IN THE WORLD NOT OF IT
The other night I was standing on my deck and staring up at the stars. It was so quiet and it was the perfect place for a much-needed retreat away from four kids, a dog, cat, the many responsibilities that go along with parenthood and keeping a nice home, and especially our circumstances. I find these moments are essential for our spiritual and emotional growth. If we don’t find time for ourselves where we can simply rest our minds from the hustle and bustle of this world, then we will most certainly not be able to hear that still silent voice within.
Remember God’s voice is never found in the storm, but it is found after all the dust has settled in the quiet following the storm. Elijah is perfect example of this and look at the progression of what leads to what. The mountain, wind, earthquake, and fire all represent something spiritual…
1 Kings 19:11-13
11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice
Like Elijah when trouble comes our way when want to run to the Mountain of God to hear from God. The Mountain of course being a symbol of going higher in the spirit. But even though we seek God, we rarely do we hear God’s voice at first. We may even feel as if God has passed us by. In fact, as we search for a way out of our trouble, we may find more trouble come our way. I’m sure Elijah didn’t want to have to deal with the strong wind, earthquake and fire he met before hearing from God… But it is truly these symbolic events that lead us to the very place we are trying to find to begin with. Our trouble prepares us, tests us, breaks us, and as fire purges we also are cleansed by the very things that seem to hurt us the most… Which is why we are told to rejoice in our sufferings. Because it is producing something that is far more important within us. And I believe that is faith!
And after the ground beneath has seemed to break apart, and AFTER the burning pain of fear and worry and dread leaves us broken, we are lift with only the option of trusting God’s provision… When we have nothing else, when there is no where else for us to turn, when every self effort has been spent, THAT IS WHEN WE HEAR THE VOICE!
12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice
I really want to encourage you all and remind you all that the storms of our lives, are the very things that MUST happen to open us up to the wonderful gospel of faith! Trust me when I say, I wish this wasn’t the case. I wish I didn’t have to suffer, I wish I didn’t have regret, fear, worry, insecurity, and more. I wish I didn’t have to toss and turns at nights worrying about what I am going to do now that trouble and hardship has found me. But I can only blame myself for not having the faith to TRUST GOD! And when I say “myself” of course I mean my carnal ego, my enemy, my adversary. And so my suffering leads me to turn my faith away from self effort and put it back where it belongs… GOD.
So, if not for these troubles, if not for being rejected, mocked, abused, sick, unemployed, mistreated… if not for having my back against the wall and my heart on the floor, if not for feeling totally weak and unable to deliver me or my family from our circumstances… I WOULD NEVER RELY COMPLETELY ON GOD AND GOD’S PROVISION!
There is but one way into the Kingdom (Reign) of God (Love, Righteousness, Peace, Joy, Wisdom, Power, Life)… And that one way into the Kingdom of God is TRIBULATION.
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.
So our trials, though that be many, are in fact the greatest avenues to find the very freedom and peace we hope for. Our trials are there to remind us to take our eyes off our own strength and to cast away our thoughts of fear and to put our eyes and faith on God who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.
And if truth be told, the quickest way to get our eyes and hope back where it belongs is to endure hardship, to be tested, and taken out of our comfort zone.
It is then we cry out to God, and beg for his deliverance. It is in our hard times that we seek God the most, this is true for believer and non-believer. In the end, when troubles mount like a tsunami wave, when all hope seems lost and our efforts cannot change a thing, believer and non-believer alike will cry out to God. And God is magnified in their hearts, and when deliverance comes the truth of God’s provision is shared with others. And if we lose a loved one, and our prayers aren’t answered, we usually find that if they were answered we would never have learned all we did and become all we became because of those circumstances not changing.
3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed
Notice, what we are delivered from… OUR FEAR!
It is our fear that we aren’t going to make it, that we aren’t good enough, liked enough, treated right… it is our fear in so many things that causes the torment in our heart.
1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
And as I have written so many times before, GOD HAS NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR… And if our thoughts (spirit) of Fear aren’t from God, then they are a creation of our egotistical carnal mind. And the carnal ego man is OF this world, God is not. Which is why tribulation comes, because the ego-man must be overcome. The belief and faith in Man’s works must be destroyed, man must enter into God’s rest and that rest comes from knowing God is in control.
