This is the seventh in a series of posts beginning with How The Devil Stole Your Soul, where we’ve looked at how the thoughts you entertain in your head are what breaks your connection with God and renders Him absent.
These are a string of thoughts you learned as a child, handed down to you by unconscious parents and others in your lives, as well as malevolent governments, media and the branches of both. The outcome of these destructive thoughts is one where most people have very little regard for who they think they are and they become afraid of the world around them. In such a case, people who don’t lean on God (because they have estranged Him) take on certain characteristics. We spoke of the first of these last time: Suspended Animation.
It is a state one lives when they are trapped in their past and afraid of their future, never having a life because they cannot be in present time, which is where real life happens…
Characteristic #2: Panic
You rarely see little children running in abject panic. It has to be indoctrinated into them by parents, peers, schools, governments and their media lackeys – all of which are a reflection of that fear-spewing voice in their heads. This ‘fear mindset’ is the disease of an anxious world.
What are these children afraid of? They’re frightened of same things that scare the adults, because they cling to those lessons from childhood. It’s all about the child having come to a conclusion that he or she is inadequate, they will be punished or rejected for that inadequacy, and that makes their world a dangerous place.
Fear is not real; it’s not a solid thing. It is an emotional mechanism for avoiding pain – for avoiding things that might happen. It does not protect you. Indeed, prolonged exposure to fear leads to insomnia, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes and cancer.
We end up with a child (who becomes an adult) who avoids the unknown, so that they will not have to face the punishment that would follow some failure they might commit – running through life in a near state of panic, trying not to make mistakes, striving to be perfect. Should they make a mistake, the voice in their head will beat them with it as long as they allow it.
Is any of this congruent with the ways of God?
The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high. Pr. 29:25 AMP
“Do not be afraid…I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Gn. 15:1 NKJV
‘I shall also grant peace in the land, so that you may lie down with no one making you tremble.’ Lv. 26:6 NASB
I sought the LORD, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Ps. 34:4 NASB
When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? Ps. 56:3, 4. NASB
Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me. Ps. 23:4 AMP
The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. 27:1 ESV
Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have already defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world. 1 Jn. 4:4 AMP
Well, that looks like a lot of ‘no’ doesn’t it? God delivers you from what fears? All fears. He is your shield. He protects you from all people, and even from death itself. What about that awful voice in your head? It was patterned after the voice that lied to Adam and Eve – the original antichrist. Yep! God put Christ within you and has got that chatterbox beat as well.
But, the person who has been conditioned, who feels so bad about themselves and is sure that God has rejected them, doesn’t know any of this. They only know fear.
There are three basic fears: the fear of death (if you believed in God you would not fear death): “Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.” Rv. 21:3, 4. NKJV
The fear of abandonment (which comes from believing that you are unlovable, unacceptable, and must find your meaning in life from others): And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Dt. 31:8 NKJV
Finally, we have the fear of impermanence (change). Yet the only thing life guarantees is change. Internally, we all know that, but it’s unnerving for most people because they want to know what’s going to happen next. They want things to stay the same so they can feel that they have some semblance of control over life.
“For I am the LORD, I do not change;” Mal. 3:6 NKJV
The mind of man plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Pr. 16:9 NASB
Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Is. 43:18, 19. AMP
God is the only unchangeable force in this universe. We can count on what He will do as we walk by His word. However, we can make all the plans we want, but if they don’t jive with His plans, God’s going to try to nudge you into a new way. It is your ‘absent-minded’ wanderings that cause Him to change up things (for your good). Change is good because it means we have a plethora of new possibilities to look forward to.
But hey, we’re talking about people who are blind to all of this – people who are obsessed with trying to get everything ‘right’ and afraid of what will happen if they don’t. They become chameleons trying to mold themselves into what they think others want them to be.
Ultimately, they are afraid to decide on any options and become paralyzed – afraid to do and afraid to be, running from the meanings they’ve attached to everything. They’re running from fear, not realizing that they are generating it.
We scramble from the present moment and hide from the next one because they are unknowns. Thus, we lose any chance to be happy because we’re too busy struggling to bring all our conditions together that must be met for that perfect moment that never comes.
We react to life instead of evaluating it, so we never experience the reality of what it is that we are afraid of. What we are afraid of is being ourselves; and there can be no life without fear if we are afraid to express our true selves. We believe the lies the voice in our head tells us – the one who invalidates our feelings and then eviscerates us for having them. Yet all of this abuse pales in comparison to what we heap upon our own heads.
We think there is some sort of secret to figuring life out; sure that everyone else knows what it is. Life presents itself as it is, yet we refuse to accept it because it’s not the way we want it. We keep searching for safety but the only way to find that is to live life less. Not a good thing.
Everyone is so afraid that they’ll never get it all together. Guess what? NOBODY DOES! We are all a work in progress.
Fear needs to be uprooted so that we can make conscious decisions. Would someone consciously decide to hurt themselves and others, invite suffering, and believe that they are unlovable? Of course not!
You only do those things because you are afraid – only because you forgot your perfection…
Goodnight and God bless.
August 27 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
In that last five previous posts, we’ve been exploring how the devil stole your soul by planting a thought in the heads of Adam and Eve, from which they deduced that they were not created perfect the way God made them. They passed this message onto their children and each successive generation has followed suit.
That message is personified in most people’s heads as the voice of ‘ego,’ a voice they’ve taken on as their own. This voice lies to you, leading you down a path where you define your life from a feeling that you’re inherently flawed, making you ‘unlovable’ and / or ‘not good enough.’ Subsequently, you berate yourself for those imaginary flaws that the unlovable voice in your head says you have. In shame you isolate yourself from your true self, others, and even from God Himself. Yes, it is you breaking off your spiritual connection that makes for an absent God.
Your life mirrors what is going on in your head, which puts you continually on the run from the ‘bad things’ that you think are going on in and around you. Thus, you cannot see that it is you creating that inner and outer environment. And you wear yourself out trying to wear a mask that you hope others will accept. It all leads to lethargy, isolation, physical illness and violence.
The violence stems from your resistance against the world you perceive, and you make yourself a victim to relieve you from having to take responsibility for your life. You begin to identify with the harsh criticisms hurled at you by that voice: ‘Yes, I just don’t have what it takes;’ i.e. you are defining yourself as a loser and manifest that for everyone to see; and see it they do…
Characteristic #1: Suspended animation
In other words, you’re living life (if you want to call it that) outside of real time. The voice helps you do this by stealing your time, robbing you from the only time in which reality exists – in the present moment. It does that by continually pummeling you with the events of your past (primarily your version of it: your Life Story). As it immerses you in the past, it tells you that you are your past. So, your life becomes a reflection of your childhood and you become preoccupied in trying to fix that inner wounded child’s problems.
We chase our own tails, reliving what we think are the events of our past, over and over – giving them a little more oomph with each revolution.
Not only does our ‘dark mind’ use the past to control us, but it also dangles the hope of a better future in front of you – again to keep you from living in the present moment. In addition, the only place we can experience God is in present time.
(The voice also beats you over the head with what it says are the sins of your past, so that you will be too ashamed to seek Him out anyway.)
Your only real and ongoing sin is living in suffering, and throwing your precious life away. But you know what? Christ has already died and rose again so that you could gain forgiveness for any transgression in your past, and He is willing to help you retrieve your present:
“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Is. 43:18, 19. NASB
“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” Is. 43:25 NKJV
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good – not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.) Mt. 11:28 – 30. AMP
God never intended for you to live a burdensome life, trapped in some illusory past. He knows that when you continually put your mind in front of your eyes, you can only give Him your back.
