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The One That Did Not Get Away

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This is a Long Form Blog Post that I will Publish in Four Parts.

Part 1

A True Fish Tale

I am going to tell you a True Fish Tale. This one, unlike all of the other fishermen who tell these tales is … one hundred percent (100%) true! No really! Now, who can account for memory? After all, it was a few years ago …

It started when I went on my first Tuna Charter Fishing Trip. It was a great trip. All of my fishing brothers got sea sick, as usual with this group. Although they swear they never get sea sick … except for every time. The Atlantic Ocean was very rough that morning, in their defense. 

So, by the time the first bites began to come in I was the only one who was upright and not below in the cabin with his head hanging over a bucket. I caught one Mahi Mahi. The First Mate and I had to drag the other guys out of bed to catch some other fish including a huge Mackerel. 

The One That Should Have Never Gotten Away

But this story is about The One That Should Never Have Gotten Away. During that trip I had another, much larger Mahi Mahi on the line. This was ocean fishing and without getting into the intricacies of fishing, we were not fishing “wrecks.” Thus we were not just dragging the fish up off of the bottom of the ocean, while they were feeding near the sunken debris which provides cover for the fish that we were trying to catch. 

This was “back trolling” for larger ocean fish who feed on passing schools of smaller fish. Relative to the type of fishing that we were doing, I was supposed to “keep this fish down”, as opposed to just setting the hook and reeling the fish up from the bottom, as is done when wreck fishing.

When you are trying to “keep a fish down”, you are essentially trying to ensure that you reel in enough slack in the line, while the fish, of course, tries to get away or get off of your hook. The fish does this by either swimming really quickly toward the boat and occasionally jumping in the air. Or they try to swim away from the boat, which makes it easier to keep the line tight, ensuring no slack develops in the fishing line. When there is slack in the line, it is easier for a jumping fish to “throw the hook.” This is where the fish instinctively attempts to dislodge the hook from its mouth and swim away. It is actually a game of precision.

When reeling the fish in, you are trying not to “horse” the fish, by reeling too hard because you can just pull the hook from the fish. However, you are also trying not to give the fish too much leeway or “drag” so the fish can create slack and “throw the hook.” You accomplish this by reeling just hard enough to ensure that the fish remains underwater as much as possible, while it tires itself out. Then you can easily reel it in to the boat. You use the water as counter pressure in order to tire the fish out. If it jumps, it has a greater chance of “throwing the hook” and getting away.

This one got away … 

But it was not supposed to get away …

The First Mate kept telling me to “keep it down”, “keep the slack out”, “don’t let it run on you”, and “don’t let it jump.” But “if it jumps, cut the slack and keep the line tight.”

Prior to that Tuna Fishing trip, most recently I had fished wrecks. As such, I could just set the hook and reel them in. This made it a lot easier to keep the line tight. And when the fish jumped it was because I had brought it up from the bottom and was bringing it into the boat. However, those are typically much smaller fish. These are large fish and they fight like crazy, as well they should, not to get caught.

Again, this one got away …

But it should not have gotten away …

At least not according to me. I caught a nice sized Mahi Mahi, but I lost a much larger one. I let the proverbial “one that got away”, run at the boat … and then jump … and then throw the hook. I was not able to keep the fish down under the water and use the water to create counter pressure on the fish. I tried to reel the fish, too often, as if I was just trying to drag it in from the bottom of the ocean. 

Different situations … 

Call for different tactics …

Elisha & The Shunemite Woman

I told that little 100% True Fish Tale because it reminded me of a situation that I have recently encountered and a Bible Story that became quite instructive for me as it pertained to me finding my way out of a confusing situation and into a positive conclusion. Now if that above fish tale was not true, I would have caught the larger fish and at worse I would have missed the smaller Mahi Mahi. Then again, this story is actually about The One That Did Not Get Away …

In the Bible Book of Second Kings Chapter four, it tells a story of a woman that Elisha the Prophet met when he passed through the town of Shunem which was located in the territory allotted to the Children of Issachar (2 Kings 4:8-37, NLT). When the itinerate Prophet Elisha passed through Shunem, this wealthy woman urged him to come to her home and have something to eat. She must have been an excellent cook and a gracious hostess, because every subsequent trip through Shunem, Elisha and his servant Gehazi would stop at her home to have something to eat.

