Truth is; that this topic of discussion is a very touchy subject. Truth is; that you might be blown away at the truth of this article. Truth is; 1 in 3 people avoid truth because its overwhelming, but the truth is, truth will save your life & set you free.
Dear reader I would like to inform you; that is if you don't already know, that there is a spiritual world or realm that is as real as the physical world, there is a existence of an immaterial, spiritual reality, unseen by human eyes. The physical reality is evident for all to see but there is also an invisible spiritual realm that affects the visible physical world in every little way. Everything that occurs in the physical world, which is our everyday lives, is an effect from a cause in the spiritual world, no matter how small or major it may be.
Please hear me out, many reading this might be skeptical or in total disbelief, but i ask that you lay aside your beliefs for moment or at least just as you read this article as I explain this topic in thorough detail. I ask that you would consider this information from an unbiased point of view, no matter what your feelings is toward this topic.
Evidence of how the invisble affects the visible is represented in our everday lives. Isn't it amazing how a single thought or idea (which is invisible becasue you can't littlerly see a thought or an idea) can manifest into something tangialbe. For example the idea that people could have a better & faster way of communicaton besides sending letters, is the invisble cause behind the manifestation of the telephone which is the physical effect. What once started as a thought became an electromagnetic device. Another example is how an invisble signal of invisible electromagnetic waves can transmit through the air, a visible picture onto the television screen. . . .you catch my drift. You see, the invisible affects the visible, which means the visible is only the result of the invisible. Likewise, the physical world in which we operate in is only the result of what has occured in the spiritual world. Therefore whatever happens in this physical world is the effect of a cuase in the spiritual world, please understand this.
Now that you have wrapped your mind around that, consider what the Word of God say's concerning this topic. (Remember, you are considering this information from an unbiased point of view, so listen not to your feelings, at least while you read this article.)
There are many scriptural evidence of the reality of a spiritual world, but our focus is only on a couple texts in the Bible. Revelation 12:12 "Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."
Now I want to point out a few things in this verse to make things clear, "you heavens and you who dwell in them!" This indicates that the heavens & those who dwell there are of the spiritual world. "But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you!" Clearly the earth & the sea indicates the physical world, but what makes everything even more clear is that it says because the devil has gone down to you!" This illustrates that the devil has come down from the heavens, the spiritual realm & into the earth, the physical world. This doesn't mean that you can literally see the devil in physical form, because he is a spiritual entity. Now don't get me wrong, Satan can shape-shift, meaning he can materialize himself into human form and many other forms. According to 2 Corinthians 11:14 "No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light."
With that being said we must understand what God's Word say in Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
Dear reader, you & I along with the rest of the world, are in the midst of an invisible war, a spiritual battle for the control of your mind & the destiny of your soul. Satan's battle plan is to gain control over your mind & make you ignorant of God's will, which ultimately results in leading your soul to the lake of fire, the second death.
The battle is between Satan & God along with their kingdoms. Each day is a constant battle, Satan's demons & God's Holy angles are at war and the human mind is the battlefield. Dear reader, Satan is our greatest enemy and his mission is to destroy God’s people and discredit the cause of Christ. For those who don't know, Satan wasn't always evil in fact, according to Ezekiel 28:12-19 he was created as one of the highest angelic beings, an anointed cherub which guarded God's throne of mercy. His name was Lucifer, which means light-bearer he had more power, intelligence and beauty than anything or anyone in the universe except God. Even being the most wonderful of God's creations he wasn't satisfied, he wanted to be higher than God & his downfall was pride which was the first sin ever. Therefore God caste him out of heaven & he fell from Heaven and has been at friction with God and God’s creation ever since. Lucifer was an angel who fell from heaven as Satan & became a devil, before his fall he led a rebellion & a third of the heavenly angles followed him & became wicked fallen angles aka demons.
Despite the reality of Satan's existence many people don't believe or acknowledge that he exists, and that disbelief alone is one of his major tools of deception. You see Satan wants people to not believe he exists, because if you don't believe he exist then that makes his job easier, he doesn't have to waste time trying to separate you from God because you are already deceived. How, you ask? To not believe he exist, is to discredit God's Word or call God a lair, when God's Word clearly says in John 8:44 ". . . . and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies." So to believe he doesn't exist is to believe in a lie and since he is the father of lies, that belief is ultimately influenced by him through the means of some demonic influence. 2 Corinthians 4:4 "Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God."