You know when you have chosen your past over God because you remain frozen in time – revealed by a conversation in your head that is only about the past. You continually spew forth sentences such as ‘If only I would have done ___.’ ‘If only I’d married ___.’ ‘If only I wasn’t so ___.’ ‘If only my parents weren’t so ___.’ ‘If only, if only, if only…’
It’s a conversation consisting of a string of regrets (attachments to the past) – a flurry of thoughts telling you that you, someone else, or something else must change in order for you to be happy. You do the same thing when you’re lost in some nebulous future: ‘If only I could be taller, richer, etc.’
What happens when you keep these conversations going in your head? Nothing happens. Why? Life is only lived in the present moment.
The voice likes you in the past because that is where it can exercise its power. It is not omniscient. That’s why it doesn’t like you in the present moment because that represents change – an unpredictable state of affairs that it can’t control. So it keeps presenting your world as an ongoing stream of past events with warnings like ‘What if this happens again?’ In other words, it preserves its relevance by keeping you believing that your worst nightmare is lurking just around the corner.
What it has done is that in your mind it has changed the true meaning of time as the opportunity to live a meaningful life, and made it the enemy – a place where you cower in the fear of replaying your past.
How does that look? Life never seems to be what we think it should be. It’s a life we map out in order to avoid the pain of our past, which ultimately keeps our focus on that very same pain.
Instead of seeking out God to help us ferret out the roots of our dissatisfaction with life, we change jobs, relationships and geography, or we immerse ourselves in meaningless activities of distraction – remaining the author of our own vexation.
Life changes with our without you. You suffer because you want your sad life to remain the same because it’s all you know and because you know the person you have to be to live it. But, it just continues to worsen because your past is bottomless. Why? Because you continue to embellish your Life Story so that there are always new nuances with which to beat yourself up with.
This is not living; it is dying unconsciously…
No one makes the conscious decision to be wounded, yet those wounds will continue to fester in those who will not let go of their past.
Whatever happened in your past my or may not have been your fault. It may or may not have happened the way you remember it. Whatever happened, IT DOESN’T MATTER! What matters is that you learn from it and move on.
You cannot get that time back or undo what has transpired. You have to let it go. That part is your responsibility.
It’s time to seek God and let Him wake you from your suspended animation and fit you with a new watch.
But as for me, I trust in You O LORD; I say, “You are my God,” my times are in Your hand; Ps. 31:14, 15. NKJV
For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity… Jer. 29:11 – 14. NKJV
Until next time…
Goodnight and God bless.
August 22 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
That’s a loaded question. In the three previous posts, we’ve been examining the premise that the devil steals souls by placing thoughts in the heads of children – suggesting they are flawed. We’ve seen that this leads to a tendency for them to believe they are subsequently unacceptable and / or unlovable to both God and other people. We then followed how that mindset was unconsciously passed down from parent to child first, (because their parents passed it down to them) and then from the public schools, government, and media.
Finally we looked at how children (like yourself) create a defense mechanism against the potential pain of rejection (for their imaginary flaws), which consists of a mental construct called ego. This ego also has a voice that the host eventually believes is their own. It begins showing up as a ‘protector,’ but then this mental blight (Dark Mind) batters its creator relentlessly until it becomes the taskmaster.
Of course God could impose His voice at any time, but that isn’t’ how He works. He allows you to exercise your free will. If you choose to listen to that voice in your head, He has no options. He will not violate His covenant. The other side of that is when ego has its way with you, you’re so busy trying to survive that you can’t hear God’s voice anyway…
If you’re trying to make sense of this, and you’re here for the first time, I strongly urge you to read those preceding posts.
Now let’s examine what your life looks like when that voice in your head is running the show:
That Dark Mind combs through every snippet of your thoughts in order to mimic you, so that you become blind to its presence as it being something distinct and separate. When you hear it, you believe it’s you thinking out loud. So you take everything it says at face value as the absolute truth.
This leads to continual confusion because we cannot look to darkness for clarity. We search for the things that make us suffer but never realize that the darkness we harbor is suffering itself.
Suffering serves no purpose because it has nothing to teach us. Most of our suffering comes from our attachment to our past, or more accurately, ego’s embellished (false) version of it – our ‘Life Story.’ In essence then, we are living the life of the upset child within us who is lonely, scared, and feeling unacceptable. Worse, we are wasting our lives trying to fix that child’s non-existent (they are in the past after all) problems.
Remember! You can’t solve problems that aren’t real.
You become a victim of a false reality where you exist as a perception of smallness, ineptness and as one who is surrounded by problems.
You act on the solutions presented to you from the voice in your head. Your actions unfortunately consist of those that justify your Life Story – making it more real and you more self-righteous, so your actions don’t impact your real world. You begin to judge others whom you feel are at the root of your problems, as well as yourself. In other words, you are joining the voice in your head, helping it punish you. Suffering results.
Suffering comes at the hands of our self-rejection, not accepting our true selves or the reality of the world around us, preferring to cling to our illusions. It’s our preferences that lead to our unhappiness; and ‘unhappy’ is where the voice in our head wants us. It keeps us distracted and compliant.
This all runs contrary to God’s plan:
My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. Pr. 1:10 NKJV
The voice in your head is a sinner of the worst kind; indeed, it was fashioned from the author of sin. But God is always waiting if you’ll meet Him halfway:
Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the LORD! Let us lift up our hearts and hands to heaven: “We have transgressed and rebelled….” Lam. 3:40 – 42. ESV
You came near when I called you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’ You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life. Lam. 3:57, 58. ESV
However, if you don’t reach out to God, how does this dark life like this look?
1. It’s a life lived in fear of false problems animated by knee-jerk reactions of self-defense.
2. It’s a life without love because no one gets a chance to meet the real you that is hidden behind the mask – that false persona you present, hoping others will accept. Thus you modify your behavior to bring pleasure to others, neglecting the things that matter most to you. Should someone fall in love with your mask, it brings no satisfaction because your primary need is to be loved for who your really are. It is no life, because your mask isn’t real.
As our lives progress beyond childhood, we encounter major events and interactions with others whom we thought that were bigger-than-life and more powerful than us. In other words, we assigned (mostly false) meanings to these experiences. It is these meanings that are the root of our problems. We attach meanings where there were none.
You avoid any event or person whom you have judged to have the potential to bring a repeat of your past sufferings. You avoid events, so you live a life void of challenges that can bring growth and you avoid people, so you get to be lonely as well.
What is that? It’s a life of mediocrity, false security and loveless-ness.
Furthermore, our obsession over our past colors our present with these false meanings, so that our now and our tomorrows become self-fulfilling prophecies of our yesterdays. What you think is what you see. *
*For as he thinks within himself, so he is. Pr. 23:7 NASB
But the life we see is not the one we want; so we live a life of resistance – choosing to resist reality and to resist taking responsibility for how our lives are turning out. We resist by distracting ourselves from life, either through entertainment, busyness or addictions.
And the Dark Mind continues its incessant demonic-based chatter in the background, never saying anything uplifting, – telling you that you are incomplete unless you remove your flaws, change yourself, or acquire some physical bauble so that you can keep up with the Joneses.
Guess what? Should you be so fortunate to meet any of these goals, it will continue to come up with more ‘required’ challenges as it let’s you know that you still have not arrived…
You know you’re suffer this way when you pepper yourself with questions such as ‘Why does this happen to me?’ ‘Why am I this way?’ ‘What is wrong with my life?’ These are questions designed by the voice in your head to perpetuate your suffering.
The bottom line is that stuff happens to us in life. We (with a little Dark help) made a decision about it or about ourselves and it altered the way we felt about ourselves, others or about life itself. And our lives changed as a result.
I was not immune to this dismal cycle either. At the tender age of seven, I got into a altercation with the neighbor boy and he was getting the upper hand. My father came home at the moment the boy had me pinned to the ground. All he did was walk into the house. He thought that was the right thing to do, to teach me how to be tough. (I wouldn’t learn that until years later.)
