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EGO Edging God Out Trait Of The First Adam

Macario M. Trujillo III

Phoenix, Arizona

Title: EGO Edging God Out: Trait Of The First Adam

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Acknowledgements

Introduction

1Edging God Out

2Nations

3 Remnant

4 Egotistical Battle

5 Feeding Your EGO

6 Fortress

7 Effects of Our EGO

8 No Other Gods Before ME

9 Breaking Adam’s Genes

10God Will Sustain You

I would like to take this time and thank my Lord and savior Jesus Christ. If it was not for Him I would not be where I am now and this book would not be in your hands. I have been saved since I was five years old, but my true walk with God started seven years ago. What a journey it has been. With every step I have taken, God has been with me; even when I thought He was not. I remember a time when all I could do was stand and just keep standing. During that time, there where three words that I could only hold on too. No matter all the teachings I had heard or all the teachings I have given; only three words could I hold onto.

Those words are:

GOD LOVES ME!

That is all I could hold onto. When that trail was over, I understood what it meant to be loved by God.

Lord, You are my God and I love You!

I would also like to thank my wife, Quintella Trujillo. She has been a sold rock for me. She has pushed me, encouraged me, loved me, and most of all prayed for me. She is truly the definition of what a “help mate” is. She is my equal and in many cases more than that. She is a true Prophet and God has used her so many times to minister to me. She has helped me to become the man of God that I am today. For that, I will always love her, take care of her, and pray for her.

Before God lead me to write this book, I thought this was going to be a teaching for a men’s meeting I was having for the Men on Fire Ministries in September of 2013. In fact, this was going to be the very first teaching I was going to give to the men. As we all may know, God is a big God and He thinks big too. What was going to be a short, one hour message to men of God has now become a book that you are about to read.

I was seeking the Lord for a message that could minister to all His children: saved and not saved. To many times we go to revivals to be encouraged and empowered to only have it last for a few weeks to maybe a couple of months. Then we would return to the old person that we were. Acting and behaving the way we did with no remnant of the encouraging and empowering word we received during the revival. So in my seeking Him, I was asking for a word that would not only encourage and empower but would change us forever. Something that would pinpoint a issue that we face on a daily bases, a issue that keeps us on lock down, a issue that brings us back to the old person we were. In my praying and seeking God, He answered my prayers and gave me the title “E.G.O. Edging God Out Trait Of The First Adam”. Once I received the title, I knew that this book would targeting the very root of what needs most of us from moving forward in God and what He has called us to do.

So as I continued to seek God and gain more revelation for book, He gave me the following scripture. It reads:

Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleaver unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in into them, and they to you: know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from

[_before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you. – _]Joshua 23:12-13

Before I go any further and if you have a King James Bible, you will notice that there are a few words that are italicized. Have you ever wondered why? After doing some research I come to find out the italicized words were added by the King James translators back in the early 1600s. The reason is that it was believed that adding words would help the reader understand that text. In addition, because of different word meanings and idioms changes, it is necessary to add words when translating from one language to another. What is different from translating other books compared to the word of God is that words play a large meaning when it comes to the word of God and God disapproves any addition of words to His word.

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. – Deuteronomy 4:2

[_Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. _]- Proverbs 30:6

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of his prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.Revelation 22:19

What God is telling us is plain and simple: do not add anything. Adding a word is not just adding a word. When words are added, then the meaning of the words in that sentence or statement can change. For example:

• If you add a word to a sentence, can it completely change its meaning?

• If you add a nonsense word to a sentence, can it completely change its meaning?

• If you add just a word to a sentence, can it completely change its meaning?

You get the picture. Adding words to a text can change the whole meaning. We must understand that when it comes to God’s word, He said it a certain way because He knew what He was saying, the meaning it has, and what point He is making with every word.

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.Proverbs 30:5

Why would this scripture state that every word of God is pure and then state he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him? First you have to believe every word of God is pure. Second, you must stand behind it because it is a shield that has no wholes or weak spots: it is pure. God’s word has power and when spoken that power is released. So if words are added; the meaning is changed, then the full power of His word is deluded and now the shield has a weak spot. How can we trust a shield with weak spots? It will not be able to withstand anything. If the shield cannot withstand anything, then the enemy has you.

With this said, let us look at Joshua 23:12-13 again.

[_ Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleaver unto the remnant of these nations, these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in into them, and they to you: know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in _]

your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.

The words that were removed in this text were “even” and “any of”. Now there is a slight difference when reading the scriptures now. Joshua 23:12 reads …remnant of these nations, these that remain among you… compared to …remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you… Joshua 23:13 reads…God will no more drive out these nations from before you… compared to …God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you… We can see that by removing the added words, the scripture has a different meaning. No longer does the scripture say that “even” these nations are included, but making a statement saying “these nations”; which means specifically not included. The same can be said for “drive out these nations”. It is no longer including them as part of some group but saying specifically “these nations”.

I pray that you got this revelation and understanding. Anytime you read any scripture references in this book, you will read the scripture without the italicized and on the side bar it will indicate what word was removed. I do employ you to look up the scriptures for yourself and see the words that have been added removed.

In Jesus name, I pray that the person that is reading this book with catch the revelation and gain a greater understanding of Your word. Also that he or she will understand what EGO is, check themselves for it, repent of it, and never return to it so he or she can grow within in. In Jesus name.

AMEN!!!

From the author, Pastor Macario M. Trujillo III

Before God lead me to write this book, I originally thought this was going to be a teaching for the Men on Fire Ministry that the Lord had given me to start. In fact, this was going to be the very first teaching I was going to give to the men. In addition, I was going to do a recording of this message entitled “E.G.O. Edging God Out” and it was going to be uploaded to YouTube and added to Quintella’s Voice Ministries website. As we all may know, God is a big God and He thinks big too. What was going to be a short, one hour message to men and women of God has now become a book that you are about to read.

At the end of September of 2013, I sought the Lord for a message that could minister to the men of God and to those who did not know Him. Too many times men have gone to revivals and been encouraged and empowered to only have it last from a few weeks to maybe a couple of months. Then they would return to the old person that they once were. Acting and behaving the way they once were with no remnant of the encouraging and empowering word they received during the revival. So as I sought Him, I was asking Him for a word that would not only encourage and empower but would change men forever. Something that would pinpoint a issue that men face on an daily basis, a issue that keeps them on lock down, a issue that brings them back to the old person they were. The Lord answered my prayers and gave me the title “E.G.O. Edging God Out”. Once I received the title, I knew that this message was not just for men but for all His children, men and women; saved and unsaved.

The Lord then gave me the scripture in Joshua 23:12-13 that would be the foundation of this message. The scriptures reads:

[_ “Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the _]

remnant of these nations—these that remain among you—and make marriages with them, and go in to them and they to you, know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. But they shall be snares and traps to you, and scourges on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the Lord your God has given you.”

As I prayed for the meaning of this scripture, the Lord told me to change a few words, which I will further explain later. With the changes the Lord said to make, the scriptures now read:

[_ “Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of* your EGO* -- that remains among you—and marry (join, embrace) with it, and go in to it *and *it to you, know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive it out from before you. But it shall be a snare and a trap to you, and a scourge on your side and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the Lord your God has given you.”_]

Edging God Out

Let us get a better understanding of what EGO is. By definition, EGO means the “I” or self of any person. What is the middle letter of SIN? The answer is “I”. Just some food for thought as we continue with the meaning of EGO. EGO is also part of EGOTISM. Egotism means conceit; self-importance; boastful person. EGO is also apart of EGOTISTICAL. Egotistical means full of himself; completely self absorbed, indifferent to the well being of others; selfish. In short, EGO means self-centered. It makes you feel that the world revolves around you.

“Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of

In today’s world, we as Christians and non-Christians believe that the world owes us and that we “need to get ours”. It can be seen when you are trying to merge unto the freeway, a car that can be about three car lengths behind you begins to speed up, not allowing you to merge in, but then gets in front of you and gets off the next exit. It can also be seen in our children today. Children today want, want, want because they expect it, but will do nothing for it. This is all lies from the enemy. Let me go a little deeper to explain.

EGO separates us from our surroundings, from others, from God, rather than connecting us to the oneness between God and others. This is also know as EGOISM. Egoism is an ethical theory that treats self-interest as the foundation of morality. Isaiah 59:2 reads:

[_ “But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”_]

The word “sins” here is also referring to your EGO. The meaning of separation is the action or state of moving or being moved apart. This is a purposeful action that one chooses to do. For example, if you are having a conversation with your spouse regarding psying the light bill today because you just received the shut off notice, and your spouse just turns around and walks out the door and closes the door behind herself/himself, your spouse just separated themselves from you to where he/she can no longer see your face or hear your words. This is what we do to God each and every time we we embrace our EGO.

Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”

Romans 6:23 (Message) says, “Work hard for sin your whole life and your pension is death. But God’s gift is real life, eternal life, delivered by Jesus, our Master.”

Spiritual Death

The bible refers to death two different ways: physical and spiritual. Death in the physical means the separation of body and soul.

Ecclesiastes 12:7 states, [_“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” _]

James 2:26 states, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

Other words, the body cannot live without the soul. That is why when God created Adam, it was only a shell. God had to breathe life into that shell for it to be alive and once that life leaves, the body becomes an empty shell and dies. One must understand that we are alive because of God. If we stop breathing the air, which He created, we will die.

Now the bible refers to flesh three different ways, which we will also expound on later. The reference to flesh that I am speaking about is in regards to the physical aspect. The main Hebrew word for death in the Old Testament is “mut”. This refers to death by natural causes or violent death. The death. The Old Testament uses of “mut” are mainly in reference to the departure of life. This departure of life occurred once Adam sinned.

Genesis 2:17 says, “In the day that thou eatest therof thou shalt surely die”

Romans 5:12-14 (NIV) states that “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned—To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come.”

Once Adam sinned, our flesh, our physical bodies were meant to die. We know this to be true because in Genesis 5:5 the bible states that Adam lived 930 years and then her died. Meaning that our time on earth is now limited. That is why it is so important to know what God wants you to do because we have such a limited time to fulfill the calling He has on our lives. Paul even states “that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God” (Romans 8:21 NIV). In addition to the limited time we have, we now live a world of sin.

When Adam was created he had dominion over all the earth and was a stranger to death. He did not know or understand the meaning of death. All that Adam knew was that he was alive. God had to explain to him what death was when He told him about eating from the tree of life and death. Then when Adam ate of the fruit, he had first a handed understood what death was. Which also leads to another point; this is when EGO first occurred. Adam told God, [_“The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it” _](Genesis 3:12 NIV). He refused to be wrong and tried to redirect the blame to Eve and God. He was telling God, “I” did not do it. You did it God because of the women You gave me and she is the one that brought it to me. Adam was so full of self that he

did not see that if he only went to God, told the truth, and asked for forgiveness, his sin would have been forgiven. He began to Edge God Out by thinking he could not take responsibility for his actions and tried to put them on God and Eve.

