Evil Virus Spread by Our Ego
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"Lisa, have you heard about the flash flood in the Philippines? Around fourteen hundred people dead or missing with many more homeless, could you imagine that?"
"Oh how tragic, yes I learned about it too when I started browsing on my new ipad. By the way, I'm going to replace my old outdated unit with the latest version in the market today as soon as my possible lotto winnings may allow me, it pays to dream, huh (chuckles)? You've always been so quiet whenever I say that."
"There's a prayer meeting this Friday but it's Levi's big party, and they're having karaoke night."
"Okay, we can attend the prayer meeting some other time, It's been a long time since I sang on karaoke, I need to do some exercises with my vocal chords."
"The new iphone 5 is coming, OMG I'm so excited I just can't wait to get one, well, for every rumour comes reality, I can believe in that."
"I heard it in the news this morning, Syria has seen so many protesters shot and killed by government soldiers lately, oh my, what's going on in that part of the world, don't they value life?"
"Honey, we're too far from Syria, you don't have to worry about that. Oops, I've got to go, I don't want to miss work, or I won't be able to pay for what we lost at the casino. And don't forget to call your favorite doctor for an abortion appointment next weekend, we cannot afford to have another baby, Honey."
"Okay I will, sweetheart. I saw Lisa with a great Bose Sound Dock for her iphone and I'm jealous, that will be our next project, my dear, or you will regret it."
If above phrases or conversations sound familiar, they probably are. You may have heard them in a number of households.
Above names are, of course, fictitious, with the given scenarios.
All these, as in all of my writings, are not intended to malign or condemn, rather, to learn and be guided from it all and see how we may have forgotten the essence of God in our lives, while we may have allowed evil to continuously lurk in our midst.
Meanwhile, in a neighbor's house, Lisa brags, "My friend Hai purchased a big beautiful house with a jacuzzi right beside their eternity pool overlooking the sea, why not come with me, Cheezy, we'll go join her in a potluck community acquaintance party she has planned for the weekend. Now I can use my newly approved credit card with 1 year zero APR with purchase rewards on it."
It is so sad how we have become so entrenched into materialism that we have forgotten our true purpose in this life and the reason for our being.
We sometimes forget to even care for those who have lost their homes, their families, and even our own relatives in calamities, disasters or in violence or massacres within and outside this once greatly blessed nation of milk and honey, now slowly being consumed by the flames of materialism caused by the quickly spreading virus of evil into our hearts and spirit, produced and propagated by our own 'ego,' the very friend of evil in us.
Isaiah 58:7 reminds us to cloth the naked, share our food and shelter with the homeless, and not to refuse helping our own relatives as disaster strikes or as a need arises.
And in Matthew 25:40, Jesus said, "And the King shall answer and say unto them: 'Verily, I say unto you, inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me."
What if these destructive elements of nature and violence from misguided mortals with questionable morals, come upon us all with our loved ones, God forbid, blown down to kingdom come and unto a state of merciless agony with the fury of hell engulfing the whole of our being?
Perhaps, that will be the day when there would be 'weeping, grinding and the gnashing of teeth,' when God will have unleashed his wrath on those who have chosen to deny him in Christ Jesus, and those who remain blind and continue to ignore his commands and the wisdom in his words, more so with those who have not learned to humble themselves to the greatest commandment all which is to love God while we show our love and concern for others as well.
This is when we totally surrender our 'self' and 'ego' and offer it to God in Christ Jesus, the love of the one true God in him and to the love of our neighbors.
Acknowledging this truth of God's existence in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior, who has always shown his love for us all being our God and Creator, and in the truth and power of his words, the more we may be blessed as he delights in those who believe, follow, praise, worship and honor him as our All in All.
Our Ego and the Virus in Us
We may compare the human body to that of a computer programmed by God to respond well to his will, his commands and his bidding.
Our ego and our flesh being made into Satan's greatest resource in us, as he sees us weak in both of these entry points, he brilliantly hacks into our being attacking first our mind, the human intelligence, where our ego remains cradled in care.
