The Divine Mind

 

Chapter 1

 

According to the Apostle Paul, it is vital to our Life to live out of our Divine Mind (Spirit) as our True Source. Any other perceived source is death. Romans 8:6, “For someone to seek, be mindful and desire that which is external, is to cut themselves off from that which is Spiritual. Moreover, to be mindful of that which is of our Divine Mind brings the realization of Wholeness, Life, Perfection, and Peace. 7 If a person exercises their thoughts and desires for that which brings no Life, they put themselves in a position that is the opposite of living as the embodiment of our Father Creator. The lustful desires for that, which is not Spirit is diametrically, opposed to the prescription of living out of our Divine Mind.” RERichmond Tree of Life Bible Translations

 

When one is following the lusts of the Mosaic Law (the “doing to be” law) and all it produces, they give up their Divine Mind – hence they give up Father for what they desire in the physical. I remind you of what I shared in volume one of this book series, that the word “Christ,” comes from “Chrio” (khree’-o), meaning, through the idea of CONTACT and Chrio comes from the Greek word “charaomia” (khrah’-om-ahee), meaning, to handle and to furnish what is required for every area of life.

 

When we find the phrase, “Mind of Christ,” we can read that as “the Mind of Contact,” or “the Divine Mind.”

 

            From Romans 1:21 and forward through that passage, we find where the Apostle Paul wrote about the mental condition of humanity thousands of years ago. He said they could know Father well, being capable of clearly discerning and experiencing Father themselves, but they did not esteem Father as their one and only Source (Papa).

 

 Romans 1:28 “By doing such, they in no way discerned Father in full awareness and acknowledgment. They gave up the knowledge of their union with Father purposefully, for a worthless, degenerate intellect and will, to do things that are not becoming of a God-Man. 29 This all resulted in them being full and replete with injustice, with a degenerate character of life. No longer were they experiencing the rest of Father. They were eager for more and more depravity, full of ill will, murder, strife, deceit, mischievousness, and slander.  They began to learn from their own experiences, gaining information from their sense realm. They uttered untruths and attempted to deceive by falsehood. 30 They became irreverent to Father, despiteful, thinking themselves to be better than others, braggarts, contrivers of things and degenerate from their true virtue; not listening to the Voice of their Father Creator within, with intelligence.

 

31 They were unaware of the truth, and without Father’s rest. They were foolish, covenant-breakers, and hard-hearted toward their kindred, showing no mercy. 32 Although they knew the decree, decision, and declaration of Father at the foundation of the world, they willingly chose to be unaware of the consequences of committing such things. As a result, they lived “as” being dead to Father, void of abundant Life. They manifested a lower realm life. Besides, they also thought well of themselves and their actions and felt gratified with themselves and others who repeatedly and habitually did these things.  

 

“They gave up God themselves, for the lust of their sensual desires.”

RERichmond Tree of Life Bible Translations

 

As one studies the history books before Acts, you discover many people, with names that carry the meaning of a “carnally mindful” person or a “spiritually mindful” person. In Jeremiah chapter 36, we find where the King of Judah, Jehoiakim, desired to burn the roll with the word of the Lord that Baruch wrote words at the mouth of Jeremiah. One of the men the King sent to burn the roll was Shelemiah, the son of Abdeel, whose name means servant of  God.[1] Abdeel symbolizing a thought of service to Father, was dictated by the unenlightened, doubting will of Jehoiakim, the king, whose name means, “Jehovah will raise, Jah establishes, and whom Jehovah hath set up.”

 

We see there, Jehoiakim the King had a true nature that if allowed, would be established, and set up in Truth by staying in Contact with his Divine Mind within, but as in all of us, he had a choice to go the way he wanted. Everyone has a choice, as Jesus did, to stay in Contact with our Divine Mind, or to give oneself over to a carnal minded way of living and seeking that which is without, rather than within.

 

In Joshua 24:18, “If you forsake the Lord (our Divine Mind), and serve strange ideals (gods), then you will turn to those ideas and they will hurt and consume you, after Father has done you good.” [Translated and Paraphrased by me] The translators of the King James Version added the word “he” in the phrase “then will turn,” creating the false idea that Father could every turn away from anyone.

 

So, Jehoiakim could have listened to the Words of Jeremiah and changed his ways by ruling the kingdom in righteousness, but he chose not to. Jehoiakim symbolizes a governing state of mind that does not respect or follow his Divine Mind and is not receptive to the idea Father revealed at the foundation. Abdeel, as are many in our current age, was in bondage to an old established religious idea that hinders the desire to stay in Contact with the Divine Mind, and hinders discernment, which is what Jeremiah symbolizes. Jeremiah’s name carries the same meaning as Jehoiakim, but Jeremiah lived out of his true nature – “God will rise – raise up – exalt.” Both Jehoiakim’s and Jeremiah’s Hebrew names included Yahh (yaw) and Jah, meaning, “The sacred name” – Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw’) – the self-Existent or Eternal. They both had within the ability to function supernaturally, but one chose the carnal way and the other chose the path of righteousness. Jeremiah symbolizes a glorious state of thought that connects us with the Divine Mind, which speaks the Living Word of our Father, into our thoughts.

