What shall we do to enter into the Kingdom of God? As we know…. We have to seek God’s Kingdom… Matt 6:33 But; God is light, and we have to conquer the darkness within before the light will shine through.
God bless you on your journey and I do hope that this will help you get one step closer. Tomorrow we will learn to recognise God’s voice from page 114
Prisoners of the Lord
Ephesians 4: 1 ‘1I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called.’
Paul was a prisoner; however, a prisoner of the Lord and not of Satan. These prisoners mentioned in this text are different to what we might understand it to be literally. Let me explain: Paul tells us that when Jesus ascended up on high, He led captivity captive.
Ephesians 4: 8 ‘8Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.’
What is the first question that comes to mind when reading this text? First of all, what men were with Jesus to whom he gave gifts after ascending up on high? This code will be discussed in more detail later.
Second question: How is it possible for a prisoner to be led captive? Surely, prisoners cannot be led captive, as they are imprisoned already?
At first, our souls were all imprisoned by the darkness of Satan as we were all born in darkness and Satan’s slaves. The same was with Paul who persecuted the flock of Jesus; Paul was therefore led captive from darkness to light.
When God approached me through his servants in my beginning, Satan was in control of my heart. He bestowed His grace upon me and gave me light. I had no wisdom concerning Jesus and God’s kingdom, as Satan prevented me from hearing the Word of God. God drew me away from the darkness by His teachings, and I was led captive into Jesus. Now; instead of being a servant and slave of the darkness, God led me captive in to being a servant of light and a prisoner in Jesus the church.
Romans 6: 17-18 ‘17But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. 18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.’
Humans love the earth and the darkness of the prison mind. It is normal for the darkened human mind to crave power and control over others. People are prisoners of the darkness which consists mainly of the human (animal) lusts, ego and greed. The power we gain by accumulating wealth will build the ego even more. The more people possess, the more they want. In other words, where the treasure is, the heart shall be.
We have to keep in mind that the more power we have in this world, the more power Satan will have in and through us. And the more darkness and ego we conquer, the more powerful God will become in and through us.
We have to understand that we never chose to become slaves or prisoners of the darkness. We were born into darkness from eternity, which will be discussed in more detail in ‘Secrets of the unknown God.’
It is not an easy task to conquer the mind; but the more light we gain on our journey, the more advanced we will become to gain our spiritual freedom.
This is the reason I said that people should not say that they have given their hearts to the Lord before they have completed the journey.
We should keep focus on our own deeds, whether we belong to God on the Sabbath and then become slaves for Satan the rest of the week? Are we Holy before the people, but serve the darkness behind closed doors?
Although Paul was a great servant for God through Jesus, his struggle was great and painful in conquering the human mind. As I have mentioned before, Paul did not become Holy the same day God’s light was revealed to him. This was merely the beginning of his struggle.
Romans 7: 17-20: At this stage, Paul has been on the path for some time and found himself caught up in a negative state of mind. He felt that he was not advancing on the path as well as he would have hoped to at that stage. The fleshly mind remained in control of his heart and he just could not conquer.
Romans 7: 17-20 ‘17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.’
This is how the universe was created. The soul will always be held captive by Satan for as long as he possibly can, and those who say they have conquered the darkness and are new-born Christians; see what the path of being crucified really is. Great masters with the likes of Paul suffered to gain ground in getting closer to God. There was no jumping up and down and feeling happy on the true path, their happiness lied in conquering Satan and preaching the gospel.
Although the forces of the mind serve as wardens for Satan, they are not necessarily bad or evil. Satan wants the soul as much as God, and he was in control of the souls from the beginning of our journeys’.
The fact of the matter remains that we are the ones who prefer the darkness to the light; which makes it so much easier for Satan to control us.
So; the only way that we will be able to become prisoners of the Lord, is to shut our eyes from everything we love in the world and follow God’s servants until we understand what our journey is. This is the true way of plucking out the eye of evil.
I want us to have a look at the code of where Israel was a prisoner for Satan in Egypt and the wilderness.
Israel was a prisoner of Pharaoh in Egypt. They escaped captivity whereby they ended up in the wilderness with Moses. For the time that they were in the wilderness or dessert, they were not free yet; their freedom lied in reaching and entering the Promised Land.
In the desert they remained prisoners; not of Pharaoh, but of God. They desired to return to eat from the pots of Egypt and this is what prevented them from entering into the Promised Land. Exactly the same as we all have to endure to this day. The path remains the same for all.
Our main objective is to be freed from the darkness and the wilderness. We do not want to be prisoners at any stage; not Satan or God. We therefore have to become free in Christ by entering into the Promised Land.
How is this accomplished but by conquering our love for Egypt?
The problem with the human is that when we are removed from the clutches of the world. We walk the path in the church; but we continuously desire to return to the world and its bright lights. This is the stage where we remain prisoners of the Lord; but are some distance from the Promised Land yet.
This is the most difficult part of our struggle, as we have to break free from our worldly, friends, desires and wants. Paul described this phase in 1 Corinthians 15 as dying daily. He spoke for all of us.
We will never be free until such time that we enter the Promised Land. The Promised Land is the New Jerusalem and city of God. Once we enter the city of God, we will be freed of all darkness eternally.
Revelation 21: 2 ‘2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Paul reached the Promised Land when he made known that he has died and that Christ lived within him.
When we reached this stage of our journey, and only then, will we be talking the truth, by saying that we are new born Christians.
We will discuss this topic in more detail in the chapter where Satan is discussed.
Recognising God’s voice
People, who remain in darkness, will fall over an angel or be in a conversation with one every day without noticing. We might ………….