Picking up from were we left of, we have learned that the devil is not just some adversarial entity rebelling against God for the fun of it. He is, as scripture quotes, the god of this world. The force that is connected to all negativity: sickness, distress, separation from friends or lovers, accidents, pain, suffering, and most of all death. if we do not abide in God through his Son and his holy spirit, your god is indeed satan. You don't need a bible scholar to teach you this either.
Suffering is at a high. There is no crime, nor act of sin that has been committed that can surprise us in these days. Child pornography, cannibalism, sex slavery, etc. It almost seems like the darkness is winning and shading away the light. What is bad is what is now good. Darkness is what is in, while the light is old and traditional and not "hot". Look at the popular movies, the popular stars, the popular lyrics, the popular brands, the popular beliefs (You only live once, live for yourself, Money over everything, all sex no love...) Is it really a coincidence to you that the devil is called "the god of this world"?
If you are not a believer of Christ, or you may be a believer but know in your heart you aren't abiding in him, analyze your life with self compassion and honesty and be aware of where you currently are, how you get there, and where you see yourself going spiritual and physically. Let us seek the true God. The God who has already given you a purpose. The God who has already filled up that empty feeling that cries "Something is missing!" The God who offers a life beyond what we know or think we know. The God beyond religion, the God who lives and has always lived in you. The God who knows you more than you know yourself (Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”)
Yes problems will always exist especially when you give your life to Christ. Because you are no longer serving your former master, satan.
Ever wonder why it seems like the good struggle and the bad live on. Though that is a popularly but a highly exaggerated quote, a man or women who seeks a relationship with God and to better his or herself, will never be left alone by the cunning temptations of satan to bring his servant back to his slavery and life of suffering.
If you have watched the movie, The Matrix, notice how Neo and the ones who where "awakened" where chased by the agents, the holders and sustainers of the Matrix system, continuously. The agents did not want anybody out of the system. The system of human enslavement. The system of illusion. Better yet, they definitely did not want somebody "awakened" to awake the others who are asleep to the system. ( For more information on that topic, read "Do you have symptoms of feeling trapped in a Matrix?" and leave a comment! http://chryslerkuba.blogspot.com/2013/12/do-you-have-symptoms-of-feeling-trapped.html)
Our reality is not so different at all. In fact it is exactly the same. Those who stand up for what is right, seem to be the outcasts, the ones who suffer, the ones who just-dont-understand. It is the reason man like Martin Luther King were assassinated, Ghandi, Malcolm X, etc.
One man who had a similar outcome of the following men is Jesus Christ. 100% man and 100% God. he was and is, God in the physical flesh. He died so we may be free from serving the master who gives us nothing but emptiness and suffering. Have you ever watched a gangster movie where the boss gives all of his loyal workers everything they could wish for. Women, money, best homes and hotels, front sets to every show, and more money and more etc. All the while he has a secret agenda and when that agenda reaches its mark he will kill them faster than he recruited them. ( The bank scene from The Dark Knight is a good example)
With all of this being read, most of you may already know the following information. A common question is not ''Why?'' but ''How?" How exactly can I get to know God better? Where do I even start? How do I know if it is God? How do I know when he speaks to me? How do I know I'am on the right path?
The problem with the church.When talking about "the church'' one is not just talking about the physical buildings and the pastors that lead their congregations there. It is the body of Christ as a whole. The body of believers. One of the main problems in the church is the misconceptions of God. So many have their own "opinion'' on who God is and what is or isn't sin. If opinion isn't a factor, many have beliefs that there are different ways to God. Some say the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and The Father are not one but three separate persons. Such beliefs would contradict the Word of God as a whole, including the first commandment. "Thou shall not put any other gods before me." If we are to pray in Jesus name if he isn't one with God, then we would be praying to a separate being, resulting in idolatry.
Beware, that some of you reading may be offended, though that is not my intention, when we are handling the Word of God, we cannot sugarcoat the truth. Many christians or non-christians, look for their ''own'' ways to God. Some feel that God is only in church or church buildings and when service is over, his presence is no longer there and its back ''to the world.'' Again, those tactics that are mostly done unconsciously, only result in satan having a smile on his face. To know God, we must begin in his Word. The Bible.
The Word is God and God is The Word
We will be going over John 1:1-2 to see the relationship between God and his Word. First, lets take a look at John 1:1-2 which says, "In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
God and his Word are one. To not believe in The Bible would be not believing in God. The only way we can know God is through his Word. The Word was written by men with the holy spirit who were inspired to jot down their experiences and revelations from and with God. It was written by forty men from different time periods and generations, in a period of 1,500 years exactly according to the records of scripture.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 "All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness"
Psalm 119:160 "The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever."
