By: Norm Rasmussen
First let's talk about Satan's plan for your life. It's quite simplistic. Its main purpose is to keep you from God's plan. Satan lost out on God's plan for himself for eternity because of his rebellion to God in the angelic realm a long time ago, and once that happened, he has been driven by rage to try to make certain no one else gets to inherit God's plan either ' as long as he has any say in the matter ' and God HAS allowed him to be used (yet for awhile the Bible says) as a means to give each of us a choice as to how we want our eternity to play out.
Satan can be likened to a spoiled kid who thinks, 'If I can't have the lollipop then I don't want anyone else getting it either!' Selfishness and anger is the motive behind that thinking. When someone gets the lollipop anyway, rage then overrides Satan's selfishness and anger and his rage wants to destroy both the giver of the lollipop and the one now sucking on it.
Every time a person chooses to step into God's plan for their life, rage in Satan increases both against God and against the person.
Satan and the fallen angels that help execute Satan's plan for each of us has not be granted power by God to keep us from deciding which plan we are going to choose ' let's be very clear about that. God makes certain that each of us are given the power of free choice to make our OWN choice of which plan we want to accept prior to our dying (With the exception, of course, of infants dying and the severely mentally impaired -- God will make certain their eternal destiny will be lived out in accordance with His all-knowing perfect wisdom in regards to each of them).
God gently woes each of us to make the choice to accept His plan mostly by giving us opportunities to seek Him as to what His spiritual truth IS, and what resides in the deepest part of our being. People enter into eternity from this life to the next life almost every minute of every day somewhere on this planet. Many may be greatly confused about God's spiritual truth, yet God has the ability to look deep into that person's spirit and knows what that person would DO with a clear understanding of His truth if it was revealed to them. Satan fully realizes how God goes about trying to woe people to accept His plan and comes up with very sophisticated lies to get people to believe that God's truth is either not trustworthy to believe ' too demanding ' or too confusing to understand.
People are unable to shove past Satan's onslaught of tactics to keep them from knowing what truth IS and then sensing their responsibly to do something ABOUT it if they don't have the quality of humility God is looking for.
How we comprehend humility in ourselves and others can be universes apart from how God views it.
Two criminals were also about to die along with Jesus, as they each were moving closer to eternity. The Bible gives us a little dialogue of those two criminals as those spoke briefly with Jesus. One had no use for Jesus. The other criminal discerned something about Jesus He was fully willing to gamble on. Jesus saw deep into his being, and discerned something that only God can see: The true humility of that person, and because of the quality of that humility ' assured him that he would be in God's plan upon dying.
On the other side of the veil, this criminal would quickly grow to realize that Jesus Christ not only spoke truth while He lived His 33 years of life on this planet ' He literally IS truth. EVERY person will understand the very same thing once they step into eternity. For most, it will not be a comforting revelation, because by then it will be too late for them. For the humble of spirit that worked diligently to obtain and hold on to that priceless quality during their lifetime, for all eternity it will then be rewarded.
Isaiah 57:15 of the Old Testament reads: For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite.
A quotation by Jesus in Matthew 5:3 addresses this same priceless quality of a person's spirit. Jesus said: 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'
The 'poor in spirit' Jesus was referring to were neither street beggars nor our equivalent of our present-day multi-billionaires. They were people who wanted to hear or read ONLY truth, PURE truth, and nothing BUT the very truth of God the Creator, and it is people like this who are granted from God to know WHAT and WHO truth IS ' and who and what it is NOT. It is granted solely by the Spirit of God to those who can be trusted with it. The 'poor in spirit' are the only ones who can be trusted with it. Conversely, the 'rich in spirit' demand their right to determine what THEY believe is truth, and if it differs with the WHOLE truth that is recorded in God's New Testament Word ' 'then let's get rid of all New Testament Bibles and get rid of the Bible thumpers who are so stubbornly bigoted because this world would be much better off without them constantly trying to tell us what THEY think their Bible wants us believing!'