If you think about it, Adam walked and talked to God. He had the first intimate relationship with our Creator. One would think that in the time he spent with God, he would have learned who God is and know that He is a forgiving God. But like to rest of us, once he sinned, he was blinded because he walked out the door to where he could not see God’s face and God could not hear him. This is also known as spiritual death.

Ephesians 2:1-3 (NIV) reads: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.”

Ephesians 4:18 (NIV) says “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.”

Through the sin of Adam, there was a separation from God, who is our life source. God cannot be connected to sin. So when Adam ate of the fruit he became spiritually dead and all of his offspring would be born spiritually dead. The Geek word for death is thánatos (derived from thnḗskō, “to die”) – physical or spiritual death; (figuratively) separation from the life (salvation) of God forever by dying without first experiencing death to self to receive His gift

of salvation. This means that man is born without knowing God.

When Eve was created from the rib of Adam, she was also connected to God, and she was spiritually alive. She was the second person to have an intimate relationship with God. She, like Adam, stood guilt free before God. Then as soon as sin was introduced, that spiritual oneness with the Creator was severed and as Genesis 3:19 says, “…you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

The word dead is a strong word. Paul even recognized it when he said in Ephesians 2:1, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Dead means there is nothing you can do about it. When you are dead, you cannot get out of the coffin and tell someone that you do not want them at your funeral. When we are born, we are spiritually dead.

Psalm 51:5 (NIV) reads: “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.”

So we are unable to do anything about it by our own means or actions. We have no connection to God. Now, when a baby is born as an infant, they do not know right from wrong. If that baby dies, he/she will go to heaven. Romans 9:15 (NIV) says, [“For he says to Moses, ‘I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.’” _]and Deuteronomy 1:39 says, [“Moreover your little ones and children, who you say will be victims, who today have no knowledge of good and evil, they shall go in there; to them I will give it, and they shall possess it..” _]However, once the child knows right from wrong, he/she will not go to heaven. Sin was in the world, but one does not know he/she was sinning until the Lord gave Moses the Law. Then the Law

made it known one was sinning.

As one can see, embracing your EGO and doing what “seemth right unto a man” will only lead you to spiritual death if you are a Christian. And as you just read, when you are spiritually dead, there is nothing you can do about it with your own actions. You are accepting the separation between you and God because of the choise to embrace your EGO, you chose to Edge God Out. But the beauty and greatness of God is His grace and mercy renews in the morning.

Grace

Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV) says, “[_The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” _]

The Hebrew word for grace is “Hesed”, which translates to “steadfast love”. So the scripture reads “The grace of the Lord never ceases…” Grace is the favor of God with no strings attached, which is what we, as humans, need for our salvation. Paul writes to the Romans in Romans 3:24 (KJV) saying, “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” In other words, because of His grace we now can enjoy that intimate relationship with God just as Adam did. Why? The reason is unlike karma, which is about getting what you deserve; grace is about getting what you don’t deserve. Since we are born of sin and we function in a sin nature world, there is no justification that we, by our own deeds and actions, deserve eternal life. But through the grace of God, which He freely has given us, we get what we don’t deserve;

eternal life.

When we embrace EGO, by no means do we deserve eternal life and the opportunity to walk and talk with God as Adam did. We deserve death. But because of God’s grace, we are able to come to the throne room and ask God for forgiveness. Hebrews 4:16 says, [_“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that weay obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” _]

To my brothers and sisters in Christ; to my brothers and sisters that do not know God, for you are also his children, therefore we are related through Him; REPENT. Repent means in the Hebrew, “Nahum” which is describing the emotions that are aroused when motivated to take a different course of action. Another word is “Shub”, which expresses a radical change of mind toward sin and implies a conscious moral separation from sin and a decision to forsake it and agree with God. The Greek meaning is “Metamelomai”; which is to have feeling or care, concern or regret which is akin to remorse. Another Greek word is “Metanoeo”; which is to have another mind, which describes that radical change whereby a sinner turns from the idols of sin and of self to God.

If you have embraced your EGO and made yourself the center of the universe, ask God for forgiveness. And in your heart, truly want to change, turn away from your EGO and turn to God. Embrace Him and the Lord will do as He said in Psalm 103:12 (NLT), “He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.”

Joshua 23:12 says, “Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of these nations…” and the Lord had me change the word “nations” to EGO, so the scripture would read, “Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of your EGO…”. Why would the Lord change the word “nations” to “EGO”? To answer the question, we must look at the meaning of nations and how it was used in biblical times.

The definition of nation is: the territory or country itself and an aggregation of persons of the same ethnic family, often speaking the same language or cognate languages. The word “nations” is used in the New International Version to translate several Hebrew terms and most often it refers to the Hebrew term[_ goyim_], a word thought to derive from gowy, which means “body” of a person and thus by extension, the corporate body of a people. In the Old Testament the word “nations” was used to describe various people and then there are times when it is used in a more specific manner. In addition, “nations” was also used in a negative way. In simplistic terms, nations were referred to those that were against Israel. Also nations were looked upon in the Old Testament as those that did not do the will of God, but prayed to and worshiped other gods. “Nations” did not uphold the Ten Commandments, conducted evil practices, and were detested by God.

In Leviticus 20:23-26 we read, “And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them…. I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people. And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”

In the Old Testament nations, other than Israel, were

depicted as evil because of their actions. Leviticus 18:28 describes nations as “vomit” and in Isaiah 40:15 described as[_ “…nothing in comparison with him. They are but a drop in the bucket, dust on the scales. He picks up the islands as though they had no weight at all.”_] The reason they where looked upon this way is because God detests sin and these nations were consistently and deliberately operating in sin, embracing it as normal, praising and worshiping other gods, and had no regards for God. That is why God’s wrath was against those nations.

In fact, King Saul was instructed by the Lord to punish the nation of the Amalekites. 1 Samuel 15:1-3 (NIV) reads, [_‘Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the LORD sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the LORD. This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’” _]

This is not the only time that Lord our God had destroyed nations or a people because of their evil ways by showing His wrath. Another prime example is the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham was speaking with the Lord and the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know” (Genesis 18: 20-21, NIV) and then later the scriptures say [_“Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the LORD out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities and also the vegetation in the _]

land” (Genesis 19: 24-25, NIV). Again, here is an example of God destroying a nation because of their sin being so grievous.

Do not get it twisted! God is a God of grace and mercy and they endure forever because they are the characteristics of God. But God does show His wrath because he detests sin. These nations of old were so full of sin as all the people of the world were before God flooded the earth. They had unteachable hearts and rejected God. The reason they had unteachable hearts and rejected God was due to generational curses and spiritual transference that had been passed down.

Generational Curses

During my early teens, I recall my father having a nervous breakdown. It was so severe that he was put into “the nut house”. I was young and did not understand clearly what had happened or why. All I recall was that my dad was depressed. He was in “the nut house” for a month and then was home for five more months. No more than a year later my mother had a nervous breakdown and she was in “the nut house” for two or three weeks. Her reason was the same as my dad – depression. In a matter of two or three years later, my dad had another nervous breakdown and then my mother. So needless to say my teenage life was walking on “egg shells” because I did not know if my parents were coming or going.

Then when I was in my late teens or early twenties I became depressed. I would feel sorry for myself, think the world would be better without me, even thought that my son would be better without me. Several times I had a knife

to my chest to kill myself. Thoughts of running into something at a high speed ran through my head like the blood that flows through my veins. I was going in and out of different relationships. I got married at the age of nineteen thinking that would solve my depression, only to find out that it made it worse.

I don’t know when, but a time came when I realized that I was being just like my parents. Maybe it was when I felt the Lord push my hands down as I had a knife to my chest while I was in the car in a dark street. When that realization came, I made a decision not to be like them. I did not need medication, but I did make a choice not to entertain the spirit of depression. Depression infects the heart and robs us of health, peace, and joy. The scriptures say in Nehemiah 8:10,[_ “…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”] But depression robs us of that joy. That is why Luke said, [“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted…”_] (Luke 4:18). Luke knew that depression was a spirit and it was running ramped as it is today. So, when I finally came to the realization I was being like my parents; the Lord freed me. Sometime later I found out that my grandfather also dealt with depression. Depression was a generational curse that had been passed down three generations in my family and through the Lord, I am making sure that the curse is broken and will not pass down to my son.

Some will say that depression, or even other elements that effect the human body is not spiritual but a chemical imbalance. That may be true in the physical, but spiritual issues do manifest into physical. Just look at the creation of man. God is spirit and He formed man out of the ground and it became a physical shell. Then he breathed His breath of life into the shell and it became alive. So something

spiritual became physical. Look at the following scripture.

Exodus 34:7 reads, [_“Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting (punishing) the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” _]

This scripture is speaking about generational curses. By definition, curse means a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something. Now in biblical times there where many gods that where worshiped and witchcraft was strong. Hosea 4:12 (NLT) says, “They are asking a piece of wood to tell them what to do! They think a stick can tell them the future! Longing after idols has made them foolish. They have played the prostitute, serving other gods and deserting their God.”

So we do not know what curses were put on our fathers before us that caused depression, anger and so on to be passed down. A curse has no limit of time. Eventually those curses manifested in the physical just like God created Adam. The fact that it is a generational curse because now it is believed to be a chemical imbalance and can even be proven scientifically. Have you ever noticed that one generation seems to be worse than the one before it? A curse can even hide in one generation, if that generation is strong in the Lord but does not know or thinks the symptom is not affecting them, it will manifest when the next generation is born; the curse is passed on.

Here is something that must be understood. When a person receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, the curse is broken however the person can still function as if under the curse. Let me explain by giving you an example. If an

alcoholic went to the liquor store every day at 6pm to purchase a six pack of beer, hangs out with the homeless around the corner drinking, just like his father did when he was young and he was with him during that time. Now the alcoholic receives the Lord and now is delivered. However, the person still goes to the liquor store, does not purchase any beer, and hangs out with the homeless. The man was delivered but he still is functioning like he is an alcoholic. In other words, the remnant of what was is still around. We will go into remnant later in the book.

Just A Taste

One of the tricks the enemy loves to use is “Just a Taste”. “I drink not to get drunk anymore; I just like the taste of it.” “I am not smoking to get high, to just like the smell of it.” “I won’t let him inside; I’ll just grind him because I like how it feels”. This is all a trick of the enemy to open the door for him to wreak havoc. All the enemy needs is a very, very small crack to enter into our spiritual lives. It is an invitation to him, no matter what your mind says.

