Lies and Truth

Sequel to “Victory

So the battle between darkness and light, good and bad on the earth has it’s origin in the spiritual realm. It’s interwoven with our whole lives.
The main place were this battle takes place is in our mind.
Why does God allow satan to have such an influence in our lives?
You might not like the answer but the bible says God uses everything for good for those who love Him.
Apart from the fact that God gave satan a free will too, He won’t let satan continue forever to bring destruction to men. But as long as he does I believe it has a function.

See also “Purpose of worship”.

You might wonder why satan rebelled in the first place.
And why in turn men rebelled against God, being tempted by satan.

Read also “Saved from what?”.

The main way satan seems to work his evil ways of destruction is by lying to men.
By telling us things about God and ourselves that aren’t true.
Interesting right? That means that we can choose to believe them and act accordingly or not.
It shows that satan has less power than we might often think.
He partners with men who believe him. If we don’t satan really can not do that much harm to us.
Only those who submit to his lies and temptations become victim of his evil schemes.

So key thing is that we discover the truth and hold on to it tenaciously.

Interesting thing is that in the process of resisting his lies we become more aware of the truth and who we are in God’s eyes. It actually makes us stronger and more confident in God’s love for us.
Still one might wonder why we believed satan the first time he lied to men.
After all they lived in relationship with God in a beautiful garden where there seemed to have been no lack or pain.
So why did they believe satan’s assumption that God was holding out on them?
I think in part because we can choose whether we trust God or not.
God did not overwhelm men with himself in such a way they couln’t choose anymore and were simply compelled to obey him because of his power.

God wants us to want him.

Relationships are based on trust and that’s what faith is.
To trust him is to believe him.
It’s the only way we can have a loving relationship with God based on free will.
And that’s what He’s after.
He’s after you and me.
Hoping we will believe him and trust him so we can have a relationship with him that is filled with love, not coercion.
He has no interest in slaves or robots.
He wants family.

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There seems to be this battle going on in the place were humans live.
Between hope and despair.
Lies and truth.
Darkness and light.
Have you noticed?
Do you ever feel discouraged?
Yet feel over the top happy another day?
Or just being thankful and satisfied with life one day yet another day you feel something is missing and you can’t lay hold of it? You don’t even know what’s missing or why you feel blue?

Welcome to live on earth.
Or should I say welcome to the spiritual dimension, which is interwoven with all we do and see.
We might not always realise the cause of our feelings and events in the earth.
Many things that are seen have a root in what cannot be seen.
Or should I say all things?
According to the bible all things visible come from the invisible.
That is invisible with our natural eyes.
Thankfully God did not leave us blind and in the dark.
He gave us spiritual sight and understanding of things that are hidden from plain sight.
However the only way to see in the supernatural without the chance of being deceived is when we submit our lives to Jesus Christ. Then we are protected from darkness and can be assured that we gain true understanding. Jesus himself is called the Truth and He will never deceive us.

So were does this deception come from?
Why is there darkness if it doesn’t come from God?
If God is all light and full of goodness and has no bad intentions towards us…
To be honest I do not have all the answers.
(surprised? I’m sure you’re not)
But I will share my thoughts with you.

I believe there is more life than what we know on earth.
That we are not the only creatures that God made.
I believe there is a whole other dimension, a spiritual dimension, were there are angels, demons and who knows what other creatures.
Demons (according to the bible and my believes) are fallen angels. They rebelled against God.
God did not make evil creatures but He gave us free will and therefore the ability to become evil.
I believe that God created a hierarchy in all that He made. For reasons we might not always understand or see in the moment.
I believe that the purpose of those that are above us is to bless us. Like a strong person can help a weaker one. Their purpose is by no means to subdue us and make us suffer.
Unfortunately on earth many things are twisted and upside down. Many leaders are in it for power and personal gain. But it was never meant that way.
A leader actually serves the ones that are under them, under their care. The purpose of a leader is to make things better for others, not worse.
The same goes for the spiritual dimension. I believe we all are spiritual beings but humans happen to have a body, while others spirits like angels only seem to be able to appear in earthly bodies but don’t live in it all the time.
So I believe God placed angels above us to serve us. To bless us.
But the very one that God made most powerfull, Lucifer, turned evil and is now after our destruction.
That doesn’t seem fair right? But you have to keep in mind that God is above all evil and perfectly able and willing to protect us from it.
However just as God gave Lucifer, the angel who became the devil/satan, free will so He gave mankind free will and we only are under satan’s power when we don’t submit to God.