Well say now, hypothetically speaking, you do acknowledge his existence, but you choose not to follow the Lord God, or maybe you plan on serving God but not right now because you say you aren't quite ready or haven't completely made up your mind so you remain neutral. Well let me tell you what you are actually doing. You see, since there is a war at hand between good & evil you are either on one side or the other. There is no such thing as neutrality, its impossible to be neutral no matter how you put it, you are either serving good or evil which ultimately means you are either on the devil's side or God's side, there is no neutral zone.
Matthew 12:30 "Whoever is not with me is against me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me." You see if you are not serving the Lord, you are actually working against Him, so that means being neutral is actually forming alliance with Satan & his kingdom. Even if you do believe & want to serve him someday you are still under the alliance of the devil until you confess that Jesus is Lord over your life, be baptized & allow the Holy Spirit to come into your heart. Romans 10:9 " that if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Mark 16:16 "Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."
Acts 2:38 "Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Many people make this dangerous mistake of choosing to be neutral not knowing what they are actually choosing to do. That's why Satan causes many people to be ignorant of the Word of God, Many will not make it to heaven for this specific reason Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge. . . "
Proverbs 5:23 "For lack of instruction they will die, led astray by their own great foolishness.
What you don't know can & will hurt you, many people use the cliche term "what you don't know won't hurt you" but that is a lie tailored directly by the devil himself to keep people ignorant of the things they should know & keep people in confusion. According to 2 Corinthians 11:3 the devil tries to complicate matters causing confusion & cause us to question. Many times we bring confusion upon ourselves by disobedience & un-confessed sins, that's why its so important to confess all of your sins to Lord everyday. If you don't you open doors for Satan to bring demonic influences into your life. Sin & disobeying God opens doors for demons & gives evil spirits legality to come into your life & expose you to all types of demonic activity, because that's Satan's goal to separate you from God by tempting you to sin & the more you intentionally sin & disobey God the further you separate your-self from God which allows evil spirits to control your life.
Therefore do not choose to be neutral nor wait to clean up your life before coming to God. God is concerned more about your heart than your performance, He wants you as your are, not what you ought to be, because He wants to transform you from the inside out.
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool."
Joshua 24:15 "But if you refuse to serve the LORD, then choose today whom you will serve. "
Please understand that every soul that refuses to give themselves to God is under the control of another power. They are not their own. They may talk of freedom, but they are in the most abject slavery. They are not allowed to see the beauty of truth, for their mind is under the control of Satan. While they flatter themselves that they are following the dictates of their own judgment, they actually obey the will of the prince of darkness.
Proverbs 16:25 "There is a path before each person that seems right, but in the end it's the road to death."
The devil uses countless tactics & strategies of deception, if you are not careful you will fall right into his traps. That's why Gods Word tells us in 1 Peter 5:8 "Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." God's Word compares the devil to a lion, the interesting thing about a lion is that it tends to hunt mostly by night or in the early mornings, when their prey is most vulnerable, but being opportunists they'll hunt whenever the chance arises and that could be the middle of the hottest day. Just like a lion prowling around seeking for prey to devour, so does the devil. The bible speaks of Satan being an opportunist, he seeks to get at you when you are most vulnerable or when ever an opportunity arise he catches you off guard.
Some of Satan's tools of deception is social media, television, people, music & many other things that you might not even be aware of. Alot of his work appears to be completely harmless but is in fact extremely dangerous, he is the master of deception & he knows just how to fashion things into our liking, dress it up to make it seem completely harmless but if you aren't careful you will fall for them every time. We have to understand that the devil is very cleaver, smart & charming, lets not forget that he was created as one of God's most powerful, wisest & beautiful beings. He has the power to deceive nations, the bible states it in Revelation 12:9 "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." So don't think for once that the devil cannot deceive you, to think that you cannot be deceived is ludicrous & you are just deceiving yourself. If the devil deceived a third of the angles in heaven then you are just as a toy in the hands of Satan & he can do whatever he wants with you if you think in such a way.