The 'poor in spirit' are granted the privilege from the Holy Spirit of knowing WHAT truth is and their spirit and soul is comforted and fed and divinely guided by it. The 'poor in spirit' are granted the privilege from the Holy Spirit of knowing WHO truth is, and there is nothing more precious to them to be confident that when they pray to Him with unselfish and/or needful motives, God the Father and all the glorious angels who serve Him will respond in a favorable manner as Truth speaks to them to wisely respond and answer that prayer.
Jesus matter-of-factly tells us in the Word of Truth recorded in John 14:6: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life,'. No one gets to the Father (is granted intimate fellowship with God the Father, in other words, and can have confidence that they are granted His priceless eternal plan for them instead of Satan's totally worthless, cruel eternal plan for them) by somehow thinking they can bypass the TRUTH of God.
Jesus never is recorded in the Bible as saying He is 'a' way to the Father. He clearly stated: I am 'THE' way. There is no other option. Satan is deceiving the masses in every way he can to get people to believe the lie that Jesus spoke only partial truth ' 'That He is just 'a' way, but 'C'mon ' there are many ways to heaven.'
We hear that all the time these days, don't we? When someone
passes, we hear family and friends of the deceased person ease each other's
pain by saying, 'Well ' that person is now in heaven and his/her suffering
is all over now.'
The New Testament ' for those who care to prayerfully and humbly read ALL of it ' seldom talks about getting to heaven when they die compared to all the emphasis placed on the statements written that if you don't have your sins forgiven by God prior to dying, heaven with the Creator and Judge will NOT be your home. (The third Chapter of the book of John, for one instance, could not be more clear on the matter. Becoming 'spiritually born again' doesn't mean you switch from Chinese food to Mexican food or vice versa. It means that you trust Jesus Christ with your life and are willing to let Him control it however He determines the Father so wills).
And what does the Bible clearly say about HOW to get God to forgive us of all our sins, so nothing separates us any longer from Him because of our sins? The price Truth incarnate paid for everyone of us by dying on the cross ' taking our full punished for our sins, so God the Father would forgives us for them and they would not be held against us on our Judgment Day and for all eternity after that.
The 'poor, humble in spirit' don't have a problem being persuaded that they were born with sin. The 'proud in spirit' have a much more difficult time with that. In fact, most of them are willing to gamble with eternity on the matter.
Satan roars with laughter at their decision and God weeps inside at their blind, stubborn, rebellious arrogance ' because he fully understands the eternal pain it will bring for them.
God has no problem revealing truth to people. Regarding the masses, only a few can be trusted however with doing something pleasing to God WITH it. Can YOU be trusted to DO something about it if He gives you full understanding of it?
I can personally attest that I don't believe I could be trusted with it until I was willing to seriously determine to start OBEYING it, and I suspect strongly this applies to multitudes. It took emotional pain to the degree of my willingness to take my own life at age 35 with little fear of what eternity would have in store for me, sad to have to say, before God was willing to reveal to me clearly what HIS truth is and what it is not, with His expectations that I wouldn't just remain content to know what truth IS ' but start working diligently with Him to start living my life to begin more fully to OBEY what Truth expects a disciple of Truth to start doing in their relationship with Truth.
A lot of pain has come with being a disciple of Jesus Christ. I like Jesus being my Savior and paying the price for my sins with the assurance I'm in God's plan for my life ' but man oh man how I have had to come to the realization that my fallen sinful nature I was born with wants God to bless my rebellion to His commands in His Word and His call on my life ' and persuade myself it's somehow okay at those weak, tempting moments. And although a truth though not the WHOLE truth of the matter ' 'I was born this way!'
I'm sure thankful Satan and my physical body won't be allowed to be in heaven once I get there. Reason being, I'm not so convinced I would be any more Christ-like in heaven than I am down here on earth with those two things working against me ' which helps me realize I need a MERCIFUL FORGIVING Savior more each day than I realized I needed one the day previous, and the day before that, and '
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