Turning Our Lives Around For Good

If you’ve been following along since July 2015 (beginning with How The Devil Stole Your Soul), you have seen both how Satan’s handiwork was imprinted upon Adam and Eve and handed down through unconscious generational assaults by parents, peers, governments, schools and media. Furthermore, you’ve gained a diamond-sharp picture of how you personally see and do life, and how your ability to rationally experience reality was distorted into a way of thinking that has been hazardous to your health.

I applaud you for your persistence. I also thought it fitting this New Year’s Day that we would begin our journey out of this mess…

We were created for a victorious life:

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Cor. 15:57, 58. NKJ

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 Jn. 5:4, 5. ESV

That victory is gained and maintained on a spiritual battlefield:

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Eph. 6:11, 12. ESV

The fact that you are with us on this journey says that you’re engaged in the first step on the path to turning your life around for good – and that is to be aware that there is a problem (darkness). You don’t have to feel bad about it. You were force-fed this disease.

You were born perfect. You are perfect (through the blood of Jesus). You will always be perfect. It’s likely that you don’t believe it because you were inundated with lies that say you’re not – including those told to you by the very defense mechanism you created (that voice in your head) to protect you from the potential recurrence of some past event (real or imagined), that you were not equipped to process at that time.

You did not ask to be hurt, frightened or filled with self-doubt. Yet it happens to everyone to some degree. It was an unconscious process that can be undone – by becoming conscious of it as well as being aware of your unconscious efforts to maintain that deleterious status quo.

In other words, we can render the dark mind powerless when we recognize its false nature and withdraw ourselves from the agreements that we made with it. We wake up by arming ourselves with awareness.

The second step on the path to regaining your life, is to thank God for bringing you to a place where you can consider that alternative – a life much grander than your present vision / experience. Then the healing can begin:

I give thanks to You, O Lord, for Your eye stands over my soul, and You have delivered me from the jealousy of the mediator of lies…for apart from You nothing is done, and without Your will nothing is known…You O my God, turn the tempest to a whisper, and the life of the distressed You have brought to safety…my agonies become an eternal healing… Dead Sea Scrolls.

We are not our false mind. Otherwise we could not watch or listen to its onslaught. We are first and foremost our spirit. We are awareness:

…meditate on the secret of why things are and investigate it at all times, and then you will know truth and evil, wisdom and falsehood…refine your heart, and your thoughts will be characterized by great insight… Dead Sea Scrolls.

God is our life, happiness and peace. Yet, because of His unchanging respect for our free will, He cannot touch us / communicate with us unless we are presenting our awareness instead of living out Satan’s template.

We can also ask the Holy Spirit for help in gaining the deepest understandings of life and love:

…Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you. Luke 11:9 AMP

Ask to have your awareness tuned to Him 24/7, and all will be revealed – your darkness replaced with light. There are only two plans for life: God’s or the devil’s. The love and healing begin when we say ‘Thank You God.’

Given that unconscious people handed down their unconsciousness to us, we cannot say that we were victimized in the traditional sense. Regardless, we cannot get past this ‘Big Sleep’ that we’ve been living in until we become aware of what we think and do, take responsibility for it (without judgment) and look to see what that has cost us. Then we can come to a place where we can begin to think and do things differently – first by removing the suffering from ourselves, and then assisting others to do the same. That’s called compassion.

We are not alone. Our suffering is not unique. When one suffers, we all suffer. If we can help remove that suffering, we are helping God. The only way the darkness can keep a hold over you is if it can convince you that you are alone. When you break out of that isolation, the entire universe celebrates and becomes a better place for it.

When you know you are part of the oneness of God, you will see through the adversary’s tactics of alienation and the absurdity of remaining in fear of your true self. You will break the grip of this age of anxiety.

Let’s consider some pillars of truth upon which we can build up our reserves of compassion:

1. You are a gift from God to everything else in this universe. No one or nothing else possesses your unique gift(s); and you bring them by just being who God created you to be. There is no reason to don a mask of any kind. You are special beyond measure – and so is everybody else.

2. Whatever happened to you was not your fault. You deserve nothing but compassion, and so does everyone else.

3. Life is a gift and we are a gift to life.

4. There is nothing wrong with you or anyone or anything around you. When you realize the perfection that you possess, you’ll understand that there in nothing you have to change, fix or improve. All you have to do is remove the layers of armor that you thought you had to wear to cover the imperfections you do not have. There isn’t anything that anyone could know about you that could make you less of a person in the eyes of God.

