First off; let me say here that FEAR largely prevails in Christianity today, and that it tends to make people CLING to what is familiar, to what seems safe to them, and the general overall effect of this is that people tend to stay in their particular Christian sect (yes, even the “kingdom” and sonship” sects) and hold firmly to doctrines which do not go beyond its “safe boundaries.”
Frankly, I can’t help but think that Jesus in his day would have never gathered any followers if all of the people lived this way. In other words, if all of the people at that time had taken the same FEAR-BASED approach to religion as we see with many modern Christians, the early Christian movement would have never gotten off the ground, but would have died in its infancy.
I guess that what I’m getting at here is that we need to live TOTALLY ABANDONED to the Spirit – be willing to live ENTIRELY “out of the box” and given ENTIRELY to the divine plan, whatever that may be, and that this means that we also must be willing to live FREE from all personal agendas, expectations and conditions, even expectations about how the Holy Spirit should flow or how the Holy Spirit should teach us. Beloved, the Holy Spirit will not flow (like a river) through anyone who is not given wholly to SELF TRANSCENDENCE and to DYING DAILY to everything that limits the FREE-FLOW of the Spirit.
That said, I think that for those of us who are willing to be FULLY ENGAGED with the salvation process and FULLY GIVEN to the Spirit without reservations, that we’re on our way (and perhaps are even close) to that place where we cannot being disturbed BY ANYTHING – to where other people’s reactions or thoughts do not IN ANY WAY disturb our peace – to where we can be in front of the world and receive the condemnation of the world and yet our vibration IS NOT lowered. I think that we’re on our way to where scorn and ridicule and persecution can be endured by us to the extent that total NON-ATTACHMENT to the things of this world is clearly DEMONSTRATED by us, to where all fear has been OVERCOME and NOTHING can be sent our way which will touch the INFINITE PEACE that the Holy Spirit has put in our hearts.
Of course, this is all about THE WAY AND LIFE OF CHRIST and about WITNESSES who demonstrate that Way and LIfe in this world because they loved not THEIR CARNAL LIFE unto the death of it. Is this an extremely “narrow way” which “few” will tread and who EVEN FEWER will find their way to the glorious end in this lifetime? Yes. It sure is.