A Man of Principle, The Principal Principle

A Man of Principle The Principal Principle
A Man of Principle The Principal Principle

By Apostle Tim and Theresa Early

 

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in which the heavens [Where your treasure is, there your heart is also] shall pass away with a great noise [whirring, whizzing, buzzing, and hissing sound], and the elements [fundamentals, rudiments, PRINCIPLES of MEN] shall melt [to loosen, break up, destroy, put off] with fervent heat [to set on fire – Hebrews 12:29 – Ezekiel 22:20; Malachi 3:1-4] … the heavens being on fire [mentalities and mindsets becoming ablaze through refinement, destroyed in the sense of being changed into another form] shall be dissolved [same Greek word as ‘melt’] …” (2nd Peter 3:10, 12).

 

What a theme for another carnal Christian escapism motion picture! Behold what cinematic display and drama for many, including the thematic special effects and explosive action resulting in one word reactions such as Wow, Whew, and Whoa! Sounds neat hey!

 

But to speak forthrightly here, this scripture does not give hint to some future cataclysmic ending, but to the beginning of the end which began ages past, meaning, way before the 21st century. This beginning began long ago in PRINCIPLE, not as some reaction to the fear of the future, but rather, our response to the fire of God that is seen metaphorically, as oppose to the literal text. For the fire here is both past, and in principle, a present reality. It is not intended by the proceeding Spirit of the Lord for this passage to become the basis of homo-sectarian groups, having the last word on the doctrine of last things by view of a negative gospel and a poor position of the Kingdom. But if we are open to the voice of the Lord, and the liberating influence of His Spirit, an open heavens awaits us NOW: a stayed open heavens and an open earth.

Simply speaking, the above passage is a further revealing of the way the Father thinks, and the nature of His Word being wrought within us. It is also the revealing truth of His inner dealings within our heavens {above, mindsets, thought life} and our earth {the body, and all of its affections}, as Christ in us becomes ALL {N} ALL.

 

This also means that a great part of what we call the Gospel, is not alone in the external confines of what we do for God, but the good news of what He is doing within us. The fire comes to refine, loosen, break off, destroy, or melt away our top heavy concepts, our most sacred and relished beliefs, our cardinal doctrines, and “WE Believes,” and all that we esteem, cherish, and hold dear to. The fire appears as there is a shaking in the heavens of our inner being {heart, soul, mind} resulting in a shaking in our earth {Our whole constitution physical constitution}. God is bringing order out of our chaos and light from within our darkness. He is melting away those unbecoming thoughts which becomes habits or habitations. His desire is the expansion of HIS mansion {John 14:2, 23, the Word abode in verse 23 is the same word for “Mone” or mansion in verse 2, the Father’s house}, the corporate release from His king/priest, moving us from mere information to transformation. He is removing the scales from our eyes and we are beginning to see men as trees, or ministries, trees walking, as we are seen of the Lord in Mark 8:22-26.

 

He is shaking the foundations to the core, moving us from bible trivia to intense spiritual travail {see the difference}, as the latter results in the manifestation of the sons of God. Many hold bibles in their hands, but fewer know who the true and living Word is. In John 5:39, Jesus acknowledges that many search the scriptures, and in them they think they have eternal life. But in verse 40 Jesus says, “You would not come to Me …” Meaning, Christ is the highest revelation of the Word, the Word from the beginning. It is in knowing HIM, that we make him known. It goes far beyond what we believe to whom we believe. For the letter kills and HIS Spirit makes alive, becoming in us a Life – giving and Life – changing nature.

 

By the proceeding Word of the Lord {Matthew 4:4} He is bringing to life in us, the reality that we are {through enlightenment} becoming {John 1:12 – power to become, His power made alive in us} what we already are. Not by attainment, but enlightenment, by wisdom and revelation {Ephesians 1:17-18, the eyes of our understanding being flooded with light {Photizo, or, think of what a camera generally needs – LIGHT – Genesis 1:3; John 1:4, 9}

 

In our measure of rule to advance the Kingdom we desire as Paul did to fully preach Christ {Romans 15:19}. Fully preaching Christ is not about itinerary and keeping preaching dates. But fully preaching Christ involves the revelation of demonstration and the demonstration of revelation {1st Corinthians 2:4-16}. Unfortunately folk still make a line of demarcation or create a dichotomy out of the two, as if one is separately and exclusively revelation, and the other separately demonstration. But beloved, the good news is revelation produces demonstration and demonstration is revelation in manifestation. Both are one in the SON and in the unlimited glory of the Lord. For saints to gloat or denigrate through gross distinctions concerning ministers of revelation versus demonstration is leaning a bit toward soulish conjecture. The government of God is in the cloud, the cloud of His manifest presence, the cloud of His reigning glory! All are ONE in Him who is ALL – 2 – gether Lovely! Just simply define the mood of the Spirit and follow the cloud, not the crowd!

