Blue Ocean Gathering (last update to this study was made on 05/20/2006)
I want to share with you with what I am calling a "Blue Ocean Gathering." It is amazing to me how that God is constantly using so many things in the natural realm to show us spiritual truths. He can use (and he does use) whatever he so desires to speak to us, to draw something to our attention. He is constantly teaching and training us for he cares so deeply for us.
He is such a loving father! I am convinced if we were able to grasp how much he really loves us, it would be beyond our comprehension. It says regarding us that his son Jesus "is the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins." But the beloved John does not stop there, oh no, read the rest of the verse. "....and not for our's only, but also for the whole world" (I John 2:2). God the Father loves the whole world, his creation, he loves every man, woman and child. Not only those alive and walking on this earth, but also everyone that has been as well as those who shall be.
Think about it for a moment. All your life you longed for someone to love you, I mean to really love you. Just think of it, for one to completely accept you and it is not based on your performance; it is not only the times when you may get it right. But even in your shortcomings, your imperfections or failure to reach a standard; or during moments of your less desirable sides, your rough edges or your flaws. In all of this he still loves you, he loves us, he loves the world; with a love that far surpasses anything ever imagined. Do you know what I am saying? I mean, if this really were to grab us, it would probably cause us to be quiet or silent for days, we would be speechless in utter amazement.
He loves us enough to not hold things against us. He stays and works with us to the very end. He will never leave us or forsake us. Paul said "Being confident...." Ready for this, we are to be confident, solid and steadfast, no question about it, not even a blinking of the eye, no doubt whatsoever (not even for a New York minute). Being confident ".....of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ." (Philippians 1:6). That is to say "unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:" (Eph 4:13). Now that is a commitment of love in action!
So because of his love towards us he does many things, one of which is revealing things to us, the way things work in his kingdom. The children of Israel knew his acts but his servant Moses knew his ways. With this thought, I will now share with you one thing that he recently has shown me.
Jesus said "the children of this world (age) are in their generation wiser than the children of light." (Luke 16:8). Just as during that age, at times it is also true of our day. We can watch the world and sometimes take a lesson or two.
I work in a highly technical industry. Basically I am in product or business development dealing with some very leading-edge products and services. The things I work on now never really interested me in the past. But the Lord, in his sovereign grace, placed me in such a place at such a time. My job offers very little idle time as there is so much to do. Therefore my mind needs to be set like a flint during the course of the day just to stay focused on all that is to be done. I report directly to the chief executive officer (CEO) and owner of the company. He had asked me to read a book that he had just finished and wanted me to give some thought it. Though the points were very interesting and beneficial to read, the Lord was just flooding my mind with thoughts in how this was applicable in my own spiritual journey and the kingdom of God. Before I tell you more, I have to make mention that just a couple of weeks before reading the book, the Lord had already been preparing me as I was questioning some things and ready to advance further into his kingdom.
Let me quickly jump into some of the business principles offered in this book. The general idea was how to create an uncontested market space and make the competition irrelevant. Most companies engage in a head-to-head competition in search of market share, profitable growth, etc. They fight long and hard for their market position, to be number one, two or three, etc. They battle hard and struggle for product or service differentiation. More features and bennies (benefits), more bells and whistles, priced less than the other guy, etc. The beat goes on! In today's crazy and overcrowded industries, the results are nothing but ruthless and a bloody "red ocean" of rivals duking it out to the bitter end over the same customer base and shrinking profit pool, or until they convince a bigger fish to swallow them up by an acquisition or merger of some sort. Than the greedy executives can lay off thousands of long dedicated employees trying to raise families, move a portion of their operations offshore to cut costs and cash in on their year end bonuses.
Yet there have been companies that have found success by setting their sails in a different direction. I am not talking about those companies that happen to ride an industry wave to success with the rest of their competition because the tide would carry them there (e.g., computer industry, housing industry, etc.). I am talking about setting sails into uncharted waters, by creating "blue oceans" of uncontested market space. You want a few examples of companies that have truly achieved this strategy? In the U.S. wine industry, where California wines dominate the domestic market, capturing two-thirds of all U.S. wine sales, while competing with imports from France, Italy, Spain and other countries, a company came in and broke out of the red ocean of bloody competition to make everyone irrelevant. They created a blue ocean of uncontested market space. An Australian winery created a fun and untraditional wine that was easy to drink for everyone - Yellow Tail. They found why traditional wines were a turn-off to the majority and they created something all together different, thereby creating demand in an untapped market and having no rivals. No red ocean battle but rather sailing in the blue ocean. Another example of a company that actually achieved this strategy was Southwest Airlines. Another was Curves. There are others too. They all broke away from the red ocean and found a niche. The Harvard Business School has studied such companies and determined what these companies have in common. They all had a certain pattern in developing their strategy canvas and framework. Don't let me lose you, this is going somewhere. So, wiser are the children of the world than the children of light.
