[tmtranscripts] N. Idaho TeaM 10/12/03
rickgiles at icehouse.net
Thu Oct 23 19:05:49 PDT 2003
North Idaho Teaching Mission Group
Topics: Ambassador/Citizenship, Assurance, Confidence,
Teachers: Lantarnek, Jessona
October 12, 2003
* Lantarnek (Jonathan TR): Greetings, this is Lantarnek.
Take a moment to reflect upon the security you feel as one
who belongs to a particular country. You may not derive
security from the political state of any country, but you know
your residence, your surroundings, your belonging. In those
countries that are beneficial to the individuals within that
governing body, the citizens are content, reasonably so. The
result is that sense of belonging, feeling at home.
Reflect a moment upon the many volunteers from Jerusem who
came to your world to join the planetary government of Urantia.
They became a part of its regime. Their citizenship shifted to
this world and was to be for many, many years. Then, as if
overnight, the entire structure changed and much confusion
resulted. You would not wish that to occur in your country this
day or even throughout this week, that while the conditions are
not perfect, they are reasonable. Disenfranchisement is
unsettling and begins the search in the individual for belonging
and the establishment of order. Those who remained loyal to the
original purposes of this planet shifted their citizenship back
to their original state and then became ambassadors assigned, as
you may say, overseas. Their loyalties shifted to higher
bodies, and they began the work of restoring Urantia.
I present this to you for you individually each have also
undergone the shift of your citizenship, that while you are a
resident of this planet, through the course of your life you
have become so to speak a naturalized citizen of your system,
and now you become a visitor to Urantia. Your role is unique,
for you have a dual status, one who is native to this planet and
one naturalized to the system of Satania.
Michael has called you to be his ambassadors, and you have
readily accepted the assignment. While he chose his original
twelve likewise to be ambassadors and sent them afar to proclaim
his gospel, he assigns each of you to remain in your locality to
establish your ambassadorial headquarters where you are this
very hour at each point in every day. The shift of your
awareness of belonging to Michael and Nebadons governmental
structure is equivalent to the more physical sense of being sent
overseas to a foreign country to act as an ambassador. Instead
of your displacement, the very foundation, the very country you
are in itself, changes while you remain as you are.
The relocation of your loyalties from the preservation of
life as you know it on this planet to the proclamation of life
as Michael distributes it throughout Nebadon alters forever your
approach to life, your decisions, the merit of any undertaking
and its impact upon your ascension, and your contribution to
The designation of ambassador may be far too grand for
anyone of you to adopt as your own. It may be hard to muster
the assurance that you are capable of such a position. I will
dissect that word assurance in order to encourage you to
further develop an ambassadorial outlook to your life.
Assurance is granted to you in relationship through the
expression of evaluation by another of your ability. Coupled
with this external recognition is your acceptance, your
receptivity to the observation. It will never be complete, not
as regards a living, growing creature. You will be only as sure
as your experience and wisdom can provide and your counsel is
capable of delivering. You will, of necessity, engage in your
assignments as an ambassador of Michael only as sure as you are
at any point. This is largely a result of the rebellion and
default upon your world that you undertake such assignments with
limited sense of worth and ability. If this planet had retained
its headquarters you would proceed more with confidence, a sense
of belonging to the resident government, the planetary spiritual
government. In its absence confidence also becomes difficult to
possess. Therefore you must proceed with assurance. Michael
gives you that assurance. He has anointed you as ambassadors.
Your government has shifted. You are now stationed in a
foreign land as a citizen of a distant country. Your loyalty
is to Nebadon. You are in a unique position as an ambassador in
this regard, for, as I follow this method of exchanging
diplomats between countries that you use on this world, your
countries can call home their ambassadors when there are
difficulties, conflicts. But you are born and raised in this
other land. Your citizenship has shifted. It is more difficult
to clearly distinguish the two. So, I observe that many of you
falter in the maintaining of the perspective that you are
ambassadors of Michael. Your surroundings are so familiar; it
is after all your home, this planet. I am here today to remind
you of your true citizenship and of your assignment abroad, even
though it is in your home location of Urantia. You are more
invested as an ambassador in this manner, for you truly love the
location that you are assigned to, for it is the location you
are native to. You are thereby more qualified to address the
difficulties and to promulgate the ideals and goals that this
world has, needs, and deserves.