I made a decision that he didn’t love me and it altered our relationship until the day he died. I made the further assumption that if the person I loved the most didn’t love me, I must be unlovable. My life was one of suffering for decades after that event – all due to a misunderstanding.
But it’s what we do. It’s such a unnecessary, devastating way of living. That’s why I’m dedicating this present series (from painstaking experience, research, and prayer) to everyone so that we can break free of these chains, reconnect with God, and have the lives we desire.
Whatever we did in the past we did because we were afraid. I was afraid to ask my dad if he loved me. I was afraid he’d say ‘no.”
No one deserves condemnation for being afraid; but it is our responsibility to get past our fears by invalidating their roots so that we can be free of our reactionary responses to them. We need to do this because the lies that we’ve woven around people and events are far more damaging that the people and events themselves.
You’re about to go on the hunt to spot the darkness whenever it’s present. Then we’ll learn (with God’s help) how to eliminate it.
And behold, I am with you and will keep (watch over you with care, take notice of) you wherever you may go… Gn. 28:15 AMP
Stay with me…
Goodnight and God bless.
August 15 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
He put a brain in your head – a magnificently designed organ serving two major functions: 1) to initiate and oversee all of the other functions of the body, making any corrections necessary, and 2) to be your seat of reason, processing information so that you can learn (this also includes memory and emotions).
However, as we saw in our last post, The Devil May Get His Hooks In Your Children, this wonderful organ finds itself under assault by a false mental construct (ego) that you created as a child, (a false persona fabricated as a self-defense mechanism against imaginary dangers), a ‘Dark Mind’ if you will. It contaminates your brain with a jumble of lies in order to modify your mindset, by filtering your senses – resulting in altered meanings to all the incoming information your brain processes to suit its own agenda.
This Dark Mind is a personification of the man-made rules that were handed down to you in order to force you into a conformed behavior that it says will garnish love and acceptance from others. You don’t question the Dark Mind when it speaks because you believe that voice is your own. And every lie you accept as truth increases its stranglehold over you.
The result is that you think it is you who is thinking, but it is the Dark Mind. It is a distortion of your consciousness – a whirlwind of endless mental chatter that rails against the world and those who live in it and will eventually make you its prime target. It does so to keep you off balance, because it is driven by self-preservation, (which it accomplishes by controlling you) rooted in its fear that one day you might wake up and threaten its existence.
When you first created this ‘ego,’ your real mind wasn’t threatened. It was content to have this ego baby sit you while it was off solving your problems. Your brain could not recognize it for the monster it would become.
So the Dark Mind is not your real mind. It works within your mind but exists outside of it. It only exists because of your faith in its reality and in its declared role as your ‘great protector.’ If you allow it to thrive, your true mind (your soul) goes into hibernation.
In reality, you’ve now inadvertently and unconsciously broken God’s First Commandment:
You shall have no other gods before or besides Me. Ex. 20:3 AMP
Again, this new voice in your head takes in the neutral information your brain receives, and distorts it – giving you altered feedback that the voice says is vital for your survival. You live in a continuous stream of corrupted thoughts with regards to what is real and what actions are required for survival, acceptance and love.
As I said, eventually this voice comes after you. It brainwashes you to believe what I call the ‘Big Lie,’ which says, ‘THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU.’
Here’s how that works: it tells you that you are flawed so that you begin to condemn yourself. Then it tells you that you need to hide those flaws (that you don’t really have) in order to avoid rejection. Furthermore, it tells you how to fix those ‘bad parts’ you have, by giving you tasks to perform that do not work. (Why? You can’t fix a problem that doesn’t exist!)
Thus, it keeps you running blindly on a mission with no chance of success.
Why does it do that? It wants to keep you anxiety-ridden so that you’re too frantic to manage your life to get you to defer to it’s plans to help you survive so it gets to call the shots. How does that manifest in your life? It shows up as continual, nonsensical, worrisome assessments regarding every decision you make, such as ‘Will this make me lovable?’ ‘Am I doing the right thing? ‘Will this make me acceptable?’ ‘Will this hide my bad parts?’ ‘What will others think of me?’
In other words, you make yourself suffer, worrying over problems that you do not have. Worse, that voice in your head ‘helps out’ with comments such as ‘You’re ugly, fat, skinny, uncoordinated, stupid, undesirable, etc.’ That protector of yours now spends all of its time calling you a loser.
When you engage with your Dark Mind, you become drained of mental energy, suffer from confusion, lose yourself in daydreams, and you punish yourself with criticism over your non-existent defects.
(When you’re like this, you are separated from God – either ignorant of or forgetting that God’s help is always available:
Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “Be strong, do not fear! Behold, our God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God, He will come and save you.” Is. 35:4 NKJV
The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:5 – 7. ESV)
Moreover, the voice in your head is not content with corrupting your thinking about your present-time concerns; it also reaches into your psyche and distorts your memories – making them bigger, darker and more shameful. Your Dark Mind weaves a tale of what it says your history consists of (your ‘Life Story’) and relentlessly beats you up with it. It tells you that you had a terrible life, you were to blame, and nobody understands what you went through, but it. Equally as bad, the voice tells you that your future will look the same. More lies.
But what does God say?
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jer. 29;11 AMP
However, instead of relying on God’s promise, you run with your Life Story, dragging it around like a ball and chain and blaming every disagreeable circumstance on it.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, the voice in your head is not your friend. It judges you – finding fault with everything you do, think and are. Because you identify with the voice, you judge yourself mercilessly. And when you can no longer contain your self-inflicted pain, you project it outwards.
Life is found wanting as you suffer and wait for ‘something’ to bring you happiness (even though you don’t know what that something is).
Even if you should somehow grasp a moment of happiness, the Dark Mind will tell you things like, ‘This isn’t quite it.’ ‘You’re not quite there.’ ‘This will never last.’
Okay, so what’s the bottom line? We made up this malevolent voice in our head that says the world sucks, other people suck and that we suck. That same voice works to keep us in a perpetual state of emergency so we cannot stop and see what is real.
We create our own suffering, but that is too painful to admit, so we lay the blame on others, the world, or on God Himself – all the while denying our responsibility for how our lives are turning out. We put more faith in the Dark Mind than in God.
Let’s look at all this from a God point of view:
I firmly believe that we cannot rise above this mess of our own making without God’s help. If we could, we already would have.
God has told us over and over that if we lived by His rules, love and acceptance would always follow. (Gn.4:7) He painstakingly laid those rules before us in His word. If we wanted to encapsulate their meaning in their totality, we could say that it boils down to loving God, loving ourselves, and loving everybody else. (Mt. 22:27 – 39.)
We suffer when we reject God because we are rejecting the very Source of complete love and acceptance.
Satan has a plan. It’s to get you to believe that there is something is wrong with you. Then everything else he wants will fall into place. The Big Liar is the source of the Big Lie.
The devil knows you that were created in the image of love and made for love. His desire is to separate you from that love. He does so by giving teeth to that voice in your head, and when you are running because of the sting of its bite, you cannot hear the voice of God.
But if you reach out for God, and place your faith in Him, His voice will become quite clear, as He simultaneously delivers you from your head. (Ps. 18:48 & 37:24; Jer. 33:3.)
The Big Liar is no match for Him… (1 Jn. 3:8 & 4:4.)
We’re still laying the groundwork of the enemy’s curse. (A problem defined is a problem half solved.)
Goodnight and God bless.
August 06 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
In our last post, Mom And Dad Are Working For The Devil, we followed the unconscious parents’ indoctrination of the message Satan created in the heads of Adam and Eve that they subsequently passed onto their children, who passed it on to their children, and so on throughout the ages.
The message was that Adam and Eve were created with a flaw, and the ultimate outcome was that they perceived themselves as unlovable and unacceptable.
Many parents do the same thing by teaching their children to conform to the ways of the world. This conflicts with what the God-nature of the child feels is right in his or her hearts; yet in order to try to get that love and acceptance from their parents, they attempt to become someone else who is compliant in those worldly ways.
