Angle of Attack

with George W Tyler

June 2009

Main Reference:

Phi 2:5-8  Indeed, be letting the frame of mind [or, attitude] be in you which [was] also in Christ Jesus,  who existing in the nature of God, did not consider being equal to God something to be held onto, but He emptied Himself, having taken the nature of a slave, having come to be in the likeness of people, and having been found in appearance as a person, He humbled Himself, having become obedient to the point of death-even of death of a cross.

“Having this mind in me that is in Christ” (Having the right Attitude)

The Marketers want to know “Where you at?” So they can “Target” you better. But if they can create the “right” (for them!) Attitude in you then they “Have” you, as then they already know were you are “At”

So their aim then becomes to create in you the attitude THEY need in order for you to want and indeed “need” their products. So they know where you’re “At” because they put you there by creating those Wants and Needs in your Heart, Soul and Mind. So now you just MUST have what they now alone can provide!

You have become their “Slave.” A dedicated follower of fashion, a Modern (from the word mode – meaning most common or most popular.) person and an avid consumer.

The 20th Century has in deed been the Age of the Consumer, but the consumer is not “king” as most believe, but a slave. With a shop till you drop attitude. Buying not to fulfill their Needs but to fulfill Wants and Greeds (Lusts) that have been surreptitiously created within them by the Marketing “Gurus”. And these Wants then become false “Needs.” So that the consumers become the milking cows or “Milch Wench” of the corporate Giants.

But Also, in order to both make the goods and keep the wheels of the monster turning, and also generate income to pay for the goods they don’t need in the first place! These “slaves” (the consumers) must also be, are also the workers (slaves)of Industry. Making the goods keeping the wheels turning, buying the goods etc.

YET… Most often they cannot even afford the commodities that they are making, which breeds resentment, envy greed etc. within them, and a deep dissatisfaction with all everything, until they burst out in revolution. But revolution to what? Change to what? Exchanging one set of despots for another in most cases. One Saul after another, sapping their strength taking their produce, putting them into bondage and providing just an illusion in return.

As the salesman, trying to distract us from the real question (do we truly need this new thing?) will say, “Do you want to sign (your life away) with the Red Pen or the Blue Pen?”

So What/Where/Who is the solution?

JESUS is the way the truth and the LIFE, He alone holds the Firm Ground, and all other ground is sinking sand! We are either in him or totally lost! There is no “Middle” Ground. No Compromise.

Totas Tuus  – Totally Yours Jesus – Totally Yours or Nothing at all

Psalm 18:2-3  The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

craggy – cleft in rock – die to flesh deny self take up cross – follow me

Reference:

Phi 2  Therefore, if [there is] any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of spirit, if any bowels [fig., affections] and mercies, fulfill my joy [or, make my joy complete], that you shall be thinking the same thing [fig., you are being like-minded], having the same love, united in spirit, thinking the one [thing] [fig., intending the same purpose],  [doing] nothing according to selfish ambition or empty [or, groundless] conceit, _but_ with humility be regarding one another [as] being better than yourselves. Stop being concerned each one about the things of themselves, but each one also [about] the things of others.

Indeed, be letting the frame of mind [or, attitude] be in you which [was] also in Christ Jesus, who existing in the nature of God, did not consider being equal to God something to be held onto, _but_ He emptied Himself, having taken the nature of a slave, having come to be in the likeness of people, and having been found in appearance as a person, He humbled Himself, having become obedient to the point of death-even of death of a cross.

And so God highly exalted Him [or, put Him in the most important position] and gave to Him a Name, the [Name] above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of heavenly [ones] and of earthly [ones] and of [ones] under the earth, and every tongue [fig., person] shall confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord to [the] glory of God [the] Father! [cp. Isaiah 45:23]

So then, my beloved, just as you always obeyed, not as in my presence only, _but_ now much more in my absence, be working out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for God is the One supernaturally working in you both to be desiring and to be supernaturally working for the sake of His good pleasure.

Be doing all things without complaints and arguments, so that you shall become blameless and innocent children of God, unblemished in [the] midst of a crooked and having been perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the universe, holding firmly to [or, offering] the word of life, as my right to boast in [the] day of Christ, that I did not run [fig., exert myself] in vain, nor did I labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and sacred service of your faith, I rejoice, and I rejoice together with you all.

And in the same [manner], you also are to be rejoicing and are to be rejoicing together with me. But I hope [or, trust] in the Lord Jesus to soon send Timothy to you, so that I also shall be encouraged, having learned the things concerning you [fig. your circumstances].

For I have no one with the same attitude, who will be genuinely concerned about the [things] concerning you [fig. your circumstances]. For they all seek the [things] of themselves [fig., their own interests], not the [things] of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a child to a father, he served as a slave with me concerning the Gospel.

Therefore, this [one] indeed I hope [or, expect] to send immediately, as soon as I ascertain the [things] concerning me [fig., my circumstances]. But I have placed [my] confidence in the Lord that I myself also will soon come. And I considered [it] necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, but your apostle and public servant to my need, since he was longing for you all, and being distressed, because you heard that he was sick.

For indeed he was sick nearly to death, but God showed him mercy, but not him only, but also me, so that I should not have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore, I sent him as quickly as possible [or, with great urgency], so that having seen him again you shall rejoice, and I shall be relieved of sorrow. Therefore, be receiving [or, be welcoming] him in [the] Lord, with all joy, and be holding such [ones] in honor, because he came near to the point of death on account of the work of Christ, having shown disregard for his life, so that he shall fill up [fig., supply] your deficiency of sacred service to me.

Further References:

Luke 9:18-26 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.

He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God. And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

 Reference: http://www.e-sword.net/

AMEN!

 

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