When you know God is in control, you may be in this world, but you are no longer OF this world.
And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
Now I titled this article, “In the world not of it” for good reason. I began this essay with the story of me on my deck looking into the stars. Now I had been in prayer for weeks to “hear” from God, if you will. I had been seeking insight into my situation, into why I still had so many fears and worries when I knew deep down that it was only causing me pain. I hadn’t had any dramatic revelation (revealing) of scripture in a while. Not for lack of trying or seeking. But you can’t force revelation, you can’t make it happen, it either comes or it doesn’t. In my experience it always comes AFTER THE STORM.
When your head is filled with the troubles that surround you. You can go to the mountain like Elijah, scream out to God, seek God all you want, but you won’t find God in the midst of your troubles, you will find and hear God in the moment you least expect it. For me that moment was when walking out onto that deck and looking up into the stars.
Immediately the scripture about not being “Of this world” came to mind. I realized when I suffered, when I had great fear and worry that I was most definitely OF THIS WORLD… meaning I was a product of this world. And when I say “the world” I don’t mean planet earth, I mean OUR LUSTS! Because that is all that is found IN THE WORLD.
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
Just as Fear is not of God, neither is the torment that arises out of being a product of these lusts/fears/negative emotions.
Now what came to mind as I stood there on the deck was not anything earth shattering, but it was no less profound. And how it came was like a still small voice indeed. First I staring into the stars and then a simple thought came to mind. And that thought led to another thought and so on and so on.
I realized what being OF THE WORLD means, and what IN THE WORLD means. Because you can be IN something without being OF it. You can go swimming and be in the water and not be a product of the water itself. You can be in a world of trouble but you don’t need to become a product of that trouble. In this world WE WILL HAVE TRIALS AND TRIBULATION but we don’t have to become products of it, we can overcome that urge!
In this WORLD we will have hard times, BUT we don’t have to become a product of it. We may have depressing circumstances in our lives, but we DON’T need to become depressed because of it. We can Overcome the WORLD (LUST)!
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
It is a sure bet as Jesus said in this above passage, that IN THE WORLD we WILL have tribulation… but instead of letting our circumstances define us, change us, and make us into the miserable people who are OF their circumstance, we can be of GOOD CHEER and have faith because we too can and will overcome the world (lusts), because the ONE within us has already done the same.
NOW WHO ARE YOU, REALLY?
Who you THINK you are is a product OF this world… But who you truly are IN CHRIST is so much GREATER than the world (your lusts). The LIFE and TRUTH of who you are is ALWAYS GREATER than the lusts that are at war with you in this world.
1 John 4
4 YOU ARE OF GOD, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is GREATER THAN HE WHO IS IN THIS WORLD.
Those first four words… YOU ARE OF GOD, are four words you should take to heart. Later John writes, You are not OF the world… meaning people we are OF GOD, we are a product of God, we come from God, we are an extension of God, we are God’s children… we are NOT OF THIS WORLD! Meaning we are not a product of our lusts or emotions, we are not an extension of our lusts of emotions, we are not OUR LUSTS AND EMOTIONS… WE ARE OF GOD! Can you imagine what can be accomplished within you if you REALLY BELIEVED THIS?
However, most people don’t REALLY believe that… And everytime we leave that truth, everytime we leave our heavenly habitation (Godly mindset) we are tricked into believing we are OF THE WORLD (our lusts)… And WHEN we fall into that trap, we begin to believe the nonsense our carnal ego has been conditioned to feed us. We start thinking we are good for nothing (because we think we are products of nothing), we think we are worthless and horrible and weak (because we think we are products of such)… Whatever a person believes they become. When you say you are worthless you confess that you are not OF GOD, but of the world (your lusts). And you begin to talk like you are OF THE WORLD. You begin to act like you are OF THE WORLD. And ultimately, in a sense, you become a PRODUCT of the world (your lusts) instead of risings above the circumstances IN THE WORLD.
Some people deal with their troubles better than others. Some rise above hardship and some don’t. When people become addicted to drugs, or alcohol, when they give in to suicidal thoughts, or become abusers, it is because they have become a PRODUCT OF their LUSTS. They did not overcome the world (lusts/pains/emotions/fears/etc) they became OF the world. They felt ugly on the inside, agreed with that lie, and manifested the lie into their life, becoming the very thing they hate the most.