They inculcate themselves with the ever-growing laundry list from their parents until this list takes on a life of its own. You see, these enormously creative human beings construct a new personality (ego) within themselves that encompass the laws of man. Ego’s job is to continually remind the child how to conform to ‘the list’ so that they can get some love and be protected from pain. It is a defensive cocoon against the outside world.
Ego is a creation for compensating for a lack that never existed. It is driven by fear and desire, and it mimics the voice of the devil himself – with his twin spirits of rejection and condemnation. This ‘voice’ starts out benevolent enough, instructing the child in how to comply with the ways of the world so that he or she doesn’t get punished and rejected for behavior that is unacceptable to its inhabitants. Life for the child becomes more about survival than about living.
But then it takes a dark turn. This ‘protector’ feeds on the power the child has given it and begins to resent him or her because it knows its existence is reliant upon its host’s perceived need for it. Ego knows that if the child were to return to its essence (God), the light of God would wipe the darkness out.
So what to do? It relentlessly reminds the child of its (imaginary) flaws so that they feel that the voice is necessary to survive in this ‘dangerous’ world. Indeed, the voice begins to sound a lot like an angry mom or dad. But worse, the child begins to identify that voice in their head as its own voice, so it doesn’t question the lies that ego spews forth. He or she forgot that they created this ego. The devil has set his hooks…
You too were a child. There’s a good possibility some of this mental construct is in you. Don’t blame yourself, you were too young to know what was happening and wouldn’t have any idea how to protect yourself if you did.
Mom and Dad aren’t the only culprits here. It’s just that your first exposure to this mental degradation comes from them.
You’re then pushed into schools that are solely invested in forwarding their socialization as per the dictates of the government’s agenda to get children to conform to mediocrity and to rob them of free thought. (Furthermore, they are filled with other kids who are experiencing the evil onslaughts of their own egos and projecting them outwards towards their fellow students.)
Should they not conform, the government / school arm belittles them, tries to drug them into a stupor, and isolates them by sending them to ‘continuation schools.’
[Don’t fool yourselves. Government by man (Babylon) is an evil necessity that God allows to reduce chaos until all the people who desire an eternity of love will return to Him and submit to the rule of the government of Christ. Look at what the devil told Jesus:
Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Mt. 4:8, 9. NKJV
Satan cannot give anything away that was not given to him.]
Moreover, (at least in the U.S.) we have a media that fawns all over Babylon, never calling it to account over its nefarious intrusions. What they spew is whitewashed by that same government that abhors family values, hates the concept of family itself, and re-writes or ignores the word of God, as it demands your worship. This is the same media that sells human tragedy and criminal behavior as the human norm.
The final outcome? We (our children as well as ourselves) are lied to on every side. Yet nobody talks about it. We all try to hide our non-existent ‘bad parts’ – trying to change (‘I’ve got to improve!) by oppressing these illusions (‘I can’t let them see the real me!’), seeking a love that we cannot find because we’ve forgotten what it looks like, on account of we’ve stopped loving ourselves.
Our children pretend that all is well, but they know what they speak aloud is a lie. The devil sits back now, satisfied that another child bites the dust through his or her own thought processes that suck the life out of them.
Are you okay with that?
God gives each of His children a unique gift, one He wants them to share with the world on His behalf. It is through that sharing that each child grows into what He wants it to be. They become that by exercising their child-like faith and trust. When they do that, they are models of His kingdom:
Allow the little ones to come to Me, and do not forbid or restrain or hinder them, for of such [as these] is the kingdom of heaven composed. Mt. 19:14 AMP.
We as parents have a special stewardship, to the best of our ability, to help our children keep their God-given qualities – to stand in the gap, as a bridge for them, so that they can break away from how the world tries to mold them and return to the shining light of themselves. We need to help them to appreciate their uniqueness and to grow into it instead of trying to imitate someone else.
The best way we can do that is to make the same journey ourselves – to regain consciousness by returning to our God-essence:
‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Return to Me,” declares the LORD of hosts, “that I may return to you,” says the LORD of hosts.’ Zech. 1:3 NASB
We need to have an enormously loving, exalting presence in our children’s lives – forever reminding them of how special they (and everyone around them) are. (Big hint: We must own this for ourselves first, before we can pass it on to them.)
They must know that they’re perfect just the way they are, that there was never anything wrong with them, there is nothing wrong with them now, and there never will be anything wrong with them in the future. This builds self-respect and their acknowledgment of the perfection of God in them.
If a child has a need, we must meet it or painstakingly explain why their need may not be appropriate – all the while reassuring them that we love them dearly and that the denial of that need is for their greater good.
Let them know that you understand they may be sad or angry over that denial, that it’s normal, and that you will not judge them for those feelings but will help them work through them. Make them aware of the Godly hierarchy of conscious parental authority that you must exercise to nurture them, simultaneously offering them the opportunity to question your motivations. That is how they learn.
We must teach our children that we sometimes make bad choices and coach them in how to minimize that – simultaneously affirming that who they are remains unsullied. There may be bad things they’ve done, but they themselves are not, teaching them the way to forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Once they realize there is no reason to reject themselves, they will know there is also no reason to create a false persona. They will also not be as vulnerable to their perceived rejection from others. When our children understand that external rejection only comes from the perpetrator’s pain, they can come from a place of compassion and forgiveness.
Along these same lines we let our children know that there is no failure. There are only outcomes that provide lessons to be learned – signposts that bring them closer to success. It’s not personal and does not devalue them. It’s only an indication that a certain path did not bring the desired result, but it was a victory nonetheless as it opens the way to the next opportunity to meet that challenge. Just like life.
Failure is an external event that happens to them but they control what happens in them. As long as they push through the fear, remain teachable and stay willing to take the next step, they will succeed. The only real failure comes when you stop trying.
Can you see the godly armor they will construct?
Most of all help your children connect with God. Get them into His word and teach them to love and serve His every living creation.
Imagine the victory if we, the parents, did the same thing for ourselves?
Praise God for the road to victory!
Goodnight and God bless.
August 01 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
Most parents don’t know that. It’s an unconscious process. How did this come about? It was a process that spanned generations – beginning with Adam and Eve. (See last post: How The Devil Stole Your Soul)
When they sinned against God, their relationship with Him was dramatically altered. Adam and Eve subsequently lived in fear of their Creator because their disobedience cut off His connection with them. They believed the devil when he told them they could be something more than the perfection that God created in them, (suggesting there was something missing). Instead, when they acted upon Satan’s suggestion to break God’s commandment, all they got was fear, isolation, guilt and shame because they then felt unacceptable and unloved by Him.
Moreover, they passed this mindset onto their children. How do we know that? We only have to look at Cain – their firstborn child:
…Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. 1 Jn. 3:12 NKJV
So, Satan infiltrated Cain. The devil cannot plant seeds in your head if your soul has a healthy, righteous outlook on life. Cain’s head was fertile for planting. We can see that he was jealous of his brother (thinking himself less than Abel and that he must be unacceptable to God – which led to rage, and finally to murder).
Prior to Cain murdering his brother, he had a brief conversation with God, whereupon He set him straight:
‘Why are you angry? And why do you look sad and depressed and dejected? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.’ Gn. 4:6, 7. AMP
God told Cain that if he pursued living his life in His ways and purposes, acceptance was sure to follow. (We learned last time that the way God makes His love connection with us was through our obedience. God always loves us, but He cannot connect that love to us if we are mired in sinful behavior.)
Instead, Cain decided to exercise his devil-generated (but co-created) rebellion. Indeed he did find rejection. He suffered because of his rejection of God.
This spirit of rejection was then disseminated laterally across the world and longitudinally through each generation. People scurried throughout their lives, searching for acceptance, trying to find love – both of which was always available if they had only sought out their Creator. But instead of looking inward to Him, they gazed outward towards the world and its ways.
