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

By Jones The Advisor / August 1, 2019 /

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 /

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

By Jones The Advisor / August 1, 2019 /

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 /

“… 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 /

“You cannot think with your heart … 

… because your heart does not have a brain … “

Earlism #7 The Opposite of Love

By Jones The Advisor / June 27, 2019 /

“The opposite of love …

… is not hate …

… it is indifference …”

Attributed to Elie Wiesel

Romanian-born Jewish writer, professor, political activist, and Holocaust survivor

Earlism #31 It’s Not Supposed To Be …

By Jones The Advisor / June 26, 2019 /

A former married friend once said to me:

“Marriage is Hard …

… being married is hard … 

being a Christian is hard …”

My Reply:

“… It is not supposed to be …”

Earlism #62 Learn To Hear His Voice

By Jones The Advisor / May 31, 2019 /

“… If you cannot Hear what God is Saying …

… then …

… you will never Know what God is Doing …”

Proverbs 29:18 (MSG)

Earlism #13 When The Humans Do …

By Jones The Advisor / May 23, 2019 /

” … When the humans do …

what the humans do … 

it never makes me sad … 

… in fact …

it makes me glad … 

because the humans are just doing … 

… what the humans do … ” 

Imma Be Where I’m At

By Jones The Advisor / May 18, 2019 /

There is a saying from either a TV show or a movie. I just looked it up. It comes from a standup comedy routine that was made into a movie called Raw, by Eddie Murphy. I believe that he was speaking about his mother when someone, possibly him, asked her “where you gonna be?” She replied “Imma be where I’m at!” 

She was demonstrating to whoever it was asking the question that they had absolutely no right to question her schedule and whereabouts at a specific time in the day. She essentially told them that she was an independent, free willed human being, and an adult. And she had the right to autonomously set her schedule as she saw fit. Finally, she was expressing to the person asking the question that they had no right to even ask her that question.

God also created us with free will. Sometimes it prevents us from getting closer to God. That is, in those instances where our will, and not His Will takes precedence. We are fully functioning, autonomous beings who have the right to check in with God and submit our lives, schedules, and all other things to Him and to His Will. We also have the right not to submit our will to God’s Will and Plans. God set it up that way.

There are some examples in the Bible where people completely submit their free will and choices to God’s Will, Plans, and Purposes for their lives. There are many more examples where the people in the Bible did not willingly submit or “lay down their lives” for their friend, God.[1] Thus, in those instances where they did not submit at all. Or where they either submitted eventually or partially, they reaped the consequences of their delayed submission. However, those who fully submitted, were also Blessed as a result of their submissive act.

Similarly, there are instances in the Bible and throughout history where people willingly submitted to the: Monarch, Office of the President, or some superiorly ranked person in the workplace. The rule of thumb is that if you submit to a superior, and the superior is a good superior and person, then you should achieve positive results.

The converse of the previous statement also generally holds true. If you willingly disregard the advice or directives of a person who holds superior rank to your own, then bad things are likely to occur. I will also add to this discussion by saying that if the subordinate person is trying to reach a goal that the superior person is leading them to, then the chances of them reaching that goal while rolling their neck and eyes at the superior, and saying to them, “you cant check me, I’ll do what I want, and imma be where I’m at!”, are severely diminished.

Adam’s Staying Power 

Adam in the book of Genesis is a perfect example of the negative results associated with submission, obedience, autonomy, and the expression of free will. From the outset Adam was Created with free will. However, in the beginning of their relationship, Adam was quite willing to submit to the directives and mandates of God. 

He named all of the animals in the Garden of Eden.[2] He also obviously, and implicitly, fellowshipped closely with God, because in Genesis chapter three, the Bible says that Adam, along with his wife Eve, recognized the sound of God walking through the Garden in the evening or during the cool evening breezes of the day. Unfortunately, they had just come off of a situation where they were operating in a full on expression of disobedience. 

God created Adam so he could rule over the Garden of Eden and the Earth. So, he made Adam in His Image. When they were in the Garden together, obviously fellowshipping and during a time when the Superior Creator God was giving instructions to the subordinate created man, God warned Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or there would be consequences. Those consequences being, you will absolutely die.[3] Although, God did not tell him what type of death it was that he would suffer. 

The Superior Creator God has a lot of “imma be where I’m at!”, in Him. 

Similarly, He often leaves us, the progeny of Adam, in the dark, and without explanation. We are tasked to follow, submit, obey, and walk by Faith until God decides to show us the rest of the plan. 

Later in Genesis chapter two, God decided to create a helper who was perfectly fit and suited for Adam. Her name was the aforementioned Eve. Eve received the same orders regarding the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, as did Adam, most likely through Adam. So of course, what does she do? What all of us subordinate humans do!

… We eats of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil after having a convo with a serpent …

Then she decided that this was such a good idea that she should go ahead and give Adam a taste of the fruit from that forbidden tree.

What happens next …

They die … 

Just as God said that they absolutely would.[4]

Being Where God Told You To Be … Getting What God Promised

Now I am not here to discuss the finer points of what happens after you disobey God. I am here to discuss the idea of: “Being where God Told you to be, when He told you to be there.” God does not give us directives for His health. He is Eternal and could be doing other things. He gives us directives and mandates in order to put us in the best position to succeed. 