The lady said to her husband that she knew that this man was a Holy Man of God or a Prophet of God. She suggested to her husband that they should build him a room on the roof of their home, which was a “thing” back in that day. They built the spare bedroom on the roof of the house. She also suggested putting a lamp, table, and bed in the room for him to be able to not only eat at their home but also so the Man of God could have a place to rest when he passed through town. A home away from home. The husband agreed and so they did.

The One That Did Not Get Away | Part Two

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As If It Mattered to God …

And In Return …

Elisha, of course was quite grateful for all that the Shunemite woman and her husband had done and provided for him. He called his attendant Gehazi to his room on the roof of the house and asked him to call the Shunemite woman to his room. He told Gehazi to tell her that he appreciated all that she had done for him. He asked her what he could do for her in return? He asked if he could put in a good word for her with the King or with the Captain of the Army of Israel. 

She begged off and told him that she was quite well taken care of by her own people. Thus, she did not need him to repay her kindness. However, Elisha really wanted to do something nice for the Shunemite woman and her husband. 

So, Elisha persisted with his inquiry. He again relayed his desire to Gehazi and asked what he could do for her? He wondered what she might need that Gehazi might know about. Something that the Man of God could give to a Faithful Woman of God who had shown him such abundant kindness. Gehazi told Elisha that she does not have a son and her husband is an old man.

Now that statement from Gehazi is laced with bisemous double entendre. And it was not so kind to her husband. Many Preachers have had fun at this ‘old man’s’ expense. 

But not me … 

More about him in a few …

So Elisha told Gehazi to call her back to his room. This time he Prophetically told the Shunemite woman that next year this time she would be holding a son in her arms. A New Born Baby Boy! 

Now she probably had been, like many married couples, trying to conceive for quite some time. Obviously, she and her husband, the ‘old man’ had not been successful. Gehazi’s back handed inuendo aside … They had simply not been, to date, able to conceive a child.

Again, she had likely been trying to produce a child for quite a while and had spent many a day and night in prayer. Wondering why her prayers had gone unanswered? 

She implied that she had been trying to have a child for such a long time, without success, that she had essentially given up. She had, in her heart and mind, written it off. She settled on the idea that “God just does not want us to have a child …” But it was obviously a desire of her heart (Psalms 37:4).

When the Man of God promised her a child in exactly one year from the moment of the conversation, she said “no my lord, please do not get my hopes up.” In modern parlance “don’t play with my emotions, SMOKIE!” 

Disappointed & Dejected

See, she had likely done what many of us do, when we are disappointed by the lack of manifestation of a Deeply Implanted Desire of our heart. Sometimes we will run off and try to fulfill the Desire, in our own way. Some of us receive a Promise from God relative to a particular thing.  And instead of waiting for it to Manifest as God sees fit, in His Time, and by His Hand. We run off and attempt to “land the fish” in any way we can. We just try to reel that sucker in as fast as we can. 

Saying to ourselves and to God “Jehovah Jireh you made the Promise … but I can take it from here!” We do not realize that what God Promises, He will Deliver, even if it comes in His Time and in His Sovereign Way (2 Corinthians 1:20). 

Alternatively, we can just become so frustrated with the waiting process that we can just flat out give up. Then we try to do that Jedi Mind Trick of blocking it out of our heart, mind, and memory. We begin to say things like “Some people just aint supposed to get married … I was never supposed to catch that fish … didn’t nobody want to have a baby anyway … I didn’t really want that stinkin’ job anyhow …” 

How we do go on! But it never works! Not if the Desire of your heart was put there or Implanted there by God!

God Gives … And Then Gives You The Desires of Your Heart

I Believe that God Gives you the Desires of your heart or Implants those Desires in your heart. Then He Alone, in His Time, Manifests those Desires (Psalms 37:4; John 15:1,5,&7; Hebrews 11:1). Anything that we manifest on our own is not at all what God Promised. Nor is it the Manifestation of what He implanted in our hearts (Genesis 22:13-14). 

Our job is to stay the course and remain on Enoch’s Journey with God until we reach “Was Not”. This is also known as the Promised Land. This occurs during the time of God’s Manifestation and Delivery of the Desire of our heart.

So, my friend the Shunemite Woman tried her best to put that Desire for a child out of her heart and mind. She begged the Man of God not to reopen that old wound. But she did not realize that God told Elisha to Promise her that the long latent Desire of her Heart, at that exact Time when God was ready for it, was Destined to be fulfilled.

