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In the debate over God, religion, spirituality and life there are many key historical and factual points to debate; some are very contentious, some are surprisingly conclusive—and I place examples of each of those on both sides of the debate “aisle.”
For many people, these pieces of debate are reason enough to throw the philosophy and spiritual guidance available in The Word and via The Spirit out the window without a deeper thought on the profound nature, effect and paradigm-shifting power of the content….
The speaker in the embedded video below details how a follower of Christ’s Words and Deeds is called to “boast in their weaknesses” and humble themselves. Some believers today who seek to be the “first fruits” are striving to this end so mightily that they wish to be nearly non-existant; in the desire that Will of God replaces their selfish desires with His Holy Plans.
This philosophical underpinning is the unconquerable message within The Bible that transcends the debate of “is their a God, is The Bible accurate, did Jesus really do what we’re told he did…” and replaces it with a quantum shift in our thoughts, words and deeds.
The world is full of a cacophony of sights and sounds and pleasures to be had; will these joys be the pursuit of our lives—or will we seek a different goal altogether and bring our lives to the altar of God and humbly pray that our dreams are burned away to be replaced with His?
Today we’re at a cross-roads in every way imaginable. Between spirituality, and religious idolatry. Between a free society, and a life underneath the boot of outright oppression. Between liberty and tyranny; in mind, body and spirit.
If I can make a bold but hopefully obvious assumption: the prime desire of human beings is to be free, and our lives are a continuous journey in the pursuit of freedom—financially, spiritually, and societally. If so, then we must diligently analyze all areas of our existence to find where we fall from a state of liberty to a state of subjugation.
From where I stand I see two primary “states of subjugation” that—whether we currently believe in them or not—are wild and dangerous threats our liberty, freedom and happiness.
#1: Spiritual subjugation. Perhaps the most dangerous threat to our liberty in this life. Although it is pure madness to our prideful logic and rationality, there is a spiritual world; and every culture on Earth has some form of experience, belief and respect for it.
As The Apostle Paul (or his scribe) wrote in the book of Ephesians, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
These wicked spirits can manifest in a variety of ways; from our desire for self-indulgent thrill seeking, sex and drug addiction, a propensity towards anger or other outbursts of emotion and even religion itself! The diversity of forms of spiritual oppression (and the spirits themselves) are likely equal to the power that these forces can have over us. Here’s a shockingly complex list of demons/spirits/entities a friend and mentor recently sent me.
I used to scoff at these propositions. I called them foolish and with my eyes rolling condemned “kooky crackpot Christians” for not taking responsibility for themselves, for blaming an outside force for their own lack of discipline, desire or diligence. But time has changed me, and nothing less than what must be God has opened my eyes to see a world far more complex, crazy and incredible than I had ever imagined possible.
Although I have light years left to travel I can see, know and feel a profound shift in myself, and on a daily basis am diligently making an effort to rebuke my wickedness and invoke the spirit of Christ to help me deal with the forces of evil I’ve been addicted to in the past (to drugs, alcohol, anger or other states of being that gave me a variety of gratifications).
With the Grace and Power of the Son of The Most High God, we can invoke Supreme Authority and send invincible chords of judgement into the spirit world to bind these spirits and prevent them from impacting this world.
#2: Governmental subjugation: while this one might seem to be today’s most dangerous, remember the previous line from the book of Ephesians, “we do not battle with the princes and principalities of this world, but rather with the forces of spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Therefore the tyranny of State Stooges must take a second place and the growing array of evils around us from FEMA Camps, to “chem-trails” and the threat of an organized global government or “New World Order” as George Bush, Sr., Henry Kissinger and dozens of other denizens of the deep have called it can be profoundly impacted by a flanking attack by warriors of The Spirit.
There is a God, there is a plan, and we can make incredible inroads against Satan’s deceitful designs by stepping into our power as inheritors of Christ: Sons and Daughters of The Most High.