People in power created human rules that one had to follow in order to gain acceptance from other humans. The Law of God was distorted and replaced with a law of man. Mankind was Pharisaical long before the Pharisees terrorized the streets of Jerusalem…
These human laws dictated how you must be in any particular setting – family, social, workplace, or religious. It was (and still is) the supposed plumb line of acceptance. Eventually though, these laws became tweaked by so many different ‘authorities’ that they became impossible to adhere to.
Satan’s groundwork was done. The people did the rest.
The greatest irony is that the people forgot they made up these false laws and they literally kill themselves trying to achieve the perfections demanded by them. What is left is a life without love, a life without life.
Where do Mom and Dad come in?
We aren’t born with seeds of doubt or a spirit of rejection. They have to be indoctrinated in us.
We are born perfect – fearless, loving, forgiving bundles, each reflecting the essence of God, sent into this world to spread His love to others in a way that is unique to each individual. As a child, we allow our flawless spirit to express itself and we see our universe with untainted objectivity. Everything is wonderful.
And then something happens. Our parents, (and I’m talking about the ‘good ones’) who have been unconsciously shackled by their parents with the laws of man, start drumming these rules into their perfect children’s heads – molding them into an altered persona that they believe meets the demands of those laws.
You see, most parents suffer in some degree from being unlovable and not good enough. (It’s not true, it’s just a belief handed down to them.)
They do not do this to their kids maliciously. They do it because it was done to them – through generational cultivated unconsciousness. Your parents actually think that they are doing you a favor in raising you the ‘right way.’
The indoctrination begins subtly. The child doesn’t even see it coming. It begins with ‘family values,’ (based upon the opinion of others). Many families harbor some unhealthy beliefs. Parents tell their children what is good or bad, ugly or beautiful, true or false, and what has value or not – instead of letting the child create these values for themselves (or far better, to create them from God’s values).
In their hearts, children know what God values:
“I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Jer. 31:33 NKJV
But their parents continue to layer beliefs upon them that steer them to the laws of man. The children begin to sense a contradiction between the truth in their hearts versus the familial and social dictates they are called to conform to. They begin to question their own hearts…
Mom and Dad continue to parent you in ways based upon the opinion of others (perceived authorities). However, those opinions might be the opposite of what you need.
Let’s say you are afraid of the dark but your parents force you to cry your way through it, or you’re hungry but they deny you because it’s not the proper feeding time. Your parents aren’t denying your need out of hostility. They are basing their decisions upon recommendations made by people who study outcomes on averages based upon a small slice of the infant population. Mom and Dad forget that you’re unique with unique needs.
But hey, you’re just a kid at this point, without access to all this information. All you know, is that your needs aren’t being met by the two people that are the total source of your livelihood. Possibly, you will make the assessment that there must be something wrong with your needs or with you for having those needs. So thoughts of rejection rear their ugly head.
Worse, as you get a little older you become more curious – getting into things you shouldn’t. You might even drop something or do something else that displeases your parents. Perhaps they may sling the same unconscious behavior at you that was slung at them: statements such as ‘Why can’t you ever learn?’ What is the matter with you?’ You should know better!’ How could you be so stupid?’ ‘I can’t believe you’re my child!’ Etc. There’s not one word that comes out of the mouth of a parent that does not burrow its way into their child.
[There’s a difference between:
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Pr. 22:6 ESV
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Eph. 6:4 ESV)]
It’s no wonder that a child gains a sense that something most be wrong with them if the people who love them the most treat them this way (albeit unconsciously).
Still, children are smart. They figure out how to get their needs met – either by acting out or by memorizing their parent’s ever-growing list of ways that they are supposed to make them be acceptable and thus, lovable. In other words, they learn to become something other than who they are.
As they understand this, they begin to suspect that who they really are is unlovable and unacceptable. They are about six years old…
We can stop this cycle by becoming aware of our own indoctrination, removing it and replacing with God’s ways – realizing that we are acceptable and lovable and pass all of that onto our children. (Stop working for the devil and start working for God.)
Until next time…
Goodnight and God bless.
July 25 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
Throughout time, the devil has stolen just about everyone’s soul. Whether that theft is temporary or eternal is entirely up to you.
At this point, let’s remind ourselves of how God made us to be. We are composed of three elements: a body (our earthly house, molded from the same dust as the stars – meant to serve as a temple to our Creator and to house the other two elements), a soul (our unique personality, i.e. our mind, will and emotions), and a spirit – a piece of God given to us by the Holy Spirit which animates the body and mind. The spirit also functions as our direct connection to God.
In God’s plan, our elements are supposed to live in a hierarchy. The body is to be subject to the soul, and the soul subject to the spirit.
Satan’s very successful attack strategy is to steal your soul by distorting it with lies until you no longer have faith in the original God-construct of your innate goodness, which then becomes relegated to some dark corner of your mind – oppressed by the mutation that the devil helps you create.
When your soul is doing the devil’s bidding, it listens to the desires of the flesh that run counter to your spiritual direction from God – resulting in corruption of that same flesh through sin and produces grievous oppression of your spirit (and thus the Holy Spirit as well):
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” Jn. 10:10 NKJV
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. Pr. 23:7 NASB
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [do not offend or vex or sadden Him], by Whom you were sealed (marked, branded as God’s own, secured) for the day of redemption (of final deliverance through Christ from evil and the consequences of sin.). Eph. 4:30 AMP
As soon as the devil is successful at stealing your soul, you begin a downward death spiral…
If all this sounds foreboding, it is. It’s a real possible outcome for each and every one of us. That’s why I’m committed to helping all people climb out of the pit that Satan is trying to get them to dig to bury themselves in.
The devil spins a most complex and multi-layered web in order to capture your soul. Once he has, he effectively puts you on autopilot, only popping up once in a while to keep your course steady – gleefully watching you sabotage your life. And he will teach you how to send your children to him as well.
Our adversary takes his agenda most seriously. Satan lives to hurt God. The only way he can do that is to steal His children from Him by blocking their way to His eternal home.
God could easily thwart Satan’s machinations but the devil counts on using God’s gift of free will to His children against Him. He teaches the soul to rebel…
If all of this appears a little vague, it is because we are only barely skimming the surface of this life and death predicament. But, I guarantee that if you will stick with me and commit to literally saving your life and the lives of others, it will become crystal clear.
All you need is endurance. You can do it. The devil is betting that you can’t. He’s wrong. But his thievery is fraught with a darkness that can rob you of your love, peace, and joy. He plants a ‘Devil Disease’ in your mind and then it begins to rot.
We will be taking an in-depth journey as we uncover every mental nook and cranny where his nastiness abides. Descriptions will be bleak and it will appear hopeless; but as we clearly and completely undercover all of Satan’s strategies, we’ll know how and where we are infected and how to seek God to help be rid of him. But first, you have to become aware that you have a problem in the first place.
I promise you that when we get over that hump and delve into the solution, it will be vastly uplifting and life changing.
The Devil Puts His Plan In Action:
We were created for a victorious life; and that victory is gained and maintained on a spiritual battlefield. The first battle took place in the Garden of Eden.
The moment Adam was created He knew the love of God – living in complete harmony with his Creator; and he saw the world through his Father’s eyes. God gave him the Garden to care for and saw to his every need. He only gave Adam one rule to follow: not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God told Adam that if he did, death would ensue. (Gn. 2:16, 17.)