When we “just wants a taste”, we are saying that we are willing to open a door a crack so the enemy can come in. Look at what happened to Israel. The Lord freed them from Egypt, opened the sea so they can cross on dry land, fed them daily, and provided a guide day and night. Yet, they complained.

Numbers 11:4-6 said [_“…the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, _]

and the garlick: But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes”

Israel remembered what it was like before their deliverance. How life was so grand in their captivity and they “just wanted a taste.” A taste of what they once had and not accepting what the Lord had been giving them – deliverance and freedom. The manna represented the new life that the Lord has given them. It was pure and from heaven, it was spiritual and not physical. Yet, they looked at it from the physical sense and felt it was not good enough, so they embraced EGO. They thought they knew better then God which was apparent in Numbers 14:40-45 (Message).

[_ “But early the next morning they started out for the high hill country, saying, “We’re here; we’re ready – let’s go up and attack the land that God promised us. We sinned, but now we’re ready.” But Moses said, “Why are you crossing God’s command yet again? This won’t work. Don’t attack. God isn’t with you in this – you’ll be beaten badly by your enemies. The Amalekites and Canaanites are ready for you and they’ll kill you. Because you have left off obediently following God, God is not going to be with you in this.” But they went anyway; recklessly and arrogantly they climbed to the high hill country. But the Chest of the Covenant and Moses didn’t budge from the camp. The Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived in the hill country came out of the hills and attacked and beat them, a rout all the way down to Hormah.”_]

Because Israel embraced their EGO and just wanted a taste of what they once had, they opened the door just a crack and allowed the enemy to enter and wreak havoc. Israel was attacked and beaten by the Amalekites and Canaanites. Today, we do the same thing when we allow the enemy to wreak havoc in our spiritual lives, which can

manifest into the physical. It not only affects the person, but those around him or her. There were those who did not want to go with the rest of the people to “take the land” before it was time. These words spoken were by those who embraced their EGO. They spoke to others and spiritually influenced them. The people they spoke to soon followed and embraced their EGO. The power of the tongue is stronger than believed by most people.

In addition to people being convinced into joining the concept of “take the land”, individuals become influenced by mob mentality. Mob mentality is centered on the behavior of a large crowd of people. People begin to act the same without being told to and taking on the characteristic of the crowd that may not be a part of their personality. A prime example is Aaron, Moses’ right hand man. When the people of Israel felt that Moses was gone to long, they went to Aaron and said in Exodus 32:1 (NIV);

“Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

What did Aaron, Moses’ right hand man and a man of God, do? He went with the crowd and did what they asked. The spirit that the mob was operating in transferred unto Aaron. That is why spiritual transference is so real.

Spiritual Transference

The scripture means is that through the use of our tongue we can speak life or death. For example, we can affect a person in some fashion by the words we use. Have you ever noticed that when you speak life into someone by

just saying “you have a beautiful smile” or “you are an awesome father to your daughter”. These words will build the person up and encourage them. The old saying, “Sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me” is such a lie of the enemy and a complete 180° turn opposite of the scripture. Even as you are reading this book, you can recall different times in your life when someone spoke negative into your life and you can remember how you felt.

King David even realized the power of the tongue in Psalm 31:1 (NKJV), [_“I will guard my ways, Lest I sin with my tongue; I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle, While the wicked are before me.” _]

Why does our tongue have so much power? It is because of our Father. When God spoke it became so. Genesis 1:3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 24, 26 all said, “…God said…” and it was done. Throughout the Word when God said something it happened. There are numerous examples throughout the bible that demonstrates the fulfillment of God’s word. Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”. So if God is our Creator and he made us in his image, would we not have power in our words as our Creator? He created us to be able to interact in both realms or flesh and spirit. Now let me make this clear before there is a misunderstanding – God is God and He is the only Creator. As you read earlier, [_“death and life are in the power of the tongue”. _]

[_ _]Satan knows this and this is why he uses it to cause a breach in the spirit. A breach is a gap made in a wall, an infraction or violation, as of a law, trust, faith, or promise . Simple words cause and create the breach that satan needs

to separate you from God just as satan did with Adam. Proverbs 15:4 states, “a wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit”. Satan knows how to create opportunities and he does not miss one of them. One must remember that satan is an imitator, not an originator. The way God has established transferring good spirits among man; satan has now perverted and uses to transfer wrong spirits. Why is this true statement? All you have to do is look at Moses. When the elders where chosen, the anointing of God transferred to the chosen elders.

Numbers 11:17 says, “And I will come down and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon thee, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone”.

Since satan knows how God transfers His power and glory, he also knows how to transfer his spirits. He will wait for the opportunity because he has been at it for a long time. There are five main ways the enemy is able to create these opportunities, which are:

  1. {color:#000;}Improper relationships (ex. homosexuality, having sex out of marriage, emotional ties, fornication)
  2. {color:#000;}Visual defilement
    • {color:#000;}Music Videos (pornographic and demonic scenes)
    • {color:#000;}TV and internet
    • {color:#000;}Magazines and books (Not only pornography)
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3. Most common methods

  • {color:#000;}Drugs
  • {color:#000;}Alcohol
  • {color:#000;}Occult practices

I used to listen to gangster rap when it first came out when I was a teenager. I liked the beat, how people would look at me while I drove by, 900 watts pushing two twelves in the trunk. It made me feel like a gangster, liked the people that were signing the songs. I would repeat the lyrics without knowing the true meaning of what I was saying. I was saved and knew the Lord, but was not walking with Him then. Now that I have been walking with the Lord and doing His will for many years, I no longer listen to that music. I still recall how I played it because I liked the beat but I had to realize that my countenance would change when I listened to gangster rap. I would start to get this gangster feel in my soul and start to “get my lean on” and I would go back to that time. I would start to swear and repeat the lyrics. I was giving an opportunity to the enemy to come in and wreck havoc. I was opening the door a crack and entertain the spirits that wanted to attach themselves to me through the music. I was allowing his spirits to be transferred to me.

That is why it says in Hebrews 12:15, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing uptrouble you, and thereby many be defiled”.

“Looking diligently” is meaning being watchful what you receive through your five senses and your spirit. One has to always be aware of what he or she is doing, listening to, and watching. Music is one key factor that is in almost everything. Why? This will be answered later in the book.

Spiritual transference also occurs from one person to another. You can be in a great mood, then as soon as your daughter walks in with an attitude, full of anger, speaks to you wrong you get angry and snap back. Then after the conversation is over, you are still angry and still you have an attitude. The enemy was just able to attach the spirit of anger unto you. That is why Proverbs 4:23 (the Message) says, “Keep vigilant watch over your heart”. The enemy will create an opportunity to attack you anytime.

A long time ago a friend and I were having a great day doing ministry work and allowing the Lord to use us to help some people we know receive deliverance. We were enjoying being in the presence of the Lord and doing His work. We got to my friend’s house their mother was there. As soon as we walked in, she said, “Where have you been? I wanted to spend time with my family.” You could feel the anger, frustration, and detest dripping off each word spoken and how it was affecting the atmosphere. Even my friend’s child had an attitude which was not becoming of her. Then the mother persistently asked my friend again, “Where have you been?” My friend simply said, “Out”. Their mother gave a look that shared more than displeasure and definitely revealed how upset she was. I eventually took my friend’s mother home with not many words said during the ride and when I spoke to my friend later she was upset and frustrated. The next morning I found myself upset and angry. My friend and I later discussed it and realized that the spirits her mother was entertaining had been trying to attach themselves to us and her daughter. We prayed immediately, bound the enemy and casted every spirit out in Jesus’ name. When we did that we no longer responded in spirits of frustration or anger we were able to act in the love, peace, and patience of God.

One might ask why did this happen? Well, we did not “watch over our hearts”. After warring in the spirit for most of the day leading to late in the night, our guard was down and we were not “watching over our hearts.” So there was a window of opportunity for the enemy to transfer from my friend’s mother to us. Spiritual transference is real and occurs when you least expect it. Remember that the enemy looks for every open opportunity.

Music

Ezekiel 12:13 (NKJV) says, “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”.

Satan was the minister of music in the Kingdom of Heaven. He knows what God wanted and he knew how to bring such praise to Him through music that is why music can change the atmosphere at any time. When satan fell he took that knowledge with him and he perverted it and still uses it as a method to transfer his spirits to a person. Here are two examples that show the difference between music that gives God praise versus secular music.

Here are some of the lyrics from the song Break Every Chain written by Tasha Cobba:

There is power in the name of Jesus

to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.

There’s an army rising up.

To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.

There’s an army rising up.

To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain

I hear the chains falling.

Here are some of the lyrics from Soda Pop sung by Britney Spears:

A wicked time to the end, oh yeah, so . . .

So turn the tables baby, let’s go over the top

Girls we need him like we’ve never before (before, before, before)

And loving it till we drop (we drop, ah, we drop yeah)

We’ll flex tonight until they break down the door. .

I bet you we can pop like we’ve never popped it before

Why we keep coming back for more and more for sure

It’s cool Britney when we get down on the floor yeah

And we go on and on until the break of dawn

Can you feel the difference when you read them both? One song ministers life and freedom from sin while the other has a demonic immoral influence. The bible states in Ephesians 2:2 (NKJV), [_“in which you once walked _]

according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.” Satan is the prince of the power of the air and he knows the power of sound. Why do you think music is in everything we hear and see? Sound carries but is not seen. Sound can go for miles like the wind.

Scientists at the University of Missouri have found that people can boost their mood simply by listening to upbeat music. “Our work provides support for what many people already do—listen to music to improve their moods,” said lead author Yuna Ferguson in a press release. Here one can see that upbeat music affects your mood. Marketers know how to use sound to manipulate our mood to influence our behavior. Restaurants play certain music so we will be compelled to eat slower. Sound is used relax and create a mood of serenity and happiness. Clubs play music that will keep people on the dance floor.

There is also such a term known as noise pollution. Noise pollution is defined as “harmful or annoying levels of noise, as from airplanes, industry, etc.” The problems caused by noise pollution are: stress related illnesses, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity. The physiological manifestations are headaches, irritability and nervousness, feeling of fatigue and it decreases work efficiency and in some cases violence occurred. So you can see that sound has power and Ephesians says satan is the “prince of the air”.

