EQUAL WITH GOD?


EQUAL WITH GOD?

There is a war going on in your mind Ladies and Gentlemen. You may not even be aware of it. Never the less, every evil under the sun is a result of the unrest within the heart of mankind. This essay is meant to help bring this to an end.

You see, there are two voices in your head, one that leads to life and peace and one that leads to death (suffering/ignorance). The scriptures do a great job expressing this duality. We understand that a double minded man is unstable in all his ways because mankind cannot serve two masters. A person cannot hate and love at the same time just as a person cannot be selfish and charitable at the same time. You see there is a choice that needs to be made. The problem is we have been conditioned since birth to listen to the wrong voice/thought. And so we often follow after pride and hurt feelings doing what we should not, because the wrong voice convinces us “we are in the right.”

Now this deceptive voice disguises itself as you, but it is NOT you. It is an adversary to the REAL YOU. Scripture tells us that one’s enemy is found in his own house. This “house” we often read about is a symbol of a person’s sense of being/soul. And so when we hear this adversaries voice within us, within our sense of BE-ING we can often mistake it for true guidance and ignorantly follow after it. Sadly, when we follow after the wrong voice we find nothing but suffering in return.

Most of us are ruled by this voice. We become so used to the wrong voice that we become slaves to it… The end result is great sorrow.

Psalm 13:2
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?

This enemy, this deceptive voice within you is the “YOU”, you sometimes think you are, in your most selfish and prideful moments, BUT ARE NOT! This is the “god” of this world we read about in scripture. This lying voice in our head keeps us blinded, it keeps us from our true potential, as well as from a life of peace and power.

2 Corinthians 4:4
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

This “voice” is the great dragon that makes war with children of God. It is the Father of all lies, the devil, otherwise known in psychological circles as the ID, or as I like to call it, the carnal ego of mankind.

For a better understanding of this voice, after reading this essay, simply watch my video “the trumpet sounds”, or read any article I have on here about the devil/carnal ego of man.

Now this BEASTLY VOICE, also known in scripture as the “Anti-Christ”, this pretender, this monster of a carnal ego or ours doesn’t not have a separate voice, it sounds like us when we hear it within. It uses our own voice against us. What I mean by this is, we process thoughts in the language of our birth within, our thoughts are like an operating program. Each person follows the commands within to know what to do next. The problem is, somewhere along the line, another program (much like a computer virus) was planted and now these TWO VOICES are growing up together, within.

Matthew 13:24-26
24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

At first it is very difficult to tell the difference between the Wheat (which are a result of the truth) and the Tares (a result of lies). When we are immature in the faith it is very difficult to know which voice really has our best interest in mind.

The reason being, this adversary, this “strange woman” as scripture describes it, hides within our minds and feeds us selfish lustful thoughts tricking us into doing its bidding. It does this by also tricking us into thinking we are justified to do that which we should not do.

This enemy wants you to think that YOU are the most important person on the planet. That the world and everything revolves around you. Now while in essence this is true, for you are the beginning and the end of your experience… SO IS EVERYONE ELSE. We are all in this together. We are all ONE. However, this voice wants you to think that YOU ARE GOD. That you can do as you please. This voice convinces YOU that you are the judge the jury and the executioner if the situation permits.

Ironically, this is also how you can tell if you are under the thumb of this enemy. If you think higher of yourself, if you leave peace and unity for anger, fear, shame, and division, if you stop loving others, YOU are being ruled by the voice of this “strange woman”.

This is why Jesus said, all one needs to do is LOVE and the law is fulfilled.

Matthew 22:
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

This above scripture also teaches us the only way to KNOW GOD IS TO LOVE. If you DO NOT LOVE your neighbor (any one besides yourself), as scripture states… YOU DO NOT KNOW GOD. The scripture goes on to say… because GOD IS LOVE.

Now I would like to take a brief moment to address something about this above scripture. Because of the line “God is LOVE”. The reason is many have reduced God to simply being an emotion because of it. Scripture states, God is Love… hence many state that is all God must be.

Yet, scripture states God is much more than that and if we are going to use scripture as source material for our faith we must truly examine this claim.

Let me list a couple of passages that also describe what God is… and then I will explain what the word “IS”, in “God IS love” really means. The first of which I believe many must grab hold of today… and that is, GOD IS NOT A MAN!

Numbers 23:19
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

Deuteronomy 4:24
For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire

Deuteronomy 4:7
For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

Deuteronomy 33:27
The eternal God is thy refuge

1 Chronicles 17:2
Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee.

Psalm 75:7
But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Habakkuk 3:19
The Lord God is my strength

John 4:24
God is a Spirit

2 Corinthians 1:18
But as God is true

The scriptures tell us no one can know God at anytime, that God’s ways are past finding out… Jesus himself said, that the FATHER WAS GREATER THAN HE. The scriptures state, that no one knows the times or the seasons but the Father. Jesus makes it clear that the FATHER’S WILL is greater than HIS PERSONAL WILL. For years, many evangelicals made the mistake to say JESUS WAS GOD. I have an essay that disputes this. And now today, many ex-Christians have seemed to start a movement founded on the idea that MAN IS GOD. I understand, that things I have shared may have sounded this way as well, however, this was never my intention. We are NOT the creator of all things, we are a co-creator, ONE WITH THE ONE THAT IS ALL THINGS!