Then he goes to our body having successfully gained access to our mind.
This is when 'laminin,' the protein molecule that binds the cells and tissues together in the human body, in the form of a 'cross' - which I firmly believe has become part of our body since the beginning of creation, and yes, not by any coincidence but by 'Divine plan' - may break, inviting even powerful viruses that may affect our health, physically, as the ill effect of a weakened spirit.
[Read on related post, as you may see God's kingdom in you, in the humility of our soul: 'Awesome 'Laminin,' Binding Truth of the Cross and Creation, and Avoiding Hell and Generational Sins]
[Read on the 'salvation tool' on this link, "Understanding God in Spirit and Christ's Saving Light," and see the fullness of Christ in you]
Whence, as our flesh weakens allowing it to submit to his evil ways, we may find our health to gradually deteriorate in sin.
Still capitalizing on his control of our mind and body, he then attacks our heart.
And the heart being a window to our soul and our spirit, he continuously pressures our soul into submission to his will, and that without faith in the love of Christ, we may find ourselves gradually weakened from stress and pressure, with no peace in ourselves we find ourselves lost in total confusion.
Our own fears, anxieties, and insecurities have exacted a heavy toll on us. Physically, emotionally and spiritually we have been weakened.
Satan and all his evil forces have in many ways been successful in pulling many of us to his evil ways, and he will never sleep as he tries his very best to pull us farther away from our God until he may totally succeed, removing that very hope we may have in Jesus by making us believe that God in Jesus does not exist, and if ever anyone believes in Jesus, to try to slowly diminish that faith from a believer's heart and change it to another god who may replicate some of the goodness and happiness that Jesus embodies but is truly not that of Jesus but a fraud, evil that is coated by goodness, a wise trap that is designed to catch all unassuming souls into submission to sin, whence, sin and evil become their master, not Jesus, because of doubts in their hearts, doubts that make one totally confused, doubts that can be very costly as they entail you to submission to another master, Satan, the evil one, where there is the absence of God, as in hell, where one may feel having been damned by God as he has denied Jesus, the creator of his body and the savior or his spirit.
This is when the spirit weakens by the prodding of the flesh overruled by fear and indecision.
And sometimes, as God moves in mysterious ways, we find our love ones sick or on the hospital bed afflicted with a heart ailment, a viral disease, had an accident or what have you, so we may further express our love and concern for that loved one, and that deep in our hearts we may learn to pray and try to examine our conscience as we may seek guidance, enlightenment and strength from the Holy Spirit, or even pray for forgiveness as we may not have done enough to show our love for our sick brethren, and feeling that guilt, we may learn to repent, redeem ourselves and renew in heart and spirit in the light of Jesus.
Sometimes, pressures, stress and the feeling of being left out and unloved, out of disappointments, sadness and despair, one may be weakened in spirit, with bodily health affected. Then we may realize, this person needs our love, our greater understanding and care.
Watching the YouTube video on "A Dying Man's Last Words" below, we may want to see how Herbert Broome on his deathbed, as recorded by his son upon his wish that others may know and believe, relates his vision of Hell as revealed to him by God and the truth in Jesus.
Doubts in Jesus make one weak in faith, and that is what the unclean spirit is always hoping for, that he may succeed in deceiving us to his will and derails us to his path.
How do we know if a belief comes from the evil one and not from God?
A very good question indeed.
Is not the human 'body the temple of the Holy Spirit and is not our own' as In 1 Corinthians 6:19? And having been created in the image and likeness of God, is not anything that leads to irreverence and disrespect to life 'evil,' as is the desecration and abuse of the body in any form such as tattoos, body and skin piercing, burning of the human body in protest, drug abuse, sodomy, pedophilia and more, believing only in what our selfish desires so dictate?