If you think about it, how many times have you heard a beat at the grocery store and started moving your head to the beat and may even start dancing and singing to it? The first thing heard was sound of the beat. Then you begin to move to it and are only paying attention to the sound, then the lyrics are spoken. But you are not paying attention to

the lyrics because you are fixated on the beat. Now words are being poured into your ear gates, your mind, and soul. The question is: What is being poured into your soul? Look at the Temptations, a great group with tons of hits, but I recall one song talking about the cloud or cloud nine. It was a place to escape from all that was around you. The song was about getting high, but the beat was great and people sing to it even today. However, are we feeding our soul? Again, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” This does not mean only your tongue but what is spoken to you, especially through music. It is also proven that songs with violent lyrics increase aggression related thoughts and emotions and this effect is directly related to the violence in the lyrics, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association.

One must be aware of the words that are spoken to other individuals and into the atmosphere, even in casual communication or in a joking manor. You must also be aware of what is spoken to you, especially through music. For each word that is spoken has a meaning and an effect. If you do not believe me, look at the dictionary. Add power to the words in the dictionary and one can affect the very soul of an individual.

Sound

Let us go a little deeper and understand the meaning of sound to God. God operates in sound. Each and every person has a unique sound that comes from their heart and spirit. Let me show you how this is true. In Genesis 3:9 the scriptures state, “And the Lord God called unto Adam and

said unto him, ‘Where art thou?’”. Why did God ask that question? He is God and He has been walking with Adam for a long time. So why would God ask that where Adam was? The answer is that He could not hear Adam’s sound. When Adam took of the fruit, his sound was cut off from heaven and God could no longer hear the sound of Adam’s heart and spirit and there was a disruption in the airwaves.

Luke 23:46 states, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, ‘Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit; and having said this, he gave up the ghost.” Just before that moment, God could no longer hear the sound of His Son and that is when “…there was darkness over all the earth…” (Luke 23:44). Adam was separated from God by sin; Jesus was separated from the Father by dying for our sins. Just as sin blocked the sound of Adam so God could not hear him, sin did the same when Jesus died. The sound disruption that was caused by Adam was corrected by the second Adam, and now, just as it was before Adam sinned, we have a clear sound that reaches heaven and God can now hear us once again.

Here is another scripture that shows how God knows us by our sound. 1 Samual 16:7 says,“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.”

God knows our heart because He knows our sound. One cannot hide the sound of their heart behind a mask. That is why God judges the heart. The sound that comes from the heart is different if there is sin. See, spirits also have sound. That is why when we pray, we must first make sure we are right with God and we have done a self check on our hearts. If we pray to God and are entertaining the spirit of

bitterness towards that person, God hears it because the sound of our heart has been disrupted by the sound of the spirit of bitterness. There is nothing one can do to hide it, because God knows the sound.

Besides God knowing our sound, sound has power, but not in itself. It depends on what spirit we are operating in. The Holy Spirit or anything other than the Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit we are able to pray healing over individuals, change atmospheres, cast out demons and [“…say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done” _](Matthew 21:21). Why? The reason is that 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has given us [“power”._] So the sound that comes out of our mouth from the tongue within our mouth is given power. The power of sound moves in the spirit and in the physical, but if we operate in the flesh and the sin of this world there is a different power given to the sound. This power can destroy lives and draw other spirits.

One example of the power of sound when empowered by the sin of this world is verbal abuse. Verbal abuse is as damaging as physical abuse. The scars from verbal abuse leave individuals unsure of themselves, not knowing their true value in God and with man, and it can cripple the individual to a point that he or she may be unable to face and adapt to life’s challenges. The Lord said the following:

Proverbs 10:6 says,[_ “Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”_]

Proverbs 10:11says, “The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.”

The Lord made these statements because the sound that comes out of an individual’s mouth that has indulged him or herself in the sin of the world is “violence”. According to Dictionary.com, the definition of violence is “a violent act or proceeding”. The Hebrew word for violence is chamas (khaw-mawce’), which means to treat violently or wrong.

We must be aware of what we speak to others and what words are being spoken to us.

As it was stated before, God detests sin and that is why he destroyed “nations”. There was a cycle of sin within these nations and this cycle lead to unteachable hearts and a willingness to reject God. Generational curses had fully come into effect, spirits were transferring from one to another with ease and they were filling their ear gates with music that fed the spirits and the sounds that where empowered by the sins of the world drew more and more spirits. What does all this amount to? It equals self and self equals EGO. When one “clings to the remnant of your EGO”, he or she is clinging to the same language and sound as those that indulge in self and embrace the remnant of those that were against Israel and had unteachable hearts.

Joshua 23:12 says, “Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of these nations…”

According to Dictionary.com, the word remnant means “a fragment or scrap; a trace”. There are several Hebrew words that are used for the word remnant in the Old Testament. According to the Holman Bible Dictionary, remnant in Hebrew translated to Hebrew is she’ rith, which means “residue”. For the purposes of this text when referring to remnant, we will also refer to this Hebrew translation. With the understanding of the meaning of remnant, the scripture can now read [“…cling to the residue, fragment, trace of these nations”. _]And as you read in the first chapter, the Lord changed the word “nations” to “EGO”. So now the scripture would read [“…cling to the residue, fragment, trace of your EGO”._]

Before going into depth of the meaning of “remnant of your EGO”, we will attempt to gain an understanding of why Joshua used these words. At the time Joshua wrote these words he was an older man and his time was drawing near to be with the Lord and Israel had been delivered from her enemies for a long time. So Joshua called all the leaders of Israel together and explained to them what God had done for them. So he encouraged them to be [_“courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the lay of Moses, that ye turn not aside there from to the right hand or to the left” _](Joshua 23:6).

The Warning

Here is the warning from Joshua:

Joshua says in Joshua 23:7 (The Message), “Don’t get

mixed up with the nations that are still around. Don’t so much as speak the names of their gods or swear by them. And by all means don’t worship or pray to them.”

God used Joshua to give a warning to Israel because God consecrated the house. Consecration means “to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity; to charge” (Dictionary.com). In other words, it was God’s work that delivered Israel from her enemies. Israel did the work, but God gave the power. Through God’s power, He separated Israel and put His seal on the nation, but with that seal comes great responsibility. Therefore God warned Israel just as He warned Solomon.

1 Kings 9:6-9 (NKJV) says, “But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight. Israel will be a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and will hiss, and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will answer, ‘Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore the Lord has brought all this calamity on them.’

God gave a promise to Israel, but that promise had conditions. He would bless Israel as long has the kings and leaders and people of this nation followed Him and kept His commandments. This promise still remains for His children today. As I mentioned in chapter 2, don’t get it twisted! God is a God of grace and mercy and they do endure forever because these are the characteristics of God. God will move in wrath because he detests sin. The above scripture is a warning to us and this is how it would read paraphrased:

[_ “But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me,_]

and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut you off from the land which I have given you; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast you out of My sight. you will be a proverb and a byword among all peoples. And as for this house, which is exalted, everyone who passes by it will be astonished and will hiss, and say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land and to this house?’ Then they will answer, ‘Because he/she forsook the Lord his/her God, who brought his/her fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore the Lord has brought all this calamity on him/her.’”

What this is saying is that if you chose not to follow Him and keep His commandments and His statutes then you will not inherit the Kingdom of God. This is not a time to think that God is such a gracious God and that there is no recourse for your actions. To clarify, following Him, keeping His commandments and His statutes is a state of the heart. If you chose not to do as God says within your heart, then you will be cast out of His sight. As mentioned before; God judges the heart. The Living Bible states in 1 Kings 9:7,[_ “Israel will become a joke to the nations and an example and proverb of sudden disaster.”_] Understand, God has separated us, consecrated us unto Him and He has put His seal on us.

The Seal of God

What does it mean to have a seal on you? By definition, a seal is “something such as a piece of wax which has an official mark on it, and which is attached to an important

letter or document to make it official” (Wikipedia). A seal is used to prove to others that the person who signed the letter or document is authentic. When God puts His seal on us, He is telling everyone in the spirit realm and the physical realm that He has authenticated you for His glory.

Let us go a deeper to understand what it means to be sealed by God. First a seal of a king contains three things: 1) the name, 2) the king’s title or claim of authority, and finally 3) the region of his rule of the king. Now God is known by many names and when we read the Bible, we know who He is through the various names that were given to Him by the personal experiences of our forefathers. Each name is only one small characteristic of who God is. So what is the name of God? What name is on the seal of God? One answer can be found in Exodus when Moses was speaking to God at the burning bush. Moses asked God who shall I say sent me? This is what God answered in Exodus 3:14, which reads, “…, I AM WHO I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Isreal, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

God gave His name that is on the seal that He puts on us. His name is “I AM”! What does this mean? In this very statement from God, He is proclaiming that He is whatever you need Him to be.

Look at it this way. “I AM”…

I AM Alpha and Omega.

AM Agape (love).

I AM your Provider.

I AM your salvation. I AM your healer.

I AM your peace.

I AM your deliverer.

I AM your Creator.

I AM King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

What do you need Him to be for you?

Now we know that the God’s name, I AM, is on the seal. Let’s discuss the second part of the seal – the title. This can be found in Isaiah 45:18:

“For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I AM the LORD; and there is none else.”

We just read that God Himself has given His title: the LORD. God clearly states that there is no other for He is the LORD. He and only He created the heavens and the earth and only He established it. In Hebrew, the word for Lord is yhvh (yeh-ho-vaw’) and it comes from the root word[_ havah_] which means to become. What am I saying? God is stating that only He and no one else can “become” what you need and what needs to be created. Even His title encompasses His name: I AM. God works with your future, the enemy can only work with your past. Why? Because the enemy cannot create or become; it already is what it is because God created it.

It has been established what God’s name is and His title. Next, let’s discuss the third aspect of the seal of the king:

the region of His rule. To understand the rule of God, one must understand the Kingdom of God. Paul said it best in Romans 14:17, [“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” _]God is the creator and origin of the kingdom; therefore, the kingdom is God-centered and made for His glory. Genesis 1:1 states, [“In the beginning God created_]

the heavens and the earth”. So God’s kingdom encompasses what is spirit (heavens) and what is physical (earth). God created the angles and created man. The Kingdom of God is established by God, maintained by God, and God perfects His kingdom.

[_ “His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness He brings. He’ll rule from the historic David throne over that promised kingdom. He’ll put that kingdom on a firm footing and keep it going. With fair dealing and right living, beginning now and lasting always. The zeal of God of the Angel Armies will do this…”_] – Isaiah 9:7 (MSG)

God’s kingdom is built by the preaching the Word of God in all the earth and those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. That is why Ephesians 1:5 states, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.” So God rules the heavens and the earth; the spiritual and physical realms. Job recognized this when he said in Job 36:22-24 (MSG), “’Do you have any idea how powerful God is? Have you ever heard of a teacher like Him? Has anyone ever had to tell Him what to do, or correct Him, saying, ‘You did that all wrong!’? Remember, then, to praise His workmanship, which is so often celebrated in song.”