And while, I would find it hard to believe ANYONE CAN TRULY KNOW “GOD”, as God’s ways are past our conscious mind’s ability to find out, just as we cannot know what it is that makes our heart beat…. WE CAN UNDERSTAND that to know God… ONE MUST LOVE! For LOVE is the pinnacle of creation.

Everything that is, and is not, and is yet to be, is the will of God. God is in all, through all, and IS all.

This is why Jesus thought it not robbery to make himself equal with God. Because he understood that God was IN him, and he was IN God… and yet, Jesus would never allow anyone to think that he was GOD… This is why he told the rich man, “why callest thou me good… there is NONE GOOD but the Father”. I would like to point out, that Jesus never said “I AM GOD” — instead he said, “before ABRAHAM was I AM”… BIG DIFFERENCE.

Let’s look at that scripture here Jesus supposedly claimed to be equal with God for a moment:

Philippians 2:6
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Let us break that down… The word FORM means an EXTERNAL EXPRESSION of something, you know LIKE AN “IMAGE”.

The word “EQUAL” does not mean “one and the same” however! Obviously, that would contradict his other claim that ONLY GOD WAS GOOD… The word “equal” in Greek is translated better as “to agree together” to be on the same page, as scripture describes “One accord” –

The root word for equal “Eido” means “to see, to perceive, to know” —

Jesus was saying, it wasn’t a bad thing to be of one accord, to be ONE WITH in word and deed, THAT IT WASN’T TAKING AWAY FROM GOD TO TRULY KNOW GOD, to truly EXPRESS GOD… AND YES, TO DO WHAT GOD CAN DO!

Just it is NOT ROBBERY to see, to comprehend, and to express the very wisdom and power of the spirit of “God” within us in the temporal plain.

This IS what we are… “Christ” – The power and wisdom of God.

Jesus understood, that if People SAW him, they also could “SEE/Understand/Perceive” God… for he was in God, and God was in him… He, like you and I, are the OUTWARD EXPRESSIONS of “Him” — we are GOD’S IMAGE — God is the spirit of LIFE that is our source, which animates us, WHICH IS THE TRUE US… for we are all ONE.

Ephesians 4:4-6
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

The word “I am that I am” translates better as “I will become whatever I will become” – I will be whatever I will be… and that explains why each of us seems to be so unique, while at heart we are all ONE AND THE SAME SPIRIT.

In the past, I have described God as Love and truth. I have gone on to share that we and God are One. Meaning, that IN HIM WE ALL HAVE OUR EXISTENCE…

Acts 17:27-29
27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

In addition, I have said, WE CREATE! Of course we create… We can make joy and peace, or war and misery. The reason is, the SPIRIT WITHIN US is not mocked… whatever a person sows they will reap!

You see people mankind was given dominion, the scriptures state “all is created by the son, through the son, and for the son” and WE ARE THE SON (elohiym/gods) – YET WE ARE NOT ALL GOD IS. We are a unique part of the whole.

Colossians 1:15-19
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell

WE ARE NOT GOD ALONE… We are the IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD, THE FIRSTBORN OF EVERYTHING! Everything was created BY us and for US and by US do all things consist… So in a sense everything that is IS God, but we are NOT while we still walk around here with our human identity.

Jesus said, I go to my Father for he is GREATER than I am… And I say the same.

If you have seen me you have seen God… but GOD IS SO MUCH BIGGER THAN LITTLE OLD ME!

Now, that other voice in our head may try to trick us into thinking WE ARE IT, this is depicted in the scripture where Jesus was tempted (drawn away by his own lusts) by the Devil (the ID, Carnal Ego, Strange Woman, father of all lies) but his response is one we all must meditate on, especially today when we see so many declaring such.

Matthew 4
10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Now in a sense, Jesus is also saying… Zip it Ego… You work for me… The word Lord “The one who truly exists” – That is God, and yes Jesus, and We are as much of God, as God is us… We are IN him, and He is IN us… YET instead of acting like we are the creator of all things… we MUST serve others (for they are us as well). What we do to one, we do to ourselves.

The DEVIL in this story… is the “YOU” YOU THINK YOU ARE! It is your separate identity. And it wants WHO YOU REALLY ARE to bow down and worship it. Sadly, so many today are doing it ignorantly. This is why we see so much suffering in the world.

And while others today are simply reducing God to an emotion called Love… All one needs to do this is dig a bit deeper into these scriptures as opposed to taking it to mean what it states literally.

The word “IS” in this passage, is the third person singular of “to be”, indicating MOOD…. “to EXIST in, or to BE IN, LOVE”… GOD IS NOT SIMPLY LOVE! “God” is simply a word to describe the indescribable life force that everything consists us. And what the scripture “GOD IS LOVE” is explaining is…. You cannot even being to think you KNOW GOD, UNLESS YOU LOVE! Because LOVE is the evidence that you are at PEACE with yourself and everything… WHICH IS GOD.

In addition, when you don’t exist “IN LOVE”, which creates harmony and peace, you will find yourself in a world of hurt.

So when we follow after the “lips” of this “strange woman” (as scripture describes this adversary, ID, Carnal Ego, Anti-Christ, etc) telling us WE ARE GOD AND WE CAN DO WHAT WE WANT we find only suffering.