Blessed is the soul who remains saved in the light of Christ for he remains humble in obedience to his faith, and for one who remains blind and refuses to see what is true, easily overwhelmed by his own emotions, exuding arrogance, selfishness, and unwittingly banners his vain disposition with pride, yet lacking with compassion and forgiveness for the lowly and the downtrodden, one may soon find himself fall in disbelief as he stumbles and fails, having clung to the venomous fangs of evil.
Let us remember what Jesus has shared in the mount, before a huge crowd gathered as they attentively listened, touched and mesmerized by his words of wisdom, he said, "Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth," as in Matthew 5:5.
[Read on related post: Love and Unity with God is of Christ, Divisiveness is of Evil]
Hence, the more, all should be wary that anything that keeps us away from God in Jesus and from the truth in his words, all these may very well come from the evil one.
Let us not fall from this deception of Satan and his evil forces, rather, stay focused in living, believing and staying in the light of Christ Jesus, and remain safe in his protection as we learn to become stronger and steadfast in our faith and by the good deeds we offer, living in the love of others, we may see true peace and harmony prevailing in our life.
May we not be overwhelmed by material things, rather, use material things to propagate what is good and pleasing to God, that in all these, he may always be acknowledged, in praise, glory and thanksgiving.
And it is only in living in Christ Jesus and following his words, will we be empowered to be stronger in keeping the evil virus, or the unclean spirit which unceasingly attempts to get through our defenses, be immediately and vehemently rejected and kept away from our 'ego,' Satan's main target or goal to befriend, often masked in treachery.
If we do not have Christ in us and if we do not follow his WORDS of love with humility, accountability and forgiveness, we may fail in our our fight against all evil because it is only in God's words in Jesus and staying in his grace that we may be shielded and protected.
Not until we may see ourselves succeed in driving out Satan and his minions from our body and spirit will we remain under his bondage.
Having said this, let us stay prayerful and ask the Holy Spirit for that gift of 'discernment,' and see the power of repentance, that in God's mercy we may be guided to the powerful use of God's words at the right time, at the right place and situation, not in a hostile environment.
As in Matthew 7:6, Jesus said, "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under your feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces."
Nevertheless, in any given situation, as one true believer may experience, trust your spiritual intuition that the Holy Spirit may guide and protect you from harms' way all the time.
'God will never forsake us, as we put our faith and trust in Him.'
In Matthew 18:15 -18, Jesus tells us to talk privately with anyone whom you feel needs to be guided in God's words. And if you feel it necessary, bring in two or more witnesses that may help convey these words as you may speak in love and in truth.
Believing that 'prayers can move mountains,' may we never discount the power of prayers, as God listens to a true, sincere and contrite heart.
And I even find singing praise and worship songs sometimes while at work, at home, driving, walking or doing exercises and it comforts as it energizes me as well. It's one of the best way of talking to God as we try get intimately connected to him in Jesus.
No wonder we see many people healed of cancer and other dreaded diseases while listening to a nurse, a loved one, an acquaintance or an electronic gadget doing songs of praise and worship or sweet, mellow and soothing music.
And Jesus being the WORD, and the word made flesh as in John 1:14, that with him and believing in him we may become stronger than all evil, and greater than all powers and principalities combined, as in Colosians 2:6-15, empowered by his love and grace, we may have eternal life in us.
[Read on related post: What Moves Me in This Life]
Overpowering Atheism and the Evil Virus Propagated from our Ego
On our YouTube video sharing above, we see International Minister and Apologist, Ravi Zacharias, answering an atheist, in this video referring to Anthony Flew, an ardent atheist who later in his life admitted finally believing the existence of God explaining the integrated complexity of the living world as proof of this.
Perhaps, as we age, nearing our death, we begin to reconsider our egoistic or agnostic views and learn to humble ourselves towards the inevitable which is death itself.
How selfish truly this may be as this can be self serving, that because of one's fear of death securing one's soul from the probable consequences of the afterlife may lead one to cling to a belief which has in the past haunted him, but never relenting despite tremendous pressure from believers that only one's ego or worst, one's incorrigible spirit, may endure over time.