The seal of God establishes who He is, what He whom you where sealed for the day of redemption.” But the scripture goes a little deeper…Ephesians 4:30a says “…the Holy Spirit of God…” In other words, the Holy Spirit is the wax or humility. Isaiah 64:8 says it best:

“But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and we all are the work of they hand.”

When we have humility, we are like clay in God’s hands and can be molded and shaped into the vessel God desires us to be. When we have pride, we become hard clay and can only be broken and crushed. Through humility and obedience to God we are soft clay and God places His seal on us and both angels and demons know that God Himself has set His mark and no one can change it. However, when we have pride within our hearts we are hard like metal or stone and the seal of God cannot make a mark on hard substance; this too demons and angles know. I am not saying that God’s people do not struggle with pride. It is a matter of the heart that I am referring to. In the book of Exodus Pharoah was prideful and that is why he refused to let God’s people go. God heard and saw the heart of Pharaoh and that is why he spoke to Moses and Aaron, [_“…I will harden Pharaoh’s heart…” _](Exodus 7:3). God used the pride of a man to show His power and what He rules. Pharaoh’s heart was hard and full of pride and so the seal of God could never be placed on it; Pharaoh’s heart was only meant to be broken or crushed.

What does it mean to be sealed by God? When the seal of God is placed on you it means that He had looked at you from your past to your future, when you received the Holy Spirit, He was pleased then He decided to authenticate you. What did God look at when He authenticated you? …Your heart! Your heart was soft like clay and He was able to place His seal on you. Ephesians 4:30b says that “…by whom you where sealed for the day of redemption.” But the scripture goes a little deeper…Ephesians 4:30a says “…the Holy Spirit of God…” In other words, the Holy Spirit is the representation of the seal of God. Let’s look at this a little further.

It states in Esther 8:8, “Write ye also for the Jews, as it liketh you, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s

ring: for the writing which is written in the king’s name, and sealed with the king’s ring, may no man reverse.” The Message bible stated Esther 8:8 like this: “So go ahead now and write whatever you decide on behalf of the Jews; then seal it with the signet ring. An order written in the king’s name and sealed with the signet ring is irrevocable.” So whatever was written now was identified with the king since His seal was placed on it. The same applies in the spirit. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and are baptized in His name, we then become identified with Christ and bear the seal of the Holy Spirit which is the seal of God. The Holy Spirit is the proof that we are pardoned and have been purchased by the blood of Christ. It is evidence that is presented when we stand before God at judgment.

The seal of God cannot be broken, even by God Himself. To bear the seal of God means we can have confidence in Him. Job knew this according to Job 14:17, [“My transgression in sealed up in a bag, and thou sewest up mine iniquity.” _]Job was not talking about a zip lock bag. Job understood what it meant to bear the seal of God. God had taken what his sin was written on, closed it, and put His seal on it so it would never be opened again. But Wait…There is more! Christ took it a step further, because He [“…put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” _](Hebrews 9:26) and sealed us with the Holy Spirit. Do you want to know how beneficial this is?

John saw and heard the following in Revelation 9:1-4: “And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall fromheaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions

of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.”

We can have confidence that even in the time of great tribulation, during the last days, we are sealed by God and no one can break that seal. God even commanded that any man with the seal of God cannot be hurt by the powers from the pit of hell. An important key to remember: even though you have the seal of God does not mean you have the right to do whatever you want.

The Remnant of EGO

As mentioned at the beginning of this chapter, Joshua said, “Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of these nations…” Then with the dictionary definition and what God has said, the scripture is saying, “Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant”; cling to the residue, fragment, trace of your EGO. What does this mean? Before answering this question, another question must be asked: What really does a remnant look like? I used an illustration once doing a sermon and took a honey comb from a box of cereal and crushed it with a hammer. Next, I removed the large pieces and crushed it some more then removed those large pieces and crushed it some more. Now only the fine powder was left over was the remnant of the honey comb. A remnant is like fine powder.

Let us take this physical illustration and apply it to the spiritual realm. When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and became baptized in the Holy Spirit, we

have a one-time event of dying to our EGO and embark on a lifelong process. We made a decision to kill our flesh daily and become spirit more and more each day. What am I saying? Much like when Adam was created, he operated in the spirit with a fleshly body. Adam saw in the spirit and communed with God in the spirit. Adam only knew spirit and it was hard for him to behave in the flesh. But when Adam took a little bite of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, his spirit and flesh did a 180º. Adam was now flesh and it became hard for him to behave in the spirit: just as it is for us today.

Paul said it like this in Romans 7:14-15:

“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.”

The Hebrew word for carnal is [_sarkikos _](sar-kee-kos’) and it pertains to behavior which is typical of human nature, but with special focus upon more base physical desires. What Paul was saying in this scripture is that he knew he had physical desires that where geared to fulfill his human nature. Although, he consistently wanted to operate in the spirit, he knew his flesh would step in and cause him to do what he did not want to do. This is why dying to the flesh or self is a lifelong process.

Remember…self equals EGO.

In this process we die to EGO and it gets crushed in the spirit like the honey comb. If we die to our EGO, our EGO becomes like a fine powder. But what do we have a tendency to do? We have tendency to go back and cling to the remnant” of our EGO. By clinging to the remnant of our EGO like a cat clings to a branch before falling off a tree, we are making a decision to tell God that we are more

important than He is and we are not willing to give our self up to Him. We are telling God that we would rather worship our EGO then worship Him. What we hold onto the most is what we worship the most. I repeat…What we hold onto the most is what we worship the most! Mind you, this is after God has put His seal on us. That is why Joshua gave a warning saying; don’t get mixed up with your EGO that is still around. Don’t so much as speak of your EGO or swear by it. And by all means don’t worship or pray to it.

He is the reason why we are not even to cling to the remnant of our EGO. God said, “I will cast you out of My sight” (1 Kings 9:7). This is even after He has placed His seal on you. Understand, God said that Israel was a house that he consecrated for His name. He put His seal on Israel as a nation and everyone that was within that nation. God was willing to cast this nation out of His sight; He will do the same to you or me if we hold onto the remnant of our EGO. The seal of God will not be broken, but we will be put us out of His sight. Like the old saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind”. Wait!…There is even more! Joshua said in Joshua 23:12-13:

[_ “Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of your EGO-- that remains among you--and marry (join, embrace) with it, and go in to it and it to you, know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive it out from before you. But it shall be a snare and a trap to you, and a scourge on your side and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the Lord your God has given you.” ]So not only will God put us out of His sight, God will no longer deliver us from our EGO. God will allow our EGO to consume us with no way out. [ _]EGO will destroy our very soul and we will perish and not inherit the promises of God.

I encourage you today; let the remnant of your EGO go. It is a trait from the first Adam that needs to be broken, crushed, and left at the altar. It is not worth holding onto. I know it is familiar and it is hard to die to our flesh daily, but it is better than to be put out of the sight of God. If you are that cat holding onto the branch of a tree; let it go. Every cat can land on their feet and I promise you, if you let go of your EGO, God will make sure you land on your feet. Why? Because you made a decision to put Him first in your life and you are willing to be humble so God can put His seal on you.

Paul truly understood the egotistical battle that was ongoing within himself on a daily bases. As mentioned before, Paul wrote in Romans 7:14-15,“For we know that the law is spiritual; but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I”. Paul understood more than just EGO or self battling it out with spirit; there are laws that apply to both realms. For we know that the law is spiritual. Let us continue reading to gain a better understanding.

Romans 7:16-17 reads, “If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me”. Paul is saying that since the law is spiritual, the law identifies what is good and evil, what is sin and what is not. So whenever he sinned or indulged his EGO, it was the sin that was within him that he was consenting to. Sin is spiritual. EGO is spiritual. “For 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” (Romans 7:18). Paul kept searching his very soul to find any good and all he discovered that only his EGO was ever present.

The Greek word for sin is [hamartia _](ham-ar-tee’-ah) and it means missing the mark, guilt, sin, a fault, and sinful deed. The root word [_hamartano _](ham-ar-tan’-o) means I make a mistake, I sin, commit a sin against God: sometimes the idea of sinning against a fellow-creature is present. The word sin is used 112 times in the New Testament and 36 times in the Old Testament with a grand total of 448 times the word is used in the bible. With just these facts, we can see that God addressed our sinful nature because whatever is important to God, He will repeat several times throughout His word. God understands we will miss the mark and sin against Him. That is why He forgives our sins and removes our sins [“as far as the east is from the west”_]

(Psalm 103:12).

Now going back to what we were talking about. Paul continued to write, [_“For the good that I would do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but the sin that dwelleth in me” _](Romans 7:19-20). Let us stop here for a moment. In verse 19 Paul is speaking about embracing his EGO. Making a decision to flow with his EGO and not fight against it. Paul is saying that at that point he is embracing and acting upon the EGO or sinful nature that is within him. We will always be in a consistent battle with our EGO because that is the trait of the first Adam. It has been passed down to every generation. As long as we are in this flesh we will battle our EGO. When we decide to embrace out EGO and no longer battle it; we hold onto the remnant of our EGO and tell God that He is no longer number one in our lives. This is where it becomes dangerous. This is when we are in danger of God putting us out of His sight.

Paul says in Romans 7:21-23, “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man; but I see another law in my members, warring against the law in my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members”. Clearly we can see here that out EGO is out flesh and is warring against our minds daily. That is why we must renew our minds (Romans 12:2) daily because the mind is the battlefield: EGO vs. Spirit. Which one do you want to win?

Target: Mind

The mind dwells in the soulish realm and is the

communication point with God and with your body. Picture a peach cut in half with the core inside. You can see the core which represents the spirit, the meaty part around the core represents the soul, and the skin around the meaty part is the body. What satan has been doing is attacking us ever since we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and were baptized in the Holy Spirit. Satan has been trying to gain control of our mind so he can cut off communication with God. Here is the plan that satan uses to accomplish this:

Invade our spirit.

Attack our soul.

And control your body.

These are the only values and the mission statement for the kingdom of darkness. All the demons that follow him will do whatever it takes to fulfill that mission and his vision. The way he is able to accomplish this is through the mind.

He that controls the mind controls the will, emotions, and desires of the body and what is spiritually heard. Once I watched a movie with my wife and a particular scene came up. The scene was set back to the slavery days when African-Americans were sold. So in the scene the main character was able to kill the captures and set himself and the three others free. What I found interesting is the cage that the three others were in was open, but the main

character rode off on a horse, the three did not get out of the cage! So the three other African-Americans were set free with no one in sight, and the door to the cage they were in was open! Why did they not leave but stay in the cage? My wife said, “because their minds had a slave mentality.” Think about that for a minute. They were set free and their captures killed, but they remained caged. Why is that?