Now, this suffering as it turns out is a GOOD THING. It is a Karmic Principle at work. It guarantees our safe return to the UNITY that we are.

2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation

This is why scripture states, all will come to the knowledge of the truth and the stature of the perfect man, all will be saved, all of creation will sing praised… every wrong will be made right, every tear will be wiped away… and more!

If we stepped out of unity with one another and we did not suffer because of it, we would forever be lost. However, since we do reap what we sow, we do learn after being burned by our ignorance, it is better to do good than bad, to love rather than hate.

And so we MUST learn to ignore the voice of this “strange woman”.

Now, to do this we must first acknowledge there is a problem to begin with. WE HAVE TO GET OVER OURSELVES. WE HAVE TO GET OVER THE IDEA THAT WE ARE RIGHT AND OTHERS ARE WRONG.

Wherever your heart is your treasure will be found. Meaning, if you want to be in distress you will discover distress, if you want to follow after drama, you will be rewarded with drama. So too, if you want to be at peace eventually you will.

If we want our suffering to end, we must find a way to IGNORE this counterfeit voice in our head.

WE MUST RESIST THIS DEVIL SO IT FLEES.

James 4:7
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

This will offer you a first step in the right direction I pray.

Proverbs 2:16
To deliver YOU from the strange woman, even from the stranger which flatters with her words. 17 Which forsakes the guide of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God. 18 For her house inclines unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

As a Man in a committed relationship it troubles me to see how many marriages are torn apart by adultery. Now while this is a real world issue, the real reason behind it is a “spiritual” one.

Let me first point out what the word “spirit” means. You see it isn’t anything truly supernatural at all. The word SPIRIT is simply a word used to describe your thoughts and words. All over scripture we find this. Whether it be the “spirit of truth” or the “spirit of lies”, the “spirit of God” or the “spirit of the world”, one does not have to go far to find this.

2 Samuel 23:2
The “Spirit of the Lord” spake by me, and his WORD was in my tongue.

The spirit of the Lord (existing one) should be understood as one’s TRUE THOUGHTS. Jesus explained that his words were spirit, and they were LIFE.

John 6:63
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

It is ALL ABOUT THOUGHT people. The problem is, too many today are focused on the wrong thoughts/voice in their head. This is a result of many years of conditioning on the part of our parents, our peers, and society as a whole. Since birth we are programmed to put our mind on the things of the FLESH and the LUSTS thereof.

Romans 8:5-6
For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Now the works of the Flesh should be evident to us MAKING IT EASIER to follow after the SPIRIT. However, the Flesh (Carnal ego) is at war with the Spirit (God) and this is why we find ourselves in the predicament we are in.

Galatians 5
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

So what does all of this have to do with LITERAL MARRIAGE and ADULTERY? Well, we understand the things that are NOT SEEN by those that ARE.

So, as we see great division in the literal marriage bed, we also must understand this is analogous of the division we see in our hearts and relationship with God (SPIRIT of truth, love, power, life, unity).

More than 50% of marriages end in divorce. In addition, many more that are married are miserable rather than happy and fulfilled. Not to mention how many have affairs to try to compensate for the lack of love and excitement they find in their own marriage. And so they listen to the wrong voice in their heads and go behind their spouse’s back, whether physically, emotionally, or both. Now, I pointed all of this out because these “literal” adulterous relationships speak volumes about what is going on spiritually today.

As I stated earlier, the LITERAL is always an ALLEGORY or PARABLE of the SPIRITUAL.

By the things seen, we understand the unseen. In fact, everything that happens in our life explains where you are spiritually. You can know where a person’s heart is by the treasure they seek.

Romans 1:20
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

For many in a literal marriage, sadly, it seems all too easy to be led away into an adulterous relationship with a strange woman or man, that is to say, a woman or man beside the one who has stood by the spouses side and loved and adored them, just as God loves and adores each and every one of us.

We will begin to see that as a Husband and Wife leave a literal marriage for an affair with a strange man or strange woman, mankind is also lured away spiritually to have an adulterous affair with their carnal mind/devil/id. In a sense cheating on the truth of “God” for the lies of this world (our lusts). Which, really is nothing more than people believing things about God, those around them, and themselves, that just AREN’T TRUE.

When lust takes hold of a person’s thoughts they follow after that “STRANGE WOMAN”. Anytime a fearful thought arises within us, deceiving us to follow after it, it makes it possible for that person to enter into this adulterous affair.

And like any literal adulterous relationship, at first the man or woman is deceived into believing this new relationship is just what he or she needs. However, the truth is, no affair ends pleasantly. And to return to the true marriage, whether in one’s heart or home can be very difficult.

The man or woman who left this true relationship/marriage will feel shame, may end up with a disease and will perhaps be punished by the true spouse for doing such a thing. A separation may occur or even divorce and families will be torn apart because of it all.

You see, as dangerous as a literal affair is, so too, we find pain, suffering, guilt, shame, and separation when people leave the TRUTH for the lies of that “strange woman” (false beliefs, lies, false gods, idolatrous beliefs, etc)

More over, just as the temptation is always present to stray from Husband and Wife, the temptation to stray away from our true husband (Christ= The Power and Wisdom of God) is one hundred fold stronger.

THE FLESH LUSTS AGAINST THE SPIRIT! The NATURAL rejects the SPIRITUAL!