And knowing and understanding atheists, the question 'if there is an afterlife,' comes still the element of doubt that each of us have entertained, in variations tempered by man's fickle nature and further incensed or aggravated by man's pride, as influenced by evil, that in accepting God's existence, one's ego comes depleted with the onset of humility in obedience to a Higher and Divine Being greater than one's mind and intelligence.
On this premise, many individuals have in many times been confused, and have been clouded on their beliefs. Their perseverance on their faith have been weakened by the insistence of their ego and of their flesh, leaving their elders' or great ancestors' wisdom relegated to the edge of antiquity, overpowered by contemporary and modern innovations of technology which have become a great insurmountable force that has many times, as piloted by evil, succeeded preying on man's very weakness, embodied by his ego and by his flesh, almost blocking all paths that may trigger that very powerful force from within us, as we share in the fullness of God's love, having been created by him, and inspired by his very own grand and Divine design, yes, truly, we have been created in his very image and likeness.
Sad Breaking News: Supreme Court Strikes down DOMA in California, Passes on Proposition 8
Reading on Yahoo News on June 26, 2013, I cannot help but comment on this sad news that the highest law of the land, the US Supreme Court, by a very slim margin, a 5:4 majority decision, has favored gay marriage in the state of California.
[Read on YahooNews link: "Update: Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, passes on Proposition 8"]
"I am saddened by these developments but no one should worry as I am not worried, rather, I continue to pray and will always strive to enlighten more people to the truth that material things and lust (or Mammon) are not everything as all these are but 'passing,' but 'God is (everything).'
God in Jesus is 'beyond religion,' He created us, He is in all of us, therefore, despite our 'free will,' He remains guiding and abiding through the Holy Spirit, whoever or whatever we are, unless we remain unbelieving and would rather believe in our own traditions and culture, or in the elemental spiritual forces of this world than in Christ, as in Colossians 2:8, then we may stay lost and confused.
Is God in control? Absolutely, He knows that this will happen in many peoples' hardened hearts and souls just as what has happened in past histories of man. God will continue to guide and enlighten us with signs in our life that will bring us back to His truth for He is an ever loving and merciful God, lest we will ourselves to remain blind refusing to believe in the power of His words, we may never understand His truth.
Even in our own pride where evil breeds the virus of darkness ready to devour us, that dictates in us to believe more on human knowledge and wisdom rather than God's divine wisdom, to do what is against God's words in the Holy Bible, but are these not all 'passing?' When we die, will we have anything? As when we were born, we had nothing, we are but history when we die, remain meaningless, lest we may leave a legacy of truth, we may be remembered to have helped change people's lives for the better, for something eternal and united in God's love that is noble and true, that which lasts forever, and will it not be our spirit that will be judged whom we have bonded ourselves more with, with God in Jesus and His words, or with Mammon?
And in this lifetime, anyone who goes against God's words and deny the truth in Christ Jesus has already condemned himself as in John 3:18. And the words of God will never pass away, as in Matthew 24:35, Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my word will never pass away." Godspeed as we KJOH."
In true repentance and renewal, with an ever loving and forgiving God in Christ Jesus, and living by faith and remaining in God's grace in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may we find greater peace and joy in our hearts and spirit, in the forgiveness of our sins, as we pray for one another, in Jesus' name, Amen.
Jesus our True God and Master
I remembered sharing the next verse in one of my previous hubs, I can now see its greater importance and the need to deeply understand and reflect on this powerful verse in Luke 16:13, that man, by virtue of his own 'free will,' in this life journey, may we wisely choose the right path towards our salvation, as one is asked, almost every time along his way, to choose between two masters, not in any way in between.
Indecision may lead one to be caught in a trap by powerful forces of evil.
While closely watching on us, like a chess master who is ever anxious anticipating your next move, the evil one waits incessantly for a wrong move. He wants us to falter in our decisions.