 

When ministering Kingdom principles the person and manifest presence of the Holy Spirit is dealing with the rudimentary fundamental principles of men. In this the fervent heat arises, and the fire of HIS Word, the Word which proceeds from HIS mouth, melts away the divisive beliefs of men, purging men from their misuse and abuse of Kingdom principles, thus, clearing the air of principalities. For principles of mere men are directly connected to the principle of principalities in your given region. If you change {not we per se} the principles of men, you create a whole new atmosphere of the driving out of principalities in your given locality. If you are consistent in proclaiming the gospel of the Kingdom, that region or city will experience the transformation of the renewal of the mind, shifting mindsets and mentalities into bold new Kingdom configurations and designs. The climatic change will be in part what principles we preach, teach, train, impart, decree, and prophesy, and in the level of administration, grace, and glory the Lord is releasing therein.

 

That is why the word “warfare” in the New Testament Greek is a rather interesting one. In 1st Corinthians 9:7, the word means “to serve in a military campaign, to execute the apostolate {the apostolic}, to contend with carnal inclinations, via, a soldier.” Strateia is the Greek word {2nd Corinthians 10:4, 1st Timothy 1:18}, from which we get Strategy, and the other related words which are further defined in our English which includes generalship and a militant position of purpose. It is a word which also carries in the original meaning a career of hardship and danger. Think about that!

 

This beloved, is the apostolic dimension, as the criterion for executing the apostolate is being led in contending, confrontation, resistance, and conflict. The warfare or apostolic delegation contends with mindsets and mentalities of local assemblies and regions, as much of the success of any proposed spirit-filled meeting has to do with how the Spirit of the Word penetrates and invades the spirit of one’s mind, and what the Spirit of the Lord wills and intends to accomplish in that very spoken Word.

 

Now you can see how the apostolate, the apostolic delegation for each region, and the launching of the apostolic is directly involved in transition and change within the corporate saints. For it is quite a delicate task to witness change and metamorphosis in the global church as we shift the churches mentality into Kingdom to be postured and positioned to transform the nations. If there is to be {which now is} the reforming of the nations, it must start with the so-called church. It must become a core dynamic which defines through militant engagement and strategic action, the great commission {Genesis 1:26, 28} as oppose to the great commotion {Genesis 11}. It must send a crushing blow to the babbling of Babylon, and the chaotic thinking of Babylonian culture today that HIS Kingdom Reigns … For the Kingdom is the real world.

 

 

A Man of Principle, the Principal Principle, continuing …

 

The word “Principle” is defined in the American Heritage Dictionary as “A basic truth, law, or assumption, a rule or standard. It is a basic or essential quality or element determining intrinsic or characteristic behavior.”

 

Principles work when you work them. Principles are not necessary the bondage’s of men, as bondage’s and manipulative control is inflexible, and as Kingdom principles are flexible. You can never over-use Kingdom principles and you certainly cannot circumvent or undermine them. You cannot get rid of them, and no matter what you do or where you go, you will always have them, always. This is why Leviticus 21 speaks of the lame priests, priest who hop and skip over Kingdom principles. It is interesting that this same chapter speaks of the flat nose {no discernment} and dwarf {malnutrition}, and the one with broken stones {no reproduction, no sons coming forth}. But, you can check it out later, as the primary reference I am making in that text is in the lame priesthood, the real Hebrew meaning of skipping and hopping over and around what God has established us to walk in.

 

Now, life itself helps us to discover the process of principles, what works, and what doesn’t. Therefore, if I were to desire anything in life, it would not be for becoming a man of great power and status, but a man of principle, living by the principles of God that makes our everyday life work. It would be to adhere to the PRINCIPAL PRINCIPLE, WISDOM. For you can get heap of knowledge, but you can never get enough WISDOM. Wisdom is tireless and timeless, wisdom is the PRINCIPAL to dethroning the PRINCIPALITIES of our mindsets. Every solution is found in wisdom, and every problem is a wisdom problem. Christ is the Power of God and He is also the Wisdom of God {1st Corinthians 1:24}. In truth, Wisdom is a Person, the LORD of lords, KING of kings, and God of gods. Wisdom is to be made known to the principalities and powers of the heavenlies, through the church. Ephesians 3:10. This in part, is the present administration of the saints and makes way for the destiny of the nations.