Now for those that think CHRIST is a single, literal man. I have to tell you, this is a false teaching. For CHRIST is in ALL MANKIND, Christ is the LIGHT of the world and our LIFE is hid in Christ. We have to stop seeing Christ as a LITERAL SEPARATE MAN, and start seeing Christ as what I wrote above, the spirit of LIFE AND GOD that is within all MANKIND – the anointing of God’s truth and wisdom and power.

1 Corinthians 1:30
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

1 Corinthians 1:24
…Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

For those who say, “No! Christ is just Jesus” I will direct you to John 1.

We are meant to be LIVING EPISTLES (WORDS of truth/spirit of truth) – WORDS/SWORD of God – We are AS JESUS, AND JESUS AS US.

Matthew 5:14
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

When we understand that the WORD OF GOD, which according to scripture is TRUTH, is within all mankind then we can move onto step two.

Luke 17:21
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you

Step Two, is then seeing that this Kingdom which is the WORD of God, which if our LIFE and TRUTH is meant to be seen (SYMBOLICALLY) as a Husband to us. In other words, we are to become ONE WITH IT. To express the WORD of God outwardly. To GIVE BIRTH to the CHRIST WITHIN.

Just as a Wife may leave a Husband, and a Husband may leave a Wife, for an affair causing heartache… We can leave the TRUTH for the LIES of the world, enter into an adulterous relationship causing heartache as well.

This is why we see so many instances in scripture of an adulteress, prostitute, or cheating spouse. This is a great allegory of how we have all gone after the STRANGE WOMAN (lies of religion and the world) and are hurt because of it.

The story of HOSEA (which in HEBREW means SALVATION) is a wonderful allegory of how much pain is caused by our adulterous affair with the LUSTS OF THIS WORLD.

Hosea 1
2The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD

Notice, how the LAND had committed whoredoms/ADULTERY. And what is a “WHORE” but a symbol of a woman or man who cares very little about themselves, or those they sleeps around with, for pay or not.

And this, in effect, is what we do spiritually every time we lay down with a false belief. It is all a parable of spiritual adultery. If you’ll receive it. This is also why we see so many literal marriages ending, so much cheating, and so many miserable people in this temporal/physical world.

What we see in the physical is an outward manifestation of what is going on within.

The lies of the “STRANGE WOMAN” is ruining the spiritual, emotional, and physical lives of so many. Once you learn to avoid the “Words=Thoughts” of this “Strange Woman” you will be like GOMER when she finally is healed of her many hurts and enters into a true relationship with her Husband “SALVATION” again. And then NOTHING shall separate you from SALVATION, which is LOVE again.

Romans 8:38-39
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

YES, WE ARE SAVED FROM OUR IGNORANCE… AND IT IS LOVE THAT SAVE US!

And this EVERYONE will come to understand, but first we must learn to avoid the “STRANGE WOMAN’S” words, which are lies, false beliefs, etc.

Like literal and physical sex, once the two become one, a child is conceived.

And so spiritually, once you become one with a lie or false teaching/belief, a spiritual adulterous child (belief system) is formed.

Just look at the ALLEGORY of ABRAHAM and HAGAR. God said he would give him the child of promise (Isaac=symbolic of Christ birthed within). Yet, Abraham didn’t trust God’s WORD as TRUTH, so he believes the only way to get what he so desperately wants was to have an adulterous affair with his wife’s handmaid/slave. This slave is symbolic of (A belief system of bondage). And when Abraham leaves the PURITY of his marriage bed to produce what he wants he gives birth to ISHMAEL.

The 1st born is of the earth, earthy (ignorant)… Ishmael was NEVER meant to inherit a thing. FLESH AND BLOOD cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (righteousness, peace, joy, and power). Our carnal effort will bring us nothing but heartache.

Soon Abraham learns he has to get rid of HAGAR and ISHMAEL or the TRUE SON (ISAAC) that God promised, would be killed by the child of the adulterous affair.

There are many references to the STRANGE WOMAN in scripture. She goes by many names, the ADULTEROUS WOMAN, the harlot, even the WHORE OF BABYLON, and these names speak of the thought of rebellion (which is witchcraft).

Let me give you an everyday example of how the “Strange Woman” can work. Not super-spiritual, just everyday life and how this “strange Woman” works her evil ways in your life…

Your loved one is supposed to call, or your loved is late from coming home from work… NOW thoughts flood your mind, but are these thoughts ones that build faith and give you peace, or are they thoughts of worry, fear, anger and dread?

Do you think, “He, or she, is on her way nothing to worry about”? -OR- does your mind go to a darker place … “It’s an affair I knew it.” “He’s in an accident and probably died.”

The question is, what thoughts dominate your mind.

You see, God hasn’t give us the SPIRIT OF FEAR. No, GOD’S THOUGHTS toward us, are not fearful, hateful, pride filled, jealous thoughts…. God’s thoughts toward us are PEACE.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

When you grab hold of that then you will ONLY GRAB HOLD of thoughts of peace, which give you the EXPECTED END, salvation from any situation!

However, if you listen to the voice of the STRANGE WOMAN (your carnal ego, id, devil) you will find only pain and suffering.

The voice (thoughts) of the Strange Woman (the carnal mind) speaks only fear to our hearts/souls… And so we must remember God has NOT given us the spirit of fear.