With the wrapping up of quarantine for Urantia, the
reestablishment of your planet in the circuits of other worlds,
and the jurisdiction of higher administrators, there are
beginning to come to your world many qualified administrators,
high celestial ambassadors. But this undertaking is gradual,
and you are required to be the staff for these greater beings.
Those of you who have an understanding of the celestial
arrangements of governing bodies from your studies anxiously
await the establishment of normalized governing bodies upon your
world who are loyal to Michael and are skilled enough to bring
Urantia to Light and Life. But in the interim in reality there
is only each one of you.
When Jesus ascended his apostles were alone. They did not
feel as strong and assured or confident of their purpose for
their master. They gained in strength; they built their faith,
and then they received his Spirit of Truth. They were then
capable of journeying to distant places never to have the same
fellowship and camaraderie they had had before and yet carried
on the mission of Michael laboriously and gloriously. You today
are in the same situation. You do not have the immediate
contactability of such a magnificent personality standing
literally in your midst to lean upon. You are on your own
physically. However, just as the apostles had the Spirit of
Truth poured out upon them, you are accompanied, difficult of
discernment that it may be. You are equipped and supported, and
I encourage you to go into those distant lands, in this case,
those troubled areas you discover in your lives, and bring the
gospel, the light, the peace.
Not only are you receiving assurance, you are requested to
be of assurance. Many falter in faith because of the lack of
tangible celestial guidance. Tangibility falls to you. You are
that which makes spirit concrete.
It is a large task, but you are not truly going it alone.
It is a solemn responsibility, but is not solitary. Continue to
prepare yourself, for this world is receiving much more guidance
than it has in the past. You who are paying attention to these
developments and undertaking this Correcting Time Teaching
Mission are beginning to discern these changes. While as yet
there are some refinements to be presented to you in your
comprehension of what is transpiring, you are discerning,
acting, and giving these supernals great hope that all the world
will one day respond to this upliftment process. Be assured you
are capable. Acknowledge that you will encounter limitations,
and know that the corps of beings, the celestial staff, can
compensate for your limitations. They may bring to you another
human being that you may in concert compensate for limitations
and strengthen one another in this complementary manner. If you
begin a project faithfully, devotedly, then discover
inabilities, you will receive assistance. That is when that
gift arrives. To sit theoretically and imagine an undertaking
and only note your limitations, the compensation will not
arrive. What will come your way is further encouragement to be
about the Fathers business, for when you begin grace flows.
There is much work ahead. I trust all of you who devote
yourselves to Michael, to Mother Spirit, and to this great
land of Nebadon and all its substructures, systems and
constellations. Until you leave Nebadon, this is your country.
Michael has asked you, and I further encourage you, to go
forth and proclaim that gospel, to accept your ambassadorial
status to bring all into the fold. Do not make the mistake of
requiring all to adhere to your comprehension of this universe
of Nebadon. When tempted to do so, reflect for one moment on
how vast this Nebadon universe is. It cannot possibly adhere to
your singular perspective. But dont let that prevent you from
reaching out to the many souls who desire belonging, who have
unique contributions to make to the advancement of Nebadon to
Light and Life. Take yourself to them and take them to Michael.
That is your simple task. Michael will bring them into higher
levels of understanding. His administrators are beyond your
I will retreat from this contact and give over to Jessona to
receive your questions to allow her to address you. Thank you.
Tom: Thank you, Lantarnek, I needed to hear that.