Why this rule? Well, for one thing, it was true. Adam was immortal. If ate the fruit, he would become mortal, which of course inevitably leads to physical death. But I believe the primary reason for this rule was so Adam could exercise his free will to obey God. That’s important because God sees and receives our love for Him only through our obedience:
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” Jn. 14:23, 24. NKJV
God improved on Adam’s lot by fashioning a wife for him. Unfortunately, Satan entered the scene and beguiled Eve with his clever lies. We are privy to his wiles as he questions Eve about God’s ‘one rule’ (previously related to her by Adam):
“Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’ “ Gn. 3:1 ESV
Here he is trying to both confuse Eve and sow seeds of doubt into her with regards to her understanding of the accuracy of what she heard. The devil deliberately misquotes God – saying that God said she couldn’t eat from any tree in the garden instead of only the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But Eve responds by speaking God’s words correctly. (Gn. 3:2, 3.)
The devil retorts:
“You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God.” Gn. 3:4, 5. ESV
Thus, we begin to see the character of the devil for what it is and who he is. We see that he is a liar – telling Eve she will not die, when in fact she and Adam do. So Satan is an accomplice to their deaths, and Jesus attests to this when He describes the devil’s essence:
“He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Jn. 8:44 ESV
In fact, the devil is also calling God a liar; and if God lied about this, what else does He lie about?
If Satan contradicts God, that must mean he stands against love. […God is love. (1 Jn. 4:8 NKJV)] Moreover, look at how he tells Eve that she will be like God; i.e. she will be something she is not – implying that she was missing something. It obviously worked because she went for the fruit and gave some to Adam. (Gn. 3:6)
The change was instantaneous – their minds now filled with fear as they could see the destruction created by their decision, producing guilt, shame, and (what they perceived as) unacceptable nakedness. Their first sin was one of self-rejection because they willingly accepted the lie that there was something lacking in the way they were created (thinking they needed to be fixed), losing faith in the perfect truth of their Creator.
They also succumbed to pride – wanting to become more when in fact they became less. Death was both physical and spiritual because our holy God could not connect with their sin.
Lastly, they were now afraid of God – frightened that He would reject them. This was a new spiritual suggestion from the devil because fear and rejection are not part of God’s make-up.
This is the beginning of human suffering by their thoughts – through self-judgment.
***Man’s relationship with God shifted from one of love to another based upon fear because of their disobedience and subsequent shame stemming from their assumption that they are now unacceptable because they believe that they are less than what God intended.***
People are afraid that God doesn’t love or accept them, so they act contrary to His word, hoping to bring some temporary satisfaction to their flesh to assuage the pain they feel in their spirit. When the post-transgression shame kicks in, they try to hide from God through addictions or obsessions and lose the ability to hear Him at all.
This folks, is the devil’s masterpiece – the seed of doubt in your soul that tells you that you’re ‘unlovable’ and / or ‘not good enough.’ And this is where all your troubles come from…
Goodnight and God bless.
July 16 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
This is the last of this 5-part series, which consists of a condensed recap of 50 posts from June 28, 2014 to June 6, 2015 – created for those who have not been present for them all. Admittedly, this series is stark compared to the original posts with the enriching deep discussions of the individual scriptures. I highly recommend that those who have not enjoyed this past year of why God, who God is, who Jesus is, what God wants from us and how Christ takes our efforts to fulfill them and covers us with His salvation so that we are positioned for eternity, go back and do so. You will surely be blessed…
Now that we know all of this and are doing our best to walk our godly walk, what’s next?
First we can take a deep breath and remember to sit back and bask in the grace of the Father and the Son from which the gift of our salvation pours forth. (Ps. 84:11; Rm. 3:23 – 25, 5:21 & 6:14; 2 Cor. 8:9 & 12:9; Eph. 2:8, 9; Ti. 2:11& 3:4 – 7; Heb. 2:9.)
And having been empowered by this grace that gifts us in the Holy Spirit to advance the kingdom of God, we are called to do just that – spread the grace. (Rm. 12:6; 2 Cor. 4:15; Eph. 4:7 & 1 Pt. 4:10.)
Now that you are connected to God, He wants to keep a running conversation with you. How do you do that? You pray, just as Jesus prayed and in the way that He taught us to. (Mt. 5:6 – 8 & 6:9 – 13; Lk. 6:12; 1 Th. 5:17, 18.) As we pray, we must take care to make sure our prayers (and ourselves) align with God’s word if they are to be answered. (Ps. 4:3; Pr. 15:29; Mk. 11:25; Jm. 4:3)
If you see anyone who needs prayer, as a follower of Christ you must not withhold it, regardless of your personal feelings about that person (drop the judgment). (Mt. 5:44)
If you feel you need to pray with greater fervor, you can call upon the Holy Spirit. (Rm. 8:26)
And, as with anything concerning God, your prayers must be laced with faith. (Heb. 11:6)
Now that we’re walking and talking with God, everything we do must be packaged in love. (Pr. 17:17; Jn. 13:34 – 35; 1 Cor. 13:1 – 3 & 16:14; Col. 3:12 – 14; Phil. 2:2 – 4; 1 Jn. 4:21.)
We know what love is because all we have to do is look to our God. He is love. Furthermore, He describes it to us. (1 Cor. 13:4 – 8; 1 Jn. 3:1, 4:16 & 19.)
God wants your love. How do you show it to Him? By walking in His word (Dt. 7:9; Mt. 22:37 – 40; Jn. 14:21 & 23.) and y loving His Son. (Jn. 16:27)
When you love God, heaven opens up and surrounds you. (Ps. 91:14 – 16 & 145:20; Eph. 2:4, 5.) And nothing can take that love away. (Rm. 8:38, 39.)
Like I said, God loves you. How much? First, He created you in His image. (Gn. 1:27; Ps. 119:73.) He fashioned every day of your life in advance. (Ps. 139:13 – 16.) He stays close to you. (Acts 17:27, 28.) And He holds you dear to Him. (Mt. 10:30; Jn. 3:16; Rm. 8:29; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Th. 2:13 & 19; 1 Jn. 3:1.)
Because of all that, He takes care of you. (Is. 54:17; 1 Cor. 1:9 & 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:17, 18; Eph. 1:7 – 9 & 2:19; Phil. 1:6 & 3:20, 21.)
Why does God do all these things? It’s because He is preparing you (and rolling out the welcome wagon) for your heavenly arrival. (Pr. 23:18; Dn. 2:44; 1 Cor. 7:31; Jn. 14:2, 3.)
Our part is to stay aligned in His will (Mt. 24:36, 44; Lk. 21:34, 35; Jn. 8:51; 1 Jn. 2:17) so that our entrance is guaranteed. (Mal. 3:17; Rm. 5:9 & 6:22, 23.)
How awesome will our ‘forever’ be? (Is. 25:6 – 9, 34:5, 11, 12, 16 & 35:6, 8 -10; Zeph. 3:9, 15, 17; Mic. 4:3, 4; Mt. 8:11; Rm. 6:5; 1 Cor. 15:42 – 44, 49 & 53; Rv. 7:16, 17.)
All God asks of you to do is to tell as many people as you can about Him, His Son, His Salvation and His heavenly hope. (Ps. 145:4, 6, 7 & 11 – 13; Mt. 10:27 & 28:18 – 20; Mk. 16:15; Jn. 20:21; 2 Cor. 5:19, 20; 1 Tim. 4:2, 5; Jm. 2:1; 1 Pt. 3:15.)
When we willingly do that, God will Himself facilitate our effectiveness, and nothing will get in the way of our delivery. (Mt. 10:19, 20.) We do that because we know we are helping save lives. (Rm. 1:16 & Col. 1:28.)
I pray that this series has reinforced those who have been faithfully following our journey this last year and has inspired those who haven’t, to peruse those earlier posts. There’s a lot of God waiting for you…
I hope to have the pleasure of your company next week as we embark upon a new journey guaranteed to open up your eyes to the obtuse chicaneries of our enemy, help you find out who you really are, free you from how you are keeping happiness at bay, and help others do the same. It will truly be a lifesaver.
Goodnight and God bless.
July 11 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
A portion of what we looked at in part 3 of this recap of the last 11 months’ worth of posts about how to live a godly life, concerned itself against one of the major roadblocks to your spiritual path – the devil.