The STRANGE WOMAN will fill our head, with confusing thoughts. When situations in our life arrive, we get scared, worried, and then we find all we can do is focus on the WORST. we don’t know which what to do, which way to turn, we think our lives our over as we know. We find only pain and hurt instead of peace and joy.

YET GOD, is not the author of confusion, is He?

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace

An author WRITES thoughts, RECORDS thoughts on paper. We see here God does not write CONFUSION and FEAR into our thoughts, but he writes thought of Love and PEACE. And so every time we leave this peace, we in fact are entering into an adulterous spiritual affair with our enemy the carnal ego. This is bad news.

Now, knowing this, you would think that every time worry creeps up into our hearts that we would do as Christ taught us and take those thoughts captive and cast them out. YET WE DON’T!

2 Corinthians 10:5
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Notice, the word IMAGINATION… You see Fear, as my dear friend, David Fields would say, is FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL…

In other words, these horrible things that we constantly worry about are ignorant imaginings NOTHING MORE.

Now CHRIST is LIFE, PEACE, SOUND MIND, HOPE, SALVATION! So, anything, ANY IMAGINATION, that exalts itself against the knowledge that GOD DOES NOT GIVE US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR… MUST BE TAKEN CAPTIVE AND CAST OUT!

We must begin to really PAY ATTENTION to what thoughts we are thinking.

If the thoughts we are thinking do not bring peace to our hearts, it’s a good call, those thoughts are NOT OF GOD! And if they are NOT OF GOD, they are NOT TRUE, and if they are NOT TRUE, than they are LIES!

And we shouldn’t be worried about a bunch of nonsense lies should we? 🙂 Of course not!

Now why on earth would we do this?

Well it is because we have been conditioned to exalt fear in our lives over peace and we have been conditioned to think higher of ourselves than others. This is why the world is the way it is.

Why there is so much pain, hate, war, rape, the list goes on and on. Because this hellish world gets all of us addicted to the voice of the STRANGE WOMAN. We love listening to thoughts of fear, our televisions remind us that we should be SCARED! We are so used to being selfish fearful animals that to believe we should have hope, and have power, and that love and forgiveness should rule us… SEEMS RIDICULOUS!

And so instead of casting down these negative thoughts we commit our attention to them, and together we begin to birth out of our REBELLIOUS WOMB (soul) all sorts of hell….

When our spouse is late for example, we immediately think the worst,”There was an accident” “She is cheating on me” “Someone killed him” “I told her not to wear that necklace out of the house, she was robbed it must be” “I knew I couldn’t trust that cheat!”,”We’re never going to make that payment”,”My kids are going to fail in life”,”I’ll never be happy”,”Life sucks”,”Everyone hates me”,”I’m going to lose my job”,”I’ll never get ahead”…

LIES, LIES, LIES PEOPLE!!!! And we’re ADDICTED TO THEM! And so for hours, days, weeks, months, years we worry and worry every bit of peace in our hearts away… “Why?” you ask.

Because we followed the VOICE OF THAT STRANGE WOMAN.

Whether it be us worrying about losing our jobs, relationships, finances, weight loss, children, EBOLA, my goodness the list goes on and on and on. We worry and are tossed to and fro with such fear that it is no wonder people end up doing such horrible things.

The voice of a Strange Woman is DECEIT itself.

God warns us to listen to only his voice…. But we know darn well, that we have been conditioned to NEVER listen to the truth… THIS HABIT MUST BE BROKEN.

There are spirits (thoughts) that minister and help us, and there are tormenting spirits (thoughts) that rob and hurt us. And the Strange Women is the mother of Torment itself.

SO, how do we move away from the ignorance of this adulterous spiritual affair that seems so appealing to us? Well, scripture has a few things to say about it.

Proverbs 5:1
My son, take my wisdom to heart, and turn your ear to my understanding:

Let us study to be quiet and listen to the calming voice of our Father. Let us pray for Godly wisdom which is a tree of life and learn understanding. Let us learn to discern (tell the difference between) the voice of the kingdom and the voice of the whore of this world.

Proverbs 5:3
For the lips of a strange woman taste like a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

The same goes for RELIGIOUS TEACHING that are not true. You see the STRANGE WOMAN’S LIPS taste like a honeycomb (symbolic of enlightenment/truth) and her Mouth is smoother than oil (symbolic of wisdom) which is why religious lies are so appealing to us, because they seem like they are enlightened truth! However, when we follow after lies we find the end of it all is destruction.

Look, it’s easy for us to listen to the tormenting spirits/thoughts in our mind instead of the true godly ones. It’s easy to follow after that temptation and ignorantly go down that hellish bunny trail created by fear, worry and doubt. But we must learn to stop… We must learn to stay with the VOICE OF TRUTH, as a MAN STAYS WITH HIS WIFE, AND A WIFE SHOULD STAY WITH HER HUSBAND.

WE MUST LEARN TO TRUST GOD, BY ONLY TRUSTING THOUGHTS OF PEACE.

Proverbs 5:4 But her (strange woman) end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

As mentioned earlier, all affairs end badly. And that also goes for believing the wrong thoughts that come to mind. If you believe you are cursed, then you will be cursed. If you believe you are blessed and deserve peace and joy, then you will find it.