 

In one sense, principles are built into creation itself, and in another respect, it is how we use them, and who is using them. Adolph Hitler operated in a misuse and abuse of principles, but in some ways, he adhered to certain principles which got him to become the terror he really was. Can you handle this thought beloved or will you stone me? Every evil dictator and tyrannical leader built their premise on something, and were consistent with something important to principle, although their premise of belief gave fuel for the distorting and contorting of certain principles. Nevertheless, and despite of the ingenuity and methodology of questionable character, if you work certain principles into motion, you will get certain results. And this has nothing to do with being deemed as a Christian. These are principles which God has established in creation itself. Play with fire and you will get burned. Channel your energy and use fire for constructive and positive good, and the rhythm and circle of life continues.

 

Consistency is a principle, and so is commitment a principle. Now what we are consistent in, or committed to, is one thing, but the principle works. The person or influence behind the active use of certain principles may perhaps be shady or diabolical in his or hers scheme of things but the principle of diligence and rigorous duty is nevertheless, a Kingdom principle indeed. That is why we have a number of success stories from the great thinkers of today’s cosmos, motivational speakers, Peak Performers, Coaches, Multi-Millionaires, Movers and Shakers, many of which do not profess a personal relationship with Christ. These men and women are sincere in their efforts, but what I applaud them for, is their consistency in what they feel they were given to do. As mentioned before, the true nature of true millionaires {Million Heirs} {or Billionaires, Thousand-heirs, and Hundred-heirs, grin} is to share what they have, to better someone else, to become in mission and in kingdom design a humanitarian, and to change our world through dominion. That beloved, takes some serious considerations and practice in adhering to a defined set of principles and core values, and how we work them. But then why should the world lead the way and the church straddle a distant behind while espousing escapism as their evacuation clause out in case our fears of eschatology come to fruition?

 

Why should we get mad at true leaders of ministries who have become wealthy in and by legitimate and lawful means? Why sit around in huddle groups and to chiefly despise a man or woman of God for being successful in business? If the house is large, and in some accounts very large, is that really the argument and final analysis of the day as to why this man or woman of God is to have a much larger house and all of the accommodations to go with it? And if it came through by inheritance, legitimate business practice, or investment strategies it was a principle which governed their daily actions. The same with the conventional thinkers of our world, who holds belief in some deity or supreme being. I appreciate, cheerfully applaud and lavish with approbation or commendable praise anyone that uses wisely the principles of the principal thing, the principal principle. I thank God and speak favor and blessings for one that skillfully uses wisdom in their life application. For it is the Principle thing – Proverbs 8, {Read chapter 8, the nature of wisdom which understands the true nature of things}

 

As with Paul the apostle in 2nd Timothy 2:15, we “study” to show ourselves approved unto God … But that word also means “diligence.” The same principle in Hebrews 11:6, for God rewards them that diligently seek HIM. Therefore, diligence is a principle, a Kingdom principle, and if we don’t value this, there is no sense for us to get mad at today’s top motivational success trainers for their season of wealth and prosperity. If the church would step up to the plate and think Kingdom, then the saints would possess the Kingdom, and on a more demonstrative level the kingdoms of this world would more forcefully in momentum become or be acquisitioned into the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ – Revelation 11:15.

 

We need to define clearly what we were born to BE, so that we can DO, and quite frankly shut our own mouths from loquacity or verbal diarrhea {the running of the mouth} and tend to our own god-given business when we hear of true success stories being told. If principles are timeless, then why not redeem the time and LIVE again through the energy of the synergy of Wisdom, Knowledge, and His understanding? Why do so many sit idle through life to wait and wait, and wait for this pie in the sky to come to our plate? Why do so many wait for their ship to come in, when no ship has ever been sent, to set sail or had never went out? What I am saying here is not some formalized creed laced in a works mentality, not so, but in the flexibility of rightful usage of principles that would work for us when we work them. Just like seed, time, and harvest, it is a Kingdom principle … Genesis 8:22.