Now in all of this, the LORD our Father was revealing to me principles about the kingdom of God. Some that we have known and perhaps some that might have been overlooked. Let's go on that journey together now.
I can not help but to start with the words of Jesus as we read in Matthew. "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Matt 7:13-14 KJV). We can plainly see that Jesus addressed two paths or direction in this life. One is accessed by entering through at the strait gate in comparison to another, namely a wide gate. One is narrow while the other is broad. One leads to life while the other to destruction. Jesus tells us that many will go the way that is broad while few will find the way to life. In the past, many of us may have thought that this verse was referring to our 'eternal destiny', whether we will spend all of eternity in a heaven or a hell, etc., etc. However, we ought to first take note that there is no mention at all in this verse about our eternal destiny. It is clearly talking about two ways, one that leads to destruction and another to life. The life in which he speaks is that life which can only be found in God. It is a path in which the vulture's eye has not seen, a path in which no flesh can be found on it. It is a life that must be sought for only in seeking will one find anything of substance or value. It is a life which must be birthed from God himself. It is an inner life for our life is hid in Christ.
Paul states in I Corinthians 3:16 "If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer LOSS (destruction): but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." The man shall suffer loss, he shall experience detriment, be cast away, receive damage. Yet, the man shall be saved! The loss is hard, it is an experience that is difficult, it is something less than the very best. However, it is not an eternal loss. The man shall be saved! Though not the exact same greek word, the same idea or principle can be applied the broad path that leads to destruction. This word 'LOSS' means perish, waste or perdition. It is not a positive word but one that is negative. It is a loss, whether natural or spiritual.
Jesus is dealing with two ways. One that leads to life and the other loss. While we have our sojourn on this planet called earth, one will either experience life or they will experience destruction, a loss, something less than a God quality life. Many are called but few are chosen. Few ever find this path of life. Yet when all fails and a person comes to the end of themselves, it is time to enter in at the strait gate. It is a narrow way and only those led by the Spirit will withstand the myriad of pressures of this path. For with much tribulation (pressure), we enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus is the way, the only way and He is the life, the only life for all else that is commonly called life is really death. His way may be both strait and narrow, yet it yields the life of the indwelling Christ, the very life of God Himself. It is the very same God that was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. My point is that there is a path that leads to life and Jesus bids us to enter through the gate and onto this uncrowded and unpopular path. Yet the result is life, the life of the ages.
Another scripture that comes to mind is when Jesus told Nicodemus "And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven." (John 3:13). While Jesus stood on this earth, he was still IN HEAVEN. He lived in a sphere or dimension that was all together different then other men. He marched to the beat of an entirely different drum.
Again, Jesus said "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also." (John 14:1-3). Notice that he did not say, 'where I go, ye may be also', but rather 'where I am' is what he said. It was a present tense reality of where he was at that time, nearly two thousand years ago. I can tell you where he was, he was IN HEAVEN, in the realm of Spirit, abiding and communing with the Father.
What about us? "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk (go on) in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another..." (I John 1:6-7). Fellowship one with another, the Father and you having fellowship with one another. You in constant fellowship, never to break communion. The Spirit dwelling in your soul and having its way, always and at all times. Every thought held captive to Christ.
You have heard me use this illustration before but it is too good to pass up. As long as it teaches truth and ministers life, I will reuse it a thousand times if I have too. Paul said "Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.". There is that confident word again. When I go away and leave my home for a few days, it is always nice to return. I am at home and comfortable with my surroundings, the environment in which I spend most of my time. Likewise, if my soul is more familiar with the things of the flesh than of the Spirit, then it would be more comfortable or at home in the body. It would be more relaxed with the external realm and the physical senses to discern a matter. However, if the soul is serving the Spirit, it would be at home in the Spirit. I will have you know that Paul was not at home in the body but rather at home in the Spirit, at home in the Lord. Likewise, we too are to be at home in the Spirit and absent from the body. When? In the bye and bye? Oh no. We are to be comfortable with the things of the Lord right now, it is to be where we spend most (and soon all) of our time.