Making things seem good & harmless when it is actually evil & dangerous is his middle name, the bible states in 2 Corinthians 11:14 "And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light." Satan himself can transform into an angel of light so of course he knows how to make evil appear to be good.
Some examples of his tools are palm readings, tarot card reading & the one that seems the most harmless, which is the most dangerous of them all, the reading of horoscopes. Many people today read horoscopes & identify themselves by their zodiac sign & I myself have been guilty in taking part in this. People think its harmless & they seek after horoscopes out of curiosity but what they are actually doing is opening doors for the spirit of divination to come into their lives & manifest many kinds of forms. Before you know it, your hooked & instead of consulting the Word of God you consult your horoscope or some other form of demonic means. When you consult a fortune teller of any kind, you are consulting devils for information which invites those evil spirits into your life. You see, Satan wants you to think its harmless so he can have you deceived into inviting demonic spirits into your life to control & manipulate you in all kinds of ways.
Another mistake many people make is thinking Yoga is harmless by taking part in this demonic practice. Satan wants people to think that Yoga is ok to participate in, after all its just an exercise & fitness movement, so people say. Well let me shed light on this "exercise". If you think that you can use yoga only for physical training and not be affected by its spiritual side, you are in for a rude awakening. Many yoga instructors & trainers around the world claims that yoga is just a harmless physical exercise but they are all lies, the physical exercises and positions, along with the breathing techniques and meditation were originally developed for VERY spiritual and religious reasons. The word yoga actually means "union" or "yoking", the ultimate aim of yoga is to bring union of the human spirit with the universe. Yoga is an origin of occult practice a part of the Hindu religion to expand your conscience, or to change your perceived reality. The Bhagavad Gita, which is like the Hindu bible, testifies of this satanic practice in over 50 verses. Many people have had testimonies of their spiritual experiences from practicing yoga, which is available for you to read. Practices such as Magic, Ouija boards, Tarot cards, Horoscopes, Astrology signs and symbols may all seem harmless to some, but like yoga, they are all tools of Satan used to deceive people into inviting in all kinds of filthy, evil, demonic spirits into their lives separating them further & further from God.
1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons."
The frightening thing about it all is that all of these things are summed up in only one of Satan's evil spirits, which is the spirit of divination. There are 16 different evil spirits mentioned in the bible, but by the leading of the Holy Spirit I will share with you only a few of them. Stan uses these evil spirits to manipulate us & he tempts us to sin & disobey God which gives these demonic spirits access into our lives that exposes us to many more evil spirits & sins to separate us from the Most High.
The spirit of whoredom is a spirit of rebellion, It causes a covenant breaking, self indulging, gullible attitude and it leads to distance from God. It is associated with prostitution, drunkenness, adultery and fornication, this evil spirit is behind all of these sins. Rebellion opens the door for the spirit of whoredom to enter into our lives, it is the voice that tries to make us break from the sound laws and doctrine that God has commanded us to follow, causing us to focus on ourselves & trust in our own wisdom. This type of attitude leads us into all types of temptations & sins such as pride, lust, greed, envy, sexual sins & many more. It also causes people to worship idols & that is the case for the majority of people today. The spirit of whoredom not only cause us to physically commit sexual sins of adultery, fornication & prostitution but it causes us to worship other god's being spiritual prostitutes to idols instead of serving the one & only true God that He has created us to do. Anything that gets our most attention or anything that we are most dependent on becomes our god, & the bible says that is idolatry. Many people make idols out of things such as money, people, TV shows, events & material things such as cars, shoes, antiques, valuables, etc. You see, anything can become your idol, if you're not careful you will begin to worship these things & not even be aware of it, nothing else will seem to matter as much as they do, ultimately making them your god. Whenever you place something before God & He is not first in your life then whatever that which is first in your life, which takes the place of God, becomes your idol, whether it be a person, your job, some material thing, money, activities or hobby or whatever else, it becomes your god. Many people today struggle with this very sin, which is a manifestation of the demonic spirit of whoredom. Until you understand, that there is a spiritual force behind the sin(s) that you struggle with then you will continue to be lost & struggle with it not knowing how to properly address the issue. This brings me to the next evil spirit I want to share with you that the devil uses to manipulate us, which is the spirit of bondage. You see when these evil spirits get into you they influence you to sin even more which invites more evil spirits into your life. That's why many people with the spirit of whoredom also have in them the spirit of bondage, which is why it's so hard to let go of certain sins & negative lifestyles/habits they struggle with.
