The Dawning Restoration of Masculine
V. Four Levels of Spiritual Gender
B. Secondary Seasonal Gender
Within the larger framework of a believer's primary spiritual gender are the oscillations he experiences in which God leads him back and forth through alternating seasons that emphasize development of one gender or the other. This is “secondary seasonal gender.” Every believer has to develop in the graces and strengths of both masculinity and femininity even though their overall nature is characterized by one of them.
Every believer, for instance, needs to develop an equal appreciation for God's judgment and God's mercy. Every believer needs to learn how to relate to God individually and also in terms of a body. Every believer needs to learn how to live by principle and then by grace beyond principal.
Secondary seasonal gender is what we see every time we change our mind on a doctrinal or practical viewpoint. Every time we shift the focus of our understanding on some issue, or temper a certain conviction, we are experiencing seasonal gender. We may be moving from principal to grace or from grace to higher principal pertaining to some spiritual matter. In each case like this, what we are really experiencing is a further development of one side of God's nature in us, either masculine or feminine.
In usual terms, this is spoken of as developing "balance.” We speak of having a balanced viewpoint or attitude or practice. But it is more than balancing that transpires when we make these changes. There is a blending of natures within us that happens. We are not balancing concepts. That's only a reflection. We are becoming spiritually blended. Our nature is being perfected.
As we move through the seasons of gender development, we find that we excel at learning the lessons pertaining to the gender that corresponds to our primary gender. If we are primarily masculine, we find ourselves strongest in the seasonal lessons that develop our masculinity:
When a stand has to be taken, we take it with relish. When a confrontation must ensue, we meet it with gusto. We have no problem when it comes to those times we are called to walk by a higher principal, or to pursue a personal call at the expense of relationship to others, or to cut off others who challenge our personal faithfulness.
But it is hard for us when God leads us into those seasons to develop the other gender. The masculine believer sees his greatest deficiencies exposed when he is led to the place where he must release others for their failures, or unite with others contrary to and beyond adherence to principals the Lord has earlier taught him to live by. He has a hard time when God requires him to do things so as to please people or meet them at a level of their own weakness.
In such seasons, God deals with a masculine saint in how to become more tactful and sensitive if he should be called upon to expose sin. He will be challenged to refrain from "telling it like it is." He must learn how to approach others without barnstorming them with his bold convictions of revelation received direct from the throne. His toughest lessons come when he must learn to live with others at the expense of his sense of personal uniqueness and obedience.
I have picked on the masculine so far because the masculine saints have the greatest responsibility for obeying God's lead here (since "obedience" is their watchword), and also because I am one! But these same realities apply equally to feminine believers.
Feminine believers excel in those secondary seasons that reinforce their primary femininity. They excel at releasing others from standards and discipline. They excel at speaking for God when He wants to communicate His non-corrective love to His people and His desire to bless them with good things in this life. They excel in those times when God calls them to undertake a large corporate project or become involved with the world in some way in order to reach it.
But it is very tough on feminine believers when God wishes them to see His sovereignty, and puts them in situations where they must accept His divine election and prerogative in relating to others. Their weakness is exposed when God leads into times where they must take a principled stand on an issue that must result in correction, the severance of relationships or even in a church split.
Feminine believers find it extremely difficult when they enter seasons in which they must leave familiar spiritual ground behind to find new ground, or when they are forced to hear from God for themselves without body confirmation, or when they must walk through a time of spiritual, emotional, or geographical isolation from their friends and family. Nevertheless, like masculine believers, they too must be willing for God to develop those traits of His nature in their lives foreign to their native gender in Him.
It is only as we faithfully develop this internal blend and perfection through walking out the secondary seasons of gender that we qualify to become joined in that great marriage between the streams of primary gender that ushers in the third dimension. As masculine believers endure the equal development of their internal femininity, and feminine believers endure the development of their internal masculinity, they become enabled to be joined together by God for final preparation for physical translation and union with Christ.
As is true of all movements, only a remnant from both these major streams will be able to move into the new marriage. This is because only a remnant will succeed at persevering in the development of their alternate gender through their seasonal experiences.
Most believers end up overdeveloping their dominant spiritual sex while more or less ignoring and rejecting God's lessons through their recessive sex. These go on to comprise the stagnant feminine bodies and sterile desert saints who are unable to transcend their images of God shaped by their dominant gender.
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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