Sunday, January 15, 2017

Interpersonal systems are relative to circumstance

One's understanding is relative to the circumstance but depth allows you to not just perceive but know something different. Depth and Dimension is vision ..
Vision = Goal...

Continuing the concept of the goal attainment theory the second system is interpersonal. Interpersonal is defined by the concept of communication- information given from one person to another via face to face, written, television, or airwaves. Interaction- observed behaviors. Role- characteristics of give and take: learned, social,complex or situational. Stress- a dynamic state where human beings interact in the environment to develop, perform and grow.  Transaction- which is defined as a goal directed human behavior.

The great transaction happend three times in the Bible. Jesus preaching / teaching and healing ministry, the crucifixion and finally the resurrection  (which led to the descending of the Holy Spirit but that's not human behavior..)

The most important part of interaction is communication. Communication is defined as a connection verbal and nonverbal.  God communicates with us through His Word, the Word wrapped in flesh, who came to show us The Way.   (John 1:14) Jesus often communicated in parables because the mystery of the Kingdom could not be revealed until an appointed time. The Word would reveal itself- therefore The Word reveals Himself through us.

A little wordmatics for you.  COMMUNICATION( IS A CONNECTION) + GOAL = TRANSACTION (IS A DIRECTED HUMAN BEHAVIOR ).  Remember the 3 greatest transactions! Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will be done...GOAL!  The goal is to prepare the ground by preaching the gospel to the nations.  The connections are just as important to Kingdom as is the human behavior and role.

God has designed, formed and fashioned you uniquely for a time such as this. The communication we keep with one another is essential for the energy to connect in order to create the powerful force that will accomplish the will of Christ.

As Jesus taught his disciples (role) the process was defined by action and reactions and interaction.  The same three processes that one uses to evaluate the personal system.  The action, reaction and interaction is from social, learned, complex and situational opportunities .  It was evident that the ability to communicate differed between the disciples.  Vastly due to occupation, social status and education; but what should be noted is that as a disciple all were equal as they were servants.  Yes, disqualified were qualified and it was a mixture of people.  Jesus didn't come for the qualified.. He came to qualify the disqualified. (Matthew 9:11-13) (Luke 5:32)

Often when Jesus taught it was on a mountain. Actually, the mountain was very significant in many scenes in the Bible. Why a mountain, why refer to a large rock or mass of earth so many times and make it a reference point.  It was on the mountain top where Noah's ship landed and he sent a dove out to find life..  Jesus was led to a mountain top to be tempted, He taught on a mountain, He eventually died on the mountain and rose again on the mountain!
Mountains represent large earth mass that can not be moved, rather difficult to climb and more so optional rather than mandatory, the mountain also represents elevation. Knowledge (He taught) (Proverbs 1: 2-5) is the key to elevation, perseverance and endure (His trial), and finally rise.. What I like about the definition of the mountain is that its defined as a mass.. well relative to that is the equation for dimension mass length and time. Force times distance = work. When you multiple force and distance you get work, simply stating all that is in you must go the distance to see God work!  Its not our force, the kingdom is not of word but of Power.. The presence of power is the presence of God.

Jesus went up to that mountain and taught those disciples that it was time to rise, going up a mountain takes endurance and strength, learning is a combination of need and desire. Remember role is defined as characteristics of give and take through learned, social, complex or situational interactions.  Each disciple went up the mountain not knowing what was given to them because it was yet to be applied. The only  information from the Father that was directly given to Peter was when Jesus asked who do you say that I am.  Why do you think that was, when every other time the word came from The word (Jesus) Himself.  Because its not who you say you are, its who God says you are!!!


You are unique in every way.. You are designed for greatness.  When Life touches the treasure deep within you are operating in your role because your treasure is a connection to the transaction.  Communication is more than just words, its our exchange with one another that will produce an interaction (observed behavior).

Depth and Dimension equal heights... You are more than a conquer, You can do all things through Christ that strengthens you... You've been assigned to the mountain to make it move, and if it doesn't move conquer it and over come it... Its not in your strength or in your might, but by the Power of the Living God YOU WILL RISE 



Friday, January 13, 2017

Its Personal Part 2- How did you get here?

