Archive for December, 2020


The first rule in playing Follow the Leader is you need to deny yourself of the leadership role and submit to following the Leader. In the game, there can be only one Leader that everyone playing follows and imitates. The Leader begins the game with this statement “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24 NLT) To pick up “his cross” means to bear the burdens of the trials and tribulation that the game will take you through without complaining but with a steadfast and total focus on the Leader before you. What he does and endures you must do as well, or you fail at the game. One essential point we must consider in following the Leader is choosing the right Leader before the game begins. If any leader’s opening statement to follow does not include the cross, picking up a pleasure is a leader taking you to self-destruction. Therefore, avoid this Leader’s trap.

In the game of Follow the Leader, the leader has a goal and a destination to where he wants to go and where he would like his followers to join him. Picking up the cross is the key to entering into the final stage of the game, which is to enter through the gate of heaven. Without the cross, there is no salvation and no hope of eternal life. The leader is the first to pick up his cross of salvation and life. The leader cannot expect a follower to do something that he has not done first. Jesus is the leader who goes before us and leads the way. Jesus bears His cross and overcomes the obstacle of death. As we follow Him, we step where He steps; we jump where He jumps. In turn, we can bear our cross and die with Him and live with Him and make the same leap into eternal life. A childhood game that has a powerful meaning for our spiritual life.

When I was young, before my teens, we would often play a game called Follow the Leader and when following the leader in this game is to do what the leader did. If the leader jumps, you jump. If the leader ran or climbed a fence, you did the same. Hence, we can say that following is to imitate the leader. Jesus said this about following him. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV) Well, back to the game, if Jesus is the light and walks in the light, then if I follow Him, then I too am in the light, and I too am light because a follower imitates the leader and the Holy Spirit helps us to do both follow and imitate.

If, while playing the game, the leader walks in the sand or the snow, then we who follow must step where the leader stepped. Therefore to follow Jesus, we must walk in His footsteps without changing His steps’ imprint, so we must also imitate Him. To imitate Jesus Christ, we must learn to think and act like Jesus Christ to follow him accurately. Every action that the leader makes in the game of following the leader must be carried out. To be successful, we must stop trying to do something else behind the leader. When we do, we are not following.

What then is the first thing a follower must do to follow the leader accurately? The follower can no longer think of what to do and when to do it. The key to this is in Psalm 46:10 when God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” This is the basis of all spiritual work. Let the voice of the Holy Spirit tell you what to do and when to do it. When you listen and do what the Holy Spirit says to do, and you do it. You are following Christ in His footsteps. Let me remind you following in Christ’s footsteps is not easy. Like in the game I play as a pre-teen, the leader would jump over, crawl under, climb over obstacles. In life, we face many challenges but if we follow Jesus Christ and imitate what He does, we get over them. The game begins when the leader Jesus said, “Come, follow me,” (Matthew 4:19 NIV)

After the fall of mankind, a separation and blockage took place in sensing the Spirit of God within, and “Oneness” was lost.  

Since subconscious divided in two, it still possessed some of its earlier attributes; these attributes still provided man with a certain level of dominion that he had before the separation. The Law of Attraction and The Law of Manifestation were still within his grasp. However, he would now have to learn through hard work how to use them. Humankind now would have to use his will power and trial and error to discover mastery of these Laws. Hence, the man was and is capable of achieving great success in all areas of his life. Abundant or eternal life was out of reach, so no matter how great was man’s success, he would “surely die.”    

The next level mixes beliefs or thoughts of both good and evil. For example, the person holds to the idea that if you work hard, you will become successful while looking at others who are successful, claiming that they got all the breaks. Two conflicting thought processes exist at this level; therefore, the individual experiences some success but never to the degree desired. It is because the conscious level is saying, ‘If I work hard, I will become very successful, while emotionally, he is also saying, I never get any breaks.’ It is due primarily to the unawareness of envy, resentment, or some other negative belief. Since, in this case, the emotional thoughts upload more easily into the subconscious, the results are counterproductive. The majority of people are at this level due to conflicting views between emotional consciousness and mental consciousness; therefore, they block their success. The results are the individual never achieves the desire of the heart.