 

It is interesting to discover, that Jehoiakim’s given name was “Eliakim,” before the Pharaoh-necho changed it to Jehoiakim. Eliakim, in the Hebrew means, God of raising and strength of Almighty – Elyaqiym (el-yaw-keem).  Even though the Pharaoh sought to change his nature and character by changing his name to Jehoiakim, he ignorantly changed it to a name that means the same as his given name. Jehoiakim, chose to follow the ways and instructions of the Pharaoh – sensory and carnal ways. We find in 2 Kings 23; he began to reign as King at the age of 25 and reigned over Israel for eleven years. Sadly, but not surprisingly, we find in verse 37, “And he did bad, even though he had the Divine Mind of the Lord, just like all of his forefathers had done.” [Paraphrased and translated by me]

 

After reigning over Israel, Jehoiakim became a servant of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, for three years, and then he turned and rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar. Not many years later, he died. Jerimiah’s ministry lasted forty years and he lived to approximately 80 years. Jeremiah's ministry was active from the thirteenth year of Josiah, king of Judah (626 BC), until after the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of Solomon's Temple in 587 BC. This period spanned the reigns of five kings of Judah: Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah.

 

Both Jeremiah and Jehoiakim, both had the same supernatural Divine Mind in them, and the ability to stay in Contact with the Divine Mind (God); one did, and one did not and the one who did not, suffered the consequences. Both were Sons of God and both were born into this world, to do goodly things.

 

Next, we find in the genealogies of 1st Chronicles a young man by the name of “Abdi,” who was as son of Malluch. Abdi means, “my servant” – “servant of Jah.” He was a Levite and the grandfather of Ethan, one of the singers appointed by David for the sacred service. As a Levite, Abdi was part of the others who were commanded by king Hezekiah to go into the temple and cleanse it and bring out all the uncleanness that they found in the temple of the Lord that was placed there by King Ahaz in his reign. After the temple was cleansed and sanctified, they brought back all the vessels that Ahaz had thrown out and prepared and sanctified them.

 

The name “Hezekiah,” in the Hebrew is Chizqiyah (khiz-kee-yaw’), meaning, “strengthened of Jah and the root Hebrew words are, “seize, be strong, conquer, restrain, and repair.” And his name, as the other names we have looked at, have “yaw” or “jah” as part of the name, which is the sacred name. At this point, I am reminded of Jesus saying, “All are sacred (Saint-Holy-Sacred) but not all chose to live as sacred.” [Matthew 22:14 RERichmond Tree of Life Bible Translation]

 

The King James version, wrongly translated verse 14 as, “Many are called but few are chosen.”

 

In this story, we find another person (King Ahaz), “who did not do that which was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, unlike David, his father.” [2 King 15:38] Ahaz’s name means to seize ad in holding something in possession, to grasp after; he represents a group of thoughts that are founded in carnal beliefs.

 

We have a King (Hezekiah, a Comforter Messenger) who functions out of his Divine Mind, instructing servants of Jah (Abdi and other Levites) to go into the temple (we are the temple of God) and cleanse out all that religiosity (Ahaz) once placed in our subconsciousness, conscious awareness, and our brains, and therein make us free to live out of our Divine Mind. This is just like the Apostle Paul, instructing the Community of Believers in his day, “Put on the Truth and so doing, the Truth will put off the lie, and make you free to live as a Son or a Daughter of God, in all of your glory.” [RERichmond Tree of Life Bible Translations]

 

This would be a good place to read from Paul’s exhortation to “put on and take off” to the believers at Rome:

 

Romans 13:11 “And knowing the time, that now it is high time, to collect your faculties, to awaken, arouse from sleep, from disease, from death, from obscurity, from inactivity, ruins, and nonexistence: for what Father decided, decreed and declared that we are eternal as Him – Holy Breath, Sacred, and Perfect and is true in you now, and is much nearer than you believed before. 12 We have lived in ignorance of the truthful Word, far too long. The day of awakening is at hand now: let us, therefore, cast off in our awareness, the old clothing of religiosity, and put on in awareness, our righteous clothing, which is our Holy Breath. We are Sons of the Light of all Creation.

 

13 As children of the Light, being gentle, let us tread about our lives in peace: not vacillating in and out, and being intoxicated by carnal desire, including strife and envying.   14 But, sink into your Divine being, and make no provision for dead religious works, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Pay no attention to filthy dead works, to set your conscious awareness after, it is done away with and forbidden.”

RERichmond Tree of Life Bible Translations

 

The people who chose the path of carnality, self-power, and control apart from the leading of Father, experience the mistake mortal-minded people have always made. They live with a sense of lack and use their power (supernatural) to control and gain more wealth and power. The people who chose the way of righteousness (Highway of Holiness Is. 35) discover the real joy and peace that comes from drawing only from their Divine Mind (God), resulting in high, pure spiritual thinking and thought.