Proverbs 23:7
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he

An affair with the STRANGE WOMAN leads us directly into the pit of hell. And HELL (our ignorant torment) is a spiritual place that many of us cry from day and night. Hell is here and now in our minds, and many times we find ourselves weeping and gnashing our teeth because we left the Voice of Truth for the Lies of the “strange woman”.

Proverbs 5:6 Unless you should ponder the path of life, her ways are moveable, that you cannot know them. Hear me now then, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.

Unless we CONTINUE to think on heavenly things, unless we push forward to the truth and always stay positive in our mind we will NEVER be free from the STRANGE WOMAN and her beguiling, and tormenting ways. Unless we continue to hold fast our confession of FAITH, which is CHRIST, who is WISDOM, PEACE, SALVATION, LOVE, HOPE, POWER, SANCTIFICATION and REDEMPTION, we will always be in torment.

WE NEED TO THINK ON THESE…

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

So, may the Lord teach us to take EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE… and teach us to discern our thoughts to know whether they be of the Lord or not… and let us BOLDLY WALK INTO THE GARDEN AGAIN… wiping all the sweat of worry and fear from our brow forever. Because a CHILD of the STRANGE WOMAN will never inherit the FATHERS HOUSE, YET a child of the KINGDOM DOES AND WILL!

If you continue to follow after lies, you will never inherit YOUR FATHER’S HOUSE (THE KINGDOM OF GOD where God exists – LOVE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND JOY)

Judges 11:2
And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman.

There is hope for us. There is a rest for us all. We don’t need to continue on a path of worry and dread, because if we do our lives will never know the Kingdom OF God prepared for us all.

We are not God alone, as the strange woman states… but we can be EQUAL WITH GOD, ONE WITH GOD, when we LIVE TO LOVE and FOLLOW AFTER PEACE IN OUR HEARTS!

So test the Spirits (your thoughts) to see if they be of God or not? Test your thoughts to see if they bring you peace or anger and fear. Then begin to choose which thoughts to listen to and which to cast away. This will free you forever from the lure of the Strange Woman and you will know the abundant life waiting for us all.

Hope this blessed you all. Please do subscribe, share and tell the world… that THERE IS MORE!
Much love to you and yours, Jacob

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ITCH MY EARS ALREADY!


COME ON, ITCH MY EARS ALREADY!

This weekend I wrote this article but wasn’t sure if I was going to share it. But tonight I was feeling FRISKY!!!!!! So listen up people because this one may get ugly!

Okay so here’s the deal, no one likes bad news, right? Everyone wants to be told, hey everything is going to be okay, you don’t need to suffer, God doesn’t want you to be sick, God wants to be rich! “BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED!” …

Okay, first, let me address, the whole “By his STRIPES we are healed line.” – Jesus learned obedience through the things HE SUFFERED! Okay, news flash people, the servant is NOT ABOVE THE MASTER, what is good for the King is good for his joint heirs! How can we be healed by another’s stripes, you ask? Well, when you are CRUSIFIED WITH HIM, His stripes are actually YOUR STRIPES. As we are all ONE in Christ Jesus, and if we are ONE, then HIS STRIPES ARE OURS and VICE VERSA!… Too much?… Okay, I’ll try and explain this one in another essay, but pay attention now because I’m about to write one of the most “UN – itchiest articles of all times”

Many people won’t like this one. But just because you don’t like, don’t make it any less true! Nah Nah na na Nah!

I have titled this essay, “ITCH MY EARS ALREADY!” I would love to tell you, my F.I.V. infected adopted stray cat Oreo gave me the idea when he came up to me this morning and jumped on my keyboard until I gave him the old scratchity scratch, but Oreo does not get this honor.

The idea for this paper came to me when driving to the store. I turned on the car radio, which is always programmed to the Christian Radio station because all other music is of the devil! And anyone who says different, is of the Devil too! … Kidding folks settle down in the peanut gallery. As it turns out, we have a pretty awesome Christian Radio station out here that plays amazing music in the morning because I gotta have me my Kirk Fraklin and Third Day! Not to mention RICHIE RIGHTEOUS, WHO IS THE BOMB DIGGITTY DOOO!… But did I get my southern gospel size helping of Christian tunes tonight? NO!

Like all Christian radio stations, time is purchased by preachers to further the “good news of the Gospel”, or at least whatever their “version” of it is… And we all know, how different VERSIONS there are… Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Non-denominational, Lutheran, Trinitarian, etc, etc, blah, blah, blah, there are more divisions in the Christian faith then in any other major religion. But they all have one thing in common, many of those who grace their doors all crave a good serving of that down home FEEL GOOD PREACHING!

For years, I had thought the “Itching ears” passage in Timothy, spoke of the “damnable heresies” we all know and love and share door to door, especially like the nice Jehovah’s Witness ladies who came a knocking yesterday asking me if I “knew the Truth”… “What is Truth?” I replied with a smirk on my face and then graciously took her flyer…
Well, I believed those “damnable heresies” to be false beliefs, false doctrines, vain traditions etc… But tonight, I understood for the first time, what this passage in Timothy really meant.

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

It sounds like a bad joke… So I turn on the radio and I hear this big name preacher screaming, “I am telling you God is doing something… If you have given up on your family, don’t! If you have lost your children, get ready to find them again! If you have suffered, if you have hurt, if you feel like you can’t TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!” — Insert big audience reaction, … “Then get ready, because GOD IS DOING SOMETHING! He is going to turn it all around for you, he is going to heal you, he is going to bring that loved one back, He is going to give you every little thing your heart desires!!!! Because GOD IS GOOOOODDDDDD!”