It Did Not Matter To God

Thus, it did not matter to God that she did not want to think about the disappointment and hurt associated with her and the hubby not being able to conceive after their many attempts to fulfill that Desire on their own. And while I am thinking about the hubby, Gehazi, and the misguided Preachers who make fun of my brother, the ‘old man’, as I said in my book, Enoch’s Journey, “when God was ready … so was the hubby!” It was not his fault! It just was not time yet. God’s Time.

And it did not matter to God that the lady would have rather continue to protect and wall off her hurt and disappointment over not having a child. Rather than actually allowing God, who the “Holy Man of God” Served and Prophetically Spoke through, to tell her that EXACTLY one year from now the Dreams and Desires of her Heart will Manifest and she will hold a son in her arms! Her son, conceived with … ‘The Old Man (Genesis 16:1-3 & 17:17-19).’

I understand her sentiment. But it did not matter to God. God was ready to move. And as for the hubby, he was a member of the “Stay Ready All Stars!” He was Always Ready! And it was Time for the Shunemite woman to have a son!

And so she did …

Exactly one year later …

Just as Elisha Prophetically said …

The One That Did Not Get Away | Part Three

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The Stick Was Enough

What Happens If The Dream Dies?

As time went on, the son, the one that the Shunemite woman begged the Man of God not to Promise her, grew up. Readings outside of the Bible imply that the boy may have been about thirteen years old. Personally, I would probably guess a bit younger than that age, based on implications from this story in the Bible. However, no one actually knows. But the Bible does say that the young man was old enough to work in the fields with his father and the other field workers, harvesting crops. 

When suddenly the Promise gets sick! 

Has that ever happened to you? God made you a Promise. But in spite of your best efforts to the contrary, … just kidding of course …, actually I am not …, the Promise Manifested in God’s Timing. Then, as life is going along, all of a sudden “the best laid plans of mice and men” start to go awry.

Your son of Promise gets sick …  

Your business starts to lose money …

Your fish jumps high in the air and there is slack in the line …

Gobsmacked

You feel gobsmacked! You say, “what do I do now God?” You Promised me this! And only You could have Delivered the Desires of my heart, in this way! But it is not supposed to get sick. This fish is not supposed to get away! 

God You Promised … 

Even after I begged you not to get my hopes up again …

… as if that mattered to the God of ‘Yes and So Be It’ …

So, the son of the Shunemite woman got a terrible headache and screamed “my head hurts! my head hurts!”, while he was out in the fields helping his father. His father acted quickly and told one of the field hands to rush him home to his mother. The boy was given to his mother and he laid on his mother’s lap until noon. And then he died. Some say that he must have had a brain aneurism, but no one really knows for sure.

The boy was obviously young enough that the mother could carry him. So, she decided to carry him to the room that they kept for the Man of God, Elisha. She laid the dead child on the bed in Elisha’s room and left. 

She sent word back to her husband and told him to send her one of the servants with a donkey. She said that she was going to see the Holy Man of God, who lived in Mt. Carmel. She did not tell the husband that their son had died. 

So, her husband asked her why she was going to see Elisha on that day. He said that it was not Festival or Feast season. Nor was it Sabbath day. She simply replied that she needed to go, and that everything was ok. To the Shunemite woman’s credit, she did not seem to be in a panicked state. 

Although her Dream had just died in her arms …

She tells the servant to saddle the donkey and ride as fast as he could, taking her to the home of the Man of God. She told him not to slow down unless she asked. They took off in the direction of Elisha’s home in Mt. Carmel. 

As they approached Elisha’s home, he saw them coming down the road. He recognized her immediately, even from a distance. He told Gehazi to rush out to her and ask her if everything was ok with her, her husband, and her son.

Elisha, like the hubby, knew that this was not a typical day that this devout woman would likely choose to visit the home of the Man of God. He must have mused within himself, whether or not something was wrong. However, God did not reveal to him what the true nature and purpose of her visit entailed. 

She told Gehazi that “all is well.” I too, usually say that when I want to ‘push people off’ in a vailed attempt to keep what is actually bothering me, bottled up inside. She rode on to confront the Man of God, face to face. When she arrived, she dismounted the donkey, rushed over to the Man of God, and grabbed ahold of his feet!