 

To place your life in absolute control of your Divine Mind, releases a power within you that is unlimited; IT is the Almighty one in you, as you, the Infinite; the Eternal and the Supreme Being of Father in total Contact with you. Father is the Source of all things, and if we seek other perceived sources, we always fail. Our Divine Mind within us is unlimited and unrestricted.

 

Other than Jesus in his day, the Apostle Paul was a great example of a person who keeps in Contact with his Divine Mind and was able to function out of his supernatural-ness as a Son of God, with power and authority. 

 

In Acts chapter 18, you can read where Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth. He stayed with Aquilla and Pricilla, for a while because they were tentmakers, as he was. While there, Paul would reason with the Jews and Greeks in the synagogue, and he testified of what Jesus taught that Jesus was the one who was in Contact with Father – Divine Mind. “The Jews opposed what he said and blasphemed. Paul told them their blood was on their heads; I am clean: from now on I will go the Gentiles,” which are those who were not affected by the religiosity of the Mosaic Law.

 

As he departed, he ended up teaching and baptizing Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue. Many Corinthians who heard this believed and were baptized. I am sure Paul was a bit afraid because in verse 9 & 10, we find where Father appeared to him to encourage him in a vision. “Then Father spoke in the nighttime and said, do not be afraid, but speak, and don’t hold what you are to say: for I am with you, and no man will set on you to hurt you: for I have many people in this city.” He stayed there a year and six months, teaching the Word of God to them.

 

Paul was in Achaia, which means “trouble,” and he experienced much trouble, but staying in contact with his Divine Mind, he was always protected and rescued.

 

Greece represents the intellect of man, and Achaia pertains to intellect. The reasonings of the intellect, apart from the guidance of the Divine Mind, leads to trouble. We could all testify to that fact. The great troubler or traducer of the spiritual thoughts in us, which go to make up our spiritual consciousness, is the notion that certain sense beliefs and habits that appear to be good should be held indefinitely. The truth is that all that pertains to the sense mind of man must be given up (good or bad). Our old ideas of the comforts and things of sense, which have seemed to us to be so good and necessary, represented by the "goodly Babylonian covering," must be cast away. The only thing that remains will be our thoughts in constant relationship with that which is spiritual, and our thoughts, beliefs and awareness will be in harmony with the movement of our Divine Mind; some call this the Divine Dance.

 

In 2 Corinthians 10:5, the Apostle Paul wrote to the Community of Believers and said, “Casting (present progressive tense) down imaginations, and ever high thing (thought) that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (Divine Mind), and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of staying in Contact with Father.” Paul was referring to any VAIN imagination that would suggest there could be anything opposed to our Divine Mind, or anything that could possibly separate us from IT.

 

In one of my Spiritual Dictionaries, it says, “The state of mind that is produced by vain imaginations lead to the use of the word “adversary” in the Bible. The words u sed for vain imaginations are satan, carnal mind, old man, man of sin, and personality. All these refer to the consciousness that builds up in the mind of mankind due to ignorance of his true estate.”

 

While I was searching the Scripture during this writing, I found the phrase “all good” used in six verses. I thought I would search the phrase out, and I found that “all good” symbolizes Divine Mind; the Source of divine benevolence that permeates the universe. In the story of creation, in everything Father brought into existence, he used the word “good” in its nature. The phrase, “it was,” was added by the translators.  The Hebrew for the English word “good” is towb (tobe) a good thing, goods, beautiful, best, bountiful, loving, pleasant, precious, kind, sweet, and well favored – all that is the image of Father. Accordingly, we could say, “Father saw the light of himself (to be);  the earth and the waters of himself (to be); the grass, herb yielding seed, was of himself (to be); the moon and the sun were of himself, every animal, creature, or bird was of himself (to be) and then in verse 27, Father created male and female (to be) in perfect resemblance of Father, to recreate himself.

RERichmond Tree of Life Bible Translations

 

Father would say to you; personally, you are a Son or a Daughter in perfect resemblance of what I envisioned of you, from eternity. The question you must answer is, “to be or not to be?” Are you going to live out of your Divine Mind and be everything Father envisioned of you, or will you choose to go down the way that seems right to men (anthropos minded) that leads to destruction (consequences)?

 

There is a Highway of Holiness, that is available to all who desire the higher way of living.

 

Isaiah 35:8 “And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring, though fools, shall not err therein.” KJV

 

The “highway” is living out of your Divine Mind (cool of the day – Spirit). The phrase, “the unclean shall not pass over it,” means one will not experience the highway while living out of a religiously moral sense, with religious ceremonial acts. The word “wayfaring,” simply means to walk; so, if you first rise up to live out of your Divine Mind, and do not have perfect understanding yet, you will not fail or be deceived – you will be led up higher and higher.

 

[1] ‘Abde’el (ab-deh-ale’) serving God.