Then it hit me! I said to myself, “He’s telling them, exactly what they want to hear.” I mean sure, who wouldn’t want to hear everything is going to come up roses when all you smell is the manure of life piling around you! And I got sad, because I knew he was lying to them all.

WHAT JACOB? … Yeah, I know, we all want to believe that God is going to make everything all right, and YES, I promise one day, we will come to stature of the perfect man and the knowledge of the truth. And that day, we won’t care what we have endured, we will have learned to endure it joyfully, because we will have understood that it works patience, and that our present suffering will be as nothing compared to the glory revealed in us later…

But right now, itching people’s ears is not setting anyone free. Promises of hope mean nothing to those who continue on in their illness, thinking, “If only I had more faith.” Empty words mean nothing, to those who continue giving more than they can afford to only find their home foreclosed on.

This man’s words were empty. Thousands of people were in that audience, and I know, without a shadow of a doubt, that for thousands of people, things were not going to miraculously turn around over night. The reason, is because our lives, our troubles, our circumstances are more lessons for us than they are plagues that God does not want us to endure. What we suffer actually brings us closer to God than never having to struggle to begin with. And when we negate the importance of our struggle and our suffering, and say, God does not want thus in our life, weu miss the most important thing God is trying to teach us.

Hebrews 5:8
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

There is no greater teacher than the pain of a mistake. If you have ever done anything foolish, and God knows I have… Like that time I tried to impress the kids in my neighborhood by sticking my tongue to the frozen flagpole and ended up stuck there until the fire department came. I became the laughing stock of the town. Thank God, My wife finally forgave me for doing that last year…

My point being, when we do something foolish that causes us pain, we think… DUH! I’LL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN!

For someone to say, that God doesn’t want us to go through what we are going through, does a hell of a lot more harm than good.

Here’s the reason, you’re in the situation to begin with. So what are you chopped liver? What is God like, “Well I don’t want Jacob to be stuck to that flagpole but he just needs to have more faith?” No, to say that God does not want this or that in our life is to say God is not in control. And believe me, the CONTROL is all about our REAPING WHAT WE SOW… But, we’ll get to that.

And then you have those miracle healers, you watch them on TV and its like a miracle a minute, people cured from cancer, jaundice, back problems, but never gullibility (I wonder why that is?) Listen diseases go into remission, I have Crohns, asthma, and terrible gas (insert smiley face) — Now if God is all about healing the FLESH (which he wants to perish) how come amputees don’t have their arms or legs miraculously grow back. Can God not handle this feet? Of course he can. But the point is, what we suffer is what is healing us to begin with. And once we learn this, it makes our disabilities easier to handle.

Now am I saying, God doesn’t heal? Of course not, but its not, “BE WHOLE IN THE NAME OF JEEEESSSSSUSSSS!” and then you fall over to the floor and some over weight men in three piece suits, two sizes to small, pick you up, stick a microphone in front of you, and you say… “I’m healed!”

Now, birth is a process, so is healing. Cut yourself and see how long it takes. It heals, sure, but not in one instant. And whatever is bound in the earth is bound in heaven… Whatever is without is within. If you want TRUE HEALING, If you want a way out of your suffering, find the cause, the way any good doctor does. There is a reason, Jesus is called the good physician. A Physician finds the source of a problem and gives you your medicine! SO WE HAVE TO LEARN TO TAKE OUR MEDICINE and not go to these knucklehead multimillionaires to gets our ears itched.

If you heal the inside first, the outside will follow. These are words to live by.

I mean really what do you think Jesus, who is TRUTH, was going around and healing? The Blind, the Deaf, The Lame, The Leprous, the Demonic and The Meatheads.

Scripture is an allegory “Church”, I am not going to argue over whether or not, he literally healed anyone, as it doesn’t matter at all if he literally healed anyone, as God looks to the INWARD MAN, not the OUTWARD MAN. The Outward man Perishes, the Inward Man is renewed!
I had a conversation with a dear friend who told me, “God doesn’t want people to shrivel up and die.” I replied, “Name one that doesn’t.” It is determined, that this flesh body, this temporary Buick we are driving around in perishes. WE DO NOT! But, we learn a great deal through this wondrous pilgrimage that has been set before us. We learn through the things we suffer, so why not learn to enjoy the ride and learn from the signs along the way.

Many religious leaders today are promising all sorts of awesome things instead of telling us that we reap what we sow, that we must endure until the end, that “through great tribulation we enter the kingdom”, that “he who does not pick up his cross” is none of His!

No, the preachers talk about healing your club foot, finances, relationships, health, family, and when that’s not enough, they throw in the future bliss of eternal buffets in heaven, std free relations (notice I didn’t use the “s” word). And, of course, my favorite, being poofed away to the clouds while God torments those evil chooches who got that dreaded chip implanted in their hands so they can buy food at the grocery story, HOW DARE THEY!… (I think I should add a good old fashion LOL for that last one.) I mean the truth is so much easier to believe than the lies this world will feed you.