In The Absence Of Additional Information … Wait Until You Get Some …

God still had not yet revealed what was now, so obviously wrong with the Shunemite woman, to Elisha. God definitely did not reveal it to Gehazi! He moved in swiftly to remove her from holding the feet of the Prophet Elisha. Elisha told Gehazi to “leave her alone. She is obviously in distress, but God has not yet revealed to me what is hurting or bothering her (2 Kings 4:27).” 

That previous passage is one of my favorite and most useful verses in the Bible. God Shows and Desires to Show us a great many things. He can use Dreams, Visions, the Bible, or He can Speak directly to us, Spirit to spirit. Some things that God Tells us are intended for us to keep to ourselves. And some are intended for us to share with others.

However, there are times, even for those of us who can sense via Revelation and Empathy, the hurts and distressed state that others are experiencing. These are emotional as well as psychological pains and sufferings that God chooses via the same aforementioned Sovereignty, not to show us relative to another person or even clearly reveal to us as they occur within our own lives. 

What are we supposed to do during such times? We are supposed to wait until we Receive Further Instruction. If God does not ‘Say’ … then do not ‘make something up!’ Wait for God to show you what is wrong AND what (if anything) you are supposed to do about it!

That is exactly what Elisha did. He just waited for God to reveal why this Shunemite woman had fallen to the ground and grabbed ahold of his feet! A woman who was at his home on a strange day … doing a strange thing … A woman who was obviously in great distress and emotional pain.

But Elisha did not know why …

Elisha was in the dark …

The Shunemite woman began to speak and told him, as my grandmother would say when she was disciplining me “didn’t I tell you not to …!” The Shunemite told Elisha, “didn’t I tell you not to get my hopes up! didn’t I ask you not to play with my emotions, SMOKIE?!?”

She didn’t have to say another word …

She never mentioned her son …

Elisha knew exactly what was wrong …

God (finally) told him …

Then he acted …

Elisha told Gehazi to get ready to travel! Gather what you need to head for Shunem. Take my Staff with you to her home. Lay it on the boy’s face when you reach him. Elisha obviously knew that the boy had died. AND that the Shunemite woman had laid the boy on the bed, in his room, at her home. Such that, he told Gehazi exactly what to do with his Staff when he reached the boy.

I always say … “The Stick Was Enough!” 

This means that if the Shunemite woman had Trusted God, had Faith in God, Believing that when God makes you a Promise, that Promise is not going to die. Especially not while that Promise is still in its developmental stage (Mark 11:22). The God who sends you to the Promised Land, intends for you to live your life, as well as the lives of generations to come, in the land of milk and honey (Exodus 3:17).

It does not matter what it looks like! It does not matter if it appears to the naked eye, that your Promise just died. We Walk by Faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). So, if your fish jumps high in the air … know that it is not SUPPOSED to get off of the hook! Especially when you have only reeled that baby half way in! 

That is your fish! 

God Promised!

… So, as I said … 

“The Stick Was Enough!”

Or at least, in this case, it should have been … that is if the Shunemite woman would have let it be enough. Alas, she did not. She said to Elisha “as surely as the Lord Lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you, nor will I get up off of this ground, nor let your feet go, unless YOU personally, oh Holy Man of God, come with me to my home in Shunem!” 

The One That Did Not Get Away | Part Four

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That Was Not Supposed to Happen …

A Perfect Fit

The Shunemite woman must have felt like I have felt many times in my life. One specific time comes to mind. I had done all I could do to put a ‘Perfect Fit’ out of my mind! This situation was Perfectly Fit & Tailor Made for me! 

Not just in my mind. This was a Perfectly Fit Desire! Implanted in my heart by God. And I knew, that I knew, that I knew, that it was Just Perfect for me!

And I didn’t get it …

So I tried again …

And I didn’t get it, again …

… and again, and again …

So, after what I knew was a Perfect Fit for me, never Manifested. And after I had prayed and prayed, time after time, knowing that I did not put this Desire in my own heart. I knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that God had Implanted this one inside of me. I knew this because if it were up to me, I would have chosen something else. But I could not. Because I knew this was the Perfect Fit! And that it was Tailor Made for me. So, I had to get it.

However, after many attempts, I tried to put that Perfect Fit out of my heart and mind. I moved on to catch the next fish. 

