The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.Romans 13:12
Let me tell you about the strongman, for if you look around you, you'll see him everywhere, including in the halfway house (the church).
Look at him, he's a tough character. He's built a formidable fortress, a character you don't want to mess with and he's quite proud of himself.
Yet, look behind his defences and you'll find he's nothing but a coward, who's insecure, afraid and lonely, and doesn't want anyone to know it. He doesn't know what true love is and doesn't think he'll ever find it.
You can't argue with a person who is stubborn and proud, the strongman spirit feeds off a fight and arguing only makes it stronger. All you can do, is walk away and pray that God will touch his heart with His love and set him free of his torment.
What are the "works of darkness"? What is the armor of light?
SIN = thoughts that have their Source In Negativity.
Negative thinking, that's the dark light that fills the mind with unvirtuous, sinful thoughts. Unforgiveness, disrespect, dishonesty, unfaithfulness, hatred, envy, etc., all come from negative thinking and pride is the fork that feeds it.
The armor of light, is positivity and the virtue of God's true love, that fills the mind with virtuous thoughts.
Let go your pride, for if you truly want to overcome sin (negative thoughts, words and deeds), you must starve it with humility and you will find, that before long, the light will shine through the darkness, like a ray of sunshine and your walls will crumble and fall, and you will be truly free. For those walls you build, to defend yourself with, are really only imprisoning you.
And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, "Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?" But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. Then He answered them, saying, "Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?" And they could not answer Him regarding these things. Luke 14:3-6
Let me tell you about the lawyer. He isn't as common as the strongman (previous post), but quite often, they go hand-in-hand and he too, has infiltrated the halfway house (church).
The lawyer spirit has the sense of his own, limited virtue (self-righteousness) and believes he has the right to cast his judgement upon others, based on his knowledge and how proud he is, of what he thinks he knows.
And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. - 1 Corinthians 8:2
His mind is full of treatises and legal precedents for him to draw upon, yet he has not experienced the spirit (nature and characteristics) of God's absolute, undying love in his heart or His true love's absolute, majestic virtuousness (righteousness), that forms the character of Christ.
Reading about something and actually experiencing it, are two very different things.
And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers." - Luke 11:46
“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” - Luke 11:52
Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. - 1 Timothy 1:5-7
You'll see them, if you have the eyes to see. Many of them preach the so-called "prosperity gospel", unaware that they are sowing covetousness (desire for worldly riches), in the hearts and minds of the hearers and others will defend themselves when they don't understand or feel their knowlegde is threatened, with the defense of, "that's not in the scriptures!" Oh how little they truly know and how little their faith.
Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest. And He said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called 'benefactors.' But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves. For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves." Luke 22:24-27
The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 1 Peter 5:1-4
Now let me tell you about the third face of pride, the regent. If you know the story of Robin Hood, then you'd know about Prince John, king Richard's brother, the prince regent, who while the king was away fighting the crusades, assumed the throne and raised the taxes, pulling the wool over everyone's eyes by claiming it was to raise a ransom for the imprisoned king, yet with no intention to pay it.
The regent is the most deceptive and cunning face of pride, because he has a certain degree of authority and pretends to have humility, and to be a benefactor, and that what he's doing, is for your own good.
You'll recognise them in the halfway house (church). They're the one's who seek positions of authority and leadership, and take pride in the degree of knowledge they've gained from the authority of men (Bible College). They'll be the one's that are nice to you, while you follow their lead. However, when you say something they don't understand or that they think threatens their authority, they'll stand over you and demand you "come under their authority."
You'll see it in Pastors too, by the fact that they are too involved in expanding their principality (church), wanting to build bigger, palatial like churches and increasing the tithes (taxes), that they neglect their flock, usually only tending to those who pay the most tithes (taxes).
God doesn't make anyone an authority "over subjects", but "on the subject" and His kingdom is not governed and ruled by an empirical hierarchy. The hierarchy is a test of pride on a subconscious level. His kingdom is governed and ruled by His supernatural, absolute, majestic love, which flows through all His subjects with absolute, equal power and glory, and which governs and dictates our every thought, word and deed, according to His true love's absolute holiness, peacefulness, gracefulness and graciousness, with absolute equanimity, humility and cooperativeness (brotherly love), without a care in the world and like a little child-at-heart, though far from childish.