The spirit of bondage causes people to be hooked on people, places or things & it makes these things have power over that individual. These things that an individual should have control over actually gains control over that individuals life. Many people today are addicted to drugs, sex, gambling & all kinds of other things, and the root cause behind it is the spirit of bondage operating in their life. I myself have struggled with this evil spirit, but i thank God that He has delivered me from such a stronghold. Addiction comes in various forms, there is actually a TV show called "My Strange Addiction" where many people's lives are ruled by ridiculous things & you wonder what in the world is wrong with that person. These people are struggling with the evil spirit of bondage that the devil uses to trap people. People don't just wake up one day with an addiction, you see Satan uses certain things in people's lives as bait, many of which that doesn't seem harmful. For example if Satan knows that your weakness is drunkenness, he will use your friends, family & associates as bait by having them influence you with a drink or even just give you a ride & having a bottle of liquor in their vehicle, you see where I'm going with this? Alot of times he won't even use people, he'll use the media, like a liquor or beer ad on television, you get the point? He uses, in each of our lives, different things as bait to our weaknesses so that he might trap us. Don't overlook these small indications or think nothing of them, because that's exactly what he wants you to do. He study's each of us & he knows our weaknesses he knows how to bait us along, & if you aren't watchful, before you realize it he has hooks in you. The spirit of bondage not only brings addiction upon people, but it also invites the spirit of fear into peoples lives. You have to be careful not to worry too much about things because worry & doubt opens the door for the spirit of fear to enter in your life. Once the spirit of fear settles upon you, it paralyzes you with anxiety & stress, which brings in even more evil spirits such as of heaviness, which brings depression, loneliness & suicidal thoughts. You see, it's like a domino effect once these evil spirits get into you, they attract more & more negativity into your life & they have their way with you if you aren't careful. The spirit of fear causes you to take your focus off of God & make you a prisoner, causing you to not trust in the Lord or have any faith at all. Fear is the opposite of faith & if you have faith, then fear has no power over you. The devil uses these evil spirits to keep you from the will of God & if you are a believer you are his main target.
So don't let Satan use fear to control your life, defeat the spirit of fear with faith in God no matter what's the situation. 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." God has given us the self-discipline, which means that we can discipline ourselves in such a way that we not let these spirits have control over our lives. God has also given us power, the power to resist the enemy & these demonic spirits, the power to trample on & crush these evil spirits. Luke 10:19 "Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you." That's why it's vital that we know & understand the Word of God, therefore we won't be manipulated by the enemy & his evil spirits.
Dear reader; if you are a believer of Jesus Christ & you follow the Lord, then you have power over Satan, not the other way around. Remember we are in the midst of a very intense spiritual war & we humans are the battle ground. That's why we must stay prepared for battle, because like we discussed earlier in this article, Satan is studying us, waiting for an opportunity when we least expect to attack us. That's why it's so important to lace ourselves up with the armor of God. You should know that during a war a soldier doesn't go out onto the battle field half dressed, he doesn't go out without his helmet of armor or else he'd receive a vicious blow to the head. Nor does he go out without his gun or his sword, likewise we should not be half dressed or unprepared for the war that is at hand, it is our responsibility to put on the full armor of God, so that we are ready to face the enemy & his kingdom. Ephesians 6:11 "Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil."
Ephesians 6:14-17 "Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
It is mandatory that we put on this spiritual armor each day by prayer, in that we won't be unprepared where the devil can have his way with us.