The Word of God is the source of all truth and all of reality. To some it may just seem like a book. Indeed, it is a book, for reading it in bible studies won't make you any better than you desire to be without actual practice of what is taught. The Word is spirit and living ( Hebrews 4:12 "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." )
God's Word reveals his character, his creation, his plan, and most of all his love. His Word shows no partiality nor is a favorite of persons. His Word makes whole and teaches perfect wisdom. Wisdom that changes the heart and not just the mind. For the natural human wisdom of man can only perceive so much all the while not being conscious of satan's deceits.
We must start with The Bible and actually apply what it is we read. It must be read with faith. It must be read with the conviction that his Word is indeed true and that He indeed exists. Questions may arise, confusion may kick in as well, because as stated earlier, there is so much our finite minds can perceive from the Infinite mind of God, and not to forget satan's desire to push us away from the truth, from our True selves. When seeking God, The prime creator of all that is, we must believe that he is* and allow him to guide us in his Word.
The Word is also Jesus Christ. John 1:14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Jesus stated " I AM the truth, the way, and the life. No comes through the Father expect through me." When we read this scripture, it is clear that God's will is for us to believe in the Son, the perfect physical manifestation of himself. When seeking God and letting go of our idols and false gods, we must be totally submissive to HIS WAY. We must believe that God's way is the best way, for it is.
Faith in God births God to reveal himself increasingly and give us all of the guidance and comfort that we need ( Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith [it is] impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.) As we look at the scripture from part one of part one of this article, Exodus 3:13-15, where God revealed himself to Moses. God was firm and made plain who he is. When Moses asked him "Who should I say sent me?" God did not say, " Whatever you perceive me to be." He clearly stated "Tell them I AM sent you." Yahweh. God may not reveal himself through a burning bush now and days, but he continues to reveal himself in the same manner through his Word. Because his Word has never changed.
He reveals himself through Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we see the visible God. The God who lives in man and dwells in oneness with him. Jesus was that perfect human figure when walking on earth. God revealed himself to Moses through a burning bush, today he reveals himself as a man, Jesus Christ. We can only know God through Jesus, because Jesus is God indeed.
The promise of the counselor
Jesus made this promise before he was sent to Calvary,"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." John 14:26
The Holy Spirit, The counselor, comforter, teacher etc. As we have already covered, the Holy spirit is the spirit of God. Holy, means set-apart and spirit is also mind. He is the living mind of Christ and when we choose to follow him and be baptized by the holy spirit, we receive the mind of God that teaches us all things that pertain to God and reality ( 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 "these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spiritwithin them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.")
Word of note, baptism of the holy spirit does not necessarily mean just being dipped in water. It is the very act of receiving him. Believing in him and faithfully asking him to take part of your life ( Luke 11:13 "If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”)
It is because of the holy spirit that the apostles where able to convert almost 5,000 people in one day. It is because of the Holy spirit a man is 100% convinced of the Word of God. The Holy spirit speaks, He hears, He guides, and He transforms us into his exact image. For He is the reason we become one with God.
He is also the reason there is separation and division. Because of him, the fruits and deeds of man are exposed. There are men who know the bible better than any pastor but yet do not believe it to be the Word of God nor able to understand it because they do not have the Spirit of God revealing them the divine mysteries in his Word. There are churches with millions of members yet no lives are being changed by the true and powerful influence of the Holy Spirit.
We can only know and have a relationship with God when we have the Spirit of God resting in us, guiding us through his word and daily affairs of life. Romans 8:14-16"because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, ""Abba," Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children."
Religion shuns the Holy Spirit for many reasons. A man who wants to believe in his own way towards God will neglect the Holy Spirit trying to convince him of the truth.
ConclusionTo come to close, We must remember that life is as simple as God has created it to be. We will never come to fully knowing God and ourselves if we continue to remain indifferent to the simple truth. Our God has never changed. No matter what you have done, no matter what you have said, no matter what you have felt, believe me when I tell you, God is still the God who created you with purpose, destiny, beauty, intelligence, and an abundant supply of gifts that reside within you. A life filled with emotional, spiritual, physical, and financial success and increase. Jeremiah 29:11 " For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
The only way we will ever experience a life free from the attachments of our "ego" or flesh, free from expecting others to give us the longing significance and reason to live, free from our gods and idols that give empty promise after empty promise; leaving us feeling more empty and most of all free from the bondage that sin brings, is to make a decision RIGHT NOW to look within, confess, and ask for Christ to enter our lives.
Whether you have been a christian for years, whether you are new to the faith, or whether you have no claim to faith but want to get to know God; NOW is the time. Luke 19:9 "And Jesus said unto him, To-day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham."
Today is your day. God isn't interested in your church activities, or tithes and offerings. He is interested in YOU. Your heart. He wants YOU, my fellow reader. God has built the home, he has decorated the house, he has set up the dinner, he has fixed your room, he has the mansion all prepared for you. It is up to you to walk in. Problems will exists, your faith will be tested. For a relationship with God is not a one day event of emotional repentance and then its back to the-same-old. It is life journey. Times will seem hard. But giving up our gods that have kept us in ignorance and sin for the one true God who desires nothing but life for us is indeed worth more our lives themselves.