A man surveys the beach day and night searching-  He goes from the beginning at the gate until the break of the ocean tide with no area untouched that is covered by sand.  He uses a treasure (metal) detector to alert Him where the treasure lies.  He knows that the treasure is near by the sound that the detector gives off when natural materials are found.  As He moves in closer the sound gets louder signifying the man to dig--  What lies underneath, what has been covered up for so long---  The treasure detector responds to the sounds of the life crying from underneath the surface.  

Continuing the study of the Goal Attainment theory coined by Imogene King (Imagine King) (Not her theory at all -- its called Kingdom Perspective but okay.. ) the personal system is comprised of body, image, growth, perception, space / time  and self.  In order to define those systems, each system is processed through perception, judgement, action, reaction and interaction.  All of which is necessary prior to interacting with interpersonal systems and social systems.  The previous blog we identified our self worth through Christ.  Our worth is defined by His saving power- His death and resurrection is the beginning and end of our worth, "He thought I was to die for.."  Remember there are both sides of the equation that must be evaluated.   

How did you get here?  

John 10:10  --  For the thief come to kill, steal and destroy, but I have come that you have life and life more abundantly.   

What or who has come to kill your self esteem, what or who has come to steal your joy, what or who has come to rob you of the future that God has planned for you? Better question:  Why did you allow it?  Not being able to operate in the fullness of life indicates that there is a deficit somewhere- there is an imbalance if you will.  If you see your life joyless, without abundance, and going in the same direction as it was for the last decade  or more, then I would like to submit to you that something is out of line, or simply hidden.   The presence of lack is the absence of abundance, the presence of desire means something needs to be fulfilled, the presence of anger is evidence pain. So again how did you get here and where is it that you are going?  

Its time to dig

Light can only get in when something is broken?  To find the treasure you have to break away or dig through the mounds of sands.  Our life is equivalent to beach in every way.  Life, comes from water, the beginning is the gate.  John 10:9-  The Daleth "I am the gate who ever enters through me will be saved, they will come in and go out, and find pasture." John 7:38- Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow within them."  Plainly stating that when we are broken and enter the gate He will save us, and dig to find treasure underneath that meets the brink of life. Once life touches the treasure it unlocks the box and you have now interacted with abundant life.  But you have to dig first and let him clean some thing ups to find what is under the surface.  Its time to dig the wells.  

A well is defined as a shaft shaft sunk into the ground to obtain water, oil or gas, an enclosed space giving room or to allow light or ventilation.  In the verb tense it means to rise to the surface and spill or about to spill( to well up ).  Genesis 15: For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham, the Philistine stopped them and filled them with earth.  You see the enemy comes in and fills up a place that was enriched with abundance dry up the life that was within.  Another story in the Bible - The Gospel of John 4:1-42, depicts the woman at the well who found her Life and Truth.  This well was not stopped up in fact she was drawing water at the time when she met Jesus.  Perception, judgement, action and interaction all happened here, She perceived Jesus to be the Messiah based on Truth,  judgement was perceived (but not given / she was not condemned- but was told the Truth) she interacted with the Truth acknowledging Jesus to be the Messiah and did NOT deny that He was right-  the last part was her action.  She ran into the city and told everyone of the coming of the Messiah and brought many back with her to meet him.  She could have been ashamed and hid the truth from others but she didn't -- she acknowledged it. The focus is not her sin, but rather how she dealt with it and how she was dealt with.  

You see, the truth set her free from her hidden life.  John 8:32- Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.  She entered at the well seeking water, but what she got was The Way, the Truth and Life.  How many times do we not live in a life that is more abundant because we are emerged in shame of our truths.   Its time to dig the wells, its time for revival.  Its time that one evaluates their personal system and interact with the process in order to be free and live in the life that Jesus died for you to have. 

Acknowledging the truth about oneself also identifies the lies of enemy.  If you are not willing to hear the truth then you are not willing to live the life that God has for you--  Let the living waters flow and cleanse you so that you may have a discovery of what life lay underneath the layers of the world.  There is someone out there waiting for what you have but you have to be willing to release the labels, the image, the past, the untruths, and reach for Victory.  Thanks be unto God, He gives us the Victory through our Lord Christ Jesus.   You have to take the step through the gate to receive the Victory.   He is the gate, He is the way, He is the water, He is the life and He is the Victory.

Let the wells be filled with life and well up with abundance in truth, joy, happiness, love, patience, kindness, success.