Today, we’ll concern ourselves solely with our major ally on that same path, our Lord Jesus Christ – the Centerpiece of the entire Bible. The entire Bible revolves around the promise of His coming, His arrival and completed ministry, His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension to His Father, and of His return to shepherd God’s children to their eternal home.
Only the Bible can tell us accurately everything there is to know about Jesus (with the exception of possible future Holy Spirit revelation), and it does so through the mouths of the Old Testament prophets, Jesus Himself and the New Testament apostles.
Beginning with the prophets, we find that Jesus was with God (in His true Spiritual being-ness) at the time that the universe was created. In fact, Christ was God’s agent of creation for the universe and everything that inhabits it. The apostles corroborated this as well. (Gn. 1:26; Jn. 1:2, 3; 1 Cor. 15:59; Col. 1:15; Rv. 3:14.)
The prophets referred to Jesus as the ‘Messiah’ in a plethora of prophecies before they actually knew what His name would be. In those God-inspired predictions we learn that the Messiah and His followers would be engaged in a struggle against evil (Satan and his followers) until the end of time. Thankfully, we also know that the Messiah’s side is ultimately victorious. (Gn. 3:15)
We learn the He will come to earth and in His earthly incarnation will be a Jew from the lineage of King David and reign over the earth forever. (Job 19:25; Dt. 18:18; 2 Sam. 7:13, 14; Ps. 2:6 – 8 & 72:6 – 8.)
Mind you these prophecies were spoken over a thousand years before the birth of Christ. If we leap ahead to 700 years before Jesus arrives, we hear prophecies of His virgin birth, His forever and peaceful reign over all peoples and how He is the exact likeness (image) of God with all His attributes. [Is. 7:14, 9:2, 6 & 7, 11:1-5 & 10, 49:5, 6; Dan. 7:13, 14; (see also apostolic corroborations: Jn. 1:1; Col. 1:15 & 5:16 – 20; Heb. 1:3.)]
In this same time frame, God sent prophecies regarding the horrific treatment Jesus would receive when He was on earth; and yet, He would purposefully step up and give His life for the salvation of all mankind. (Is. 50:6 – 8 & 53:1 -7.)
We also learn the birthplace (Bethlehem) of Jesus (Mic. 5:2), and at 500 years before His birth, we see that this Messiah-King would enter Jerusalem on a donkey and His sacrifice would cleanse the people of their sins. (Zec. 9:9, 12:10 & 13:1.)
Through the apostles, we learn of the events that led up to and surrounded the birth of Jesus – the actual virgin birth of Mary, the name Jesus divinely given to the baby Messiah, the angelic declaration of who Christ is, and how the Holy Spirit strengthened the Child with the wisdom of God. (Jn. 1:14, 16 & 18; Lk. 1:30 – 33, 35 & 2:10, 11, 29 – 32 & 40; Mt. 1:20, 21.)
Jesus Himself had much to say about who He was and of His mission. When He was baptized, (even though He was sinless) Jesus told John the Baptist the baptism was necessary in order for His ministry to begin (for His indwelling of the Holy Spirit). And when it took place, both John and God Himself declared the identity of Christ. (Jn. 1:29, 30 & 34; Mt. 3:15, 16.)
Early in His ministry, Jesus told Nicodemus how He came from heaven and of His imminent death to pave the way for eternal life for God’s children. (Jn. 3:13 – 16 & 18.) He also revealed Himself to be the Messiah to a Samaritan woman during His first journey to Galilee. (Jn. 4:26)
Once in Galilee, Jesus enters the synagogue in Nazareth and elucidates the nature of His ministry as He professes that He is the fulfillment of the prophet Isaiah’s messianic prophecy:
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery to the sight of the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD…Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Lk. 4:18, 19 & 21. NKJV
And Jesus turned no one away who sought Him out, regardless of their past. (Mt. 9:12, 13.) His preaching brought the ire of the priests in power because He exposed them for the hypocritical, self-seeking, lying charlatans that they were. They were especially riled up when He declared His divine relationship with His Father and that He was the only open door to salvation. (Jn. 5:19-24 & 28, 29.)
Jesus also taught His apostles and an accompanying crowd at the Sermon on the Mount that His professions were an evolvement of the Mosaic Law but by no means did they do away with it. Mt. 5:17) As He continued His travels, Jesus preached about His God-given authority, the unique connection He and He only has with God, and then He humbly invited those present (and all of us) to be a part of that connection through Him. (Mt. 11:27 – 30.)
After Jesus performed many miracles, He sent His apostles out to evangelize – stressing that the message be strong and clear, and to make sure that their hearers learn that there is no middle road. We must be ready to drop everything and follow Him, tell others about Him, and step away from any worldly possessions or endeavors that distract us from that. (Mt. 10:32 – 36 & 40.)
Why?It’s because only Jesus and His message contains the way to life now and eternally. (Jn. 6:27, 31 – 33, 47*, 51 & 53; Lk. 9:23.)
*“Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life.” Jn. 6:47 NKJV
In the fall of 29 A.D., Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. He entered the Temple, whereupon He taught that He was the righteous representative sent from God as the embodiment of Jehovah’s salvation promise. (Jn. 7:18, 29, 37, 38; 8:12.)
But when Jesus declared Himself the Son of God and that His nature was similarly eternal, the priests and Pharisees in the Temple blew their tops. (Jn. 8:19, 28, 29 & 58.) Yet that did not deter Christ from pressing His gospel home:
“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jn. 8;31, 32. NKJV
“Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.” Jn.8:51 NKJV
(Also: Jn. 10:7 -11 & 16 -18, 25, 26.)
After Jesus taught in the Temple for the last time, He gathered His apostles and assured them (us) that He was coming back (second coming) with His angels to gather everyone who had ever lived: those who were His followers to their heavenly destination and those who were not to their condemnation with the devil. (Mt. 25:31 – 34 & 41; Jn. 15:1, 2 & 4 – 6.)
Jesus said He was preparing a place in heaven for God’s children. In the meantime, we were to rest in His peace, knowing that now He was ruling the world. (Jn. 14:1 – 3 & 16:33.)
And with that, our Savior willingly gave His life so that we could keep ours forever…
After Jesus’ ascension to heaven, the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and filled them with complete understanding of everything that Jesus had revealed to them as well as the Old Testament scriptures, and He permeated them with the revelations of everything Christ had yet to teach them – including the grandeur of His nature.
The apostles then began to preach. They reiterated the veracity of the cleansing of one’s sins through faith in Jesus. (Acts 10:36, 42, 43 & 13:38, 39; Rom. 3:22 – 26 & 8:1, 2, 38, 39 & 10:9, 10; Gal. 1:6, 7; 1 Th. 5:9, 10.)
They reassured us of Christ’s second coming. (1 Cor. 15:22 – 26; 1 Th. 4:16 – 17.)
And they revealed the immeasurable grandeur of His person: He is the exact image of God and shares all His attributes and power (Heb. 1:3, 4.), He is our High Priest and our intercessor to His Father (Heb. 2:9,10 & 7:25; Phil. 4:4 – 7; 1 Tim. 2:5, 6.), He has conquered the devil on our behalf (Heb. 2:14), His name is exalted above all names (Phil. 2:9 – 11.), He is the head of the church (Col. 1:18 – 20.), He watches over us and empowers us (1 Jn. 5:4, 5, 11, 12 & 18.), and He places all God’s children in their victorious heavenly state (Rv. 1:17, 18 & 2:7, 10, 11, 17, 26, 28, & 3:5, 12, 21 & 22:12, 13, 20.)
That is your ally on your road to salvation and your gateway thereof. Praise God for Jesus Christ!
Goodnight and God bless.