BUT WE DON’T NEED TO GO DOWN THIS PATH! We are OF GOD not of this world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error
Who we TRULY are WITHIN (our true nature/spirit) is always greater than who we begin to think we are, or who people say we are. Which is why we will overcome this world (our lusts).
YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES DO NOT DEFINE YOU unless you let them! YOUR FEARS DON’T RULE YOU unless you let them!
We have been tricked into seeing all that is wrong and putting faith in the “worst case situation”, instead of seeing all that is right in our lives and putting faith in all the good to come. Now if that isn’t a fate created in the depths of hell (our ignorant suffering) I don’t know what is.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.
You can look at this above passage as the literal world was created by Jesus, or you can see that “as he is so are we IN THIS WORLD” and begin to understand that WE ARE IN THIS WORLD (our lusts) and this world (our lusts) was made through us (our creative power), and the “world” (Our ego when a product of our lusts) do not KNOW THE TRUTH OF WHO WE ARE and have always been, which is why we suffer… because we have become PRODUCTS of our lusts, we have become people OF THIS WORLD, instead of people OF GOD!
If it sounds like there are two distinct people within us, the TRUE US and the US WE BEGAN TO BELIEVE OURSELVES TO BE… that is because THERE ARE! The canon of scripture is filled with this truth! And this double minded man is unstable in all his ways, a house divided with fall… in other words as long as these two natures are at war we will not be able to overcome this world (lusts).
And the LORD said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, Two peoples shall be separated from your body; One people shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”
There are two distinct people within us, THE CHRIST MAN and the EGO MAN, the SON OF GOD and the SON OF MAN. Two in one bed if you will. The good news is THE FIRST shall be LAST! In other words, who we think we are now will DECREASE and who we truly are is increasing each and every moment of every day!
He must increase, but I must decrease.
The ONE (of the world) must decrease and become the (ONE of God)!
And the ONE OF THE WORLD decreases the instant we put our trust and hope in the Father and in the plan! And I know this is a hard thing to do. This is why it is so important for you to find those precious moments of peace away from the hustle and bustle of your life, as I did on my deck.
It is so important to calm your mind and put your thoughts back on track. Focus on the good instead of the bad, don’t let your fear become your life, let your life overcome your fear by NOT BEING OF THE WORLD while you are IN THE WORLD!
There is a good reason why scripture tells us to think on GOOD THINGS. Because we are what we think! We become what we believe!
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
THINK ON THESE THINGS… good reports not bad, hope not sad, life not death, rising above all the mess! Remember who you truly are… and what you are not… YOU ARE OF GOD LITTLE CHILDREN AND WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!
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This past weekend my wife encouraged me to write about a certain passage in scripture, where Jesus explains that a house divided against itself cannot stand. Now when I got to this passage I THOUGHT i knew what I was going to write about. But like everything in life, you really don’t KNOW something until you know it. I thought I understood the passage and didn’t think it had more to offer in terms of a hidden meaning, or a deeper understanding to what is really being said. But just as I sat down to write this I opened up to the passage I am about to share here, and WHAMO, a new understanding hit. And it blew my mind. There is nothing better than seeing a scripture verse you have read a thousand times come to life, and now the dead letters of that page are alive and you feel the same because of it.
Of course, the passage in scripture I am writing about is this…
24And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Pretty cut and dry, pretty simple to understand, right? Well, that is what I thought too.
I was about to write a simple paper on the importance of unity in our relationships, in our homes, in our country, and more importantly within. But when I looked at that Chapter in Mark, I knew I had another paper to write. Not about the importance of unity in a home, we all know how important that is, but something of greater importance. And I will briefly touch on it before I get deeper into this paper. But what I plan on opening up, is the next verse we find.
26And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
Now let me first tell you who this Satan character is. It is not some spooky monster who is out to steal your soul away. It is not an all-powerful being that is causing all the suffering in the world. In fact, the only Satan there is, IN THIS WORLD is “Your Carnal Ego”.
Satan is who people have begun to believe themselves to be. It isn’t who you REALLY are, it is the nature you have adopted as your own. And this nature is adverse to your true spirit, which is God.
That’s right, many people say Satan is the adversary of God. And that is true, in fact the name Satan is literally translated as an “adversary”. Why the word Adversary doesn’t replace every instance of the word Satan is scripture is just another reason there is so much confusion in the world when it comes to spiritual things.