The main idea is that if God told you to be in a certain position. Then you are supposed to be where He left you, … where He told you to be, … and not to: “be where you at!” 

If God gives you a Word that provides: direction for your life, a Promise for your life, and a location or posture to remain in, until you see that Word manifested, then He does what God does and did to Adam … meaning that He gives you orders but does not fully explain everything to you that will happen in between the time that He gave you the Word and the time that you see it manifested. But if God did give you a Promise, then your job is to stay where He left you until He comes back with additional instructions. Or until you see everything that He Promised, come to pass in your life.

You have to resist the temptations of being overly anxious and acting out of free will. That will result in some form of leaving the Place that God said the Word would manifest … and going off to “be where you at!” 

Maybe you are going off to make it manifest yourself. Maybe you just got tired of waiting. Maybe some serpent came along, walking upright and gave you some offer that was too good to pass up. That snake offered you sweet nothings, candy, doughnuts, and fruit like you have never tasted in your life, as well as justifying his offer of something tasty by saying that “surely God did not say …” 

… surely God did not say …  

… exactly what you absolutely know God Said …  

And if you wait you will see the Word of God come to pass. Both the part that He told you and the parts that He chose not to reveal. God is the Creator and Progenitor of free will! He just chooses! He alone chooses what parts of the Promise to reveal and what parts of the Promise He does not want to reveal. Our job is to just wait it out! And to “Be Where He At!” Or “Be Where He Left You!” Because if you don’t you will surely die. 

You may not physically die. But you may witness the thing He gave you via His Word and Promise slip right out of your hands. Much like my favorite pitcher in my Fantasy Baseball league just did. He was on waivers, and I did not check one day! And I completely missed him, and he went to the rival team. Death of a dream can take many forms. 

But you will not miss it if you “Be Where He At!” 

And “Be Where He Left You!”

Back to Adam and Eve … What happened was that God then decided to take a stroll through the Garden in the evening in order to check on Adam and Eve. He wanted to see if they were gonna “be where they at?” Or if they were gonna “Be where He left them!”, observing the Word, Directives, and Mandates that He had issued them.

Of course, they hid themselves when they heard Him coming. 

Funny how disobedience makes you immediately afraid to face the Superior. 

God then asks Adam, not Eve, because He gave the Directives, Words, and Promises to Adam, who was then to pass them along to Eve. God asks Adam “where are you?”[5] Now of course God knew … God made ‘em … God knew what the humans would do. Adam replied out of fear and regret, “I heard you coming, and I hid among the trees and bushes.” 

Where Are You?

God should never have to ask you “where are you?” God should always know, that you, out of obedience and reverence to Him as the superior and to His Word, “are exactly where God left you and told you to be.” God should never have to come looking for you. He gave you explicit instructions. 

No matter how long it takes. 

No matter how bad it looks.

If God made you a Promise, your job is to “Be Where You At!” Until He either gives you further instructions or until you see the entire thing Manifest and come to pass.

God then asks the second question that he should never have to ask. Adam, who was, as we say, backpedaling or hustling backward, while he was “beeping like a garbage truck in reverse”, felt the need to further explain his disobedience. What did your parents used to say about telling a lie, and then doubling down by having to tell another one? Adam not only said to God “I was afraid because I heard you coming.” He went on to explain that he was afraid because he was, “naked.”

Now God had never revealed that tidbit of information to Adam. Adam was naked like everything else in the Garden, sans the fur on the cows. Adam never knew anything different. Nor did he have any reason to be anything other than naked. 

Adam had just uncovered some brand new knowledge. Knowledge that he had gleaned from a source other than God. He got that knowledge as a result of ingesting fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. 

All of a sudden, as a result of Adam succumbing to temptation, he now learned new things from a source other than God. He did not know what fear was before he ate the fruit that God told him not to eat. Thus, had he not eaten that fruit, he would “Be where God Left Him”, standing on the Word that God gave him, without fearing. Fear which leads to rebellion. And that fear is the enemy of Submissive Obedience.[6] Thus it is the enemy of the Manifestation of the Promise.

So God asks Adam, “who told you that you were naked?” This second question is the one that sends a chill up my spine. Of course, God knew the answers to the questions that He was asking Adam. But these questions, this one in particular, sends a chill up my spine because God was essentially asking Adam “why would you go to ANY source other than I AM who Created you, in order to gather information about life and the world in which you live? The same world that I AM Created. All you ever had to do was listen to I AM and Obey. Everything that I AM Promised you, you would have seen, and more. … But now … you will surely die …” 

God never told Adam that he was naked. God told Adam what to do. God gave Adam a Promise. God expected Adam to remain exactly where he was and to stand on that Promise until he saw ALL of it come to pass. God also told Adam that if he disobeyed that he would absolutely die! No do overs! 

A Simple Process 

If you want to see the Promises of God, spoken directly to you, come to pass in your life, all you have to do is; 

“Be where you at!”


[1]John 15:13

[2]Gen. 2

[3]Gen. 2:15-17

[4]Gen. 2:18-3:7

[5]Gen. 3:7-12

[6]1 John 4:17-18