NO GODS BEFORE ME!
There was a time when I was scared. There was a time when I felt powerless in this world. A time when I did not think life was worth living at all.
I made the mistake of thinking, it was all about me. Woe ways me, in fact, I would say and on cue every cloud would turn grey. I was a child in my ignorance then. But like any child, I would grow in spirit, wisdom and strength.
But until that time, like any child, when things went bad I wondered, “Why God?”, and worse still, “Why Me?”, which is the worst thought a person can have.
Because when you don’t believe things should be happening the way they are to you then you have forgotten ( died to knowledge of ) that all things were created for you, and more importantly, BY YOU!
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: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Col 1:16,17.
The scriptures express our divinity clearly, “ye are gods but you shall die as mere men”… This passage from psalms I opened my novel with.
In fact, my entire novel is allegory for us all to WAKE UP to the truth of who we really are.
Because when we came into this world, an enemy (the lies we hear) planted tares within us and because of this we began to believe we were something we were not.
This CARNAL EGO of as I like to call him, the first idea of who we are,
we die to who we really are and a life of struggle and sadness follows .
To understand this helps us as we walk through this valley of the shadow of death to FEAR NO EVIL… For truly there is no such thing.
There was a time that I was so ignorant and so lost into the “GOD OUTSIDE OF ME” delusion that I was like those children at play Jesus spoke of in scripture…
They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace (RELIGION) and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
Like those children I had ignorantly been convinced that somehow God and I were separate.
I put my faith in this far away God. I feared this far away God. And not only that, I sacrificed for this God.
I even dropped everything and left a rising and super successful career in Television for this God that I had been brainwashed to serve. But not just this “Father God” the pastor and priests had told me about, I also believed in his son a man named Jesus who I was told died for me, who I was told was the only way to know God (or so I was told). So I also put this son before even this almighty God I had been convinced of.
Ignorantly I also wore crosses, had paintings of this Jesus God, and I really believed. I really believed all the people I trusted to tell me the truth about God, like most do so I never questioned, like most do as children at play. Until, the day the lights were turned on for me and I began to see how wrong I had been. And how amazing the truth really was.
The commandments themselves begin with not just a warning of what might happen if we have GODS other than the TRUTH, but promises that one day even the most lost WILL NOT HAVE GODS BEFORE ME…
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
By the end of this essay you will understand that you have many “gods” in this world and the biggest of which is the person you ignorantly believe yourself to be.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
So much for all those images of fish on car bumpers, crosses on chains, and paintings, statues, and idols of the man Jesus everywhere.
However, this is just the most obvious god we have before the truth. There are many, many more. Everything we put our faith in and serve, from our ego to the almighty dollar is a god we serve.
You see we have all been convinced to worship and serve the creation, not the creator. The scripture teaches us NO ONE has seen God at any time, just as NO ONE can see the THOUGHT within ones mind. The scriptures teach us that God is NOT a Man that he should lie, or the son of man that he should repent, and yet almost every religion teaches us to worship a god who is created in the image of man, instead of embracing the fact that GOD is within everyone and everything, and creates everyone and everything seen and unseen through us.
You will soon see we are given the name (nature of God) and we, like
Jesus should not think that is something that is blasphemous. In fact, we are commanded to NOT take this NAME in Vain… Which means “for nothing” – this command has nothing to do with swearing, but everything to do with giving other gods YOUR worship.
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:3-5, 7 KJV)
Let me begin to explain how I was when I was younger. I was not the happiest or most hopeful child, so I began to look for answers. I went to religions tree and swallowed its fruit daily, which actually made things harder for me… (I see this now, but back then I clothed myself with religious pride which made me feel better than others, who did not do what I did (confess Jesus as lord), even though deep down I knew it was wrong to think such. So many of these false beliefs (gods) I deep down I knew was more damaging than good.
This God they taught me to believe in was more like wicked mankind then anything else.
This God demanded follow without question and would punish you unjustly if you did not.
This God was so far away from me and so darn upset with the person that I had become. That I could NEVER earn a place in his kingdom. Back then I believed I had to worship the son he murdered for
Me so I would not burn endlessly.
This is a perverse thing to believe and there is grea
And so I worked the ground of my life in constant misery like Adam after being cast from paradise.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; (Genesis 3:17 KJV)
This great allegory is what happens the day we leave the truth of who we are for the idea of what we have been convinced we are, which is something we are not.