Let me explain. Have you ever heard of the breaking of a horse? What it means is that the owner of the horse will do whatever it takes to break the spirit of the horse and control its mind. Once the horse’s mind is broken then it will do whatever it is told and many times a horse is broken through fear. This is what happened to these three character of this movie. They may have been strong men when they were first captured but after being beaten and many other things, their minds where broken with fear. Fear of the owner and captures. The only comfort and security they knew was in the cage. So when the cage was open and the captures killed, they did not know what to do because their minds could not comprehend what freedom was. This is what happened to Israel in Egypt.

Exodus 1:8-11 reads as follows:

Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than w: Come on, let us deal wisely with them: lest they multiply, and it came to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto out enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamese.”

Pharaoh knew that Israel out numbered the Egyptians,

so the only way to prevent an uprising was to control their minds through fear. Pharaoh controlled their minds, planted a seed, and a slavery mentality grew for 400 years. So much so that even when God used Moses to set them free and was guiding them to the Promised Land, the people longed for their days in captivity: Egypt. “And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pot, and when we did eat bread to the full: for ye have brought us forth into the wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger” (Exodus 16:3). Israel wanted to go back to the whippings and beatings because they figured it was easier than being free in the wilderness. Let us take it a step further. Israel’s captures controlled their minds so much they where even able to get them to worship other gods. Even though for 400 years Israel was praying to God, keeping His commandments, and believing the prophesy that a deliverer would come to rescue them out of Egypt. Now at this point in the scriptures they have been delivered and they felt Moses was taking too long with God on Mount Sinai. The people wanted to pray to a god. So they said to Aaron, “…make us a god, which shall go before us…” (Exodus 32:1). Here is what is interesting: Aaron was Moses’ right hand man and brother. He heard from God Himself, saw firsthand the mighty hand of God, listened to the teachings of Moses, and was a leader. Yet Aaron still had a slave mentality, listened to the people and [_“…fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” _](Exodus 32:4).

In this very statement we can see that Israel as a nation embracing their EGO. As a nation, they Edged God Out. How? By creating a golden calf and said, “These be thy

gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt”. Even though they knew that God delivered them. In fact Exodus 18:10 said, “And Jethro said, Blessed be the LORD, who hath delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh, who hath delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians”. Why would they say this? Because of their slave mentality. They were still controlled by their captures from the years of pounding their beliefs and fear into their minds. God opened the cage door but they remained in the cage.

Are you still looking at an open door from inside your cage?

Emotionalism

So how can satan gain access to you mind? In one word: emotionalism. By definition, emotionalism means a strong or excessive appeal to the emotions. I particularly like the definition meaning from the Collins English Dictionary (2012) that states emotionalism is a tendency to yield readily to the emotions. Emotion by definition means any of the feeling of joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, etc. Feeling means an emotional or emotional perception or attitude. In other words, emotionalism is a strong and excessive appeal to your emotions or attitude towards a particular situation based on your past experience.

Let us use a fatherless child for an example. According to a study, children born to single mothers show higher levels of aggressive behavior than children born to married mothers (Source: Osborne, C., & McLanahun, S., 2007, Partnership instability and child well-being. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 1065-10-83). The reason is

that deep within the heart of the child there is a natural longing for a father’s love and in time that longing turns into anger and an open wound on the heart; then a sensitive scare. This experience is exactly what satan uses to gain access to the mind. In fact, he will appeal to that perception of a father. What am I saying? A mother and her children can be saved and the children raised in church. Then when the mother marries when the children are in their late teens; the children hate the step-father. The reason is the enemy plays on their feeling of their perception of what a father is. In this case, the perception is a feeling of pain, hurt, sorrow, and anger. These emotions are now projected towards the step-father; even if the step-father only shows love towards them. However, because of these feelings and past experiences, the enemy has an open door to control the mind. The only way for this emotional gateway to the mind to be closed is through deliverance, healing, and the renewing of the mind.

The life events that have accorded in our lives will mold and shape our emotions and can become an emotional doorway for the enemy to gain access to our minds. When we are born we have a blank slate, but when we are old there is an emotional track record that has shaped is to who we are. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and are baptized in the Holy Spirit, God gives us an eraser that allows us to remove items from out emotional track record and be healed from the past. The choice is ours on what we want erased. David understood this in Psalm 34:4 when he said, “I sought the LORD and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears”.

Divorce is another one of those emotional past experiences we can use as an example. My first marriage was an emotional abusive relationship. Emotional and abusive relationships can be the hardest types of abuse to

get over. There are no physical scares, but there are scares on the heart and the mind. It took me several years to be delivered fromthese past hurts. She would always put me down through words such as: no good; you will amount to nothing; you are a loser; you are stupid; I hate you; you are not a good father; I can find a better father than you, and so on. In other words, she focused on and damaged my self-confidence and self-worth. All I remember from that time is that we either argued or yelled every night or I had to sleep with her to shut her up. I hated every moment! If I was not home within the time it took me to return from my job or school, she thought I was cheating on her. I recall times when she would pick me up from work and if I took too long speaking with a co-worker, she would get angry. Then I would walk to the car and she would back it up. All she showed me was hatred and her way of showing love was putting me down daily. The only reason I stayed with her was because we had a son. Eventually I had to make a choice to let my son either see me abused pt explain what happened when he got older. I chose to explain what happened when he got older. The pain from this relationship took several years to get over the emotional rollercoaster and even longer to heal.

You see, I lost trust. I trusted this woman with my heart and my very being; only to have it stepped on and crushed. So this issue spilled over into all my other relationships that followed. This past experience caused me to have emotionalism towards anyone when it became necessary to trust; especially in a relationship. The enemy used this access point even when it came to trusting those in leadership position within the church. The enemy would use words such as: “How can you trust men? They are just going to hurt you like the rest” or “You remember what happened the last time you trusted someone?” The same

goes with church hurt. Satan knows how to play with words and remind you of your past.

“And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angle of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).

Satan will work on our minds to gain access by using the only things he can use: our past. He can bring up things from our past that we have long forgotten. When those memories come to the surface, so do the emotion attached to those memories. The only way the emotions do not come with the memories is when we have been totally delivered from that emotion regarding those memories. If the discussion regarding the memory from our past does not bring the emotions with it, then we have been delivered and satan can no longer use that particular memory to gain access to our minds. Emotions trigger our EGO and that is when we embrace the remnant of our EGO.

Battlefield

The battlefield for EGO vs. spirit is our mind. The mind is attached to our emotions. So if satan can trigger an emotion, then out EGO comes into play. This is what Paul was dealing with on a daily basis. That is why Paul said to the church of Ephesians in Ephesians 4:23, “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind”. Paul knew that he mind was the battlefield and that satan was trying to gain control. In Ephesians 4:22, Paul states,[_ “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.”_]

Our old man is patterned after the trait of the first Adam. 1 Corinthians 15:47a states, “The first man is of the earth,

earthly.” Everything that is earthly deals with the flesh and emotions. When God asked Adam what he had done, Adam responded in his earthly nature with attached emotions: his EGO. The old man has a darkened spirit. Ephesians 4:18 says, [_“Having the understanding darkened being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart,” _]Remember, satan is the master at keeping us ignorant. He knows how to twist and play on words to the point we believe that a lie is true. How can one know the truth if we believe a lie it truth? The old man is carnal and cannot receive the things of God.

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:6-8).

When we put off the former conversation with the old man, we are renewing out mind and satan cannot gain access to our mind. However, when we hold onto the old man, to the trait of the first Adam, and embrace the remnant of our EGO; we are not only allowing our EGO to win but are subject to the law of sin and coming against God. When we hold onto the old man, we are holding onto our past and past emotions and allowing them to drive our future. We always claim that we want to move in with our lives and get over our past. How can we when it is attached to our hip like a gun holster and our EGO is the smoking gun waiting to be fired? The only way to take the belt off is through the Word of God.

Law of God and the Law of Sin

Now as mentioned before, Paul understood it was more than just EGO or self battling it out with spirit; there are laws that apply to both realms: the law of God and the law of sin. The egotistical battle that we go through on a daily basis is not physical: it is spiritual.

[_“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” _]– Romans 7:25

“…thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” – Romans 7:25 (MSG)

The law of sin is the sin we habitually tend to do that works in our members before we except Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Paul said it best in Romans 5:14 when he stated, “Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression”. What is Paul saying? Sin is being fundamentally disobedient to God, which has been going on from Adam to Moses and the Ten Commandments. It is not simply missing the mark, but hitting the wrong mark purposefully. This is what Paul knew and why it was so easy to keep doing what is wrong. The law of sin is the driving force of our EGO. When we decode to indulge our EGO, we are making a decision to hit the wrong mark on purpose.

The law of God is the rule of the Kingdom of God and

His way of life and it is divine and perfect in intent. King David said it like this in Psalm 19:7-11:

[_ “The law of the Lord is perfect, concerning the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing in heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear if the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, then much find gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and keeping of them there is great reward.”_]

The law of God defines righteousness and sin. When God wrote the Ten Commandments in stone, He laid the fundamental foundation in stone for His people to interact with Him and with each other. These laws are the complete opposite of the law of sin. This is the egotistical battle that wages on a daily in the spirit.

The law of God defines righteousness and sin. When God wrote the Ten Commandments in stone, He laid the fundamental foundation in stone for His people to interact with Him and with each other. These laws are the complete opposite of the law of sin. This is the egotistical battle that wages on a daily in the spirit.

The question is: Which one do we relate mostly too? The one we relate to the most is the one that we allow to win. We can verbally state it, but it is the heart that tells which one we relate to the most. That is why God judges the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 states, “The LORD seeth not as man seeth, but the LORD looketh on the heart”. God even ding to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings”. Search your heart and determine which law you relate to the most and ask GOD to forgive your sins and to renew your mind and heart so you can relate more to the law of God. Let the spirit win the egotistical battle.

took it a step further in Jeremiah 17:10 when He said, “[_I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings”. _] Search your heart and determine which law you relate to the most and ask GOD to forgive your sins and to renew your mind and heart so you can relate more to the law of God. Let the spirit win the egotistical battle.

King Solomon said it best:[_ “ALL is vanity.”] In Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 King Solomon said, [“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king of Jerusalem. Vanity of Vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” _]He continues to say in verses 12-18:

[_ “I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under the heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered. I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”_]

Vanity by definition means excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements. Vanity is meaningless, worthlessness, has no substance, and is emptiness. The Hebrew word for vanity is hebel (heh’bel) which means vapor, breath, delusion, fleeting and useless. King Solomon, the wisest man on earth, is saying that he searched out everything on this earth and in by the wisdom that God gave him he discovered that everything that man does is like vapor; a faintly visible suspension of fine particles of matter in the air. Yet we have not listened to the wisest man this earth has known and we hold onto this vapor so we can embrace the remnant of our EGO.

