Occupying, Part 6: Here, There, and Everywhere (on Where)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8)

Where the Holy Spirit Goes We Go 

In short, and for just a few examples, we occupy

  • at home, work, school, prayer closets, and neighborhoods;
  • halls of congress, boardrooms, recreation facilities, and malls;
  • hospitals, faculty lounges, mills, industrial plants, and truckstops;
  • church pews, choir risers, bake sales, and summer camps;
  • rallies, peaceful assemblies, concerts, and family reunions;
  • swimming holes, playgrounds, birthday parties, and holiday celebrations…

You get the picture.

Most of us would never be recognized as “occupiers” in a crowd or small group, even alone, walking down some street in Anytown praying for passers-by, airplane passengers and crews overhead, ambulance occupants, first-responders in fire and tow trucks, people out walking their dogs, fellow shoppers.

We occupy in prayer before our students come into the classroom and after they leave; before our patients come into examination or operating rooms and after, before we interact with our customers, clients, and associates in any venue, real or virtual.

And then, guided by the Holy Spirit, we pray for discernment as to how to proceed with action, if at all, in this juncture of interaction with others beloved of their Father in Heaven, no matter where they are on the spectrum of His plan for their life (or perhaps just on the precipice of awareness and choice). For we might just at that moment be called to only intercede for them.

But, perhaps there is, indeed, some seed of truth to plant, water, or harvest.

Perhaps some act of kindness, instruction, encouragement, or warning we can impart.

Perhaps some offering of food, water, shelter, clothing we can give.

Or maybe just a hug in due time, for a lonely heart. (Note: if viruses don’t spread during the shoving, spitting, grabbing, and screaming of profanities within inches of the face that goes on during what some support and call “peaceful protesting,” then they don’t spread with hugs, either).

I think here of the Sylvia Plath poem “Mushrooms,” which I’ve featured elsewhere in similar contexts:

Overnight, very
Whitely, discreetly,
Very quietly

Our toes, our noses
Take hold on the loam,
Acquire the air.

Nobody sees us,
Stops us, betrays us;
The small grains make room.

Soft fists insist on
Heaving the needles,
The leafy bedding,

Even the paving.
Our hammers, our rams,
Earless and eyeless,

Perfectly voiceless,
Widen the crannies,
Shoulder through holes. We

Diet on water,
On crumbs of shadow,
Bland-mannered, asking

Little or nothing.
So many of us!
So many of us!

We are shelves, we are
Tables, we are meek,
We are edible,

Nudgers and shovers
In spite of ourselves.
Our kind multiplies:

We shall by morning
Inherit the earth.
Our foot’s in the door.

Believers might seem nondescript and harmless and maybe even annoying underfoot, as it were, but, as God, through His Spirt, continually breezes in, out, in-between, below, above, and beyond His people, we keep going and growing, even as, by our cooperating with Him in both big and small ways, He continually saves, delivers, heals, restores, and creates–despite even the most formidable enemy, ever, as in that “thief” who “comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”

You know who.

And his little minions, too.

Because God in all His manifestations and through all His people, here, there, and everywhere, has “…come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

That’s where we occupy.

Join us?

Because you, me, and everyone else born of the Spirit and commissioned in each our corner of this hurting world, are sorely needed just now.

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Occupying, Part 5: The Temporal/Spiritual Continuum (on When)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms. 4 For He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His presence. In love 5 He predestined us for adoption as His sons through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will… (Ephesians 1:3-5 Berean Study Bible)

The Temporal/Spiritual  Continuum

In a sense, the “when” aspect of “occupying” is both temporal and eternal, at once here and in eternity. But note: this isn’t about some theory of predestination that we have no control over–because God gave us a free will. For thoughts on the power of free will, see here

But back to our dual citizenship, so to speak, at the same time both now and in eternity. Continue reading

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Guest Feature, “A Time for Choosing: A Test for Our Souls” (theepochtimes.com)

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On Occupying, Part 4: What We Are–as in The Remnant of Our Time. Now