I figured “God wants me to move on!” Although in my heart of hearts, I knew God had Prepared me, via every Obedient Step, as well as the not so obedient ones, on this Journey for ‘such a Perfect Fit as this (Esther 4:14).’ 

I tried to use my own Jedi Mind Tricks to just put it out of my head, as best I could anyway. And just move on to ‘bigger and better things.’ “Plenty of other fish in the sea, Jones!” 

And I was not actually going against God when I did this. However, I was rearranging His order and Timing. Instead of waiting on God. And remaining flexible and Opened to God’s Perfect Will and Timing.

All I had to do was Believe …

Then SUDDENLY …

Out of nowhere …

He gave me …

THAT exact … 

Yet oft delayed … 

Perfect Fit! … 

However …

Halfway to shore …

My Perfect Fit died …

What?!?

Wait!!!

That Was Not Supposed to Happen!!!

… But now that my Perfect Fit has actually died …

I wondered …

Would God Resurrect what He Promised me? …

What He had Given me …

Albeit, in His Own Time …

If so …

All I had left …

Was to Trust Him & Believe …

So, the Shunamite woman, facing the prospect of her only son, who she waited on all her life, dying as a young boy. This was a son that she tried as hard as she could to put out of her heart and mind, regarding the desire to even have a son. She tried, she failed. Yet God had Promised. God had Implanted that Dream deep in her heart. It was her hearts one true Desire. And in His Time, He Delivered. 

But That Was Not Supposed to Happen …

Her Promise was not supposed to die. Her son was supposed to live a long and fruitful life. A life that would far surpass her own. She was supposed to have grandchildren one day. … And hopefully ‘the old man’ would be around to enjoy the grandbabies too! 

Now remember, that ‘old man’ was one of the “Stay Ready All Stars!” So he wasn’t going nowhere!

But her young son died …

After she tried and tried to have him …

After she tried and tried to put him out of her heart and mind …

After God Promised that she would FINALLY have him …

… One Year from Today …

Then, she had him …

She loved him …

He was her Perfect Fit …

Then he died …

… That Was Not Supposed to Happen … 

God was testing the Shunemite woman. Just like He was testing me and my Perfect Fit. He wanted to know if we would allow our Perfect Fit to be Delivered in His Timing! 

Going back to my Perfect Fit … that suddenly died when I was in the process of reeling it in …

At the next opportunity, before it died, while I was reeling it in, I tried again. During that pre ‘God Gave it to me … then it died’ phase, I had already, honestly, just like The Fish Tale, put this Perfect Fit out of my mind. But I tried again anyway! I figured, “one more time! What have I got to lose? I have already moved on anyway!” Then He Gave me my Perfect Fit … only to have it die before I fully had it …

Now to me, in my heart and mind, before I had it, after many failed attempts to get it, but did not, then got it, then lost it, I had put that Perfect Fit out of my mind. I had moved on to the Next Promised Perfect Fit! The Next Step in the Journey. But God does not let us skip Steps. However, God does make us wait on His Perfect Timing. And in most instances, He makes us wait for the COMPLETE FULFILLMENT of His Promised Perfect Fits!

Resurrected Dreams 

If the Shunemite woman had just Trusted God, as difficult as that would have been at that time, The Stick Would Have Been Enough! The boy would have come back to life. 

God would have Resurrected the Dream!

Elisha could have remained in Mt. Carmel. The Shunemite woman could have gone home, at a less harried pace, riding her donkey. Gehazi might have found some people to say hello to on the way back. And the boy would have been sitting up on Elisha’s bed, waiting on momma, … with a stick in his mouth! … 

The One That Did Not Get Away

But she did not. Understandably so in many ways. She found it difficult, through her distress, regarding the death of her Dream, her only son, to Believe that The Stick Was Enough to Resurrect her Dream. 

It was … 

But for her … 

It “Was Not” …

She, as I say “unplugged from the Power Source.” She rendered the Stick, and the Power of God that was in that Stick, inoperable because of her unbelief. 

She told the Man of God that you must come with me RIGHT NOW! You are not sending a Stick to take care of this problem. However, it was not a Problem for God. Nor was it for the Man of God. The Stick Was Enough … if she had let it be enough. 

But she did not. She probably felt that she could not. So, Elisha got himself ready to travel to Shunem, to the home of this woman who had been so generous with and kind to him over the years.