Toxic Vapor: Love of Money

For some people this toxic vapor is in the love of money. King Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 5:10, [_“He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance in increase: this is also vanity.” _]This toxic vapor might not be in the holding of physical money but in the power money gives. Money provides a false sense of who we think we are. The power of money can cause an individual to think he/she is better than another because of all the vapor that person possess. This can not only be seen in high public viewed individuals, but in leaders in the church and in families. Yes I said leaders in the church! I have personally seen leaders that have looked down on people underneath them with a superiority mentality and statured because of the wealth they have; forgetting that God provided that wealth for them.

1 Timothy 6:10 reads:

[_ For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows._]

The Message Bible translates the scripture like this:

_ Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after._

What evils are rooted in the lust for money? Here is a list that I will give to start with:

  • {color:#000;}Lust
  • {color:#000;}Greed
  • {color:#000;}Lies
  • {color:#000;}Stealing
  • {color:#000;}Cheating
  • {color:#000;}Gambling
  • {color:#000;}Embezzlement
  • {color:#000;}Murder

Let’s go a little deeper. The scripture shows us that the love of money is a path that evil is rooted in and causes those who follow it to lose their footing in the faith and it is a path that will be regretted. Why is that?

Let’s start with the list of evils above that are rooted in evil and let’s get to the root and source of each. Lust is a demon named Asmodeus who is a king of the demons and is responsible for stirring up matrimonial trouble and dissipation. Dissipation is a wasting by misuse. Webster dictionary defines dissipation as squandering of money, energy, or resources.

Greed is a demon named Mannon who is deals with personified wealth gained with avarice or an insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

Lies is a demon named Belial who is also a prince of demons. The Hebrew word for belial is [beliyyall _](bel-e-yah’-al) and it means worthless. The first root word is _beli (bel-ee); which means without: and its root word is [balah _](baw-law); which means wear, become old, waste away, and decaying. The second root word is _yaal (yaw-al’); which means profit. In other words this demon provided

worthless profit. Do not take this demon lightly because this demon works in the spiritual legal realm. If a person believes the lies this demon puts out as truth, then this demon and other demons have a legal right to enter into your soul.

Stealing is a demon named Valfor and is known as the grand duke of thieves. A duke is a ruler and this demon is known for tempting others to steal.

Cheating is another word for charlatan which is a demon named Nybbas and it is the manger of visions and dreams.

Gambling which is also known as chance or luck and is a demon named Fortuna. This demon was known as a Greek goddess of luck, chance, and fortune. The Romans use to pray to this demon. The sad part is people today, Christians included, believe gambling is not a sin. Those who gamble believe in luck or a chance that the money or whatever the wager gambled with increase. In essence, it is embracing a demon with the belief that it will increase what was gambled. When embracing this demon, we are telling God that faith in Him is not enough to provide the funds we want or need and we are placing this demon above Him.

Embezzlement is a specific type of fraud and the demon is named Zepar. Zapar is also a grand duke that commands 26 legions.

Murder is a demon named Baalberith which tempts men to blasphemy and murder. This is the same demon the Israel turned to and the Judges and made their god. Judges 8:33 says, “And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.” Israel decided to make the murder demon their god.

Look at the list above, which only name few of the evils that are rooted in the love of money. These are high ranking demons that we provide legal right to enter in us when we embrace the love of money. Some people will say that I don’t love money but I love what money provides: power, land, the ability not to lack, fulfillment of desires, luxury items, and much more. One needs money to obtain these things which in turn is love of money or the lust to have money to fulfill out fleshly desires.

Jesus said in Mark 8:36, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Is it worth having all this money while also providing legal access to all the demons listed above to our very soul? When it is all said and done, all we have gained is toxic vapor that does not come with us when we die but provides a reserved spot for us in hell.

Toxic Vapor: Titles

That is why Paul writes in Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” The Greek word for sober is nepho (nay-fo) which means to be calm and have clear judgment. Having a mental state which is calm and clear is This is a daily task. This toxic vapor is forever present and it takes just one unaware inhale of this vapor for it to infect the mind and heart and feed our EGO.

What Paul was referring to are those who allow their title to feed their EGO. See EGO hides itself in its host

and also hides itself in titles: in the corporate world, in the church, and everything in between. I know of CEOs that will speak down to their employees because they are in a position of power as the CEO and because of the amount of money they make. I have had mangers looked me up and down with such a disgusting look when I reached out my hand to greet them and the only reason they shook my hand was because there were others around.

On the Contrary from the spiritual side I have come across church leaders that walked with the same haughty spirit. I have been in the presence of a leader who refused to hear a word from the Lord if that person was not of the same position as they were. In fact, this person would look down on you because he felt superior to you because of his position and time within the ministry. So, no matter if it is in the corporate world or the church arena; the higher one goes means the more humble you are to remain: not more prideful or arrogant. It is very saddening that today’s leaders are more worried about being recognized for their honorific titles then for the souls saved in the name of Jesus Christ. Some leaders, in fact, can become pretty offended when addressed by their first name or simply as “brother” or “sister”. In fact, some consider it downright disrespectful or unbecoming. Why is this? It is simply because of their EGO. “I was ordained to this position”; “I worked hard to get where I am”; “I have a degree that entitles me”; “I am the leader and you must do what I say”. When we put ourselves above others and our self worth more than others then we are not deserving of the title given to us. In fact, we are a disgrace to the title.

Jesus spoke to the disciples regarding this when he said in Matthew 23:8-12:

[_ “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master,_]

even Christ; and all ye brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”

Jesus was saying don’t let our EGO be the cause for our need to be called by a title. A title, by definition, is a name that describes someone’s position or job. Without humility we allow a title to become our limitation, entrapment, shortcoming, and downfall. When we allow pride or arrogance to invade our spirits and become so focused on a title, the demands of that title and demanding for respect that we believe the title should gives then limits God and allowing Him to use us in any other form or fashion.

Yes the bible says in Ephesians 4:11 that [“…he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”. _]These were not meant as titles, but functions with the body of Christ and they were only given to those who have proven themselves in serving others according to the calling and abilities God has given them. But wait…People forget to continue to read further. The very next scripture describes the purpose for these functions; Ephesians 4:12 reads, [“For the perfecting of the saints, for the work if the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”_] The enemy has come in and distorted these gifts, abilities, or callings and made them a place of authority, to have rule and platform to elevate individuals or flesh over others and a way to feed their own EGOs. In addition, we have elevated individuals with these titles into celebrities that now have a fan base.

Paul never addressed Timothy, Titus, or Barnabas as Apostle Timothy, Prophet Titus, and Evangelist Barnabas.

He simply addressed them by their first names. In fact, throughout the New Testament, Christians referred to themselves “brother” or “sister”. In fact, if we read carefully, the titles (remember, name of position or job) that was widely used was “fellow-worker”, “laborer”, “servant”, prisoner”, “steward” and “fellow-servant”. When is the last time we heard someone called Laborer Jones or Servant Sandpaper. The name apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher are only a description of an individual’s spiritual character and/or work.

The enemy has done is has taken these functions and spiritual characteristics and perverted them into elevated positions and spread lies to solidify them as commanding positions over God’s people. In addition, these lies are also magnified and twisted that people also believe they do not have to be laborers, servants, or stewards in the Kingdom of God. The calling of God is perverted so anyone can press a few buttons by going online to take a course or two and receive a certificate saying that individual is now an with the title apostle, prophet, evangelist or so on. The lie has become truth and God has been X’ed out of the qualification. For God is and will be the only one that calls an individual to become an apostle, prophet, evangelist or so on. Certain lies have now become truth and sin has gained access in the church and legally allowed a demon named Belial, who is also a prince of demons, access into the church and into our lives. That is why church has become a place where our EGOs can be feed.

A title is just vapor. But to be called “brother” is to be part of a family.

Now let me make something absolutely clear . Not all churches are like this. God has a standard for His church, His people and there are those that follow what God said

to do and how to appropriate. There are leaders that are humble and recognize the characteristic and calling they have been in humility and operate in that according to how God leads them. One must pray and seek God to lead them to those who are truly called by God and walking and teaching His truth.

[*Toxic Vapor: Knowledge *]

The Prophet Isaiah knew that knowledge was vapor and all it did was feed our EGO. Isaiah wrote in Isaiah 5:21-22, “Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink”. The Message bible translates these scriptures like this:

Doom to you who think you’re so smart, who hold such a high opinion of yourselves! All you’re good at is drinking – champion boozers who collect trophies from drinking bouts.

Knowledge is vapor. But the wisdom of God is eternal.

I am not saying knowledge is bad because Proverbs 18:15 says, “The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.” The Hebrew word for knowledge is death (dah’-ath) and it comes from the root word yada (yaw-dah’) which means know, experiences, gain, informed and learned. The scripture is saying that the heart of the prudent gets experience and the ear of the wise seek information. The combination of knowledge and understanding we understand get a new revelation of what is around us, the people around us, and most importantly we get to know God.

It is like a relationship. When I went on the first date with my wife, I only knew that she was a woman of God and physical attributes about her (height, hair color, race, eye color, and so on). I did not know anything else about her. However, as time continued on I got to know her likes and dislikes, her favorite color, what she likes to eat and not eat, her family, where she came from and so on. Now five years later and being married for two, I know her very well and still gaining more knowledge about her.

That is what knowledge is for: to gain an understanding and to gain a deeper understanding of God. However, sometimes as we gain knowledge we can begin to use it as leverage over others and to think ourselves better than those that lack knowledge or the knowledge we gained. This is when our EGO begins to be feed because we think we are better than those around us that have less knowledge then us. The knowledge we know is nothing compared to the knowledge of God. Yet, there are those who have great knowledge that think of themselves as superior over those with less intellect. Yet, with their vast knowledge, they do not have the understanding that the knowledge they gained is only vapor. According to King Solomon, the wisest man the earth has ever seen said: ALL is vanity!

Knowledge + Humbleness = Greatness

Knowledge + Pride = Arrogance

Proverbs 8:13 (NAS) says, “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate”. God hates pride and arrogance! So what side of the fence do you want to be? On the side that God loves and will use you for His Kingdom?…Or on

the side that God hates and is subject to His anger? For me, my heart’s desire and focus is that I will always remain humble and in the grace of God.

