I began this post Sunday morning our time which is Saturday night on the east coast of USA.
From the very beginning Mankind has rejected what God says about him/her. God made us in His very own image and likeness and breathed His very own Spirit life into us so that our very inner self was O/one with the Self of God. God did all that as a free gift to us His children-for we are the offspring of God.
Instead of receiving these wonderful treasures FOR FREE Adam and Eve preferred to try to get these things—things they already possessed!…by their own efforts. They rejected the free gift in order to earn their reward, which they were told by the Serpent would be that they “shall be like God”. They already WERE LIKE GOD!!
Why am I saying these things–things we mostly know already? Because we continue to do the same thing today.
The mind of the Serpent is the mind of the “old man” spoken of by Paul in Romans 6:6 and throughout his epistles. He says to put off the old man….which is done by faith…because it HAS ALREADY BEEN put off through the death of Jesus.
Nevertheless even though this old man HAS BEEN put to death on the cross we are still prone to thinking and seeing things though that old man’s mind. It is delusion.
Let me use the Serpent as an example of this delusion. The old serpent, the Devil and Satan-for they are his names-was created by God in perfection and wonder. He was the covering Cherub created in beautiful splendour with precious gems and musical pipes encrusted into his being. He is an archangel of the highest order having everything as a free gift from God.
But that was not enough for Lucifer. No…he wanted more. He wanted to be greater than he was made. He wanted to move up into a higher realm than what he was created to inhabit. He even wanted to be God.
Eze 28:12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.These two prophetic passages declare plainly the deluded mindset of Satan and also the mind of the “old man” which all Christians are being renewed out of.
Eze 28:13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created.
Eze 28:14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
Eze 28:15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.
Eze 28:16 “By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.
Eze 28:17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, That they might gaze at you.
Eze 28:18 “You defiled your sanctuaries By the multitude of your iniquities, By the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, And I turned you to ashes upon the earth In the sight of all who saw you.
Eze 28:19 All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; You have become a horror, And shall be no more forever.” ‘ ”
Isa 14:9 “Hell from beneath is excited about you, To meet you at your coming; It stirs up the dead for you, All the chief ones of the earth; It has raised up from their thrones All the kings of the nations.Satan wanted to be like the Most High (Isa 14:14) In other words he rejected the free gist of who he already was. He rejected being like God in the way he was created. He despised himself. He loathed himself. He blamed God for making him the way he was and was NOT GRATEFUL to God for who he was. He wanted to be BETTER…HIGHER….MORE POWERFUL…MORE INFLUENTIAL…all according to OUTER POSITION and OUTER posturing…and OUTER appearance.
Isa 14:10 They all shall speak and say to you: ‘Have you also become as weak as we? Have you become like us?
Isa 14:11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, And the sound of your stringed instruments; The maggot is spread under you, And worms cover you.’
Isa 14:12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
Isa 14:13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
Isa 14:15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
He said in his heart “I will ascend into heaven” ….This is the mind of the flesh. I will ascend! “I will ascend above the heights”, “I will exalt my throne.”
God had established him in the beginning when he was created. God had done it all for him. God created Lucifer and placed within him everything he needed to be who he was created to be…all by grace …all by a free gift.
The same things apply for all of us.
God has established us in Himself as sons and daughters of God having ordained good works for us to walk in before the foundation of the earth. Note all the past tense things God HAS done for us.
Eph 1:3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Eph 1:4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
Eph 1:5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.
Eph 1:6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.
Eph 1:7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
Eph 1:8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.
Eph 1:9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan.
God has done it all for us–it is a finished work! Done by God not by us. We are to accept it by faith–that is all.
If we reject all that God has done for us by agency of His lavish grace–a free gift to us…and instead try to get all those things by our efforts then we are doing the same as Satan did and Adam also. The wages of that effort will always be DEATH.
I have not even begun to say what I wanted to yet.
Having said all that I was struck by what Paul told the Christians in Thessalonica.
1Th 4:11 that you also aspireG5389 to lead a quietG2270 life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you,
1Th 4:12 that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing.
Paul’s advice is to be ambitious to, or to strive earnestly to , make it one’s aim to lead a quiet life! A quiet life? Yes a life that ceases from labour.
1) to keep quiet
1a) to rest, cease from labour
1b) to lead a quiet life, said of those who are not running hither and thither, but stay at home and mind their business
to keep still (intransitively), that is, refrain from labor, meddlesomeness or speech: – cease, hold peace, be quiet, rest.
It seems there were many who were AMBITIOUS to serve God with the idea it would make them great. They would be a somebody! For of course they are nobodies unless they are seen to be a somebody right?
Paul says- Pull your head in! Strive to be small! Live in the REST that is inside Jesus….Stop striving to be great–you are great already in Christ just being yourself- your new self.
Then Paul told them to mind their own business…..
If we have an inflated view of ourselves – thinking we are SOMETHING when in fact we are nothing (that old mindset we used to live in) then we will be constantly finding out OTHER people’s troubles so we can FIX THEM.
Never mind that we have our own troubles….better to hide them, and try to be the FIXER-UP-PERER for everyone else. After all if we fix others we will be made to look special and important right?
Then Paul told them to work with their own hands so they would not lack anything and be a good witness to the world about them.
What!! How come Paul does not tell them to trust God to get others to give them money? How come Paul does not tell them to preach tithing and offerings to the people so they will not lack?
If you are not prepared to do the little things like live a quiet life of anonymity, minding your own business and working with your own hands how will God give you anything greater?
Paul’s words go straight to the heart of the Satanic mindset–which does not rest until it is OVER others getting it’s needs met through others instead of from God alone.
In fact the carnal mind cannot let God be it’s source. Thus God must always oppose that one until we learn to be lowly and humble anonymous parts of His body.
Satan would tempt us to go after greatness….in other words he is saying you are a nothing, a useless nothing UNLESS you do this or that. Thus shame is our victor and it forces us to seek after great things for ourself.
God would have us seek the lowly place inside of Jesus–where it is easy to live a quiet life inside of a quiet and peaceable spirit.
Many have been prophesied over in churches that they will do great things for God. Beware! For these words are false.