"Once life touches the treasure you have now interacted with abundant life."

In Christ we have Victory!  Freedom is yours--- Its a new dawn, its a new day, its a new life for you!!! In the words of Nina Simone-

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Its Personal Part 1

Goal Attainment Theory-- Part 1--   A closer look at the process of each system

Personal System

The goal attainment theory is not only a psychological theory but applied theory that transformed palliative care in the field of nursing.  Imogene King--   coined the theory to exemplify the dynamic between the nurse and patient.  Side note:  How ironic (I think not) that her name is Imogene (say it out loud and to me its Imagine King)  --   Her theories are not only related to a nursing environment but if applied in the biblical sense it is the quintessential essence of Kingdom transformation and the power of Christ that is revealed in the outcome.  

Lets just say "her" theory (I think not-- I think she took the credit for what God revealed to her but that is another blog) applied to our personal being, our living, our perception of self and how we impact change.  Really that is what God does--  lets not skirt around the fact that its not her theory its kingdom perspective.   The complete work is what we are to interact with in order to achieve the desired result-- but there is a process to do so and this is not what you call self help.   So many authors and books about self help and yet we still live in a world that is fashioned by the coined phrases of this generation that do not exude excellence.   So I have a shirt that says, She believed she could- so she did--  Only after Christ revealing certain things to me about me, I realize that this statement here could get you into some serious trouble--  Yes its empowering, yes believe, but when you believe in you more than you believe who is in you then you my friend are in a position to be set up for a set back or a fall.  We live in a time that says take pride in yourself-- Ouch, there's another one.  Are these really kingdom principles or is this the world setting you up for the spirit of the world and therefore you never really transform to the will of Christ.   We have to remember who empowers us, when one says I believe in me--  what are they saying?  Something needs to change in that statement but only when you know Christ and what HIS word says will you recognize that its not- She believed she could so she did-- its We believed He could so He did!!  You think it says the same thing but really its not.  But if you don't know any better than yes  you will live out those words- that is why its important to have people around you who live and breath the same thing you do because if not "like a hamster you will be spinning on the same wheel"  (I took that from Pastor Powell's message he preached on Sunday...) 

Looking at the transformation process its understood that in order for one to conform to the will of Christ they must be in Christ- Question?  If you are not who you are called to be in Christ then are you in Christ, or better question is He in you  or are you just watching from the sidelines.   The answer is really two fold, how much of you do you choose to hold onto before you figure out that two can not share the same space.  Not so, not even a little a bit.  For you -- goal attainment is achievable and that is destiny, that is perfect will of Christ for your life, one that was designed for you according to Jeremiah 29:11.   

The theory has a three part process within three separate systems.  The process includes action, reaction and interaction while it is applicable to three systems, personal, interpersonal and social.  The personal system is compromised of self- mind body and soul- perception and growth.    Understanding that Jesus defines your worth you will look at self differently.  The Aleph is from the Hebrew gematria and means physical and spiritual (the beginning or you could say the very being).  Aleph is defined by the picture an ox which translates to strength, oneness, YHVH, beginning of all and without end. 

What does Jesus say about self worth?
Beginning and end of all issues with self worth start with the death and resurrection of Christ.
Jesus died for you so that you can know who you are through His death-  Your are loved, favored, worthy, forgiven, redeemed.   
Anthony Brown:  " You thought I was worth saving-- so you came and changed my life, you thought I was worth keeping so you cleaned me up inside"
Saving = changed
Keeping = cleanliness
to die for = sacrifice 

Seems pretty cut and dry--  so where do you go wrong?  Well it starts with the world and how you see yourself in it.  That is the first mistake--  We are called to live in this world, but be not of it.  Then life's decisions and circumstances mold us if we are not empowered with the word of God.  So here is goes:

Insecurities = lies
shame = deception
too far gone = never coming back
broken beyond repair = shattered  

Check list time--  Every decision that you make in life relates to these categories but are indirectly related to a spirit--  (careers, social environments, relationships, friendships etc.)