Those that ascend the hill of the Lord and stand in the holy place have not lifted their soul to vanity. Even though the first Adam was made subject to vanity, to an exercise of futility, it was still with divine purpose and hope under the sovereign hand of God. The soul that lives in the external realm is at home or comfortable in the body moreso than the Spirit and is subject to vanity.
We do not have to observe lying vanities and forsake our own mercy. We do not have to put everything off to another age or another time and never enter into that which has been clearly prepared for us. He did not prepare a place for us in vain. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, ye may be also". Praise the Lord, the foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, and though the Son of man had not anywhere to lay his head (namely a body, the body of Christ, his church); he now has a body to lay his head, he now has a place to rest his mind, he now has a people to govern and receive his authority.
After Peter received revelation from upon high to say 'Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.", Jesus said to Peter "And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it". Jesus had always had a people as his true church and it has never failed. The reason I know this is because he is the builder of his church and if he builds it, they will come! His church or those called out for a purpose, for a divine destiny in this life, are on the move among his creation. Not in a religious way, not in a church system way, but in an expression of life to whomever he sees fit. Just making ourselves available. Right here and right now. He sends us into the depths of hell where creation lives and we are to set captivity captive. The gates of hell can not keep us out if we are moving by the Spirit. It is not that the gates are moving towards us, but rather that they are built to keep people in and people out. But when we go in the name or nature and Spirit of Jesus Christ, he says "I am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." (Rev 1:18).
Yes, people will come to you. You do not have to go looking for them. You have heard me say before, greater is he that ruleth his own spirit than he that taketh a city. You want to go save the entire city? Go to it, the Father will let you try. Nobody is stopping you. However, you will utterly fail. Why? Because God is not saving the world right now. Read the scriptures, he is building the tabernacle of David. But God will send people across your path when you least expect it. Isaiah says "And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." (Isa 2:3). Many will be sent to you and your response will not be anything like what they hear in the so-called church system. It will be words of life. Just a couple of days ago, I had lunch with a person that holds a high position in his company and he is also quite active in his church, in the capacity of leadership. Suffice it to say, out of nowhere he opens up to me about his twenty year marriage and problems, etc. I said very little and just listened. Hey, I sure can't draw off of any success in marriage. But Christ knows no limitations or boundaries. So, I gave him one piece of advice and he welcomed it with arms wide open, thanking me for listening and the fellowship as a brother in the Lord. Unbeknown to me, the Lord opened the gate of this man's hell or dark and hidden place and I was able to set some of his captives free, namely his thoughts and ideas.
Listen, there is a blue ocean available to us in the realm of Spirit. A place where we no longer have to strive, struggle and produce. No longer a red ocean experience where there are bloody battles, both inner and outer. The first Adam lives in the red ocean (e.g. Adm or red/blood in the face). But there is another place in the Spirit. It is a place where few have gone before. Some have seen it from afar off, others may have even touched it from time to time. It is a place of peace and rest. It is a place that has been especially prepared for each of us. You cannot take my place and I cannot take your place.
It is much different than our red ocean experience. How can we tell the difference? Well, here are a few things that come to mind. A red ocean experience will:
• Still operate in a works-oriented mentality and think it is now up to us to further advance our position in the kingdom;
• Will learn and study the strategy of Satan as he roams in the red ocean ready for battle:
• Command every problem and challenge to simply go away;
• Measure themselves by others (whether personally, or to other assemblies);
• Go looking for the anointing outside of themselves (e.g., parable of five foolish virgins);
• Measuring their success by counting (whether it be finances or attendance).
However, those entering into the blue ocean will be an all together different experience and way of doing things. It will:
• Operate out of grace or divine influence and by the very same Spirit that actually placed them into the blue ocean;
• Will have rendered Satan irrelevant for he has been put completely under their feet:
• Only command and speak the word as led by the Spirit (with results or works to follow);
• Measure themselves only by Christ, knowing his grace is sufficient for them;
• By the Spirit, such find the oiling burning within themselves (e.g., parable five wise virgins);
• Be about their Father's business and not what the church system as supposedly led them to think.
Just as we cannot live without the air we breathe, neither can we do without the Spirit. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." (Rom 8:14). Want to be led of the Spirit? Are you sure? Where do you think he will first lead you? Not to rule and reign as a son. He was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. The wilderness has been appointed in our lives as a place of preparation. Interesting thought, ever notice that Jesus had needs in the physical realm and also the very power to command or speak a word to change the situation and yet he did not do it? Satan suggested to simply command the stone to made bread. Come on Jesus, you are a son of God, you should not lack in the flesh, just speak a word of prosperity or divine health. No, Jesus living in the blue ocean would only command the commands of the Father at any given time. If the word was health to the body, he would speak it and health would spring forth, it was really that straight forward and simple.