1 Thessalonians 5:6 "So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded."
Armor of God Prayer
Dear reader; if you are reading this & you aren't a follower of Jesus Christ, then i urge you to make a decision to choose to follow the Lord today, time is not on our side nor does time wait for anyone. If you choose to believe in Christ then please PAUSE right now & say this short prayer:
Dear God, today I choose to follow you, today I choose to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ & by faith & faith alone I believe in my heart & confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, I believe He died for my sins & that You heavenly father, raised him from death. I believe this today & i confess all of my sins, I understand now that none of my sins are hidden from you but you know every last one of them. Please forgive me God of all my sins according to Your Word in 1st John 1:7. Now I know that it was no mistake that I came across this article, I thank You Lord for bringing me truth & giving me the faith to believe in the truth. I ask that you continue to reveal to me the truth, whole truth & nothing but the truth. I ask that You give me the spirit of discernment, to discern what is truth & what is a lie, Father God open my eyes to the things that I have been blind to for so long & help me to have eyes that see & ears that hear. Help me to have spiritual awareness & become spiritually & mentally mature. Now that I have come to you, let me not turn away from you from this day foreword. Help me to grow in You & be focused & stay focused on the things you want me to be focused on. Please God don't let me backslide & give the devil a chance but help me to be steadfast in my walk with You, learning all I need to know. Help me to keep & obey all of your commandments & have victory over the sins in my life that I struggle with, God I choose to trust in you from this day foreword, You said in Your Word in Philippians 4:19 that You will take care of me & will supply all my needs according to Your glorious riches, which I have been given to in Christ Jesus. I ask that you open any doors spiritual or natural that needs to be open in my life, & close any doors spiritual or natural that needs to be closed in my life. Help me to take hold of the life that you have called me to live & give me the courage to not look back but to reach new heights in You, help me to work hard & achieve my goals & dreams as long as it's in Your will for me, I pray all of these things according to John 14:14 & in Jesus Christ Holy name, AMEN.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
If you have said this prayer & meant it with all of your heart, then congratulations you are now saved & are a child of God, don't worry about the things you don't know or some unanswered questions you might have. Put them all into God's hands & trust him to lead you to the answers you are looking for.
Understand that if you just said this prayer of salvation, & if you are already a follower of Jesus Christ, the enemy is going to come at you harder than ever before because you are a follower of God, but there is no need to worry because your protection is in the Lord. Psalms 28:8 "The LORD is the strength of his people; He is a safe defense to His anointed."
The moment you made your decision to be for Christ, whether it was just now or long before you read this article, Satan suffered a tremendous defeat. He is angry now. From now on he is going to tempt you and try to lead you into sin. Don't be alarmed. He cannot rob you of your salvation, therefore he will seek to rob you of your assurance of victory. He will do everything in his power to sow seeds of doubt in your mind as to whether your conversion is a reality or not. In fact he might even be putting doubt or disbelief into your mind now as you are reading this article. He will try to discourage you, to divert you; he will seek to dilute your testimony; he will attempt anything to destroy your relationship with Christ and your influence upon others. Be no need to worry because tempting us is ALL he can do. It is up to us to resist or yield to the temptations of the evil one.
1 Corinthians 10:13 "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
God says in this verse that He has provided a way of escape, & that every temptation that you face is what's common to mankind. This means that every temptation the devil throws at you, is the same temptations that everyone around the world has dealt with, it's common. Also God is faithful in that he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, so Satan cannot tempt you with unbearable temptations, he can only tempt you at a level where you can endure it.
Also we must understand that temptation from the devil is not a sign that your life is not right with God. It's actually a sign that you are right with God. Temptation is not a sin, but it encourages us to sin. Also remember that God never tempts His own children. He never causes His children to doubt. All doubts and temptations come from the devil or from our own evil desires. Remember also that Satan can only tempt. He can never compel you to yield to the temptation. Remember also that Satan has already been conquered by Christ. His power is made useless in the life of a fully trusting and yielded Christian who is completely dependent upon God. Romans 8:37 "But, despite all these things, we are more than conquerors through Christ, who loved us." So it's through Jesus, that we have conquered the enemy, the victory is already ours, though the battle is not over yet, we have already won, because we have Jesus now. Jesus has already defeated Satan by dying in our place, for our sins & defeating death by raising to life. This is what happens to us spiritually when we choose to believe & follow Jesus, our life & all of our sins, past, present & future is nailed to the cross & we die to our old way of living & our new life in Christ in risen in us making us children of God.
Remember, now you have power over the devil & all of his kingdom but before you go trying to cast out evil spirits, get to know God on a personal level through His Word, in which you will draw your strength from. Exercise your faith & trust God on his Word.
Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the innermost thoughts and intentions of the heart."
God's Word is powerful, it was by His Word that the universe was created Psalms 33:9 "For He spoke, and it came into being; He commanded, and it came into existence." That same power that formed the world into existence is the same power that is in His Word (The Bible). Once you begin to learn His Word & live it, then that same power abides in you, through the Holy Spirit. It's alot to wrap your mind around, & when we try to comprehend it all, it overwhelms our human minds. God is divine we are not, He is immortal while we are only mortals, so it's not by our reasoning, logic or human comprehension that we understand the Word of God, but it is by our faith that we believe & understand the Word of God.
Hebrews 11:3 "By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible."
Now, since you are a child of God, trust him by having faith, that He will expand your mind, giving you wisdom, knowledge & understanding that comes from His Word, to understand everything there is for us to understand. Now if we rely on our own human minds for understanding, we will always stay in confusion & or disappointment. This is also a tactic of the devil so be careful. Satan seeks to defeat us by tempting us to trust in our own understanding, because he knows that our minds & comprehension is only finite. Using something finite to understand something infinite is impossible & it will fail every time, that's like using the perspective of a penguin to understand why an eagle is able to fly. That's why God says in Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding."
I strongly encourage you now to watch the videos below in order, which is the conclusion of this blog. Remember, Satan doesn't want you to know the truth he is the father of lies, he doesn't want you to see these videos below. In fact, he's angry that you have even read this entire blog. So keep in mind as you attempt to watch the conclusion of this blog, the devil is going to try to distract you in some kind of way to take your attention off of them. So pray that you may be able to focus completely on these videos, free from distractions & all demonic interference because these are a key part to this entire blog.
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Donte Dixon (author) from Houston on August 11, 2016:
What Jesus was saying was if the Pharisees knew God and understood what really mattered to Him, they would not put such overemphasis on rules about such things as ritual cleanliness and restrictive Sabbath observance, & that is not the situation concerning this article.
Donte Dixon (author) from Houston on August 11, 2016:
Im sorry sister, you have it all wrong. Understand im am not condemning anyone of any kind. I love all people the same and do not treat anyone better than others. We are all one, part of the same body of Christ, but we have to understand what God's Word means in (Romans 10:12-15) "Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”
And that is all I am, a messenger of the good news, which is biblical truth, instead of "common world truth" because Gods word outweighs any tradition of mankind or any belief or ideas of mankind. (Matthew 15:9) "They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men." I don't share truth to condemn anyone but to enlighten them, to raise their awareness, to help them, because how selfish would it be for me to know things that could prevent my fellow brothers & sisters from danger & yet not bring it to their attention. It is ultimately an act of love, by helping people come out of darkness & into the light of the truth, & to free people from bondage of all sorts of confusion & false beliefs passed on through generations. You are right, everyone is as they are for a REASON. Whether that reason is built on truth or deception. And no I am not implying that Satan is responsible for the way people are, but he is a strong influence in deceiving the minds, will & emotions of people. We all search for peace & look to better ourselves & nothing is wrong w/ that. But see Satan knows this, and he in his craftiness dresses up things in our liking to seem right or harmless but it is actually deception. The devil is extremely talented in deception and he does it according to our hopes, goals, emotions, etc. (Proverbs 14:12) says that "There is a path before each person that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death." So all I am doing is helping people see through the deception, with loving kindness. Im not condemning anyone, anyone who doesn't know that what they are doing or participating in is actually hurting them & displeasing to God, is not help responsible. (Acts 17:30) states "So indeed God, having overlooked the times of ignorance, now commands all men everywhere to repent," What Acts 17:30 is saying, is that God overlooks our sins of ignorance, & ignorance means simply not knowing, but once the truth comes & you know what's right you are held responsible. He commands all people everywhere to repent & do what pleases Him, & if you receive truth & still deicide to do what displeases God then you are subject to His judgment & Satan's deception. (Hosea 4:6) "my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. "Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children." My prayer is that ALL people would come to know the one & only true God, & live up to His expectations of us.
