We must learn to be humble
We all have a free choice of what we want to believe. But the truth is still the truth, even if no one believes it. A lie is still a lie even if everyone believes it.
Similarly, Just because we cannot see something does not mean that it is not there.
Life is not about being rich, popular highly educated or perfect. Life is about being real, humble and kind. It is about having the attitude of a child, without fear, being as trusting as a child is with his/her parents, and above all, not creating a barrier in our minds with education and false/incomplete religion. It s a change that only the Set Apart Spirit can perform in our lives, as our education and political systems strive to prevent us from understanding the Fathers message.
We are clearly given this message by the Messiah in Matthew 18:2, Mark 10:14, Luke 18:17 that we must turn our ways and be humble and trusting:
Matthew 18:2 And Yahuah called a little child to Him, set him in their midst, 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become as little children, you shall by no means enter into the reign of the heavens. 4 “Whoever then humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the reign of the heavens. 5 “And whoever receives one little child like this in My Name receives Me. 6 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it is better for him that a millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea.
We are called to a life of setting ourselves apart from the world, not accepting the standards, education and beliefs of the world. We are called to have the right attitude, that is a clean heart, a right spirit, a trusting relationship with the Father. We are not called to a life of fear.
We are called to take a step in faith and believe in the Fathers salvation plan, and love our Father with all our minds, body and soul. That is we need to take a step in faith before our eyes can be opened, our mind awakened, and the true message and Word of the Father revealed to us. As mentioned elsewhere on this web site, our education, experiences and false religions are designed to blind our eyes spiritually, teaching us values of desiring power and wealthy, education, recognition, being popular and lust.
The attributes that we need to have were set out by the Messiah in the Gospels, his teaching was about our attitude, and setting ourselves apart from what spiritually blinds us. We need an attitude of humility, trust, serving others, and being humble which is not what the world has taught us to desire in our attitude. It is not about having power over others, or being better than others. We need to come before the Father in prayer, with the right attitude, and for the right reasons.
In my life I have had many learnings about my attitude and being humble. However, I passed these off as bad experiences rather than warnings as my eyes were spiritually closed. One of these experiences was the presence of great evil, despair and fear. Both I, and the person I was with, had never felt such pure evil and hatred. Prayer did nothing, even our pastor of the church I was attending was of no help. Although we could not see anything with our eyes, we could feel the presence of an entity. The feeling of total despair and fear was overpowering. Each time we prayed it felt like we were mocked and whatever the entity was, we could feel it move closer.
We were not just frightened, we were absolutely petrified. We were asking each other why the entity took no notice of the prayers – now I know the reason for that we were not praying to the Messiah and we were praying while still being part of the world, but at the time I did not know that. After a time, we could feel the entity move away, but its presence had done its job and cemented us into a false religion that like most denominations includes elements of magic and paganism. There is a spiritual war going on around us, and it is the battle for our souls.
Now I would like to say that was the only event, but sadly it was not although the events stopped once my eyes were spiritually opened. Now I understand that where there is great evil, there is a counterbalance of great good and comfort – but we need to choose wisely who we worship and how we worship. We go to the Father on his terms, not ours, which means being clean from sin, being humble, and set apart from this world we live in.
It was not until later in life that I discovered my education was a barrier to me. Science, engineering and religious study created a false security – I knew it all. But how wrong I was. I believed flawed and incorrect Scripture translations, denominations incorporating elements of magic and paganism into their worship, and I was following a denomination that had not grasped the rich fullness of the Father and Messiahs teaching.
It was not until I took a step-in faith that I understood the teaching set out in the Scriptures and the reason why I was exposed. I had to first learn that my education and religious teaching was blinding me to the truth. Once I realised that, immediately my eyes were opened, my mind awakened, and I could understand the Fathers salvation plan. Just as happened to the blind beggar, whose eyes were opened when he took a step in faith and obeyed the Messiahs instruction to wash at the pool of Siloam, we need to wash the education, false teaching and knowledge of the world from our souls.
My wife and I have studied the Scriptures with a very different relationship with the Father than what we were taught in denominations. The knowledge gained through studying the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, helped us develop the right attitude. Never stop studying the Scriptures, it is our spiritual food, without that food, we spiritually starve.
The Messiah taught and lived in accordance with the Old Testament and lived the New Testament. We need to study as much in the Old Testament as the New Testament. Each of us taking our own step-in faith as the Set Apart Spirit leads us to do. We all need to open our minds to the Father, undo our education, change our living and revere the Word of the Father. Understanding the Scriptures leads us to discover an adult faith. It gives us the direction we need to lead a richer and more meaningful life.
But in taking a step in faith, being humble and trusting we open ourselves to spiritual attack. Everything exists in a balance so as we step out in faith, spiritual and worldly pressure builds to force us to normalise ourselves back into the world again. The more we try to step out, the greater the resistance we meet, I am sure that you will have found this also. This is the reason why many believers set themselves apart from the world. We need to ask for the strength and protection of the Father, through the Messiah to stand against these forces as it is a spiritual battle for our souls.
One of the many Old Testament accounts of the spiritual realm surrounding us is the account of Elisha starting at 1 Kings 19:21. Elijah (an Old Testament prophet 900 BCE–849 BCE) was instructed by the Father to find Elisha who would become a prophet to replace Elijah. Elijah found Elisha ploughing a filed with a pair of oxen. Elijah put his cloak around Elisha, a sign that Elijah’s responsibilities would fall on Elisha, and Elisha left his oxen and ran after the prophet. Elisha asked only if he could say goodbye to his family and then would return to Elijah. Elisha did this then slaughtered his oxen and burnt his equipment, gave the meat to the people, then followed Elijah as his servant. Elisha responded to the call from the Father immediately and without reservation. He completely removed himself from his former life and left himself no option to return to his oxen and former life. Not only did Elisha leave his former life immediately and without regret, he became a servant in his new life.
While that is one lesson for us, there is another lesson. Elisha warned the king of Israel (Jehoram) about the king of Aram’s movements. When the king of Aram found out that it was Elisha foiling his plans, he sought to capture Elisha. When Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, saw the Arameans that had come against them, he was afraid. But Elisha told him not to be afraid because "those who are with us are more than those who are with them.' And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Father, so that he may see.” Then the servant’s eyes were opened, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha" (2 Kings 6:16–17).
We cannot see the spiritual war that surrounds us. While our spiritual eyes and mind are closed, there is no resistance as our soul is already owned by the enemy. But once our eyes are opened, the spiritual battle for our soul starts. What we often cannot see is that the Father is there to support and protect us, just as he was for Elisha and Gehazi. We do not need to fear the resistance and oppression that will come against us provided that the Set Apart Spirit dwells within us.
Fear is one of the key weapons that is used by our enemy, fear of acceptance, fear of the unknown, fear of the presence of an entity, fear of being unemployed, without money or food, unpopular, or imperfect. But trust and faith is our defence to fear, all through the Scriptures we are told not to fear anything except respect the Father.
Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the being. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both being and body in Gehenna.
As Gehazi found, there is a spiritual war and spiritual forces. We cannot overcome resistance and oppression without the strength of the Father. That does not mean that bad things will not happen to us, but no matter what happens, our soul belongs to the Father.