THE IMPORTANCE OF GENDER IDENTITY
by Pam Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org)
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
I am very much a person who believes in the uniqueness of each human soul, and that that soul has a special interaction with God that is especially unique to just them. There is a God who set a Creation in motion – and it is vast and complex and it encompasses the Universe. But I do not believe in a God who completely then just let things go.
While freedom was granted, there is still a Sovereign override. In other words, the God who set it in motion can at any time intervene at His will to keep His will in order. It is not only His Nature, but also His perogative. However, this God is a God of self discipline and control and He orders His own Life according to this will.
This God is not just a physical force but a Spiritual force as well. The “body, soul and spirit” of man who was created “in His own image” has many dimensions within His Dimensions, and one can start with a simple microscope or telescope and begin to scratch the surface of those incredible eternal discoveries.
Besides the physical forces of a body life, and the internal dimensions and powers of the soul life, there is also the guiding force of the spiritual life that has been given to every human birthed on this earth. In this design, there is an option for more life – or for death.
A mighty and powerful God chose fellowship with this manifestation of mankind created in His image. To “Him” it is a phenomenal concept – a creation made for His pleasure – one to commune with, share with, and even work with in establishing some of the many potentials of this Design expressed. The concept, is a noble one, and the crowning of His Creation.
The courses of all the heavenly stars and lights dance and respond and explode around this very pristine jewel called the earth that we live upon and are spawned from. It is a wonder that our lives seem as short as they are, while at other times seem so very long and challenging. But there is a dynamic at work with a God who knows who He is – and who He is not. And it takes a contrast to show it.
In this One God is both male and female. It is utterly amazing at all the wars over the gender differences, as if one could be superior to that which in reality the joining makes the whole and creates more life. The dynamic is significant and vitally important.
When we understand our purposes and the reasons for our creation, we come to more understand what divine order is and the important role it plays in our self discovery. We find this discovery as well in who we are and in who we are not, in that the contrasts will show the difference and we grow in our evolving borders, just like the skin of a person grows to accomodate one’s growth expansions.
Part of the wonder is the evolution. That which affirms the Almighty Intent is blessed, and that which does not please can be put aside. But lest we become over simplistic and lose the true dimensions of the Design content, remember that it is the unique relationship between the Creator and His created that matters to Him. A God with an expanding Universe has ideas and patience beyond anything our small minds can even imagine.
What we must come to terms with as individuals is our borders, for the sum of them responds. And as interesting as a microsopic amoeba can be as one of the most simplist forms of life, we are infinitely more complex and have a spiritual dimension that is dynamic, and can interact in conversation form with our Creator.
The dimension of language moves our expression to a higher form. And God calls Himself: “The Word,” the Living Word. We do not just simply respond to stimulus but we have the dimension of thinking and making decisions. We also have a will that has been given to us and we can choose. And not only do we choose, but through that, we can fellowship.
To say that gender is all about our sexual identity sells it short. And there are forces that war against it and we can see this war against it is on the increase because the battle for its truth is a critical one. If the anti-God or anti-Christ spirit (and Christ means anointing or the dynamic power of God and His creative, even restorative, Life) can win our hearts, then we do not prove worthy to carry on this Divine Intent and so we lose becoming all that the Divine Heart intended for us to be.
Until we encounter and engage this Divine Being in a significant way that marks us and changes us, we grope about blindly even if we do have orders of sorts. The God of the Universe is a God of Love, for Love is the highest Expression. Anyone can tear something down, but to build and create using components birthed from unseen dimensions to design an everlasting relationship is nothing short of a wonder of the yet unseen expression.
The borders are in place by God, those rights of Sovereignty, but the joy is anticipated with its sovereign and eternally expressed energies in shared relationship of freedoms.
It is important to get it as right as we can, seeking without being ashamed, and corrected without losing heart, and learning with Love abounding.
There was a man named Job who one time prayed: “Oh, that I had One to hear me! Here is my mark. Oh, that the Almighty would answer me, that my Prosecutor had written a book! Surely I would carry it on my shoulder, And bind it on me like a crown; I would declare to Him the number of my steps; Like a prince I would approach Him.” [Job 31:35-37] And God has granted that request. Today we call that book the Holy Bible.