Now I have written a paper already on how and why Satan is simply man’s ego. But let me take a moment and show you why.
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
God is Spirit, and the adversary of the Spirit is the Flesh. And the Flesh is an allegory for our carnal mind. The Flesh results in DEATH (Ignorance, suffering), the Spirit brings us LIFE (wisdom, understanding, rest)
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live
Flesh = Death and Death = operating out of the Carnal Mind (Ego ignorance)
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace
It should be clear that the Flesh and Carnal Mind is the same thing. And so, it shouldn’t be a stretch for you to now see that Satan (which is your adversary) is actually “WHO YOU THINK YOU ARE” = IGNORANT EGO OF MANKIND.
When Peter told Jesus that he wouldn’t let him die for the cause of eternal life (to know God the Father, and he whom God sent)… What did Jesus call Peter?
But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men
Jesus was is a Symbol of the TRUTH of God revealed within man. Turns and calls Peter SATAN! At that moment Peter was an adversary/satan to Jesus. But that is not what I want to point out. Many have taught that Satan hates God’s creation mankind. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Read the last line in Matthew 16:23 — YOU CARE NOT FOR THE THINGS OF GOD, YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT THE THINGS OF MANKIND!
Who else cares for worldly things? THE EGO OF MAN that’s who! Now when you really grab hold of what and who Satan is, and understand that we, each of us, have this great enemy inside of us…
… a man’s enemies are the men of his own house
When you understand who YOUR ENEMY is, then it will be easier to Flee from its deceitful ways. In Peter we see that Satan was simply Peter’s ignorant soulish worldly thoughts. In Judas we saw the same. In fact every time Satan shows us, there is a child of God Satan show up with. Because each of us have believed a lie. We have believed we are OUR EGO, we have believed we should be ashamed, guilty, we should be greedy and try to get ahead, we should be selfish, we have believed we should suffer, and struggle, and worry, we have believed all sorts of nonsense. Because of our Ego/Satan we find ourselves in hiding like Adam, scared of God, thinking we are somehow separate from God, we have believed we are NAKED and should be ashamed… And who told us that again?
The Woman (Our intellect) – I know many say EVE is man’s soul. But Adam is the Soul, he was made a Living Soul The intellect of man is the mother of all creation. Our thoughts create. And when that deep sleep of ignorance was put on each of us, our intellect went out trying to understand things on its own and it ate from the wrong tree. Now our eyes have been opened to a new world, a dead world, where the knowledge of good and evil is all we know about God. Our intellect was tricked by SATAN (who we thought ourselves to be/who we thought we could be)… We were tricked by the idea that to BE WHO WE ALREADY WERE we needed to do something. And so we got trapped in this thinking.
This is what the temptation of Christ is all about. Turn Stones (which is the religious law) into bread (spiritual nourishment), Worship me/Satan/ Your Ego, declare your EGO to be God and you can have it all, throw yourself down from the heights of understanding, do whatever you want, live however you want, you’ll never dash a foot against a stone… We are tempted day in and day out, by our EGO. It is that voice in our head, that we believe ourselves to be.
Everytime we have an argument, our EGO feeds us more and more reasons to continue the fight. Everytime our back is against the wall our EGO tries to convince us that our life is not worth living. Every negative thought in our head, is from the EGO/Satan, and it is the very thing that is holding us back from a life of peace. The EGO (who we think ourselves to be) is the reason for every horrible thing, it is the reason…. And for those who say, Satan is outside of us, causing us to do terrible things. I would like to point out, that every wicked thing in man, comes from within man!
20And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
Satan is not some monster outside of you. Satan is the Monster that you think is YOU! This is the corrupt ruler, the idolatrous king, the adulterous woman, and yes the Roaring Lion Scripture speaks of, these are all symbols of man’s carnal Ego.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
The roaring Lion analogy is used quiet often in scriptures. And you would be hard pressed to find examples where this “roaring Lion” wasn’t simply an allegory of how corrupt man becomes.
As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people
The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul
They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion
The Lion roars to make it’s presense known. It is said a Lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away. Lion’s are killing machines, and they love to attack the weakest members of their prey, they also LOVE TO SLEEP… These are all great symbols of the Ego.