When they arrived, Elisha went up to his room on the roof of her home and found the child right where God showed him that the Shunemite woman had laid him. Gehazi had already returned and told Elisha that nothing happened when he laid the stick on the boy’s mouth. Elisha knew that too.

Elisha prayed. Then he stretched himself out on the boy, face to face, hand to hand, body to body. And Elisha prayed, again.

Suddenly the boy’s body …

The Shunemite woman’s Dream …

Her Perfect Fit …

… Started to show some signs of life! …

The boy’s body became warm, as Elisha laid on him. So, Elisha got up, paced back and forth in his room and prayed again. Then the Holy Man of God laid on the boy again, face to face, hand to hand, body to body.

Then the boy sneezed seven times …

And he woke up …

The son of the Shunemite Woman was ALIVE! …

The Dream Was Resurrected …

That Which Was Not Supposed to Happen … ultimately did not happen! Yes, the Dream died. The boy was dead, probably for hours. But God only intended to test the Shunemite Woman’s Faith (Job 13:15). 

God intended to prove to the Shunemite woman and all succeeding generations that, when God Manifests a Dream in your life, one He placed and Implanted deep in your heart. A Dream that will be Manifested in His Timing. 

God planned to prove to her that although He may have Tested her Faith, after allowing her Perfect Fit to be brought to life. He never intends for that Promise to die prematurely. God showed her that if you remain in Faith, He will ensure that …

The Perfect Fit Will Never Get Away! 

A Personality Portrait: Sixteen Biblical Leaders Who Identify Your Traits

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Book Synopsis

Which biblical leader most closely reflects your personality type & traits? Almost everyone has taken an online- or social-media based personality profile tests and quizzes. Have you ever considered if (or if so, how) your specific personality type compares to a specific character in the Bible?

A Personality Portrait is a book about you. This book will help you to better understand yourself as well as your specific personality type. You can do this by taking a free online personality profile test and then comparing your personality type to the detailed profiles created for many characters in the Bible. You will also be able to compare the personality traits of your friends, family members, and colleagues. Encourage them to take the test so they can join you on this journey of discovery! 

You will be able to find commonalities between your specific personality type and those of well-known characters from the Bible, such as Daniel, Joseph, Elijah, Elisha, Esther, Jacob, and King David, as well as Peter, Paul, and John. There are more than sixteen complete personality profiles from which you can choose. Among the many benefits that you will receive from reading this book, not only will you develop a much clearer understanding of yourself and your personality type, but you will also gain an ability to develop more fulfilling interpersonal and professional relationships with others, recognizing personality traits that exist in them by comparing them to these well-known biblical characters.

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This insightful book discusses specific Biblical leaders and how their personal challenges as well as their personality types effect and compare to those challenges and personality types of you and your friends. It aims to serve as a guide book by providing practical applications for your individual life’s Journey by providing insights into the lives of others who have overcome challenges and achieved success.

A Personality Portrait: Sixteen Biblical Leaders Who Identify Your Traits | A Book Excerpt From Chapter One

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Introduction: Why Bible MBTI?

Group Photos

Take a look at a group photo that you are a part of. Is it a nice photo? What makes it nice? Is it a bad picture? What makes it bad? Is this subjective assessment of the photograph wholly contingent upon how you look in the photo? If so, you are not alone; do not feel badly about yourself. You should not begin to believe that you have more narcissistic and vain tendencies than you used to think you possessed.

Everyone does this with group pictures. It is how counselors and psychologists make a living. Counselors, advisors, psychologists, as well as people who just enjoy listening to and helping other people with their problems use introspection to help the person see where they have been and where they are going in a particular area of their life.

What is MBTI?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a personality-type identifier which helps people to describe the normal differences that exist within and between psychologically healthy people. There are many different tests that psychologists have developed to help them to help us. They use these tests to describe the simple differences in people’s God-given inherent personalities.

You do not have to believe in the biblical creation story in order to enjoy this book. However, if you believe that all people are wonderfully complex in their construction, as the biblical book of Psalms states, you also believe that we are made in the very likeness and image of God in order to reflect his nature or personality as well as his characteristics and inherent integrity. Thus, you have a unique personality type that is as distinctly your own as your fingerprints.

I want to show you that there were some people who have similar personalities though none are exactly the same. You will find yourself and similar personality traits in many different people. You will see that you are similar to some people who are called introverts, and to some who are called extroverts. Neither of those words, in reference to a personality type, means the same thing that they mean when they are used in general conversation.