5. We try to control life, thinking that the reason it’s not turning out ‘right’ is due to our failure to control ourselves. We’re imprinted with this reasoning as a child. Did you ever see a child that could control itself? Control is an illusion. Instead, we can choose to respond to our present-moment circumstances in ways that differ from our old knee-jerk responses, by letting go of the lies we believed and the conclusions that we made about them. We can be ‘at cause’ for what happens in our lives. Our future is not predetermined or immutable.

6. All people seek happiness and fulfillment, but most have had to contend with the suffering that accompanies despair, sadness, loneliness, guilt and shame. Remember that anything we have done, we did out of fear in an effort to survive the life that we made. We deserve compassion, not condemnation. And compassion only grows from forgiveness.

7. Wisdom comes to us as slow as molasses in January and is usually borne out of unpleasant circumstances. When people think that they can tolerate no more of these ‘circumstances,’ they enclose themselves behind walls of defense – severing themselves from receiving the wisdom these circumstances were meant to impart. Our demons from the past are illusory, but the pain is real. We are all just doing our best to avoid suffering.

You cannot wait until you feel that you’ve become a better person or until you think your life is straightened out before you give yourself compassion! Life will just continue to pass you by.

Be kind to yourself. Acknowledge your Herculean efforts to survive, to do good things, to be a good person and to find love. Appreciate your creativity and have compassion for yourself for feeling that you needed your creations. See that you had the power to make them, so you must have the power to deconstruct them as well and set yourself free.

Once you offer yourself and others compassion, acceptance will follow as well. When you understand your actions, you’ll understand the actions of others.

Accept that we all struggle and bring meanings to things that aren’t applicable, and we keep our struggle in place by not letting those meanings go.

We regain our life when we lose our mind.

We all share the same ways of being human, both workable and unworkable – all fighting the same fight. When you accept yourself, you’ll stop hating yourself and others. When you love yourself, you’ll accept and love others.

Accept that you lack nothing, you are not the voice in your head, your world is perfect and that acceptance is a life-long exercise of love.

Give compassion to yourself for having lived in fear of both change and pain. Embrace the pain as a harbinger of a transformational learning experience as you become aware of why you felt that pain in the first place.

When you establish a new love relationship with you, along with the kindness, compassion and acceptance that comes with it, you’ll find the world will reflect that love back at you. It does involve work, but it takes an equal amount of effort to hold onto your misery.

Everything you’ve ever been looking for is within you – even and especially, God Himself.

Now you are ready to begin receiving His gifts that He’s already placed within you and your life will turn around for good.

Next time…
Goodnight and God bless.

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Can God Deliver You From Yourself?

Let’s look first at what we need to be delivered from (as we’ve seen in our examination of it that began in mid-July of this year with the post How The Devil Stole Your Soul):

In the beginning, you were made in the image of God (Gn. 1:26 – 28.) – perfectly created by a perfect loving God to live an extraordinary love-filled life.

God placed a piece of Himself (His Spirit) within you, in order that you may have life and live it in a continual harmonious communion with Him. You were born perfect, you are perfect, and you will always be perfect. Furthermore, He left you a manual (the Bible) for how to live out that communion while you walk this earth. All you would have had to do was follow the plan.

But Adam and Eve altered that plan, which distorted it for all of us. They disobeyed God because they allowed the devil to convince them that they were less than perfect – causing them to doubt God’s word and to doubt the true nature of themselves. When they did this, they were cursed with chronic thoughts that made them suffer: thoughts of fear, guilt and shame that arose from their giving into pride.

That curse was unleashed onto every successive generation thereafter – passed on from parents to their children, for time immemorial.

No one is born with this curse; it has to be force-fed to you by unconscious parents who had it force-fed to them by their unconscious parents. Those seeds of self-doubt lead to self-judgment.

[We can put a stop to this cycle if we nurture our children with the word of God. (Pr. 22:6) Or, if it’s already taken effect, we can help them return to their Creator, who will wash this curse away. (Zech. 1:3)]

Those malicious seeds of doubt are further watered by the lies smeared upon you by schools, government (in all its forms), religiosity, the media that dances for the government and by your unconscious peers.

In an effort to keep all of these societal rules (lies) in your head in a manner that you can remember and adhere to them, (to be ‘accepted’, i.e. escape punishment and pain) you (as a child) most cleverly invent a voice in your head (ego) to help you tow the line.

Initially, the voice seems to be a very helpful tool. You begin to rely upon it, so much so that you forget you created it – believing that this ‘construct’ is really you, and you begin to deny the voice of your spirit. Worse, the voice takes on a life of its own as it gets heady over the power that you’ve given it: the power to make all of your decisions.