It is a Spiritual book and its dimensions are much more than first meet the natural eye. To have experienced the Spiritual relationship speaks for itself. To argue does no good. Once one has encountered the Almighty in personal encounter, the new search becomes others who have also had that encounter and who can somewhat relate.
Nothing matches that personal unique interaction but there is comfort with those you know who have had the experience of the Encounter. And we call them the living “organism” of the Body of Christ, for it is a many membered single Body that carries an expression with the Divine, even likened as a Bride with Her Husband.
Others outside give many labels and definitions to what we call the Church, but when the Spiritual life is birthed, one truly will realize that they have become “a new creation.” We even struggle to define it ourself but the relationship is alive – it moves and breathes and has its “Being” within us! It’s the birth of an endless life now, born of incorruptible seed.
All that to say that the Holy Book is worthy for divine instruction. And “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'”
The earth carries our design, when two seeds, one of man and one of woman connect and begin to divide and multiply into unique individual form. Anti-Christ spirit forces will war against it – in spirit, soul and body dimensions at times – but peace and life is found in the Creator. And the wholeness and “completion” of parts also will rest there.
Because there are body, soulish and spiritual forces, in one direction they carry the divine relationship design which can bloom and prosper, and in the other direction, they warp and diminish. It is not to say that man’s struggle is not worthy, for all people do struggle and it is hard for man to judge, and much more impossible to walk in another man’s shoes. But insight requires instruction and that is what is being attempted here.
To gain the Spiritual growth that many desire, understanding basic and even primitive concepts are important for they carry the foundation for living. And when the beginning things are the challenged things, the foundation is what is under that stress.
Yet truth will prevail and last into eternity. The mind of man is a powerful force, and it was designed to be that way. It is such a force that in fact it can often change the outward appearance and countenance of the physical person in a myriad of ways.
In Mark chapter 10, the red words of Jesus read:
2 The Pharisees came and asked Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” testing Him.
3 And He answered and said to them, “What did Moses command you?”
4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce, and to dismiss her.”
5 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Because of the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept.
6 “But from the beginning of the creation, God ‘made them male and female.’
7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,
8 ‘and the two shall become one flesh’; so then they are no longer two, but one flesh.
9 “Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
The One who was crucified for His Love and was resurrected from a brutal disfiguring death into glorious and beautiful overcomer’s life, affirmed the foundation of the Design.
In Matthew 19, there is recorded continued conversation:
8 He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
9 “And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery.”
10 His disciples said to Him, “If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry.”
11 But He said to them, “All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given:
12 “For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it.”
These statements confirm that there are extenuating circumstances, but not a foundational change. There is not a third gender. Today many would have you believe that the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender) movement is the norm and optional standard. It can be an option, but it is not a norm.
Even those who choose “making themselves eunuchs” do it apart from divine design for a greater good. Otherwise it is not a necessary or needed thing, but an aberration if expressed as a third gender and norm. It becomes a division through an anti-Christ form.
God created them male and female, in His Image, and blessed them. Only those who truly have ears that desire to hear will hear and find their personal inner freedom. I am not a sex expert and don’t plan to become one. But I have seen and discerned a warping that unravels Divine Design growth. I am just saying that there are limitations and hinderings to divine development. The choices one makes, make a difference.
I have been single a long time but I am not confused over my gender identity. I realize many are, but it is the truth of all the inward parts that will set you free. Young children today are being taught that there are “options” before they can even comprehend what they mean. This is a serious matter. The laws of man will not change truth, so I have no plans to even be political over this. I simply seek to engage your spirit through His to this truth.
It is obvious that these are “end times” for the end of this age. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken and even the earth is groaning with increasing earthquakes, and society seems to find new depravities and terrors every day. But all these are the contrastings to the reveal of the Son of God in His Day of Power and Glory and Beauty as the book of Revelation foretells. The beautiful expressions of God are delicate and tender as well as mighty and strong.
The love a person can have for a helpless baby can cause a militia to be engaged for its protection and potential. People will pay large sums for a tiny beautiful fleeting flower. The tiniest of cells can explode into a lively growth. But the dimensions of life are exquisite and they are calculated by a Sovereign God.
I do not write to the world for the world will not have ears to hear this. I write to the Christian who has had the divine encounter and looks for the truth of its prospered growth. As you contemplate your life’s interactive dynamic, your discoveries can lead you into greater truths that work and expand your Universal relationship. I wish you that peace and love and joy.