Why Biblical Leaders MBTI?

Why am I discussing such a complex topic as personality type by analyzing people who I never met, i.e. biblical leaders? It sounds like I am about to play “Wheel of Fortune” with personality types. Personality types express themselves in many ways that are observable to the trained eye. It is not my aim to write a technical manual on the finer psychological points of the MBTI, because I do not like to read and I definitely would not enjoy reading a book like that.

However, I have always enjoyed reading about my personality. During down times I would do internet searches about ENTJs. Some of these personality profiles yielded by my internet search were based on characters from my favorite television shows. Some were based on people who appeared in movies that I had watched. The author of the profile would analyze the character and place them in the MBTI where they believed that person would fit. In short, they had fun and they could not be “wrong or incorrect” in their analysis because they had never met the fictional character.

My goal in writing this book is for you to not only find yourself in the group photo but to like the photo. Then I would like to have you look at some of the other people in the photo and consider the idea that the picture may be nice or not so nice because of the others who are also represented in the picture as distinctly unique individuals. We like to look at ourselves. By looking at ourselves through personality types, we can also learn to enjoy looking at and possibly gain a better understanding of ourselves and others because we see similar and different personality traits between ourselves and others.

I will use sixteen real biblical leaders to illustrate this point. But I cannot be incorrect in my analysis of these people because I have never met them nor have I asked them to take the official MBTI personality test. I am just looking at four simple personality preferences and combining them to create a picture of that person as they exist in the group photo. …

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Enoch’s Journey: Seven Steps To “Was Not”

By Jones The Advisor / August 1, 2019 / 0 Comments

Book Synopsis

Enoch’s Journey will shed light on Enoch’s walk with God, as well as your own. The book discusses Enoch’s three-hundred year walk, including some of the issues that he would face along the way – problems that would come to impede his close fellowship with God. It also discusses the more clearly defined journeys of Joseph and Job. If you have read their stories in the Bible, you know that both faced plenty of challenges, fraught with peril and trial.

However, there was a purpose to reshape them so that they could be transported into the next phase of their lives, ready to fulfill the larger calling that God had always intended for them. Many other biblical figures are also discussed in this book, generally in a lighthearted manner.Rest assured that there is always a higher purpose to every trial and challenge that we face in life. Reading this book will encourage us to continue to walk with God and keep up the pace so we can see the end of the journey, as well as the beginning, and we can know how to thrive in God’s true purpose for our lives.

This insightful book discusses specific Biblical leaders and how their personal challenges as well as their personality types effect and compare to those challenges and personality types of you and your friends. It aims to serve as a guide book by providing practical applications for your individual life’s Journey by providing insights into the lives of others who have overcome challenges and achieved success.

Enoch’s Journey: Seven Steps To “Was Not” | Book Excerpts From Chapter One

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Where Was Enoch Going During His Three-Hundred-Year Walk?

Have you ever wondered, as I have, why it took Enoch three hundred years’ worth of walking with God before he “Was Not”? Enoch lived a total of three hundred and sixty-five years. The Bible states that after his son was born, Enoch walked with God (age sixty-five). Thus, presumably it took all of sixty-five years of living to get into the condition where he would have to purge himself of that sixty-five years, over the next three hundred years, taking a long walk with God. The Bible says that “Enoch walked with God,” and he “Was Not,” because God had taken him out of the earthly realm to be with Elohim, in glory. Now we also know that God is a Spirit, though he took on flesh in order to become the Savior of the world, known as Jesus.

Thus, according to Scripture, Enoch lived for sixty-five years, having one son named Methuselah, whose name in Hebrew means a “man who was shot out, or thrown hard, like a dart toward a dartboard.” Enoch’s name means to be “initiated” or to be inducted into the “God-Club.” This induction is a result of his dedication and the faithfully unwavering way that he would come to follow God. So, Enoch was destined to face an “unusual storm” from birth.

The Bible seems to separate Enoch’s life into portions. For the first sixty-five years, the most significant reporting done on Enoch’s life was that he became the father of Methuselah, i.e., the father who threw the dart, Methuselah, into the world, as one might say. After he became a father, he presumably began a life of walking in close and intimate fellowship. If I proceed with one of the themes of this book, Enoch began to accept the unusual storms to follow.