Is there not a greater comfort knowing you are suffering for a great purpose, than believing God doesn’t want that for your life? Would you rather believe God has somehow overlooked this minor detail called Crohn’s disease and abuse, (which I suffered from both)

When people told me, God wanted me to be free from Crohn’s, I thought, “Than He must not be a very powerful God, because I’m in intensive care right now enjoying my third blood transfusion”.

Now I want to add, that I have been symptom free for three years now. What has changed? Has God healed me? Sure, why not? And if I get sick again, did God give it back to me? Sure, why not. The Lord giveth and the lord taketh away… BUT ONLY BECAUSE I NEEDETH IT… and because in the end, like Job, I am DOUBLEY BLESSED and I’m not talking double your pleasure, double mint gum blessed, I’m talking, unity of the spirit…. But if I am meant to suffer a terrible death to further my journey to the Kingdom, what choice do I have but to accept, if the Lord gives there is good reason, if the Lord takes away there is good reason. Whether I live or die, I do ALL UNTO THE LORD.

You know usually, I like to break down the scripture and show the allegory of it. But these scratching scratchersons are doing the world and their so-called flock a terrible disservice. And I will tell you why. There is a way out of suffering and our pain. And that is by LEARNING OUR LESSON.

Paul learned the hard way. I learn the hard way. I hope you all aren’t like me. Listen, because, I’m about to give you the keys to the Kingdom here!

WHAT JACOB? HOW DARE YOU? ONLY JESUS CAN GIVE THOSE KEYS OUT? – He gave the keys to us, and now I am going to give ONE MASTER KEY to you all!

I HOPE YOU STAYED WITH ME, because IT IS WORTH IT!

You cannot BELIEVE your way out of your situation, you must change what it is that got you into your situation. In other words, You are reaping what you have sown! I KNOW, I KNOW, there are people suffering with terrible diseases right now, who were probably sweet as pie in this life. And my carnal nature wishes it weren’t so. But my higher nature, understands there are greater things at work here, that many of us aren’t ready to accept. But we never truly know what has gone on, do we? We don’t truly know, why one is blessed and one seems cursed. If God does not respect one over another, then why are some born with privilege and others without. Well, I’m afraid, I’m not ready to share that one with you. But I am ready to share, what Jesus shared. And it was ALL OVER HIS MINISTRY!

I learned this lesson, when I tried to get a free lawnmower bag from the Home depot because a year earlier my lawnmower didn’t come with one. I didn’t believe they would honor my purchase, so when I told them I bought it and it didn’t have the bag, well, I just left out the little detail about it being a year old… I didn’t lie to the guy, but I wasn’t completely honest and I could have been… The instant I left, the thought came to my head, clear as day “The lawnmower is going to break” … One week later, I had to spend two hundred dollars as the mower broke down, and I returned that bag… But learned the lesson of reaping and sowing. A MASTER KEY.

I want you to think now about everything Jesus taught.
1) Forgive your enemy
2) Love those that hurt you
3) Pray for those that persecute you
4) Give to those that steal from you
5) Live by the sword die by the sword
6) Reap what you sow
7) Give and it shall be given
8) Forgive and it shall be forgive
9) Show mercy and mercy will be shown
10) Love and be loved

Look the list goes on and on. Now, think about it. Why would Jesus say, you reap what you sow and then say, forgive you enemy… Well, if you reap what you sow, your enemy you brought on yourself and if you don’t forgive this enemy and you return violence for violence, it is like your throwing the karmic ball back into play.

Yes, that’s right I used the word “Karmic”, what you got no love for the Buddha? Everyone loves a half naked guy who smiles with a big fat belly! … Or is that just me? (snicker, snicker)

Jesus was teaching us the way into the Kingdom, and the ONLY WAY IN, is to DO UNTO THOSE AS YOU WANT DONE UNTO YOU!

Think about that verse. “Do unto others, AS YOU WANT DONE UNTO YOU” – he understood, that our thoughts, our words, our actions, are causal and there will be a rebound effect. So, he implored everyone, to take their lumps joyfully as their reward for doing so would be great. The reason, is IF THEY DIDN’T, they don’t break the CURSE!

Jesus was simply was teaching that whatever comes around, goes around. This is a great lesson, if you can bear it. There is a purpose for your suffering. You are not going through hard times for no reason at all. And you will not be going through these hard times for ever. Once you learn whatever it is you are meant to learn from these hardships you will see these burdens fall away.

When our actions get us into trouble, there are consequences. The appropriate course of action is to admit your fault, not blame some outside entity and continue on in your sin.

Now Jesus wasn’t saying stay in an abusive relationship, continue to stay where someone is hurting you, quite the opposite, on the cross he forgave everyone, rose above them and never hung with them again! Hung was a poor choice of words I admit. But thank God he did for us all! The Pattern Son. And now we must Hang on our CROSS! Not go to some millionaire preacher to tell us that God doesn’t want us to hang on it.

So yes things may stink for the moment, but take a moment to ask God what you are meant to learn from them. See where you can love. See where you can forgive. See where you can step out in faith. We all have hard times, we all suffer, and we all will overcome, but there is only ONE WAY TO DO THIS!

It is through the straight and narrow gate of Love!

So the next person that tries to scratch your ears for you, you can tell them to scratch something else… your nose.. because… well, because, it’s, it’s itchy of course.

Try LOVE on for size and watch your true healing begin.

Peace out!
Jacob