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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A Christian […] is settled, rooted and immersed in the Spirit in a worldwide community of faith that transcends the boundaries of ethnicity, language or denomination. (Markham, previous post)

Many call such a community The Remnant, as in “remaining” believers who do not subscribe to biblical teachings tainted with politics, man-contrived business models, advertising schemes, popular psychology, extra-biblical denominational iterations of Christianity, or any other side-steps that lead, at length, to the broad way, as in,

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13-14m NASB)

The “gate”? Continue reading

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On Occupying, Part 3: “Strangers, nomads and pilgrims” (Guest Feature) and One More Thing on “Who”

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This part of the series features an article written by fellow blogger Colin Markham whose other articles have appeared prior. Colin blogs at Fellowship of St. Peter – Christian spirituality and fellowship 

In Part 2, I discussed the most important “Who” element of all “occupation” information, i.e., Jesus Christ, both our Commander in Faith and Commander in Chief.

The discussion below is an excellent, formal exegesis of another “who,” as in the Body of Christ, that is to say, the born-again, Spirit-filled collective fellowship of believers.

You might say this spiritual “new birth” makes us, then, “strangers, nomads, and pilgrims” here.

But here on a mission.

It’s always encouraging and strengthening to be reminded of the particulars of that before we head out to share this Good News in each our own mission field, as it were.

(Note: some emphasis is added to the article.-PBN)

Oh, Before the Feature, One More Thing on “Who” Continue reading

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Americans May Need to Wake Up but God Never Sleeps

See what you think.

Before it’s scrubbed (?).

And to stabilize mind, heart, and spirit, here’s a reminder and some encouragement for all parties concerned.

It’s never too late for consideration.

Retired General John McInerney interview posted on the NPC Show, also presented here, here (transcript),  and here so far.

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On Occupying, Part 2: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

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Occupying

I am beginning a new series on the perspectives and practical aspects of how to “occupy until Jesus comes back” (see below for the scriptural citation, context, and definition).

As many biblical scholars suggest, we might be closer than we think to Jesus’ return, prophetically speaking. For an article index pertaining to so-called “end times” (aka “end of the Church Age”) prophecies, see here.

Of course, there are various interpretations of timings and events, but the important thing is God knows and wants us to be encouraged, prepared, and about His business, i.e., engaged in the “great commission,” so that others may benefit as well and be spared from what’s to come.

After all, it is He alone Who knows “…the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come,” also assuring us through the prophet Isaiah (46:10), “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”*

But I should say I am continuing the series because as I re-read a recent post, it works very well as an introduction, thus this is really Part 2. Read part 1 here.

For there is much more on my heart and mind. Continue reading

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It’s Always The Day To Choose (a poem of invitation)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

It’s Always The Day To Choose

It’s always the day to choose

to recognize Whom or who,

the One t0 seed, to bud and bloom,

the other to spoil the fruit.

 

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Guest Features: Scientists Warn of the Dangers of New Kind of mRNA Vaccine for COVID-19

For your careful consideration.

The mRNA vaccine is not like other vaccines.

We have the right to know and to say “No!” 

See what you think, and ask why some of these scientists are being censored and risk losing their jobs. 

But, just now, here, for you and me, there is no risk in at least listening and reading…

UPDATE: Dr Eric A Nepute 40,000 adverse vaccine effects (bitchute.com)

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Guest Feature: “Catherine Austin Fitts Confirms Goals of Technocracy, Transhumanism” (from Technocracy News, January 4, 2021)

For anybody even somewhat familiar with the two topics listed above, Catherine Austin Fitts, in the interview below, connects the dots brilliantly.

For anybody not yet familiar with the two topics above, this will be an easily digested summary.

For anybody who thinks it’s all just a bunch of conspiracy theories, do your own research–and be encouraged: knowledge is power. 

For background information, see the entire article, here.

For the interview, watch below — if it has not already “been removed for violating YouTube’s Terms of Service”. If it has, you can access it on Bitchute, here.

UPDATE January 6: it has been censored by YT, see below. Go to Bitchute site.

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