Cursed was the ground for ADAM’S sake… Now, we are NOT talking about the literal ground or earth beneath us. The GROUND is an allegory of Adam’s day to day life in the “first man.” Symbolic of his WORKS on this earth. You see, because of our mistaken identity our life in this world is cursed to bring only sorrow. Truly, if it did not Adam, and WE, would never change.
“Through much tribulation we enter the Kingdom.”
How true this is for us all.
Now why is the ground of our life cursed?
The reason is simple.
Like Adam, in the story, we too left the unity of the spirit and followed after EVE (which is the mother of all living, our intellect). Like Adam we swallowed the FRUIT our intellect gave us to eat. Exampled below…
“This is right, this is wrong, you are this, you are that, cant do this, must do that”
This is the cursed TREE of the Knowledge or Good and Evil, whose bastard child is double minded mankind. This is the TREE (branches of thought) that when we become one with this way of thinking (eat its fruit) we DIE (become ignorant) and this is how it happens.
The serpent (the lies we hear since birth) convinces us we can be LIKE God IF, and only IF we eat of this tree…. “You have to do this or that… Or else!”
Now, when you EAT (consume fully what you are presented) you ultimately DIGEST what you have been given to “eat”, and when this happens… You become ONE with it.
That FRUIT becomes you.
So if you eat the fruit of a liars tree, and you take the lies of this world hook, like, and sinker, to heart and you become the lie. The end result of this unholy union is YOU DIE (become ignorant of who you are and what you are capable of) and that brings on a world of hurt for you.
This is why, I once thought a life in this world was a grievous thing. I simply did not know any better. I KILLED the truth within me at the place of the skull (my mind) and yet, the TRUTH of LOVE did not care, because who we really are, knows who we think we are simply KNOWS NOTHING AT ALL!
And how is the TRUTH put to death within us?
Well, as babies our parents told us who we were, who they decided we were to be… “You are Jacob” or so and so. Next they formed us into who THEY were trying to create us to be. They did this ignorantly of course. Blind leading the blind.
You see the first idea of who we are, does not realize that we create our fears as easily as our hopes. Whatever mind set we nourish takes root. And until this CURSE is broken, it is past down from generation to generation.
Parents brain wash their children and make them twice the child of hell they are themselves. They give the baby a name, teach it to fit in and believe everything they, the ignorant parents say and believe, and one day that perfect baby believes it.
Next, the world gets a hold of that baby and convinces them other horrible things are true, that simply are not. And this process never ends, until we end it.
And so, that perfect baby, who was filled with nothing but infinite possibility and potential embraces fear, which has torment in it. The baby then becomes the child and man or woman that believes them self to be only the image of a corruptible, mortal, weak human being.
The baby is cast out of his or her blissful peace and catapulted into a world of idolatry.
In the first idea of who we are we all have gods we serve and not all of them go by holy names. We are ruled by these gods we ignorantly worship, we fear these gods, dedicate our life to these gods and are slaves to these gods.
And yet, creation was always meant to be under our foot, creation was meant to serve us and yet we have been brainwashed to serve and worship it.
However, the day will come and for some it has come already where even the idea of ourselves is put under the only one that truly exists to begin with… So that GOD (LOVE) may be ALL in ALL.
That is the day we are patiently waiting for. The EARNEST EXPECTATION of the Manifestation of the sons of God. The entrance into the SECOND MAN, who is LORD of all, with the death of the firstborn man, who is earthy and carnal and lost.
The death of the first born of this world is pictured in the plagues of Egypt as well as many others. Because we are nothing but slaves of Pharoah (which is our shame according to scripture) until that first born of all in this world dies.
There was a time, for me, that life was extremely hard, until the first born was put on notice, and that first idea of me, I realized, was NOT ME AT ALL.
There is no joy or peace in the first man. No matter how hard we try, if we are still in that first cursed man, Adam (which most are), then no matter how hard we try to produce a great life we will always struggle and suffer. Just as Adam did. No matter how hard we work, no fruit worthy of the kingdom will be produced, because it will be a vain, idolatrous pursuit of ego.
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. (Genesis 3:17-19 KJV)
From the DUST (lies and idolatry according to scripture) the first ego man comes and to the DUST this adversary returns.
There was a time when I was ignorant. A time when I was blind and did not see the truth. This is pictured in the many stories of deaf, dumb, lame, and blind people Jesus (the truth) heals in scripture.
In the first man we all DIE to the truth of who we are and we begin to put many gods before us, in the second man we live again in the truth knowing we and God are in fact ONE!
