Before we go on, I want to mention the last part of the equation. The equation itself is, thoughts cause feelings which then cause actions or reactions. Today I want to look at actions and reactions. That is to say our behaviour. It is in this area that the Original Lie inside us, controlling us, does its worst damage. It totally controls our behaviour. We have no choice over how we will behave while ever an OL is in control of us. We will be unable to change behaviour until we have fought the OL. I was a good example of this. I was introverted and insecure when I was in my thirties when I first started fighting my OL. Ten years later when I was in my forties, I did a Myers Briggs personality test. I had just started working for the Salvation Army and they put all their staff at the centre where I worked through the test. My test showed extreme introversion. Eight years later, the Army again put their staff through a Myers Briggs personality test. I had spent the years in-between fighting my OL and, as I believed, changing. Becoming far more outgoing. I looked forward to receiving the results of the test to see the improvement I had made. Was I surprised. Continue reading The worst consequence
So what is this wisdom I talk about that is given freely? It is so simple. This again is a blockage for a lot of people. How can something so simple work? Something that is so simple and free. How can it work? Of course there is a hidden agenda. A Holy God who sent His Son to a cross to die so we might have life and have it abundantly, wants you to be free and happy. All you have to do is believe it.
When God created the earth and everything that is in it, He did so by the power of His words. He spoke it all into being and it happened. And we have this same power to speak things into being, just as He has, because He made us in His image. There is a difference between what I spoke forth to get well though, than the words of positive affirmation that some churches and counsellors teach you to use. What is the difference? It is simple. This is a hidden spiritual principle. It is a battle between the power of good in this world and the power of evil. I call these powers God and lucifer. One wants only good things for you. The other, lucifer wants only bad. And I mean really bad, even though it can look as if he can be offering good to you. He isn’t. He cannot change his nature. He is evil. But he can be very deceptive and deceive you even as he deceived Eve in the story of the garden of Eden.
There is a lie hidden deep within all of us that he caused to be put there. I call it the Original Lie. Just living in this world causes us to have many lies spoken over our lives that we accept when we are children and cannot protect ourselves. But this lie is much deeper and can only be revealed by the opposite force; God, the one who only wants good things for us. Unless we let Him reveal it to us, it stays hidden our whole lives and controls our thoughts, feelings and behaviour. We can never be free while ever it is hidden inside there. But we all have this place inside us which we can tap into, where the God of the universe comes and communicates with us. He alone can help you uncover this insidious lie and become free of it. And we become free by speaking words, the right words, against it and destroying it.
This is where the believing comes because unless you believe, you cannot be fully free. You can work the principles and, by listening to your words, you can come to find your Original Lie [OL] and become mostly free. But it is much easier to do it with the help of a Holy God who loves you.
And this is where the building of the solid foundation is. When you fight your lie with the help of the God who created the universe you are building on the solid foundation. If you chose to work the principles without believing in Him, He will still help you, but you are not building on the solid foundation and so are vulnerable to having the sandy foundation washed away at some time in your life.
So read on. You can be free whatever you chose to do. But for me, believing in Him and coming to know his incredible love, is the best way to live. Next blog; the exact working of the principle.
The real cost to becoming free is to believe that we are worth being given such a gift. If we work on the wisdom we are given because it has cost us an excessive amount of money, we are not doing it for a reason that will ultimately set us free. There is a story in scripture about the building of a house. It talks about the foundation you need to build on in order for the house to stand in all kinds of weather. Just yesterday there was an earthquake in Italy that has cost hundreds of lives. Yet it was lower on the Richter scale than the earth quakes in Christchurch in New Zealand that cost very few lives. Why? Maybe it was the way houses are built in New Zealand. Maybe they have a solid foundation. The story in scripture says that we need to build on a solid foundation, rock rather than sand. Continue reading The real cost.
How many things do you get in this world that are absolutely free. And especially in this world where materialism has such a hold on most people. A delightful young man said to me this week that, when he had to pay for something, especially if the payment was quite high, then he would work much harder on the advise given to him, because he would not want to waste his money. He didn’t say that if he had to pay for it, he would think that it was worth more than if it is freely given away. But I know that many people would think like that. The more expensive something is, shows how much better it should be compared to similar things. Absolutely not so. Continue reading It’s Free
I write a lot about Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden. It does not matter whether this story is true or not, it is the best illustration ever written about what happened to us and why we have such trouble with relationships today. I want to write how I think they would have thought once they had eaten from the tree and had their eyes open to good and evil, and experienced shame.
Shame is the feeling and carrying on through the principle of the Original Lie, the feelings have to be triggered by a thought. Adam and Eve would not have been aware of what was happening to them. They were just overwhelmed by the experience they were having of their eyes being opened. I believe their thoughts would have been something like these. Continue reading The First Original Lie