 

Let’s face it, Jesus was 12 years of age and knew the law {the Old Testament}, and became well versed in it. In Jewish custom, a young child that age had his act together, well learned, well mannered, and groomed for a specific purpose and a powerful presentation and discovery. Remember, true organization proceeds out of LIFE, and our organization in daily living has to do with our priorities in the Kingdom. There is no time management, but rather, Priority Management. But if we don’t apply wisdom, we won’t realize it in our life’s progression. If wisdom is not the principal thing, we may potentially abuse or misuse daily life principles. Like the past year’s statistics of Houston, it said that the city had one of the highest incidents of poor education and overweight people. Many were said not to have associated their academic education with their future, and in the weight factor, a great lack of personal discipline indeed. For in order to have discipline, there must be a desire, then discipline, then delight. No delight is because of no desire and no discipline. And beloved, let’s take it back to our desires, our goals, values, dreams, and visions. Let’s take it back to our perception, and I will show you the present paradigm. If we hold to poor memories, we potentially stifle our imagination. The light of the body is in the eye. What we see and focus on, may lead to our bodies and minds functioning in.

 

Therefore, we return now to 2 Peter 3, and this time, let us highlight verse 11. {read along with verses 10 & 12}

 

“Seeing then, that all these things shall be dissolved [melt], what manner of persons ought you to be …”

 

As the atmosphere of our heart and mind is purified and refined, as the refiner’s fire refines us, and as we move from preparation to presentation, consider this, that there is a chemical process involved, an internal dimension within and with an intended purpose indeed. The Father revealing glory does not come to make us brain dead, rather, to bring a distinction and separation between soul and spirit, or in some instances, between Adam and Christ. Adam the living soul, and Christ, the quickening. 1st Corinthians 15:45; Hebrews 4:12. He comes that we may have life in the abundance, Zoe to be more specific. That is what Paul meant in Romans 5:17, as we reign in LIFE, The Lord’s that is. Whether we describe it as eternal, everlasting, abundant, endless, etc. All are referencing HIS LIFE, not Psuche {psyche – John 12:25}, nor biological life, but HIS Life. 2nd Timothy 1:10.

 

O beloved, this is the LIFE to be manifested. 1st John 1:2. Here, we find fellowship with the Father being one together in the LIFE of the Father, and if so, there are governing principles to live such life to the fullest.

 

If there is to be total health, there are governing principles for LIFE. If there is to be a consistent walk in the realm of the Third Dimension, there are also governing principles regarding that dimension. All in all, instead of striving to be something from a fleshly dictate, or in attaining something alone in the exclusivity of poor self image while empowering the image of the beast to speak, why not become empowered to Christ the Power and the WISDOM {1 Cor. 1:24} of God? Why not begin a brand new journey into rediscovering what LIFE really is. I sincerely and cheerfully praise God purposing me to be a multi-dimensional minister of His glory, and I particularly thank Him for the wholesome desire in being a man of principle, and with such regard, the principle of the PRINCIPAL thing {WISDOM}, the first in place, time, order, and importance, the chief thing. Proverbs 4:7

 

My son, attend unto My Word; incline your ear unto My sayings … For they are LIFE unto those that find them, and HEALTH to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20, 22

 

To the Ancient of Days and His Unlimited Glory …

Apostle Tim & Theresa Early @ https://ricardoequips.wordpress.com/apostletimearly/
Apostle Tim & Theresa Early @ https://ricardoequips.wordpress.com/apostletimearly/

Dr. Tim and Theresa Early, apostles
https://ricardoequips.wordpress.com/apostletimearly/

 

Dr. Tim and Theresa Early are the senior apostles and founders of the F.A.P. International {Ephesians 2:20-22}, first established in Houston, TX since 1994, and stationed as its epicenter now in Ruston, LA. Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, married for over 32 years and Apostle Tim with 37 years of Ministry in 2008, Dr. Tim has been an apostle most of his life, happily married, and the parents of 2 sons and one daughter.

 

The Earlys are also the founders of the Global Leadership Institute {GLI – Epicenter of Kingdom instrumentations and technologies}, Tim Early and Associates {TEA – a JosephDanielNehemiah initiative to the marketplace}, C.U.S.H. or Corporate Unction and Strategies Habitation}, and R.U.S.T.O.N. Ruston United Strategies Training Operation Network.

 

As spiritual fathers and vanguard leaders in the 21st century leader-shift, Apostle Tim and Theresa are given to witness the generational blessing of Isaiah 58:12, the foundation of many generations.

 

Rev. Dr. Timothy Leonard Early, of Ruston, Louisiana expired on Monday, December 23, 2013, at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, Louisiana.

 

 

 

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