Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their youngest son. Her older sons reside in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently lives in Florida and attends church at His Heart Ministries: Donna and Jack Rigney, Pastors

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Truth About Being ONE

What is true Oneness?  Will a one- world: government, monetary system or religion be the answer for today’s world?
Can being One with the universe lead you to heaven? God? Nirvana? Perfect Harmony?
Can there be a oneness with nature? A oneness with creation? What is the Truth about being One?

There is a polarity regarding being One with the universe vs being one with the God of the bible but does that expanse in thought truly need to exist? Many of you are probably familiar with the new movement called Coexist. In fact, you may have seen the term on car bumper stickers complete with images from several different world religions.

The Coexist movement differs from Oneness in the sense that people are encouraged to preserve their own religions while getting along with others of different faiths and Oneness suggests that all roads lead to the ‘universal whole’.
Jesus is clear in His description of being ONE with God, the Father. But we believe that ultimately, Oneness and Coexist have the same goal of enveloping a broad path to a ‘higher entity’ while circumventing the true Creator of all creation. But shouldn’t a “Onenesss” with all people be our goal?  Shouldn’t we LOVE one another as the scripture says?  Why does it matter if we reach GOD, the Father in heaven, as opposed to becoming our own gods in this world?  Isn’t UNITY a good thing?  From a biblical perspective, the Father of all Creation, wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the Truth.  What does that really mean?  Can’t we just tolerate all other people’s religions or lack of religion and just get along…. ‘All we need is love’ was a popular song by the Beatles. The hippies LOVE movement has been regenerated into the Coexist and Oneness movement it seems. How many of you remember the episode from the original Star Trek series in which space hippies got onto the Enterprise with hopes of finding a “Heaven” planet? Of course only the logical Spock could understand their desire adding credibility to the Oneness Movement at the time. It’s the same idea of universal wholeness through love of EVERYTING that is being promoted again today.
Spock asking: "Are you One?"

So, why does it matter?  What is this knowledge of the truth about being saved?  About loving one another?

Matthew 22:37-39 Living Bible (TLB)
Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’

That is the ultimate love standard.  This is a part of the knowledge of the Truth the Lord our God wants us to know.  HE also wants us to be ‘saved’ which means to have eternal life.  Jesus said that He came to give us ‘life and life more abundantly.’  (John 10:10). This ‘more abundant’ life comes from a knowledge of the truth that we are ONE with the Father, with Jesus Christ His Son, and with the Holy Spirit.  Jesus told us that He was IN the Father, and He told us how we can become One with them.

John 14:10-11 (NIV)
10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.
There is ONLY way to the Father, in heaven:
John 14:6 (NKJV)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

The Ultimate Oneness that we can be assured of is found in John 14:20 where Jesus tells us that we can KNOW that He is IN the Father, and that we are IN Him, and He is IN us!!

John 14:20 (AMP)
On that day [when that time comes] you will know for yourselves that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.

Have you ever seen a set of Russian ‘nesting dolls’ that is really a set of wooden dolls which fit inside one another and the final doll is the biggest one?  If you didn’t know how to twist open the largest doll, you might not discover the other dolls sitting inside each other! That is a good example of how we are ONE with the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!

A matryoshka doll (Russian: матрёшка; IPA: [mɐˈtrʲɵʂkə] ) also known as a Russian nesting doll, or Russian doll, refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size placed one inside another. (Wikipedia).

Imagine yourself as one of the dolls shown in the photo above. We are spiritually protected INSIDE the FATHER! This is the ULTIMATE PROTECTION:  Jesus is IN the Father, the Father is IN Jesus, we are IN Jesus, Jesus is IN us, the Holy Spirit is IN us, and we are therefore IN the Father (the biggest and largest of all)! Here is another way of looking at this spiritual truth:
2) Jesus in Father
3) Father in Jesus
4) Jesus in us
5) We are in Jesus
6) Holy Spirit in us
7) We are in the Father

The Holy Spirit is our Helper and Comforter, the Spirit of Truth who also dwells in us (John 14:17). Jesus is clear about how the Father and He will make us their dwelling place:
John 14:23 (AMP)
Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him.

Can this be true?  Is it possible in today’s world to be a dwelling place for Jesus?  How can we be assured of this? John chapter 15 talks about ‘abiding in Jesus’ because He is the vine and we are the branches.  How can we ‘abide in Christ’ on a daily basis?  One way is to read and believe in our hearts the truth about the scriptures, and to keep our mind focused on the Lord.
Jesus asks the Father to ‘keep us’…

John 17:11 (AMP)
I am no longer in the world; yet they are still in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, so that they may be one just as We are.
John 17:20-23 (AMP)
20 I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, 21 that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me. 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know[without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me.

This is the ultimate goal of ONENESS with the Father, with Jesus, and with the Holy Spirit of Truth… that we may be ‘perfected and completed into ONE’ in the Godhead.  This ONENESS with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is our inheritance when we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. (Romans 10:9)  In Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross, we are already washed clean by His shed blood and made whole by His stripes, scourging and beatings. Jesus says we are ‘already clean’ by the word which He has spoken to us. (John 15:3)
The ‘TRUE’ goal of this ONENESS is so that the world may BELIEVE without any doubt that Father God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, and that the Father’s Love is for all who will believe this. So if you ask us: “Are we One”? Our answer would have to be, yes we are One with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit because all other concepts of One are just dust in the wind.
~ Joanne and Sarah

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