"Contentment in what is" is not God's will for us & it displeases Him according to (Zephaniah 1:12) "And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish the men who settle down comfortably, who say to themselves: The LORD will not do good or evil." Zephaniah is speaking of those have become like wine stored overlong, those who are content or satisfied with their hardened or accustomed lifestyles, those who are stagnant in spirit & are settled in complacency. God's Word warns us not to be that way. You see truth is not sent to judge or condemn people but it is sent through love, to enlighten them & bring to light the things that needs to be known. (John 16:8) says "And when he( the Holy Spirit)comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment." The Holy Spirit comes to first convict us with the truth, then to comfort us by leading us to all truth. (John 16:13) "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come." The Holy Spirit does not speak on His own but only what He hears from the Father. Just as I don't speak on my own but only what the Holy Spirit leads me to say.
You also say "that is Old Testament thinking". (2 Timothy 3:16) "ALL SCRITPURE is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right." People have tried to drive a wedge between the old & new testament, to separate & cause a diversion between them & make one more significant than the other. The old & new testament has never had a disagreement, they have never contradicted each other. In fact they are in complete accord, the new testament compliments the old testament, 2 Timothy 3:16 says that ALL scripture inspired by God & is profitable, not just one section of the bible not just the old testament, not just the new testament, but ALL of the bible. So the idea of old or new testament thinking is not biblical at all. In fact, when Jesus lived there was no new testament. Jesus himself preached from the old testament, even Jesus did not speak on His own accord but from the Word of God His Father. In John 5:39 Jesus said "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." When He said that He was referring to the old testament because there was no new testament, the new testament didn't come until after about 20 years after Christ left. This means that the old testament points to Christ & you can find Him in the old testament, He is not limited by the new testament or is He some new creation of the new testament. Jesus said in John 5:46-47 "If you had believed Moses, you would believe Me, because he wrote about Me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?” What Jesus was implying is if you don't trust or believe what Moses said which is the old testament then how will you believe what He has said which is in the new testament. The bible does not fight or contradicts itself it is all inspired by ONE Holy Spirit. So if there appears to be a contradiction or confusion, the problem is not bible but the misunderstanding of the individual or being miss-taught.
Matthew 9:12-13 "On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Jesus was replying to the Pharisees because He was in the company of sinners & they was concerned about why Jesus was w/ them. What Jesus was saying is that He didn't come to call the righteous because they already know what's up, but He came for the sinners/sick those who need healing, correction & enlightenment. He said "go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice." In Hosea 6:6 (old testament) God said "For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings." This is the exact same thing God spoke of through the prophet Isiah (Isiah 1:11-17) “What are your multiplied sacrifices to Me?” Says the LORD. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams. And the fat of fed cattle; And I take no pleasure in the blood of bulls, lambs or goats. “When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts? “Bring your worthless offerings no longer, Incense is an abomination to Me. New moon and sabbath, the calling of assemblies—I cannot endure iniquity and the solemn assembly. “I hate your new moon festivals and your ."
Erika on August 10, 2016:
"I desire mercy, not sacrifice."
"Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first."
The same reward is given, the effort being different for all, acts of love and faith are far more valuable than following religious laws. Just because another religion practices something, like yoga, doesn't mean it is the work of the devil. You can argue they are "against" but that is old Testament thinking.
If you want peace, see people for people. Sympathize, learn a new language, bring others together and settle disputes, to understand all is to forgive all. Cherish other cultures and be gentile in your teaching of yours. Everyone is as they are for a reason, Satan did not raise them to look for peace and try to better themselves through exercise, or make the Spanish speaker poor yet appreciating little things, the common world truth is there is balance in all. The wren is happy, without a PC, and knows no different. Contentment in what is.
Donte Dixon (author) from Houston on July 27, 2016:
Well I actually got the information from the Advanced Performance Institute, the world's leading KPI experts. What they do is help organizations & people dealing with stats & data, understand & leverage big data. Anyway, they did a study & found out that 1 in 3 avoid the truth. The study wasn't about finding out if people are reluctant to truth, but that is what it revealed. So based on my analysis of that study I concluded that, the reason being is that the truth is a lot of times overwhelming.
CH Elijah Sadaphal from New York, NY on July 27, 2016:
" Truth is; 1 in 3 people avoid truth because its overwhelming"
Curious, where does this statistic come from?