Understanding who we “Really” are!
First and foremost, we are spiritual beings having human experiences. We are a spirit and we have a soul and we are housed in this body. When God the Creator blew into the nostril of Adam, Adam became a living soul. The soul consists of the intellect and the emotion and the ability to reason.
Our spirit man came from the CREATOR/GOD. When the body dies, the spirit returns to the Creator. However, the soul, which is the conscious state of the soul=the consciousness/awareness. This is what will live forever, whether it is with its Creator or with that fallen angel known as Lucifer.
Now listen! With all this being said. Here we are today. This is the challenge that we are faced with today. After the broken relationship between Adam and the Creator, there was put before mankind the power of Choice and that choice became THE CHALLENGE OF MANKIND, listen to what God said in Genesis the 4th chapter and verse 7. The Creator told Cain who killed his brother that> “you will be accepted if you respond in the right way. But if you refuse to respond correctly, then watch out! Sin is waiting to attack and destroy you, and you must subdue it.” (NLT)
In the (NIV) it says>if you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”
In the (NAB) it says>if you do well, you can hold up your head; but if not, sin is a demon lurking at the door: his urge is toward you, yet you can be his master.”
Here we are with the challenge to respond correctly, and if we choose to be the master of sin, then we have chosen correctly. But if we choose to live in a broken relationship with our creator, we have chosen incorrectly and therefore sin becomes our master.
Think about this question. Doesn’t it seem foolish to respond incorrectly to the One who has created you? Sure it does, especially when this Creator can just simply stop thinking about you and you will no longer exist. David said in Psalms the 8th chapter and verse 4>what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them? (NLT).
The sin that was mentioned above can be categorized as that old sin nature which operates out of that negative energy that flows throughout the universe. There are negative and positive energy/forces. What happens is this, when a person decides to change their life and do what is right, that negative energy intensifies. All the tests and challenges become tantamount.
We must remember, that old sin nature-that being, our habits, weaknesses, addictions, this is the enemy who sits and crouches at the door, it desires to have you and it/he will never go away. It/he will remain there until we die. However, we can master it and we should be in control of the choices and the decisions that we make in life. We are responsible for our own actions and behavior. Our behavior is dictated by whichever energy or forces we allow to control our thinking.
It’s like this; we have lived and operated for so long out of the negative energy, because that’s all we know. We were born into this body of sin. WE had nothing to do with it. The first sin of disobedience was passed on to us, that old sin nature. And so, when we change our lives and begin to operate out of the positive forces, the negative forces becomes really hard to leave behind. But, we can master it, it can only come through what was, what use to be in control. Understand this, when we were operating out of the negative energy there was no challenge because you did what you wanted to do, this is all we knew. “Allow me to stop here and explain allegorically what the negative and positive forces are; the negative forces represent the enemy/devil/Lucifer and the positive forces represent God/the Creator/Jesus Christ”.
I feel that if we have a better understanding of this spiritual realm then we will better understand how to live in this world, and how to better respond when these negative test, challenges, habits want to exert itself, especially when it comes to the crimes and troubles and wars and killings that we hear about over news. These are the last days in which we are living and that old enemy does not care who it destroys.
So the question becomes, where am I going to spend Eternity? Whether you believe in this concept or not, it remains a FACT! We will spend it in either two ways, with our Creator or separated from our Creator. Trust This! It is going to happen! I would rather take my chances in living the way I was created to live than to not live out my purpose and then when death comes and I have to face my Creator.
Now, I didn’t want to come with no big words or no super slick words. I just wanted this to be very simple so that anyone can understand it. The whole thing in a nutshell is this, either you manage you or something or someone will manage you…either way, you will be managed! I refuse to allow SIN to manage me, I will master it! And it can be done, we just have to be determined and committed and stay focused.
Sam Ford, BSW, MSP, CDCA