Listen, this blue ocean is not found in the external realm. It is not when things are going good for you. This place is deep within your spirit. It is when your spirit is joined with the Spirit of the Lord. It is when the spirit of Christ dwells in you, when the soul is in union with the Spirit. The kingdom of God is within you, God does not come into man from the outside in, spatially speaking. Spirit knows no boundaries. The woman that lost the coin (or was in search of a valuable image, namely Christ), did she search outside of her house. No, she went inside her house. But it can only be of value when the spirit of man or the candle is lit by God himself, when a man is quickened by the Lord. Two thousand years ago the Jews were not happy that the Gentiles had access to the Lord. It is no different today. Many are not happy that Christ is in every man. Yet, we must not lose sight that the Spirit must DWELL in the soul of a person, else it matters not. The soul is the expression of a person's life. If that life is not the life of Christ, then it is death.
The word of the Lord to us is that we can go into this blue ocean. But how? We cannot storm and take it by force. It comes only by revelation. You can not enter in and take it as a thief. In fact, you can not get into this place by your own will. No flesh can enter into this place. Yet it is available to us. And this is the real rub. How do we really experience such a dimension in the Spirit? Not just say we are there or believe something that is not really true in our experience. A person can not add one cubit to their stature by taking thought or applying their mind to be there. This is not a faith-positive confession thing. It must come by revelation. The heavens must be opened to us, God himself prepares us and then launches us into the blue ocean.
How do we reconcile the two thoughts? On the one hand I am telling you that we can experience this place in our lifetime and it is not something five, ten, twenty years out. On the other hand, it God that worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. We just can't rub our charismatic genie bottle for it to come true.
But I do have some answers! One answer I have is this. He has given you such a vision, he has revealed to you such a place for a long time. He will often prepare the heart of a people before he brings you into the full experience of it. So be encouraged in what you are hearing. Now the trumpet is sounding that it is at hand. I am not saying this is the Spirit without measure in all of its fulness. However, I am suggesting a place in the Spirit that we haven't been before; an all together different way than how we operated in the past.
Another answer is this, if you ask your Father for bread, will he give a stone? If you ask for fish, will he give a serpent? So, know that we can ask with an expectation to receive. Of course all in their appointed time. Do you recall the acorn? The acorn will grow into the mighty oak with all of the necessary conditions bringing it each stage along the way, yet as hard as it may say I am an oak tree, it is still up to the progression and it's development. Want another thought about this blue ocean? If you want the true secret of it, I can tell you that it is an ocean of love. Something greater than we have ever imagined.
He gives it to us. He ushers us into this realm or sphere. He brings us to this gathering or assembly in the realm of Spirit. It is when he give its. It is by revelation. Until that time, we wait patiently. Yet, believing, expecting and knowing the time is short because he has given the vision. We can ask 'open our eyes Lord that I may see even more than I have seen up to this point'. Yes, he has opened the eyes of our hearts to see, and he still continues to open and he shall yet open. Paul said "Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us" (II Cor 1:10).
I will close with these few thoughts. I am persuaded that this blue ocean gathering is our destiny in this lifetime as well as in this large vast universe and our part in it. As I have said before, it is returning to Christ, our original matrix. He said that where I am, there you may be also. This is an environment in which one comes to be! That is the definition of a matrix. He is the point in which we make connection with reality. Isn't that what we really want, reality? I really have no time nor interest in nonsense and more religious methods to obtain something that only the Father can give us. I am reminded of the when it says "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels..." (Ps 8:4-5) The Hebrew brings it out better. It says rather than little lower than the angles, it says that God made man to LACK from the Elohim. This is the name that God is set before us in Genesis chapter one. So the idea is that he has set in every man a lack from something greater. He has placed in every man an inner desire to be filled, and though man has tried everything under the sun to quench that inner desire, the only thing that can fulfil that desire is God himself. The desire is there because there is a thirst for something far greater, it is actually the very thing in which they have been lowered from, namely the Elohim. And yet the lack has purpose. The creature was made subject to vanity not willingly. Something less than perfect. Actually it is missing the mark or sin. Yet Jesus himself said "If I had not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin......" (Jhn 15:22). So he brings this lack to our attention and says, I can fulfill your deepest inner desires to where you never thirst again. He convicts us to connect us, to bring us back into that blue ocean. This my friend will be the greatest gathering ever to be experienced by man.