When leave the hellish ignorance of the first man. (1st idea of who we are) for the 2nd man we are put back into our RIGHT mindset, which understands that there IS NO GOD BEFORE US for we are BEFORE the idea of who we are.
Scripture tells us that we are to have the same mind as Christ, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God, which means to have the the mind of Christ is to know you and God are one in the same.
But that time my friends is over.
If you haven’t caught on by now, scripture tells us that the 1st man is the natural man, and the 2nd man is from heaven above.
Now this is a mystery that I have written extensively about.
These are the two men in one bed, the two women grinding at the wheel, these are in fact the two MINDS within us all.
The first man is convinced he is mortal, self absorbed, weak, and ignorant. The first man is FORMED out of the dust (dead flesh/carnal imagination) of the earth (man’s soul). That first NATURAL man is the YOU you THINK you are but are not.
The first man is of the EARTH (temporal/ignorant/ego centric) EARTHY (mortal/finite) – but the SECOND MAN (the second you) is SPIRITUAL (infinite, empowered, loving, united, eternal, with no beginning and end).
You see there was a time I suffered, because I was ruled by that first man. As I said, the first man is NOT the spiritual one, the godly one, no, it is the natural one. Hopefully now, this will help you to understand the following passages from 1st Corinthians…
“Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.”
Now we have been tricked into believing that this second man from Heaven is Jesus only. Oh what a mistake that is.
Jesus clearly taught us, “as he is so are we in this world”. He is a symbol, called the first born among many brethren. If this be literal, then we should know that we and Jesus are exactly alike. As you and I are exactly alike.
I am no better than you, Jesus is no better than me. The difference being, Jesus perhaps understood who he was before everyone else, which symbolically places him in that older brother role for those younger, more inexperienced, and ignorant siblings to learn from.
No, this verse which speaks of the first and last man (Adam), is directly linked to you, me and everyone.
Within each of us there are two nations at war. Two MINDS fighting for control.
And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. (Genesis 25:23 KJV)
The LAST shall be FIRST. The ELDER (Older) shall serve the YOUNGER. The last MIND (spiritual YOU) shall take pre eminence over the FIRST (natural YOU)…. Because ULTIMATELY, there shall be no GODS before the I AM that is really you.
Now, of course the older, more comfortable, EGO is what we are used to. And this carnal idea of who we are will fight to the death and even convince you to do horrible things before admitting, who you think you are, what you believe, and everything you have put your faith in is a lie.
No one wants the NEW WINE! Which is why the VESSEL that contains the wine in the parable shatters when New Wine enters it.
The TRUTH is bigger than the VESSEL.
This LORD (which literally means, THE EXISTING ONE) of HOSTS, is the SPIRIT OF TRUTH and LOVE that is WHO we all are, the HOST is who we think we are… And this vessel MUST be destroyed before the TRUTH rises from it’s ignorant death (the life of suffering we endured).
Ignorant before the cross, Enlightened after it. Natural first then that which is spiritual. This is good news for us all, because we all will RISE from the death of our first concept of who we might be.
Pictured beautifully in the words written by John, “and the WORD (thought, spirit, logic, creation) BECAME flesh and DWELT AMONG us.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 KJV)
This is speaking of the day the TRUTH is revealed to you, birthed from within you. The day the SECOND MAN (which is the real you) steps out to say… HERE I AM LORD!
And we CAN’T LOSE!
“All will come to the knowledge of the truth and the stature of the perfect man!”
The good news is, as we have borne the image of that suffering, sad, lost, first man, we shall also bear the image of the ONLY BEGOTTEN SON of GOD. Which is a poetic way of saying, who you were in the first IDEA of you was an earthy, natural man… But your second IDEA of who you are (the second man) is GODS ONLY BEGOTTEN… God manifested in the flesh. One with God. God in you, as you, in this world. And then the two natures become ONE.
This was Jesus’ prayer, and it is now my prayer…
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. (John 17:21 KJV)
This is the HOPE of GLORY, and why it is important to understand this mystery.
AS LONG AS YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE YOUR EGO you will have GODS before the TRUTH… And you will never know who you are or I AM.
The first you, the earthy you, is going to suffer and feel week and powerless to change things. But we must remember, this will not be forever. Because the second you, which is the spiritual manifestation of who you REALLY are in this world is waiting to be BORN AGAIN.
“And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”
The kingdom of God that everyone has convinced you is some golden paved paradise in the sky, is actually “righteousness, peace and joy”. It is ruling and reigning in unison with the spirit of truth and love that is within you, and that IS you.
