Currently in my life, God has brought two separate individuals in my path to show me two problems I am confronted with: 1) I see an individual trying to involve me in some type of 'battle of righteousness' and 2) I see an individual punishing themself for the poor choices they made. The first problem isn't really a problem I am able to solve at all. As I have had people challenge me throughout my life, trying to prove themselves to be a better person than me, it's really up to that person to get over their self righteousness in order for them to find righteousness at all. The second problem causes me to become deeply concerned about this person who is punishing themselves for the poor choices they made and I truly feel like God put me in her path to help her learn from my mistakes.
The first issue concerns a person who follows religious traditions that falsely gives her this impression that by observing religious holidays and practicing traditions passed on to mankind by mankind, they are in good standing with God. This is what I'd like to call worshipers who worship in their flesh. They follow traditions, go to church and observe every holy day but yet make no effort to worship God from the heart. Worshipers who worship in spirit, observes moral decrees and laws set by God and practices them by "doing unto others, what they would have others do unto them".
And in the end, I think it's common sense to know which worshiper God truly prefers and it's not the one that sacrifices eating their favorite meal or drinking their favorite wine, one day every week during Lent. And if God truly preferred someone who physically went to church every Sunday without putting God's words into practice, instead of someone who lives God's word everyday but never steps foot in church, Heaven probably wouldn't be so different than Earth, because like the physical world we live in, it would be filled with violence.
When God allows demons to consume an individual that causes them to hurt someone else, He is trying to show them that somewhere in their walk with God, they fell short and they need to learn to get a grip on their weaknesses or else He will let the demons expose them by allowing them to provoke the individual to act out on every evil thing that's hidden in their hearts. When people fall short, it is because their righteousness is weak, and when they try to begin a 'battle of righteousness' with another person who they know genuinely shines a Light that pleases God, they become consumed with demons that turn into envy and it worsens their spiritual condition. Doesn't this concept mirror a biblical story told in Genesis?
Truth is, the story of Cain and Abel occurs and reoccurs everyday among the living. It never ends because the story is repeated constantly throughout life as people live these roles everyday; and though it might discourage some people to realize things have never changed since the beginning, we are now given hope, because God made it so that Abel is the one who no longer dies at the end. People who have Faith and truly worship God in the spirit, have found a way to please God and they have the ability to live and relive, over and over. But people who remain weak, only becomes weaker because this is the process of spiritual decay; when they die, they will never live again. I cannot open a self righteous person's eyes because only they can prevent their own heart from decay. Every person is responsible for PRESERVING their own soul.
The second issue concerns a person who practices both the traditions of her religion and worships God in her heart. Because I know her Faith in God goes deeper than just observing holy days and practicing religious traditions, I am concerned that she will not stop punishing herself for the wrong choices she made. I learned from my own experience, that when people make bad choices, they feel as if they should suffer the consequences for the rest of their life by remaining on the path they chose to walk on, instead of turning around and going down the right path. God taught me that the suffering that results from making a bad decision is punishment enough and that, if I truly wanted to repent, it's never too late to turn around, no matter how far down that path I've already gone, so that I can get better.
I've learned that the worst thing people can do, is remain in a troublesome position just because they feel it's what they deserve because they knew they made a wrong turn in life. I know that as long as they remain in an unhappy situation or a relationship resulted by poor decision making, it will only get worse. So, I tried talking with her today, to help her not waste away any more of her years of her life being in a situation that brings constant bitterness and unhappiness. I always tell people that God doesn't punish those who make mistakes. It's their guilt that punishes them and this same guilt is what also traps them to remain in a spiritual ditch or grave they dug up for themselves.
I do not understand why too many people choose to remain in the grave when they still have life to live. People who end up in bad marriages, relationships or friendships often feel it's too late to walk away from those things because of the time they already put in to make it work. But it's like the concept of walking down the wrong path, if you got into a situation you knew wasn't going to work from the start, the worst thing you can do is waste more years by remaining on that path out of self punishment. Sometimes, the only way to make your life better is to have the courage to walk away and go through a detour to get yourself back on the right track.
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