Conflicted with Ourselves
We really have to ask ourselves who we are and who we want to be. In knowing where we are in our spiritual development we acknowledge a starting point and have the necessary means to move forward along our ordained path. Our ascension will depend largely on our willingness to cooperate and remain connected to Spirit. If we are conflicted with ourselves our concentration is divided and we will experience static interference and become immobilized by the flesh.
Many of us have a warped perception of what the flesh is. Most have come to see it as our physical bodies, but this is not the case. The term “The Flesh” actually refers to us submitting to worldly temptations as we side step the law of the Spirit. After all, we cannot blame the body because the body only follows our thoughts. Again it is our thoughts that create the situations and circumstances in our lives. They are the stones cast into the water that create the ripples which reach out to the world. The bigger the stone we throw into the water the more far reaching the effects on others will be.
Our lives are so interconnected here. We forget sometimes, but everything we do affects someone else
The flesh is not just sexual desire. It is anything that we desire that causes us to deviate for what is written in the Word. It could be the way we make our living, the way we discipline our children, the way we interact with coworkers or even the way we present ourselves in society. It is whenever we act and react to the world absent of Spirit, by compromising our Being and put Ourselves in conflict with that which is in the Temple.
We can pretty much justify anything that conflicts with the law in our own minds. This is what has made it possible for thousands upon thousands of years for Us to do things that conflict with the law. By doing what is right in our own minds we submit ourselves to the flesh. By submitting to the flesh we forfeit the Gifts that otherwise would be available to us and unwittingly accept only a consolation prize.
Recently I spoke to a friend who mentioned that an Elder from her church owned partial interest in a strip club. Talk about being conflicted. His position requires an uncompromising pursuit of the law and the organization of which he represents has the main objective of saving others from secularization yet he is in fact nurturing conflict. The strip club is in conflict with the temple, he maintains his justification of the business ownership by emphasizing the income that it brings him and thus chooses to participate in an action that is in conflict with the temple and is actually working towards what his church is against.
You see, in the temple aka the Church there exists certain laws. Outside of the temple there exist things that are not in conflict with these laws. This is what is referred to as secular. Some examples of secular in our society are family style restaurants, suitable family entertainment and education facilities that do not conflict with scripture. Secularization is the process of removing the law of and the suitable content within the temple from society. Today we all stand witness to the secularization of America which started with the firing of all the network sensors back in the seventies. Every time we sit with our children and feel embarrassed and uncomfortable by the programming we are viewing we are experiencing the results of this secularization.
I don’t want to get off topic, but this is why I am certain that America has a definite agenda in mind that is being put forth through the media. It is what I not so affectionately refer to as Americanism. It is a religion masquerading as a non religion. Americanism has one goal and that is the massive and total secularization of our society and the total annihilation of that which exists in the temple. It is bound and determine to make the unacceptable acceptable. With every new program the mass media puts out we become more and more desensitized to the secularization which is boldly advancing an agenda that is in conflict with the Kingdom. It is a “Trojan Horse” which we have voluntarily let into our homes.
How can we move forward ourselves and bring others forward with us if we continually be a party to the secularization of our society? The truth is that we can’t. We must be steadfast and confident that the law of the temple is the fastest route to where we need to be. Leading by example is the key to affective leadership. We cannot be both for and against. It is imperative that we choose a direction and more forward in it.
I am not immune to this struggle by any means. None of us are. We are all faced with choices every so often that cause us to consider bending the law of the Profits just enough to fill a void in our lives. The thing is that these laws are not meant to restrict us. They are truly meant to move us forward and to assist us in our realization of the Promise. By uncompromisingly adhering to the characteristics that are so plain and clearly stated we become readily equipped to boldly advance in a Kingdom quest. It is not always easy. Often we will feel alone in our journey, we may meet someone who seems to fill that empty void in our hearts which hungers for nourishment, but in reality we are only filling up on the appetizer and passing on the entrée.
Listen, our spouses may not see us, our friends my not see us, but I see us and more importantly God sees us. He sees who we are right “NOW” and is very much aware of the potential we have for Being. It is our job to remain focused on the Promise. If our sight becomes blurred we will slip into the darkness and be less likely to experience the light.
God has so much more in store for us. He has given us friends to fellowship with to fill the emptiness of our souls. We have been blessed with those who support us, encourage us and replenish our energies. All our needs are provided to us as we continually and unswervingly submit to His guidance. It is all a matter of choosing to live a righteous life at any cost.
We will be tempted and we may fall, yet we can always rise to our feet and continue our walk in faith, hope and love.
In His service,