Poor self image
Poor decision making
No self worth
Not good enough Or just good enough

The perception of self will always determine how far one goes, so before entering into another system the process of the personal must be mastered.   The process within the personal system is action, reaction and interaction.  The action is change, the reaction is the compliance to change, and the interaction is applying what is being changed in order for that area to be transformed.  Picture the ocean and the tide, as the waves rise up, they crash and draw back the sand- and continue to do so until life is revealed under the surface,  The layers of iniquity formed a hardened surface around the spirit- The process of transformation is through cleansing.   Something rises up, knocks it down and then pulls away everything that has hindered personal growth.  This ultimately builds up strength but also frees you from the weight of the sin but most importantly it reveals who is underneath all of that.   It is important to know both sides of the equation-  any business person will tell you that in order to make an educated decision in investment you have to know both sides of the equation - taking a look at profit and what the overhead will be.  Its about a choice to invest and where you invest determines what side of the equation you are on.  

You see, the personal system is compromised by the world but redeemed by Christ through the transaction at the cross.  Time is relative to this as it relates to the definition of the personal system (system is comprised of body, image, growth, perception, space / time, self) because its when the world and Christ collide the transaction takes place.  Picture it--  its the cross..  Vertical and Horizontal--  Vertical is up and down (heaven and earth) Horizontal is side to side (to and fro)  The world runs to and fro and Christ is heaven and earth--  So when the kingdom of Christ comes to battle the transaction takes place--  Its like getting T-boned (a collision) --  Up and down also represents elevation -- a ladder -- change.  Side to side is to oscillate.  A book written by Darius Pliyknas, "The Oscillation Paradigm" describes Autopoietic systems and in the Greek that means, self-generating -- in a closed system.  When the investment is made in a closed system there is no increase BUT when the investment is made where there is growth-- there is increase.   One will not grow beyond what is put in.  

Self worth can not depend on man's acceptance of you!  The Bible says in Genesis 1:26-  Let us make mankind in our image and in our likeness.  Mankind should be a reflection of what God created us to be- the text further describes that it is in this image that we are to rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky- meaning that man is a powerful being with authority but in the image of God which means God greater in man or man one with God in order to walk in dominion and authority.  2 Corinthians 3:18- We all, with open face beholding in glass the glory of the Lord are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord--  The confidence is not in ourselves but Godfidance-  Confidence in God rather than self that we be made in His image and move in His being.  

The entire Bible reveals the process of transformation when God chose people to use.  Look at Gideon-  Gideon the least of many; Gideon needed the confidence to know that God was with him so he continued to ask for signs for his confidence in God which in reverence says he feared the Lord--  He was stripped of the multitude of troops and was given minimal to defeat the enemy.  You want a sign that God is with you-- take a look around and see what you have left.   Its in our lack that we know that hand of God sustains and transforms us.  Gideon, became the man of valor in Judges 6.  the tax collector who knew of His sin but when encountered Jesus repented and followed.  Esther, a poor Jewish girl raised by her uncle brought to palace, Jacob -- and only through his ladder (or I should say latter) did he wrestle for his new name.  What do all of these people have it common--  They were moved into a place that they were not familiar with, they did not have it altogether, in fact each were not qualified but the power of God transformed them.  

The disqualified become qualified within Christ, even the disciples.  You see, and please really think about what I am saying.  I know that people can judge what you say based on who they think you are and therefore have the incorrect perception of what it is that you are trying to say.  Ignorance does not pay by any means, but the great reveal and strength is to acknowledge that we do not know therefore we seek and it is only in a state of ignorance would you seek to find the wisdom and knowledge of Christ.  Ignorance is a state, it can be changed.   Don't ever feel disqualified because of the fact that you don't know.   If continue to search it says that you are willing to be emptied and filled with the right spirit and mind, right knowledge and understanding-- If you knew too much then the two systems would fight- Why do you think the computer configures itself when you upgrade.  You can't have two systems operating. This is how the reaction interacts with the process of action-- its a formula that is used for your personal system to transform.   The interaction of the process is to seek because its a reaction to the initial action of change.  Continue to seek, continue to pursue, continue to grow.   This is  proven in the Bible-  Isaiah 46:10 says, I will show you the end from the beginning and my purpose will stand, and I will do as I please.  Go back to Jeremiah 29:11--  For I know the plans I have for you--  There is always an expected end--  Its the journey that makes the difference.   Its still the very beginning of the new year, if you were disqualified just know that your journey can begin today to be qualified.  It is never too late and you are never too far gone to enter the race--  The only race not won is the one not entered.