Now let me tell you why this is important. You cannot defeat an enemy unless you know who that enemy is, can you? So to continue to believe there is a being that is separate from you that is causing you all your problems will get you nowhere fast. To think that you can simply change into a better version of yourself (ego) and have a better life will get you nowhere fast. The only way you will move forward into the promise of God is to let that enemy of truth go.
Now here is where it gets tricky. And this is what that scripture a “House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand” comes into play.
If who you believe yourself to be, is Satan, and you operate out of your ego for a majority of your life, you will never be free from your suffering, if you don’t stop.
Now Jacob, what on earth does that mean?
Well look at the last verse again in Mark…
26And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
In other words, YOUR EGO cannot cast our YOUR EGO. Who you ignorantly think yourself to be can never overcome who you ignorantly think yourself to be.
Now this is such an important piece of advice I had overlooked up until this point.
One of the things that has brought me a good deal of sadness in my life, is that I (as who I think myself to be) cannot simply get rid of the sadness in my life. And what has troubled me for weeks now is what I have seen so many people speaking about.
There was a time that few people would dare say that WE are ALL CHRIST! I have been writing about this for years, but still couldn’t understand why I still couldn’t overcome my troubles, my worries, my fears, my insecurities continued to torment me. You see, what many people are missing today, is what I too missed, MY EGO (WHO I THINK MYSELF TO BE/SATAN) can NEVER BE CHRIST.
Once again, man’s EGO has risen up and tricked the multitudes. Today more than ever we see so-called enlightened teachers and people stating that WE are Christ. At first there was great freedom in this discovery. But we have been tricked. This is why books like The Secret, and teachings on the Law of Attraction are so beloved among people today. Many are teaching that since we are Christ, we can create, we can attract what we want into our lives. BUT THIS WILL NEVER BE. Positive thinking alone will never free anyone from their troubles. For a moment you may think, this is great, “I” am in control oh what a great day we are living in. But then when trouble comes we still suffer, we still see our limitations, we still have fears and insecurities. The reason is, Your EGO is tricking you into believing that Your Ego/Satan is Christ. That’s right all these great teachings we hear about today have done nothing but transformed your ENEMY (EGO/SATAN/ADVERSARY) into CHRIST.
2 Corinthians 11:14
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light
SATAN cannot cast out SATAN! If your Ego could cast our your Ego, there would be no EGO. But this DOES NOT WORK!
Only the TRUTH can cast out the LIE in your life. You cannot operate in a LIE and rid yourself of the LIE that causes you suffering and pain. When you do that, you simply believe a NEW LIE. You will embrace that LIE as truth and it will only make it harder to know what the TRUTH is.
YOUR EGO (who you think yourself to be) is not Christ (the power and wisdom of God) it has never been Christ (the power and wisdom of God) it is only YOUR EGO (the power and wisdom of Man).
And what should we consider MAN to be? A LIAR!
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar
MAN’S EGO is a LIAR, and the FATHER OF ALL LIES! And Man’s Ego no matter how you dress it up, no matter how many times you call it Christ, will never bring you to the Promise of God, which is REST!
When you operate out of your EGO, you are still working to accomplish something. You try to trick yourself by saying, “If I only believe differently things will be different”, “If I (my ego) understands I (my ego) is Christ all things will be possible”, “If I just think on good thoughts only good things will come my way”… as great as that sounds, I have been there and done that and I am still no better for doing so.
We cannot change by trying to change ourselves into a better version of who we think ourselves to be. We can only be changed when we see the deception for what and who it really is. We can only be free by laying down our egotistical lives to pick up a true life of rest, faith, and love.
Simple repetition of certain words will never make them true. No matter how many times you say, I am Christ that is who I am, will never yield the true of who you are. It is simply another trick the EGO is playing on you, transforming who you think you are, into a new version of who you think yourself to be. And that is why my friends no one knows the true Kingdom of God, which is Righteousness, Peace and Joy and power in the Holy Spirit.
This new movement we see, some call it the Kingdom movement, is nothing more than a new religion with a new update face. It is nothing more than a bunch of people, simply saying I am not “me”, I am Christ as Me. It is the same old thing, with a different set of rules and beliefs, but it is still no the truth.