Assurance and confidence were mentioned. How does
conviction play a role in this preparedness for preaching the
gospel or doing the Fathers will? What is conviction, specific
* Jessona: Conviction is a result of experience. It is more
than the persuasiveness of argument; that is more an attempt to
convince. To be convicted is to know through experience.
Lantarnek spoke of assurance and confidence, and you bring to
the discussion conviction. Assurance is presented to you and
received by you. It is a nudge. In confidence you are adopting
faithfully, decisively, what talents you have, what guidance is
assigned to you. Conviction is a result of earlier experiences
of victory, of success.
Let us return to the dynamics of Jesus and his apostles.
Continually he assured them that they were capable of the tasks
ahead or he would not have chosen them. They grew in confidence
as he taught them and went about his earlier exercises of faith
training. Each episode in their ministry that they experienced
and grew through developed conviction, but these apostles, while
truly spending very precious years with the sovereign-soon-to-be
of Nebadon, never really received conviction until he left
Persuasion is not conviction. Therefore, in the realm of
healing, you approach assured of the presence of the healing
circuits. You are confident that if your will aligns with the
will of the Father you will be successful. Conviction may this
day elude you, for your experiences have not been numerous
enough to reflect back to your mind the success of your prior
endeavors to give the gift of healing to another. While you
seek it to be better able, in reality it is received subsequent
to your ability to transmit these energies to another. In a
sense it becomes the reward of your faith potential.
Does this help?
Tom: Yes, it does. Thank you.
* Jessona: I also encourage you to review a lesson given to
this group a short while back on conviction, for this may help
to augment my comments today. [Editors Note: See session dated
March 30, 2003. Available at TMArchives.]
Tom: Would you mind coming with me today as a minister to
my sick friends?
* Jessona: My friend, I am there already. I address you from
that location. It is my duty to be abreast of the situation and
to encircuit with these precious individuals, your friends.
Tom: Thank you.
Evelyn: Lantarnek was saying that assurance involves
relationship, that someone gives assurance and you have to also
receive it. As ambassadors we could follow Lantarneks model
today by assuring others of their ambassadorial effectiveness.
We can also begin to accept it when we hear it and build that
assurance ourselves. Im understanding it to be a two way
relationship requiring both giving and taking.
* Jessona: Indeed, it does. As you experience the granting
of assurance along with the accumulated experience of receiving
assurance then you become truly confident. You feel like you
belong to a larger family. No longer do you need to be reminded
or even assured. You now know. It is in the giving that you
are strengthened in the belief that when you receive assurance
it is true, for you know that as you have given it has held true
to the one who received. It is the same principle that is at
play in forgiveness. The ability to trust such contact, whether
it is assurance or forgiveness, is strengthened in your ability
to likewise extend assurance or forgiveness.
I may attempt to group assurance, confidence, and conviction
into a unit. Assurance is a process of give and take. It
requires another or others to help you or for you to be helpful.
Confidence is a sense of belonging to that brotherhood, that
family of assurers. Conviction allows you to stand on your own.
Isolated you may be, but nonetheless faithful and loyal,
determined and capable. That is a strong state to attain. It
provides you with the ability to pursue through all difficulty,
to take no concern when all things appear to fail. Even to
feel alone in spiritual support you will not falter.
These are not building blocks from one to the other. These
are interrelated and interworking. One brings greater
development of the other, for is it not true?, have you not
witnessed? that one who is convicted has greater impressability
of assurance upon you when you are receiving their counsel.
Evelyn: This has been an exciting session to think about
being a citizen of Nebadon, an ambassador of Michael.
* Jessona: It is encouraging to me as well, for that is my
assignment as master seraphim. And to receive the support of
the melchizedeks is very important in continuing our enthusiasm.
We do not wane in our enthusiasm, but we do enjoy a bolstering
of that enthusiasm.
There is much work upon this planet to be done. A wonderful
goal is before us. You have a precious spot in the history of
the development towards this goal.
I will bring closure to this contact. I too thank you for
receiving me today.
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