We never find out why it took sixty-five years for Enoch to begin his journey, walking with God, in earnest. The Bible does not tell us. As I stated earlier, Enoch began walking with God after the birth of his son Methuselah. Thus, I propose that the balance of Enoch’s journey, walking with God, took the next three hundred years to complete. Prior to getting close with God, and embracing every storm and trial to such an extent that Enoch “forced” the hand of God, such that God had no choice other than to “disappear” him.

God had to take Enoch into the heavenly realm without seeing death, because he had walked such a great distance with God. Allow­ing his spirit man to take over to such an extent to the diminishment of his fleshly existence, that he did not see death. This was similar to some accounts of Moses based on his appearance with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration with Elijah.

No One Will Ever Know For Sure

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However, there is a difference between walking with God, and walk­ing as Enoch did: in close fellowship with God. God not only wants to have a relationship with each one of us as friends. He desires an inti­mate relationship with each one of us, similar to the one that he had with Enoch. 

Now, in order to become as close to God as Enoch was, maybe it will take each of us three hundred years. But I do not believe that we have that long. During Enoch’s time, people lived, as did his son Methuselah, for nine hundred plus years at a time.

Enoch’s time on earth was cut short because of the depth of intimacy in his particular relationship with God. God wanted to use Enoch as an aspirational example for the rest of us. However, to get that close to God, we will be required to submit ourselves after accepting Christ as our Savior. And we will be required to make him the Lord of our entire life.

That means every time God chooses to break us out in boils, as he did with Job; take us on a windy sea and then go to sleep when the unusual storm arises, as occurred with the disciples; or have us encounter a situation where our own brothers plot to kill us (as happened with Joseph and his brothers), we have to “buck up,” dedicate ourself, and go with the flow. We have to know that God is just initiating us into the God-club, as he did with Enoch.

Maybe your trial will not be anywhere near as severe as all of that. That all depends on the call on your life. However, you cannot convince anyone who is in the middle of a trial that their specific storm is not the most boisterous, troublesome, and frightful storm that they have ever seen or experienced in their life. That occurs with godly intention, as well.

However, remember this, if nothing else: God only allowed Satan to test Job because he knew that, no matter how Job might ultimately question the logic and intelligence of God, as well as query his purpose for allowing such things to befall him, Job would never curse his name. God knew that Job would ultimately pass every test.

God desires intimate fellowship with all of us. He died so we might enter into that type of relationship with him. As a result of that intimate relationship, we might arrive at a place where we are not only prepared for his purpose, but where we are ready for complete and consistent submission to his perfect will.

Many Twists And Turns

Each of our individual Journey’s to “Was Not,” as I am calling it, will take many different twists and turns. We have to learn through submission, obedience, practice, patience, endurance, humility, and, yes, suffering, to trust God all the way. The journey will likely occur in stages, just as it did with Enoch. The first step will begin with us knowing that God is out there, and yet, not really knowing who he is. 

Then, as we proceed, taking the succeeding steps in lockstep with God, hopefully we will learn much more about him. Prayerfully, we will have a steady series of true encounters that will continuously change our lives in such a way that we not only recognize him as Savior, but we submit ourselves to him as Lord of our entire being and existence. That second stage, where we begin to submit, is still only the beginning. Thus, one might say that Enoch started living at age sixty-five.

Each Person’s Journey to “Was Not” Will Differ Based On God’s Purpose And Calling

As I mentioned, our individual journey toward “Was Not” will be very different based on purpose and calling once we decide to humbly submit ourselves, as well as our lives, to the will of God. Once we do that, he begins the process of shaping and molding us into the person who can fulfill those callings and purposes. At the same time, he begins to simply, though at times, painstakingly, develop that intimate relationship with each of us as individuals just as he did with Enoch. 

This process will occur in stages and via repeated trials. It takes a lot, as well as a long time, to develop intimacy with God. It also takes a long time to burn off your past habits and submit your free will to God’s sovereign will, as well as to his plan and purpose for our lives.

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Earlism #64 Truth & Power

By Jones The Advisor / July 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

“… Speak Truth …

… you have All Power …”

John 8:32 & Matthew 28:18; Luke 10:19; Acts 1:8

Earlism #18 I Think I Feel …

By Jones The Advisor / July 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

“You cannot think with your heart … 

… because your heart does not have a brain … “