When Joshua was about to lead Israel into the land of promise, there were many that did not want to cross over. They had already come so far in the wilderness, they didn’t want to cross the Jordan. Which ironically means “To descend”, Jordan that is. To get to the promise land you must cross over from the lower idea of who you think you are, to who you really are.
But when you do CROSS OVER from who you think you are, to who you really are, you enter CANAAN, the root word meaning of Canaan of course means “To be Humbled”.
Very few people want to give up their “kingdom”, they want to still be in control, so their Ego plays tricks on them so they can continue to rule. Sure they may have overcome many nonsense religious teachings like hell and other ridiculous ideologies. Sure they may have received great revelation here and there called manna (even though they truly didn’t understand what it was), sure they may have escaped many of their enemies and became a great nation in this wilderness… but as long as they refuse to lay down their EGO LIFE and are willing to cross over into a place of humility and true surrender, they are still slaves of their false identity.
I understand today many seem to be making great spiritual strides toward this perfection we all say we have within. However, just simply saying “I am perfect”,”There is no more Sin”,”I am Christ” doesn’t cut it. You will NEVER be free as long as you are still ruled by SATAN (who you think you are). You will still face adversity and fear, you will still have pain and wonder why. You can put on the bravest of faces and say a million times that you are God’s child, but YOUR EGO is not God’s Child and can never be. God’s Child is hidden beneath the Veil (evil) of who you think yourself to be.
So with that being said, how does one find freedom? How does one outsmart that Fox the EGO? Well it certainly isn’t by trying to cast out your EGO with a new and improved version of your Ego. It is by understanding the difference between the thoughts of God, and the thoughts of your Ego. And resisting these negative thoughts until they flee from you.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you
Only by laying down YOUR CONTROL of things will you ever be free. Here is the reason why. When the Religious of the day saw Jesus casting out devils, they immediately thought that the WAY TO CAST OUT DEVILS is by using the POWER OF DEVILS… Which means, the religious think the only way False Beliefs (devils) can be cast out is by SELF EFFORT. But look at what Jesus said…
22And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.
23And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
24And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
25And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
26And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.
27No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
The Ego of Man cannot be used to cast out the Ego of man. If that were possible, none of us would have the troubles we face… No, this is not how to find freedom. Jesus than goes onto to say, NO ONE can enter a strong man’s house and spoil his goods unless that STRONG MAN is bound!
We need to bind that strong man. We need to keep our EGO at bay. We need to resist the devil at every turn. We need to stop think that who we are is in control, and we need to go to the one that is really in control. THE TRUE SPIRIT OF YOU, GOD! Because our FATHER is greater than our INTELLECT.
1 John 4:4
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
So how do we know the difference between the thoughts of God, and the thoughts of our Ego and Intellect? How do we know the difference between the ways of the kingdom and the cares of this world? The answer is simple.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind
The SPIRIT OF FEAR, is the same as saying the THOUGHTS OF FEAR. That is what Spirit is, THOUGHT. Jesus said, my words are SPIRIT and TRUTH. Words are spoken THOUGHT. We need to take our thoughts captive, we need to discern between the Thought of God and the Thought of Satan (the adversarial nature of man/the Ego). When thoughts flood our minds about situations in our lives that bring fear to our hearts, we must pray as Jesus prayed.
Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done
We must bind that strong man, we must keep our ego from running wild and taking control of our emotions. We must understand that everything that is happening in our life is for our life. That “we” are not in control, God is, and if we don’t understand this than we will continue the cycle of suffering in our lives. We need to trust God, to take the thoughts of fear captive and cast them away. We need to ONLY allow the thoughts of peace take residence in our heart. No longer looking at others as enemies, no longer thinking we have a say in the things that happen in this world, no longer running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to put out every fire in our life. When we REST in God we see all that has been created in our lives and we finally say IT IS GOOD!
We can cross over into that land of promise, but we cannot do it by self effort or the vanity of new-found beliefs, we can only do it by becoming a house that is united with the only Truth there is, LOVE!
So everyone please stop trying to control everything in your life, stop looking at everything as Good or Evil and see that all things are working together for your good. Give up the fight, and you will be divided no more. Embrace the truth, that who you are, is nothing more than an idea, but who we really are is One God, in all, through all! When we see this, than our HOUSE WILL STAND TALL! UNITED ONCE AND FOR ALL!
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Peace to you and yours,