It is common in our society that the teachings of Jesus seem to resonate from without instead of from within. Jesus was very consistent in his internal message of the Kingdom of God. Today we have a church built on the keys of ego. Find out the true teachings of Jesus!
Is being Christ like a burden? Are we not supposed to be one with the father as Jesus was? “That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” (John 17:21, NIV). I am sure there may be some who have reached this supreme initiation of glory to glory; I have yet to meet one. A worthy goal, it causes many problems. We begin chasing divine alignment through works. Seeking the approval of others, for our own ego satisfaction. The result is guilt, anxiety, fear and worry.
The Apostle speaking of our death, “Now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” (1John 3:2, NIV). As spiritual children, we will miss the mark. Not that we should be ashamed of our humanity. God knows this, “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” (2 Corinthians 3:4-5). Christians will struggle endlessly to be like Christ. Understanding that 99.99 percent of us will never reach perfection on earth. I leave a possibility of .01 percent because I just do not know. To get bent out of shape because of our mistakes and failures is playing into the hands of the evil one.
Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll.
The Apostle writes, “We demolish arguments and pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV). Thoughts of sex, drugs, and rock and roll; should not create guilt. We are human; we are going to think like humans. Rid ourselves of the shame of humanity. It is not our fault! Being Christ like should not be a burden. We are spiritual children and will continue to be till we see him.
Remember, “For God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV). Christianity has a high burn out rate. People have the “saved” experience creating a buzz of excitement. Slowly manifesting a heavy weight of guilt. Guard your hearts and minds from the guilt that our fellow Christians place upon us. This may mean deconstructing everything that you once thought about Christianity. Is being Christ like a burden? My answer. Do not worry about it, be happy, love God, love people and forget about the rest!
A hypothesis of the fall of man:
In the book of Genesis we witness the fall of man. Before the fall Genesis records man ability to walk with God person to person.
Man chose to break away from the light of God and then find themselves out of the range of God.
What I am I getting at? Light vibrates at the highest frequency. We are created beings of light to share in fellowship with God. We chose then the base things and denied the light. This sent humanity down to a lower vibration then God placing us in a type of hell on earth outside of the realm of God.
The fall then is not a fall into what many Christian’s think of sin, it is sin in the definition itself as missing the desired goal. Essentially we lowered our frequency giving us the inability to see God as we once did in the garden.
So then this great work, this alchemy, this transformation through Christ is to regain as much as possible the vibration closer to God, then reunite with God upon death.
Often when we think of Satan we think of a spiritual entity that is at war with God and humans. While I am not writing to dispute this, I am writing to dispute the idea the actual devil is around every corner, and or filling our heads with Satanic ideas. My argument is that we are Satan. We cannot remove Satan from our lives when we do not realize that we are the very driving force of his existence.
Let us look at why Jesus used the name Satan. In the Hebrew the word means “adversary, someone who resist” The Greek is similar although the writers of the New Testament give him more personality. He is known as the master of destruction, one who sends wrath to sinners, an accuser, someone who opposes the gospel of Jesus, ultimately Satan is found bound and thrown into an abyss in the book of Revelation.
Examining Satan esoterically we can certainly find within these quick definitions that we are our own Satan. Let us look at the basic definition again.
2. Master of destruction
4. Opposes the gospel
I argue that these four elements of Satan are found within each one of us. I believe
The key to living a victorious Christian life is to ultimately control Satan, binding him and sending him to the pit of the abyss. We must first understand what Christians call the sinful nature of man is Satan within us, the “flesh” so to speak. We are our own adversary, we create our own destruction, we accuse ourselves, and we reject the good news of Christ because that is the very thing that will send Satan, our egos to the abyss.
We have this major tendency to be hard on ourselves, to live a life as a defeatist, to self-destruct. We accuse ourselves, blame ourselves. When the guilt gets bad enough we pick up habits that often cause harm. We overeat, drink to much, indulge in drugs, sexual promiscuity, and any number of destructive behavior. In my opinion this is the ultimate cycle of destruction. First, we accuse ourselves, then we try to run from the self-accusations with destructive behavior. We are the enemy and the enemy is us. We pray to God to help us in our struggle without knowing who or what we are struggling against. The actual evil spiritual forces have an easy job when we do all the work for them. Or, maybe part of the test of spiritual growth in our lives is to face the Satan that is us, call him up, bind him, and cast him into the abyss.
Realization and acceptance. We must understand that our very satanic nature is cunning and baffling, we must let go of ourselves. This is the importance of the gospel of Christ. Through faith in Christ we let go of what is within and take on our divine nature through the advocate. We learn to see past the Satan and see the Christ within. We do as many say, “let go and let God.” I am also sorry to say that this is not a one and done. This is a journey of faith, a lengthy battle that we all share, some with more victory than others.
How exactly can one live a life of victory? The best answer is to examine how Jesus did it. The story of the temptation of Jesus found within Matthew 4:1-11 is a battle within his own mind, which is also our own battle. Jesus bathed himself in prayer, he used his knowledge of the scripture, and he then allowed God to comfort him. We too must bathe ourselves in prayer, we must understand the scriptures, this also involves understanding ourselves, and be humble enough to allow our divine nature to increase, gaining the knowledge of what some would call our Holy Guardian Angel and by doing so throw Satan into the Abyss which we then cross as we find who we really are within God.
On a final note as I mentioned this is a journey of faith. The book of Revelation is clear that Satan is thrown into the abyss, the text is also clear that he finds his way out of the abyss as well. Eventually we will leave this life finding our eternal victory, until then we will be “fighting the good fight of faith.”
During disasters such as the one in Houston we as Americans pull together as a country to help our fellows. I don’t mean to be controversial but then again I am writing this as The Backyard Preacher.
Often times when natural disasters strike their is a current of belief within some evangelical leaders and followers which believe God is punishing the victims for their “sin.” Most of us can see how absurd this is. Yet these are very evil statements. People have suffered and died and “Christian” leaders condone the deaths as punishment for being gay etc…
I have not heard much in the way of this line of thinking recently although what if those on the left stated “The hurricane is because of God punishing Trump voters.” Or “God is punishing those who for years have fought inequality.” Do you see how stupid those statements sound. Yet these statements are made when a natural disaster strikes more liberal areas of the country.
My goal in this is to show the stupidity to think God sends these disasters, and how evil it sounds when people speak with pleasure at the suffering and death of others. And they call the left ungodly.
Good day Backyard Preachers! It has been a while but I AM back. Nate talks a little bit about his recent struggles along with the power of our words. We struggle in life, it is not easy. Yet through are struggles sometimes we are just paying the price for a better life. Be blessed!
Nate often introduces the podcast with his line “This is not your mother’s religious program we are not TBN, I will not ask for your money give it to someone who needs it.” So today Nate talks a little bit about money and ministry. Although the greater portion of the show is focused on the spiritual awakening of Jesus and an awakening that we must also have as his followers. Listen up and be blessed. Please share!
Nate talks a little bit about the Presidential debates and how he sees them, but his topic is stress as he shares an honest review of his stressful weekend. Enjoy and be blessed!