when out of nowhere I could have sworn I heard a voice say: “Why don’t you let me teach you Black Belt Christianity?” That question changed my life from that point on. It even changed what I saw in the rest of the movie. Every Chinese Kung Fu movement became, what is the spiritual equivalent of that?

Weird huh. Yes, unusual. And whether I heard a real voice or not, it was powerful enough it changed the trajectory of my life. It was the closest thing to hearing an actual verbal voice I have ever come. It was a personal encounter I cannot prove. The life I have lived since that time is the only evidence I have to offer that it was real. Obviously, whether real or not, it was real to me. And so perhaps I have a little different slant on things I teach from God’s Word. My path with God has been different than the “Bible College” path. Consider these verses in the NLT.

“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (I Cor. 9:24-27)

Recently I started watching a 50 episode Netflix series on the life of Bruce Lee. Fifty episodes! I can’t think of anyone else such an extensive work has been done about. Not all in one series like this. But I must say it took me back to that day in the theater, and it reminded me of how I have kept the fire burning in my belly ever since.

Bruce Lee was an apostle, an ambassador for Chinese Kung Fu, and his Jete Kune Do. (Maybe I got that right.) At any rate, he was fully dedicated and devoted. He showed us what a true warrior is. It’s not hard to translate Bruce Lee’s example, or the Apostle Paul’s example into the circumstances of my own life. Am I a warrior for the Kingdom of God, having true effect against evil principalities scripture tells us about? Have I sought mastery? Or is it good enough to simply be the Christian civilian that the warriors have to constantly protect and rescue?

In this series I plan to use not only Bruce Lee and the warrior’s journey as an analogy, but I also want to use Star Wars and the need of a true Word of God awakening! What has God actually said?!

In another place the Apostle Paul challenged Timothy to endure hardness as a true soldier (warrior) of Jesus Christ. Do we know this hardness? Are we on fire? Where do we start?

I hope these writings will inspire. I pray they will motivate us all. And where should we start? What is the mastery we seek? Our power is in our Priesthood. We need to learn how to walk with God. Not a Skywalker, but a Godwalker, an Enoch people. I hope you’re with me on this warrior’s journey. I intend to inspire myself, but I hope I’m not the only crazy person that feels this way and sees these things.

I may write several things over the next 4 days, so stay tuned. We’re just getting started.

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