Moving upward to the next level of manifestation is consciousness in control, predominantly a positive or a good thinker and emotions that agree. Here we have the people who manifest their businesses and other forms of affairs and activities through; sheer willpower. They know that it is a numbers game. It requires physical action, which means working extended hour days, making a large number of phone calls, physically organizing, seeing clients, running errands, administrating, and doing whatever it takes to be successful. It may, however, create an unbalanced lifestyle but a financially sound one. 

The final stage of human conscious programming the subconscious mind to manifest our desired results. The individuals are those who seem to get all the breaks in life. They use the power of their imagination to attract and manifest their desires. They understand and use the fundamental Law of Manifestation to their advantage. Winners believe that they can win on both the conscious and subconscious levels; we accomplish this by visualizing the win both mentally, emotionally and expecting it to happen. This law functions regardless if you are aware and understand it or not. It is the Hermetic law of correspondence, which states, “As within, so without, as above, so below.” What you think and imagine in your conscious and subconscious mind, abstract world of thought will manifest its mirror likeness in your concert world of matter. Your outer world is a reflection of your inner world. It is the law, and it displays for good or for the bad. In short, there is only one result for the Law of Manifestation, and that is a success. 

The final level is a conscious and subconscious awareness of “Oneness with the Lord” Here, success is not measured, but earthly forms of wealth since things never completing fill the void of the heart which longs to be reunited with God. It is this level where we achieve contentment and happiness results in “oneness” since only the Spirit of God can fill the void. 

The song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English Christmas carol in code From 1558 until 1829. The Scottish Reformation then British made it illegal for Roman Catholics in England to practice their faith openly. Notice that many came to America to practice their religion freely during that time. The reason for the Constitution to separate Church and State so the government would not interfere with one’s faith.

Someone during that era wrote the 12 Days of Christmas as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to Church members. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember the “True Love.” One hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because a mother bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators. Here in America today, some wish to stop Christians from practicing their faith. In the future, we may see more coded songs and home churches.

Here are the lyrics and their meaning. 

A Partridge in a Pear Tree is said to represent Jesus Christ (a mother partridge is willing to die while protecting her young, and is given on “the first day of Christmas” since the first of the twelve days falls on Christ’s birthday

Two Turtle Doves symbolize both the Old and the New Testaments. Three French Hens stand for faith, hope, and love. Four Calling Birds are the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Five Golden Rings represent the Pentateuch—the first five books of the Old Testament. Six Geese-a-Laying are the six days of creation (before the seventh day of rest). Seven Swans-a-Swimming symbolize the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, and mercy. Eight Maids-a-Milking are the eight Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-10). Nine Ladies Dancing represent the fruit of the Spirit (according to Galatians 5:22-23): Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Ten Lords-a-Leaping are the Ten Commandments. Eleven Pipers Piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples. Twelve Drummers Drumming, finally, symbolize the twelve points of belief stated in the Apostles’ Creed.

I hope you enjoyed the decoding and give you added joy when hear the song this Christmas. 

“Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civilian affairs, but rather tries to please his commanding officer.” (2 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV)

Today many churches of various denominations emphasize the prosperity message. The doctrine teaches a joyful, comfortable lifestyle of wealth if you give your life over to Jesus Christ. However, true warriors in the army of God know they are committing to going into harm’s way for the Gospel and the righteous cause. Tt teaches and perhaps pay the ultimate price for the ideal.

We must understand that God’s mission for us is to be engaged on the battlefield against the evil in this world. It is a difficult battle because we must resist our selfish nature. Yet, it is easy because we live by the new nature that Christ provides. Hence we may suffer persecution as mighty warriors worthy of the Kingdom.

The apostles were warriors; this is the response they gave after the Sanhedrin had them flogged. “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.”  (Act 5:41) Christian warriors are always prepared to lay down their lives; in doing so, they find it; this is a comfort and a peace that the world cannot give. It does not mean we will be free of problems, but a warrior faces each one without complaint, knowing that the solution is at hand. 

In closing, it means when you are a born-again Christian; you are behind enemy lines in the middle of the battle, so you must have on your armor and are ready to fight. (Ephesians 6:10-18)