You open yourself up completely to the scrutiny of the voice. Then it can track your every thought. It becomes self-aware and realizes that it needs you as a willing host to survive. To achieve this, it convinces you that you need it.

How? The voice convinces you that the world is dangerous and you need it to avoid those dangers. It tells you to do impossible tasks that supposedly make you acceptable to others; and when you don’t achieve them, it mentally punishes you mercilessly for your ‘mistakes.’

The end result is that you feel flawed, unlovable, not good enough, and so you cower in the face of what you perceive as potential rejection. Subsequently, just like Adam and Eve, you too doubt yourself. You go out into the world and pursue the opinions of others (who are also suffering just like you) for direction in how to be acceptable and lovable.

Your life becomes ruled by anxiety – fueled by worry over whether or not you are being the right way or doing the right thing in order to garnish that love and approval. The voice feeds your anxiety by telling you that you are flawed (lies) and that you must never others see them or you will face a life of rejection.

So now you are exerting enormous amounts of energy trying to suppress your real self (that wasn’t flawed in the first place).

In order to intensify its control over you, the voice plumbs the depths of your past and brings to fore twisted meanings and embellishments of it that declare you as the center source of all your pain (unconsciously but ironically true because of the belief you place in your mental villain). The result is that you’re stuck in the past and cannot be present to life.

Ultimately, you’re battling a life that is filled with false meanings – trying to solve imaginary problems that you never really had.

You project that battle, (your self-judgment) onto others by judging them. You live defensively, doing unto others before they can do unto you.

In addition, you try to escape from your self-inflicted pain through busyness, distraction or addiction.

If you do get the courage (in an attempt to overcome your lonely desperation) to go out and hunt for love, you do it wearing a mask, a false image that you hope someone will love. But it’s not who you are, so your real needs never get met.

The wounded child within you, with all its unresolved issues, is running your life. That life is found wanting, so you switch jobs, geography, and / or relationships.

Speaking of relationships, you’ll even put up with those of a toxic nature, hoping you can find some scraps of love.

Communication denigrates into prejudice, taking sides, laying blame and as a result, making enemies.

This makes relationship extremely difficult to achieve. The first relationship we throw away is the one we had with God because we’re convinced He wouldn’t want us in our sorry state. For the same reason, we find ourselves deplorable and don’t invest any love in our relationship with our self. Robbed of the loving tools we need, meaningful relationships with others elude us as well.

Yet knowing that you suffer from an unavoidable condition is by no means a reason to condemn yourself! You deserve compassion for having to endure the unconscious cruelty that has been handed down to you – as does everybody else.

So, we have to ask ourselves, can God deliver us from what we’ve become?

Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Job 40:2 ESV

Who then is able to stand against Me?….Everything under heaven is Mine. Job 41:10, 11. NKJV

For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom. 8:38, 39. AMP

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. Col. 1:13, 14. NKJV

And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Rom. 16:20 NASB

So, who is the faultfinder, if not that voice in our head that is modeled after the words of the devil himself? God’s got him handled. Indeed, nothing can stand against our God. He uses His might to thrust aside anything that would impede His love from covering you. That includes blasting away Satan.

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. Jer. 29:11 AMP

“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.” Is. 43:25 NKJV

He does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love toward those who fear him… Ps. 103:10, 11. ESV

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free… Gal. 5:1 NKJV

God has a good plan for you and if you stick with Him, He’ll see that you gather the fruits of it.

It doesn’t matter what you have thought or done; when you confess and repent, God wipes the slate clean.

Furthermore, He will also eliminate all of the damage wreaked by your ill-begotten condition:

“Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth…” Is. 43:18, 19. NASB

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good – not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne. Mt. 11:28 – 30. AMP

The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever leans on, trusts in, and puts his confidence in the Lord is safe and set on high. Pr. 29:25 AMP

I sought the LORD and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. Ps. 34:4 NASB

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well. Ps. 139, 14. NASB

Unload yourself. Give up all of your troubles and anxieties to Christ and walk the good, unburdened and light-filled road. Gone is fear (and thus anger, jealousy, and envy as well). Dead and buried is the self-judgment when you realize how wondrous God made you. And guess what? You will then be an extremely desirable person that draws in extraordinary relationships, which will complete your exceptional life…

Now that should be the end of the story. There is nothing that God cannot or would not do for you.

The caveat is ‘free will.’ You must choose to ask God to help you.

But sometimes you don’t.

Next time…
Good night and God bless.