The word KINGDOM literally translates into “to rule” and God is LOVE.
So the mystery of the Kingdom of God is being ruled by Love and ruling WITH love. Yet, the natural first man cannot receive this.
Because to the natural man to love unconditionally is foolishness to them. So the message of this essay, the things I am about to share, and have shared, for some, they won’t believe it, or receive it… They can’t.
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
The natural man, which I have also called the carnal man, or the ID, or the enemy and the devil is corrupt, and it sees itself this way.
This is why there was a time when I was miserable and worshiped
many of the false gods religion, tradition, and society trained me to worship.
So, just like some of you, I too have been ruled by heartache and pain. But I was set free from it all.
I, like Paul, was SET on the road that was straight and put back into my right mind… And now I too have become that voice in the wilderness trying to make the paths of others in this world, straight and narrow, so they too may enter in and SIN (think foolishly) no more.
For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. (Matthew 3:3 KJV)
So, be of good cheer my friends, because in an instant, in the twinkling of your eye, you will see the mystery and you shall wake up and be changed into the one you were destined to be… THE ONE THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN YOU AND ME! And in that instant you will take hold of that cross and breathe in the possibility, that YOU ARE THAT GREAT I AM and you will be whoever you want to be… Because in that moment you become free. And you rise out of the death that has become of your life, waking up from your monotonous ignorant sleep as if a loud trumpet had sounded.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:46-52 KJV)
So the time of my idolatry and suffering is over. And yes, it took time to get there. And yes, it isn’t easy or pleasant. In the first man nothing is easy or pleasant but it is through our tribulation that we finally enter in.
There was a time when life was very difficult, but no longer.
It is because of all of my sufferings, all of my pain and disappointment that prompted that SEED WITHIN ME to WAKE UP. It was because I could take it no longer, that I realized I never needed to take it to begin with.
I had been tricked. The TRUTH of who I was which I traded for the lies of who I began to believe myself to be, brought only suffering for ME! And so my suffering and hard times had to be.
The kingdom of lies called my ego had become a stronghold, a prison, secured tight. So only through the demolition of this ignorant palace could the joy I have now be found.
One day, you too will know that every bit of heartache and heartbreak paves the way for the LIFE you were born to live. And yes, it can hurt to get there.
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
Such is the tale of fallen humanity. And what was it we fell from? Truth, Love, Purpose, Unity, and Joy. But as the scriptures state, he that ascends to heaven is he that first descended into the lowest pits of hell.
If you have ears to hear this… In order to be exalted, one must first be abased.
And so our FALL proves essential to our RISING ONCE AGAIN.
And it is TIME TO RISE AGAIN my friends!
For out of all my suffering, out of all my heartache and pain I found joy unspeakable, faith unshakeable, and a vision of how truly awesome this experience called life can be, is, and always has been.
For out of that darkness came light, out of the abandonment and abuse came unity, kindness, and strength. Out of the ignorance that had become of my life came a wisdom so great that against the better judgment of most trapped in this world, I had to share it with everyone…
This is proven in the fact that you are reading my essay here today.
When one has finally found the LIGHT, one does not hide it under a barrel.
And once, these “mysteries of the Kingdom of God” which is right thinking, peace, and joy, came to “LIGHT” within me I knew what had been hidden could be hidden no more!
For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. (Luke 8:17 KJV)
It’s harvest time people. The SEED is come to life, and it’s fruit, which is love, joy, peace and more has no law to put it to death. Once alive again, nothing can put this
This joy I now have, this love I now feel, this peace that embraces me, this goodness that leads me, this FRUIT is evidence that NOW is the TIME TO HAVE NO GODS BEFORE ME!
Now is the time to put that SICKLE in! Now is the time to CAST YOUR NET on the RIGHT side!
Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.
People are so very lost today. Every moment, or every day seems a grievous thing. This is how it was for me as well. For that is the DEATH that has become of our lives. But I tell you rejoice, for that SECOND MAN within you and me, that great treasure hidden in the field of your life, is going to burst forth and with it, salvation comes.
The truth has been hidden…
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
And now that you are searching out what matters the truth is revealed.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
You are dead in Adam and you are alive in Christ…
Ye are gods… Arise oh god and judge the nations by having no GOD before the TRUTH of LOVE and the only one who really exists… YOU!
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Peace to you and yours, Jacob
13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.
14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.
16 Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.
19 The Lord by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.