July 02 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »
What we are doing in this short series is creating a condensed recap of everything God has shown us over the last 11 months about how He wants us to live. I am especially doing this for those who have not been with us for the entirety of that time.
We have concentrated on how God created us, why we should have Him in our lives and the (godly) characteristics He wants us to express – all in preparation for a spiritual life that is centered around our relationship with God and His Son…
The biggest obstacle that presents itself to throw you off your spiritual path is the devil. (Well, that’s not exactly true. It is really yourself when you listen to the devil but that’s a lengthy investigation that we will begin undertaking in the very near future.)
God is very clear about Satan’s intentions: to steal (your salvation), to kill (keep you dead) and to destroy (your life). (Jn. 10:10)
He began his mission with Adam and Eve – convincing them that God had lied to them and that the world had better things in store for them, by making them feel that there was something ‘missing’ in them. (Gn. 3:1 – 5.)
Lucifer showed his face again when he convinced Cain to murder his brother Abel. (1 Jn. 3:11, 12.) As time progressed, he continually threw adversity at God’s children. (1 Chr. 3:11; Rv. 12:17.)
We next see the dragon as he attempts to connive Jesus into sinning against His Father at the time Christ began His ministry. The devil used the same tactics as he uses against all of us – trying to get us to fulfill the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. (Mt. 4:1, 4, 7 & 10.)
Thankfully for our sakes, Jesus came away victorious in that encounter but Satan continued to try to thwart Jesus’ mission – right up to when He was resurrected and ascended to God. (Rv. 12:4, 5.)
Jesus taught at length about the nature of the devil – showing us that he is a perpetual liar, a murderer, how he steals the word of God out of the hearts of new believers and convinces people to sin and follow him, leading to the same condemnation of destruction. (Jn. 8:44, Mt. 13:36 – 43; Lk. 8:11 – 15.)
Our adversary then convinced Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus, which led to His crucifixion. (Jn. 13:2)
He didn’t figure on the resurrection. Angry, the devil led a rebellion against heaven, which he lost and was subsequently thrust down to earth. (Rv. 12:7 – 9 & 12.) After that banishment, he has continually tried to harvest God’s children for himself and unfortunately, does have a measure of success. (Rv. 13:4)
At the end of time, Jesus vanquishes the devil forever. (Rev. 20:10 & 13 – 15.)
Until then, how are we supposed to deal with him? First we honor and live by God’s ways, in faith, so that Satan has no grounds to hurl accusations at us. (1 Tim. 5:14, 15; James 4:7, 8; 1 Pt. 5:8 – 10; 1 Jn. 5:18, 19.)
Second, and equally important, we faithfully cling to our salvation and to the Agent of it (Christ). (Acts 26:17, 18; Eph. 2:1 – 5 & 6:10 – 19; Col. 1:13, 14; 1 Jn. 4:3, 4.)
Since we know that in order to defeat the devil and stay tight with God we need to live by His ways, let’s take a little time to examine how we can apply some of them:
God created ‘family’ for us to live and thrive within and to propagate. Every family member (parents, spouses, children) plays a special part in God’s design and we need to honor His choices by honoring them as well. (Ex. 20:12; Ps. 127:3 – 5 & 128:3, 4; Pr. 12:4, 18:22 & 31:10; Mk. 10:7 – 9; 1 Cor. 11:11, 12; Eph. 6:1, 2 & 4.)
As with any gift from God, we need to practice good stewardship, e.g. faithfulness to our spouse, educating our children in God’s ways and yielding to our spouse’s desires (Ex. 20:14; Ps. 78:5 – 7; Pr. 5:15 & 17-19 & 22:6; Mal. 2:15, 16; 1 Cor. 7:2 – 5 & 10, 11; Eph. 5:22-25, 28 & 33; Heb. 14:4.)
We can take the same loving ways that we practice in our family and insert them in our friendships as well. We need companionship. (Gn. 2:18; Pr. 27;17; Ecc. 4:9 – 12.) And we need to love in order to position ourselves to attract friendships. (Pr. 18:24) It’s also through our love that we keep them. (Pr. 17:17; Jn. 13:34, 35) In fact, we must have love for all others to sustain a love relationship with God. (1 Jn. 4:21) Why? It’s because if we are actively loving, we are not practicing judgment. (Zec. 7:9; Rm. 14:13; James 4:11, 12.)
Furthermore, (just like with your family members) if a friend has committed some offense against you, you must forgive them to keep the love flowing. (Job 6:14; Mt. 5:23; Lk. 17:3, 4.)
Finally, how better to show love than to place your friend’s needs above your own… (Rm. 12:10, 11; Phil. 2:1 – 4.)
Okay, we’ve been looking a lot at how we live a life that cleaves us to God. Let’s look at what separates us from Him:
God knew exactly how He wanted us to be when He created us. There were no accidents. Yet many people lose their way in this life because they feel that they’ve done something so wrong that they could never be forgiven, or they have made themselves to feel ‘less than’ other people on one or more levels. Then they futilely waste that life trying to separate from their real self by creating a false persona they hope others around them will accept.
Guess what? God accepts you the way you are. When you try to be something other than what He made you to be, you are separating yourself from Him.
Likewise, when we don’t feel good about ourselves, we try to separate ourselves from other people, e.g. through nationalities, religions, gender, financial status or social standing. This does nothing but foster ill will and malicious deeds; and that is totally opposite of what God wants us to do. (Rm. 2:11; Gal. 3:28)
When you do these things, you are playing right into the devil’s hands. (1 Jn. 2:11 & 4:20, 21.)
Another way you separate yourself from God is when you try to shut your mind down and indulge in your flesh to run from the predicament that you think your life is. You choose addictions or distractions to live in, as opposed to living in reality. ( Pr. 20:1, 23:20, 21; Is. 28:7; Hos. 4:10, 11; 1 Cor. 10:21; Gal. 5:19 – 21; 1 Pt. 5:8.)
Instead, the only addiction we want to have (the one that draws us to God) is Jesus… (Rm. 13:13, 14; Eph. 5:18.)
Returning to how to live a godly life, every word of God that we follow to stay on our spiritual path must be girded up by our faith – faith in our unseen God, and for us present-day folk, our unseen Jesus. (Jn. 20;29; Rm. 8:24; 1 Cor. 2:5; Heb. 11:1 & 6.)
But when we say ‘unseen,’ we only mean intangible in the physical sense. (2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:3.)
God and His Son require our faith before they can move on our behalf. (Mt. 9:22, 17:20 & 21:22; Mk. 2:5, 5:36, 9:32 & 1:22 – 24; Lk. 7:50 & 18:14.)
We get our hands on faith because God gives it to us by the Holy Spirit, who sends it from Christ. Many times that comes through the mouths of Bible preachers and teachers. In fact, we even need faith to understand what they are saying while they are helping us shore it up. (Rm. 10:17 & 12:3; 2 Cor. 4:3, 4; Heb. 12:1, 2.)
Our faith alone ushers us into God’s presence, whereupon we are justified, sanctified and made Holy so that we can remain there. (Rm. 3:28). When we exercise our faith, we are filled with God’s strength, covered by His safekeeping, protected from the devil, blanketed in joy, imbued with Divine revelation and are able to receive all of His promises. (Ps. 31:23, 56:4, 125:1 & 146:5; Pr. 28;20; Lk. 1:45; Eph. 6:16; James 5:15.)
How can we depend upon our faith? It’s because God is Himself faithful – never lying or changing. (Ps. 118:89, 90; Heb. 6:18.) That includes all of His salvation promises through Jesus. (Jn. 1:12, 5:24, 6:29; Acts 13:38, 39; Heb. 10:19 – 23; 1 Pt. 1:20, 21 & 1 Jn. 5:4, 5.)
Finally, when we get that faith and depend upon it, it is time to share it and share it with love! (Acts 26:18 & 1 Cor. 13:2.)
Goodnight and God bless.
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