Read also “The Kingdom of God” and “Enthroned on our praises”.

If we submit to God we have autority to fight all evil that tries to come against us. Sometimes it’s just a matter of seeing the victory God gave us over the devil.
This victory is only found in the cross were Jesus took the place of sinful man, thereby erasing all the autority the devil had over us through our obedience to him, satan.

Read also “Mediator” and the other articles in the category ”The Message”.

To be continued…(“Lies and Truth”)

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Purpose of worship

Jerubbaal means to contend to be lord.
It was the name given to Gideon, a person in the bible to whom God told to tear down the altar of the pagan god Baal that the people of God, the jewish people, had started to worship.
Gideon contended for God to be Lord.
You can read this in Judges 6

The Israelites (jews) could only be saved from their enemies when they stopped worshipping other gods.
You see this pattern over and over again in the bible, were God gives Israel in the hands of enemies when they worshipped other gods.

Read also “Enthroned on our praises” and “The Kingdom of God”.

Thankfully God was willing to deliver them from their enemies every time they repented and turned away from those gods and worshiped Him again.
Unfortunately they kept going back to worshipping idols (other gods) again and again, even when at times they also worshipped God on the side.
That’s like getting married and having affairs as well…

Sad thing is that we still do the same today, often without realising it because we don’t call these gods/idols that we have by their names.
Baal still contends to be lord.

So what is the name of Baal in modern day language?
It’s called The Fear of Men.
If I let other people determine my value I am my own god, because I’m part of the same creation that the people that I let determine my value are part of.
And in turn I try to give value, or devalue, to others with my opinions of them.
But only God should have that place in our lives.
We can have opinions of things of course and give people compliments or critics, but it should not be tied to our perception of their value. We should love and value them the same.
Yet we rarily do.

I believe satan alias the devil is behind these gods. (bear with me for a moment)
All he wants is to be God and he tempts us by giving us the desire to be gods as well, knowing that when we don’t give God his rightful place he, satan, has that place of power in our lives.

Read also “Saved from what?”

So even as believers we can still worship God to a degree and have idols on the side.
Which means we are still on the throne of our own lives.
God won’t love us any less but we won’t be free from the destruction that the devil tries to bring if we are not 100% surrendered to God. We are still in his power.

It may seem weird that God only protects us when we worship Him.
After all He is God and does not need our approval or compliments to feel good about himself.
He does not need our service to have power.
He can override our free will if He wants. And yet He rarily does.
He really is all for having a relationship with us were we choose with our own will to connect with Him.
Amazingly He takes pleasure in that!

So why does He require our worship if He’s all about free will?
I think He’s protecting us through that.
If God gave men the ability to become their own god without coming under the power of someone else, in this case satan (because he’s the one we listened to), when rejecting God above them, they could never be delivered from their rebellion. They would become through and through evil and would never be able to change and turn back to God. God would have to destroy them forever if He wanted to destroy evil.
And that’s exactly what He eventually will do with the devil but what He doesn’t want to do with us.
He so wanted to give us second changes if we rebelled against Him, that He ordered satan to be lord over us if we reject Him.
Thereby He limited our ability to do and become evil so He could still save us and draw us back to his heart of love towards us.