For every indecision, you may see a compromise designed to make you feel happy and comfortable, just to make sure he gets you inside his pocket. Deception comes to fore as he is and will always be the 'master of deception.'
In due time, as one may observe in one's life, we may see some signs reminding us of our unfaithfulness to God commands. Or sometimes, what may happen unexpectedly as it comes, is a way of a test of our faith. We are made accountable in all our actions whether others know it or not. God knows what is in our hearts. We cannot escape from His all knowing eyes.
We need to beware, therefore:
- in making hasty decisions on money matters at the expense of others because of perceived high returns for fast money sacrificing money saved intended for your love ones;
- in giving in to corruption because it has become the norm in the office or community;
- in giving in to sins of lust confident that nobody will know as you may always expect forgiveness doing confession;
- in talking and yelling garbage at your loves ones and being temperamental or sometimes arrogant and vindictive because that is the 'way you are' in making your point;
- many times being manipulative, playing favorites in the family so you may achieve your selfish ends;
- wife henpecking or nagging at her husband, a husband being far out obnoxious, or a very demanding and inconsiderate boss - all upholding the misconception that yelling out one's point and defending one's selfish action as the 'best approach' as it 'projects power' and seen to 'yield better results;'
- choosing to live outside of marriage, or if choosing to marry, the 'fastest way being the best and more economical option,' or choosing the temptation to divorce a spouse out of the lures of pride and of sins of lust, a shortcut to carnal happiness as 'simply a matter of choice' in total disregard to possible sacred vows made to God and the greater pressures leaving children in despair, sad in confusion and bewilderment;
- keeping wrongdoings a 'secret' within the family or office and many times refusing to accept your own mistakes with that preconceived notion of being misunderstood or fear of losing your self esteem while wearing a mask of honesty and good intentions;
- being habitually addicted to video or computer games, and other fun or card games which may stimulate the mind and improve memory if done in moderation, but anything beyond may be considered as gross, may become destructive to learning, even memory and health;
- being a bad or wrong role model in the family, church or office by not following what you preach;
- shying away from former acquaintances because of that feeling of bitterness and malice in yourself while finding it hard to forgive ...
and several other practices you may relate to, which when dissected, may give you fast results in your favor, temporarily that is, to say the least, and as time pass, while reflecting on previous mistakes made, you may see a growing uncontrollable conflict brewing, chaos, disorder, disunity and misunderstandings because of erroneous moves brought about by wrong decisions, with wrong paths taken out of pride, greed and selfishness.
Without you realizing it, your ego has been propagating what is evil all along.
Where did love and forgiveness go?
That constant feeling of guilt or the urge to retaliate may become a common practice in the family, within the office or community that may eventually curtail much of our freedom as we may not have peace in ourselves.
Was there no decision made to show love and forgiveness, or ask forgiveness as and when necessary?
What if one would rather learn and practice assertiveness, with better control of his emotions, speak what is true, with love and care 'to speak out of love,' and always, with that deep sense of responsibility and accountability in our actions, based on what is moral as against what is not, backed by what is true, noble and just in accordance with the principles of 'love' embodied in the words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?
Feelings of insecurity sometimes encourage us to be dishonest to ourselves and to others, that even in answering phone calls we may become deceitful or lose our self respect as we may find ourselves defensively arrogant and insulting. Or when we purposely refuse to answer or return phone calls to avoid creditors or well meaning friends, are we not escaping from the truth and from accountability, or do we not even feel the guilt of returning a favor or acts of love from a friend? Do our actions not reflect malice and deception?
What if we decide to return or advance that favor, the love shared to a friend or a love one, will this not gain us more what is due in love and respect? And will it not be smarter to face reality as we so decide to move forward, keeping that peace in ourselves, and seeing that positive value of every experience in our growth?
Many times we create our own barriers out of false anxieties and fear to face the truth. We do not realize that the more we escape from the truth the more we bury ourselves in sin, where true peace and happiness may not reign in our decision to deceive, to hate, to be bitter, to be arrogant and to be uncaring out of vain conceit.
