We have a spiritual ARE. God created each of us uniquely for a unique purpose. When we DO things that are an effect of our ARE, we feel joy. The more you operate in your spiritual ARE, the more joy you have. In heaven, you will continue to operate in this spiritual ARE until it is all you DO and your joy will be complete. You can be perfect here and in eternity when you operate in your spiritual ARE. This is because God speaks to you through your spiritual ARE…it is your God antenna.
We have a physical Are. This is the actual cause of what we actually DO. If it is not the same as your spiritual ARE, you will experience a short-term gain in energy and a Long Term loss of energy. The physical Are changes with your circumstances and environment. THIS is the part of others that is changing.
How do you determine if you are operating in your physical Are or your spiritual ARE? The further you are from your spiritual ARE, the less you hear God’s voice. What is your spiritual ARE?
We’ve already discussed the first two questions: what activities give you energy and what activities drain your energy? This is because when God flows through your ARE, it will energize you. It is the unique purpose for which you were created.
Another question I like to ask people to consider is: What was the best day (or time) of your life? What was a day that causes you to gain energy (even today) when you think about it? Sometimes, it is easier to think back to a day before your teenage years when you felt truly alive and hopeful for the future.
The reason you felt energized is that you were using some portion of your ARE. Looking at a day before you became a teenager allows you to remove the fleshly distractions we all feel because of puberty.
The final question I may ask you is: What do you do that is most destructive? Our most destructive actions tend to be the result of a misapplication of our ARE. What makes it MOST destructive is that we keep doing it. The reason we keep doing it is because it is our ARE. We are going to keep looking for opportunities to let it come out in what we DO.
For example, someone whose ARE involves “organization” may apply this trait in order to control people and hinder the uniqueness of others. We need organization. We need this person to operate in their ARE in order to increase the Long Term profitability of everyone else. However, this misapplication of their greatest strength can become their greatest weakness.
We will always be looking for our spiritual ARE. As we get closer to it, the enemy has an interest in keeping us from finding it. Once we find it, experience joy on a regular basis, and hear from God on a daily basis, it is very hard to give it up. In fact, people who operate in their physical ARE will tell you that you’ve become too extreme.
The enemy’s goal is to distract you from finding your spiritual ARE by showing you a counterfeit DO that gives you a short-term burst of energy. That is, something that uses that same ARE but the result isn’t Long Term profitability. The result is a DO that causes you to lose energy in the Long Term.
This loss of energy causes people to focus on the short-term and remain in Survival mode.
Now we see a more complete picture of the Models for God, Jesus, Humans, and Individuals.
God Model: His ARE (Nature) is Right and Just. He is not fleshly, so He doesn't have a "free will"...He cannot act apart from His Nature (ARE).
Jesus Model: His ARE (Nature) is Right and Just. He was in the flesh, so He had a free will (fleshly nature). After His death, He lost His fleshly nature and ONLY operates in His ARE.
Individual Model: His ARE is in two parts that is unique to the individual. Let's call it ARE1 and ARE2. He has a fleshly nature, so he has a "free will". He is also NOT Right, Just, and a whole host of other attributes that includes EVERYTHING except ARE1 and ARE2.
Human Model: Combining ALL of the Individual Models, we can see that what we can say FOR SURE is that EVERY human has a "free will" (fleshly nature) AND EVERY human is NOT RIGHT and NOT JUST.
God speaks into EVERYONE'S ARE through the Holy Spirit...which is GRACE. We are responsible for making the choice to let God's influence through the Holy Spirit be reflected in our life (ARE) or follow our fleshly nature. (We will look more closely at the Holy Spirit in the following books.)
Now we see that God is a set of principles...Jesus is a set of principles...we are a set of principles! The principles are the ultimate CAUSE. The PERSON is the EFFECTS of these principles coming out physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
This the core concept behind the book "Modeling God". The goal is to help the individual intentionally grow closer to God by: 1)hearing God's voice more clearly and more often and 2)understand the Bible better.