There’s only one way to defeat the devil and his temptations for us to be lord over our own lives. Not that there really is such a thing as being lord over yourself, since you just hand the lordship of your life over to the devil when you don’t give God the rightfull place in your life.
Like darkness vanishes by turning a light on, we overcome the place and power the devil still has in our lives by giving that place back to God.
Through worship.

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Did you know God honors you?
One of the ways He does that is by respecting your choices.
Even your choice of rejecting Him He respects.
The consequences of our choices are not free to choose though,
so that’s where free choice ends.
That makes sense right? That our choices have certain consequences.

In what other ways does He honor us?
He honors us by believing the best of us.
We may not believe in him but He believes in us!
He made us and therefore knows exactly what potential He placed inside each of us.

He also honors us by bestowing tremendous love on us.
He honored us by dying for us.
By becoming a man and paying the rightful penalty for OUR sin.
He could have left us to ourselves when we messed up and turned from Him.
But we have such great value to Him that He deemed us worthy to die for.
He, the perfect Son of God who had no sin, reckoned us to have more value than his own life.

Now THAT is honor.

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The Kingdom of God

God against the devil?

It’s more men against the devil.
Although…God loves us that much that He considers our enemies as his own.
Of course everyone who thinks clearly understands that if God is all powerful the devil is not a match for Him. After all God created the devil. Do you really think God lets the devil overtake Him?
And yet, that’s what happened.
In part.

When Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross it seemed like the devil prevailed over Him.
Little did he understood that by letting this happen Jesus took the place of sinful men.
By dying on that cross the rightful punishment for our sin was now undergone, it was paid.
The devil only has access to peoples lives when they sin. But because Jesus suffered the punisment of sinful men the devil has now no autority to hurt believing men.
The bible says that those who accept Jesus sacrifice for them and submit to God have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light, which is the kingdom of his Son, Jesus Christ.

The kingdom of God is different from the kingdoms of this world where everyone that is part of it has to submit to its rules. You do have to submit to God’s rules if you’re part of his kingdom but it’s based upon free will.
Everyone can choose to be a part of it or not. If you don’t God doesn’t love you any less.
It’s just that He won’t save you if you don’t because He gave satan (the devil) autority over all who don’t submit to Him.
We don’t have the option of being the king over our own lives. It’s either God or satan.

You might not believe in the devil, satan.
Have you ever wondered why so many fables and fairy tales from about every culture on the earth are about evil versus good. Most if not all cultures have stories of tremendous battles against something evil that tries to bring destruction and death. Some hero then stands up and after many setbacks and personal loss prevails over this evil and peace is restored.
I believe this is God speaking to us.
We all have some innate understanding of what is right and what is wrong (evil).
Your consience might be dulled through beliefs that prevail in the society around you.
Still we all know that stealing is wrong. Or hitting someone innocent. Hurting animals etc.
Except perhaps for some very extreme cases where people feel no guilt at all but it is also known that this is an abnormality and by no means normal.

It is up to you and I will not love you any less nor will God…
But you can be saved from both the evil inside yourself and from evil influence from the outside which I believe comes from the devil. (See also “Saved from what?”)

“Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual autorities.”

This changes the way we see and do life and enables us to love people who are most cruel and are harming us.
They too can be saved from the evil that now influences them and rules over them.
And then we in turn are saved from the destruction they bring as well.
There is hope for ALL people.
There can be peace.
But only if we submit to God and enter his kingdom.
And not try having one leg in the kingdom of darkness…
You will lose that leg, if it not drags you all together in it’s clutches and then you’re lost completely.
Seperated forever from the One every soul deep down longs for and the only One that can bring us true satisfaction. The only One that loves us perfectly, without flaws.

God’s kingdom is there where a heart is surrendered to God.
Inside that person the kingdom of God has come.
What if a whole nation surrendered to God?
What if the whole world did?
I’ll leave the possibilities of that to your own imagination.

“Let your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

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