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OK I was doing some research for marriage counseling. I came across a concept that has intrigued me since I read it. So I hope it edifies you as it continues to me. The idea has all kinds of applications but the most powerful one is its spiritual application, while it is interesting how it applies to intimacy in a consummate relationship. We all have two energies (for lack of a better word) at work within us. One of those energies is to release and the other is to be filled up.
And if those aspects of releasing and filling in a consummate married relationship are honored then intimacy can thrive, of course with releasing being stronger for men and being filled being stronger for women. When a women empowers a mans need to release and thus a man empowers a womans need to be filled up then intimacy, spiritual, emotional, and so forth, thrives.
I sit here and think of how we all constantly release stuff on Facebook and we come to social media to be filled up with the latest good news, insights, revelations, etc. And both of these activities are exciting and satisfying.
In a spiritual way, Paul tells us to be made full in the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 5:18 and that we are commissioned to release good news and share of His Spirit with others thus releasing the powerful things He has made you full of. Now this all started as a study in upbuilding intimacy in a married relationship, but I think it has powerful outcomes for building intimacy with the Spirit of God when we release His Spirit and seek to be filled up with His attitudes, motivations, and character traits, as well as all His good news. Could this also be why we might be falling into spiritual, emotional, social, marital anemia? Because we are so focused on getting filled that we do not release or vice versa. We need to be good at, being released to and releasing, getting filled and filling.
I hope this helps you all find greater intimacy as you empower each energy in your relationship with God. Also think of how this applies to your communal settings, in church we all like to be filled up with what is being released from the pulpit. When we are get with friends we seek to release the exciting and powerful things we have been filled with and we enjoy being filled up with others powerful insights, revelations, and good news.
Ok this has gone long, but I hope you have captured the insight this has offered me and you can find ways to apply it and see your relationships enriched. Blessings!
we light upon you,
From heaven to earth, in a manger stall
You came as a Light to shine upon all
Stars in the heavens and wise men did show
How in great grace you came to bestow
Animals and angels did come about
A story to be told without a doubt
Shepherds- apostles and prophets are told
Of how a love You would be so bold
Divine You came and divine You are
They came from near and came afar
In this season let us be true
May we all come close, very near to you
From manger to Most High
We dare not deny
You came with a calling
That we not be falling
From a Father’s love You were given
Love’s provision to live in
A child so mild sacrificed to forgive
That we may in His eternity live
In heart, we are family- us all and of You
Grant us of loving and kindness too
Shed abroad in our hearts unto others You be
Of a love so caring as You a baby so wee
May Your virtues abound here
Your Spirit resound near
Our immortal craving
Our mortal sustaining
We have come together to share this bounty before us
In these offerings we take care to be sure thus
Unto Your temple we do partake
For You have given so much for our sake
Full we to be
Glee fuller for Thee
So now also we give thanks for this dear ministry
Of those that have given here and around the tree
For this feast and full
Not a morsel too cool
We take care to be sharing
Not a gratitude sparing
May we share in the blessing of gifts given and got
But most of all- Your gift- give thanks as we ought
In the name Immanuel we pray
God with us to stay
2 Corinthians 10:5
English Standard Version
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
New American Standard Bible
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ,
King James Bible
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Below is my paraphrase-
Overthrowing by deposing and forcibly casting down calculated bottom line reckonings and every exalted presumptive high barriers that are raised up against the intimate first hand knowing of God and subdue by taking and leading captive every kind of thought, design, or purpose into union with the compliant submission of Christ to what is heard of Him.
The word obedience is this passage is hypakoe. This comes from akou “to hear” (which we use in part for the “echo” of echoventure) and the word hypo which means “under,beneath.” It is understood as our “submission to what is heard.” So literally this is to hypo-hear.
Psychology has a term called “self-talk” from which many people fight from to accomplish the above. I would like to propose that what changes us at our deepest reckonings and highest presumptions is what I would term “hypohearing.” It is when we come into compliance with an intimate knowing of God in which we hear Him speaking deep beneath our self talk and we draw from His fountain to overtake our thinking, designs, and purposed intents.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Are we in the ministry of reconciliation? Is the message you are bringing a redemptive, reconciliatory one? We have been given a sacred trust to make His appeal. Are we imploring others on behalf of Christ?
Consider the message and ministry you are bringing. Some minister a message of legalism... others a message of license... others a message of condemnation... others a message of fanaticism..... In a world of so many messages, is the message you have been entrusted one of reconciliation or does it carry the message of others that appeal to something other than being reconciled?
Live up to the sacred trust you have been entrusted with and be a minister appealing to and imploring others with His message of reconciliation.
We always want to keep ourselves and others in a place of gracious liberation, never do we want to move toward license to all things sinful and unclean but neither do we want to revert to the condemning fingerpointing of pharisaic legalism that Jesus was strongly against. We need to be full of compassion but also full of conviction, full of grace but full of sensibility, full of discernment but equally full of advocacy.
A "paraclete" advocates for everyone- they seek to hold no record of wrongs and life coach others. They are championed by the Holy Spirit and seek to move with Him in championing others. The Holy Spirit does convince and convict of unrighteousness, but He coaches with the fullness of grace and love in truth the solution all that we need to transform and transcend. He calls us to consecration empowered by His sanctification and not to condemnation into deeper despair and aversion.
Will we join the Holy Spirit in championing our own spirits and championing the spirits of others? Will we "paraclete" and see others overcome?
We either move in legalism on one end of the spectrum which leads to pharisaic fingerpointing and condemning- liberating by grace and championing others to upbuild their inner architecture if we are centered and well rooted- or giving over to license that leads to licentiousness and lasciviousness off the deep end. A condemning attitude will cause others to avert often into justifying their license more, shunning their shame, or searing their sensibility and conscience. A spirit of grace and championing will empower others to overcome, transform, and transcend from a deeper spiritual level. A position of license will lead to disregard of self, others, and move a person into an inner war against their own soul that exhibits itself in negative ways toward themselves and others and empowers their carnality with more misgivings.
If we are a legalist, we will embrace the psyche and all its psychologies and pathologies.
If we are a liberator, we will embrace the Spirit and all that He champions, transforms, and transcends.
If we are given to license, we will embrace our carnality and exhibits it.
Years ago while doing a word study on the voice of God, I came across an interesting semantic phenomenon. The biblical Greek word for voice was "phone". Somewhere in the days of Alexander Graham Bell, someone must have looked back in the words of time past and chosen phone as the word for our modern era communication devices. And I see this phenomenon occurring all over the place with the borrowing nature of our English language.
◄ 5456. phóné ►Strong's Concordance
phóné: a voice, sound
Original Word: φωνή, ῆς, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (fo-nay')
Short Definition: a sound, noise, voice
Definition: a sound, noise, voice, language, dialect.
NAS Exhaustive Concordance
probably from phémi
a voice, sound
While I love that God has bridged language across thousands of years, what I uncovered next in this study was quite interesting. At the root of the Greek word "phone" is the root word "phemi" This word is quite interesting. Here is its definition.
◄ 5346. phémi ►Strong's Concordance
phémi: to declare, say
Original Word: φημί
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (fay-mee')
Short Definition: I say
Definition: I say, declare.
5346 phēmí (from phaō, "shine") – properly, bring to light by asserting one statement (point of view) over another; to speak comparatively, i.e. making effective contrasts which illuminate (literally, "produce an epiphany").
So after reading the above definitions and doing a little combining of ideas. Next time that you voice your "phone" do so to "phemi-phao" shine and produce epiphanies. Or better yet get your illumination and epiphanies from answering God's "phone." Get His shine on and phone His epiphanies to all.