Do these not add more stress in our life that may weaken our immune system and make us ill? Worst if this may cause more unexpected trouble or violence out of a wounded ego and a heart that refuses to forgive.
What if we try facing all of our insecurities and entrust all our fears to Jesus, let love rule in our hearts, not evil propelled by foolishness in our ego and our pride, learn to repent as we may better recognize the power of humility and obedience to Christ, and be willing to also forgive as we embrace renewal from within our hearts, sincerely praying while surrendering our hurts, the bitterness inside of us, lifting up to Jesus all our troubles, all our anxieties, all our sins and all our inequities in life, and by the blood of Jesus poured down from the cross, and by his love and mercy, we may be healed.
He wants us back in his flock, he wants us renewed in him, he wants us fully healed from the bruises of our sins, and as we reject Satan from deep down our hearts and spirit, we may be freed from the bondage of sin.
Christ wants us to stay stronger in our faith. He wants us to know and realize that he is in us, that he has always been, in our body, in our hearts and in our spirit if we so acknowledge him as our Master.
[Read on related post: God or Mammon - to Serve only One Master]
Living in Grace by the Power of the Blood of Christ Jesus
If we may so choose every time and any time we may be put to the test, we may remain blessed in his grace, by the power of the blood of Christ Jesus, pouring down for the redemption of man in the forgiveness of our sins.
Through faith and by good works, with love, humility and forgiveness ever flowing from our hearts and spirit, then and only then, may we be granted to receive the fullness of his gifts by the power of his love, whence, in all these, in us may bring, true peace, happiness, and enormous joy in both our body and our spirit,
As for me, everyday I see myself, my family, and all the rest of creation move in our existence, I can many times see and perceive the perfect harmony of our being unraveled in sync with our Creator, and the more I pray and dig deep into my heart and soul, I can feel God's assuring presence within and around me in Christ Jesus, with all doubts removed from my mind of his omnipotence and his omniscience, his ever present and ever knowing nature, his power and his greatness is all in the majesty of his being, as his love, unconditional as it may be, remains fair and just, and yes, it endures forever.
"For this I am forever grateful, that by the power of his blood, and now fully healed by his blood, living in his grace, in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I proclaim his glory and victory in man's quest to overcome all evil from within me and outside of my body and spirit, that in the Almighty Name of Christ Jesus, inspired by the power of his great love and mercy for us and the whole of mankind, we may all be one against all evil and worldly powers in this life."
By his love and inspired by his words of truth, I have learned to grasp the true meaning of my being and the rest of this complex world being made simple by that singular 'faith and trust in him,' opening new and ever growing horizons never seen and felt before from within my heart and spirit, with only my flesh and my ego becoming an expected and inevitable obstacle to this union in its fullness.
Give credit to whom it is due, my friends.
As Christ has said, in Mark 12:17, to give and render to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar, and to God what belongs to God. If God is greater than Ceasar and greater than everything in existence, then should he not deserve all our praise, glory and thanksgiving?
Let go and let God, and all these things will be added unto us and unto our spirit.
May we learn to trust in Jesus, and believe in his words, and that only in Christ Jesus we may be set free, for he is "the truth, the way and the life," as in John 14:6.
Once we surrender our ego in all obedience and humility to Christ Jesus, then and only then, may we see the fullness of Christ's power, love and mercy in us, and as we do this surrendering our 'self' to him as we prayerfully repent for all of our sins , we may say that we have passed the test in this life's Purgatory, free from all guilt ready to be embraced by God as we may so decide to stay living in his love in his grace.
[Read on related post: The Truth in Purgatory as Revealed by God to Saint Catherine of Genoa]
May we ever be vigilant, and at all times may we choose to keep Jesus in our hearts (KJOH), and in the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we may continue to succeed in this daunting task to once and for all reject Satan and his evil ways by attuning our ego into championing the truth in God's words and in God's love in Jesus, that with him and in him, we are truly saved, forever.
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