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Characteristics Of A Life When God Is Absent – Part 2

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.

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August 27 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »

Characteristics Of A Life When God Is Absent

The set-up:

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.

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August 22 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »

What Happens When You Listen To The Voice In Your Head Instead Of The Voice From God?

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.

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August 15 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »

What Did God Put In Your Head?

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.)

Stay tuned.
Goodnight and God bless.

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August 06 2015 | experiencing god's love | No Comments »

The Devil May Get His Hooks In Your Children

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.

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