King Solomon in his God given wisdom understood that the things and knowledge of this world is simply vapor. Sometimes we take this toxic vapor and think we are superior to others because we have more vapor than them. When we do this we allow vapor to create pride and pride unveils and lifts our self-interests and our self-sufficiencies: which feeds the remnant of our EGO.

Pride is the foundation of the works of the flesh. Galatians 5:17-21 say the works of the flesh manifested into “…adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like…” We might say “I don’t do any of these things” and it might be true at this moment. However, if we embrace the remnant of our EGO and we have pride within us, then they are just a hairs breath away from manifesting. Would you play Russian roulette? That is what we do when we have pride and embrace the remnant of our EGO. At any turn of the revolver may be the fatal shot that sets off the manifestation of the works of our flesh and destroy all that God has done in us and those around us.

I ask that you seek God to reveal any pride that you may have inside you to be exposed and removed in Jesus Name. I only mentioned three types of toxic vapors that feed our EGO, but there is so much more. Pride can come up in the smallest of the smallest things and pride leads to a reprobate mind. Romans 1:28 says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.” The Greek word for reprobate is adokimos

(ad-ok’-ee-mos) which means unapproved and counterfeit. The word for mind in Greek is nous (nooce) which means reasoning. If we embrace our EGO, we have decided not to retain God and therefore God can make a decision to give us over to an unapproved and counterfeit reasoning.

Ask God to not allow the works of your flesh to manifest but the fruits of His Spirit according to Galatians 5:22-23: “Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance…”

What is a stronghold? We hear preachers, ministers, and pastors mention strongholds all the time. In fact the scripture we hear the most that refers to strongholds is 2 Corinthians 10:4 which states; “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds”. By definition, a stronghold is a fortress; a well-fortified place. A fortress is any place of exceptional security. The Greek word for stronghold is ochuroma (okh-oo’-ro-mah) which means strong defense. So based on definition and Greek translation it can be determined that a stronghold is strong fortress and well-fortified with an exceptional defense.

Now a fortress in early history up to modern times consisted of walls that were used for cities to survive in a changing world of innovations and conquest. There were layers upon layers of walls that encompassed cities securely and made it hard to reach the main location where the leader resided. In addition, some fortresses were used as military garrisons.

So how does a physical stronghold relate to a spiritual stronghold? Spiritual strongholds are walls that we have put up ourselves or allowed to be put up around our minds. Walls are built for various reasons and they serve different purposes, but their function is always fundamentally the same: to create divisions, to prevent people and ideas from moving freely, and to legitimize differences. Look at the Berlin Wall. It was built because East German state was afraid of losing their people. Once the wall was built it acquired a life of its own. It became a focal point.

The Berlin Wall was first conceived in the mind of twisted individuals that probably believed that they were doing the right thing. The same goes for spiritual strongholds. They first start off with something that was

passed down from generations or possibly started because of an incident that happened in the past that gave a foothold for the enemy to infiltrate and start building.

Deception is a primary weapon for the devil because it is the building block for strongholds. Galatians 6:7-8 says “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” The Greek word for deceive is exapatao (ex-ap-at-ah’-o) which means “I deceive thoroughly”. This is describing someone taken in, and enslaved by, satan. The dictionary definition is to mislead or falsely persuade others or to mislead by a false appearance or statement.

Paul’s teaching to the Galatians was for them to not be mislead by the devil and thinking that if you only take care of yourself then you will reap life; but if they think of only of themselves then they would reap corruption.

SELF = CORRUPTION

CHRIST MIND = LIFE EVERLASTING

When we embrace the remnant of our EGO we are embracing a fortress that is built on self. EGO is a stronghold and a mighty fortress. Its foundation is based on deception. The deception is thinking we are better than God. EGO builds its walls around the heart and there are several layers of walls that keep it guarded. Unlike natural fortresses that take years to build its walls; spiritual

strongholds only take a very short time. Then this fortress of EGO will embody other demons and become a safe haven for them.

Let us look at some of the demons that are behind the walls of our EGO.

Demon of Fear

First Timothy 1:7 states, [_“For God has not given us a spirit of fear…” _]We can read that fear is a spirit. In fact its name is Barbas and it is a great principality that is over thirty-six legions of demons. So right off the bat we see that one of the layers of the EGO Stronghold is the spirit of fear and its thirty-six legions. In the Imperial Roman Army one of the formations was called a legion which consisted of soldiers totaling about 5,120. So this means that there could be approximately 184,320 demons that the spirit of fear is over and within a layer of the EGO stronghold.

The spirit of fear is in every phobia there is. Some of the common fears are fear of death, loneliness, lack, authority, commitment, heights, fighting, rejection, germs, animals, airplanes, being laughed at, losing someone, even fear of others being hurt or harmed, and fear of the past and fear of the future.

But what allows fear to have legal access?

Selfishness

Fear stems from being overly concerned about one’s self, one’s self-preservation, self –image, and what the future holds for one’s self: EGO. When we allow the spirit of fear to have access through our EGO, we can allow this

spirit to cause sickness, mental illness, and even bring death among ourselves. Fear can cause such a strain on the heart that it can cause heart failure and destroy heart muscles. Luke 21:26 states that “Men’s hearts failing them for fear…”

Let’s go a little deeper. One Hebrew word for fear is [_emah _](ay-maw’) which means terror and dread. By definition, the word fear means to be afraid or scared of, dread, uneasiness, or anxiousness. Terror by definition means intense, sharp, overmastering fear. What am I saying? When we embrace the remnant of our EGO, we are giving the spirit of fear legal access to our very soul, allowing it to bring terror in our lives and to even allowing it to manifest into the physical realm when it affects our health.

See fear is the opposite of the Holy Spirit. Instead of empowering us, fear paralyzes us. Instead of giving us wisdom, fear causes us to make poor decisions. As a close, good friend of mine, Pastor Ronn Hale said one time during a sermon: “Fear is Faith contaminated!”

Why? When we are being self-centered and embracing our EGO, we are relaying on ourselves and believing what is in front of us and not on God nor to walk by faith. When we allow the spirit of fear to grip us, we must remember that “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of sound mind.”

*Demon of Hate *

Another demon that is behind the walls of our EGO is hate. The name of this demon is Sonneillon and its main purpose is to causes us to take action, to hurt or destroy whatever inspires the hatred. That is why it is written in

1 John 3:15, “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” Now those are some serious chose words that John wrote. To hate is to murder! The Greek word for murder is phonos (fon’-os) and it means intentional, unjustified homicide. So when we hate our brother we are actually killing our brother in the spirit. Again, the purpose of this demon is to cause us to hurt or destroy whatever inspired the hatred.

So whenever we embrace the remnant of our EGO, we are choosing to embrace the spirit of hate. The Greek word for hate is miseo (mis-eh-o) which means to renounce one choice in favor of another. We are choosing to favor ourselves, renounce God and deciding to kill our brother either spiritually, physically, or both. I am not saying this: John said it.

Hate = Renounce our brother

Murder = Intentional, unjustified homicide

Hate = Murder

Renounce your brother = murder

Sonneillon is a prince who tempts men to hate. This demon’s main purpose is to fulfill satan’s mission: kill, steal, and destroy. So this demon will cause us to make a willful decision to intentionally hate our brother when we decide to embrace the remnant of our EGO: which makes us murderers in God’s eyes. That is why God warns us not to hate. If we claim to have Christ in us, then hate should never be found. If we allow our EGO to have priority; then Christ is not in us.

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*Demon of Pride *

Yet another demon that is behind the EGO stronghold is the spirit of pride. The name of this demon is Leviathan. This demon’s influence is spiritual pride and stopping deliverance. Isaiah 27:1 l describes leviathan as a “piercing serpent”, “crooked serpent” and[_ “the dragon that is in the sea”._] In fact, ministers who refuse to open up to the ministry of deliverance are being controlled by a leviathan spirit.

As we have learned in previous chapters; pride and EGO go hand in hand. When embracing the remnant of our EGO, we are allowing this spirit to keep us focused on the person we think we are in this life instead of us focusing on God and His purpose for us. It keeps us thinking we are better than God and that we know what is best for our own lives. That, again, is why David said in Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction…” Why? The reason is that leviathan will tighten its coils around us, inhibiting the moving of the Spirit. In addition, we cannot hear or discern the Spirit and it prevents us from getting a word from the Lord or being able to move in our gifting. This demon can cause spiritual death.

But wait, there is more… This demon is also joined by another within the walls of this EGO stronghold. This demon is well known and runs rampant in the church today. This demon is known as Jezebel. Jezebel gives power to Leviathan to give false gifts, healing, miracles, and so on. This demon is in pastors, teachers, evangelists, apostles, and prophets. This spirit will charm, hypnotize, deceive, and seduce people into believing they are operating through

the Holy Spirit. So the question arises: why is this? The reason is simple. Apostles, prophets, evangelist, pastors and teachers accept this from Leviathan because they refuse to be transparent that they struggle and need deliverance from the demons. It is not just in those of the five fold ministry, this spirit operates in all that have pride.

Christians can have demons.

This spirit of pride has many other demons under its control, such as: jealousy, rebellion, justification to know the things of God, deception, depression, mental dejection, panic, hard heartedness, and so many more.

There are over fifty verses in the bible referring to pride and the results of pride. God, in His infinite wisdom, knows that once we allow Leviathan legal access to our very mind and soul that this demon will bring along all the demons it controls. This is why Moses gave a warning to Israel if they allowed this demon of pride to enter in after God had delivered them from Egypt. Deuteronomy 8:14 says, “Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.” The words lifted up means proud; thinking that they delivered themselves out of Egypt and God had nothing to do with it. Deuteronomy 8:17 continues to say, “And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth”. So the results of embracing the remnant of their EGO and allowing the spirit of pride legal access would result in Israel’s destruction. Deuteronomy 8:19-20 says,[_ “And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship the, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish. As the nations which the LORD destroyed before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the_]

voice of the LORD you God.”

The Hebrew word for pride is [gevah _](gay-vaw’) and it comes from the root word[ gaah_] (gaw-aw’) which means highly exalted. The spirit of pride will cause us to highly exalt ourselves above others and place ourselves above God. We begin to think of only ourselves: forsaking all others if they get in the way of ourselves. When we exalt ourselves above God, then we are no better than the one that had pride before us. Ezekiel 28:17 states that “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom be reason of the brightness: I will cast they to the ground…” This one before us is no other than satan. When we operate in pride, we are being just like satan. For me, that is not something I do not like the thought of.

*Demon of Jealousy *

As we continue the list of demons that are within the walls of the fortress of EGO, we now come to the demon of jealousy named Succorbenoth. This demon is the demon of gates. Now one must have an understanding about the gates this demon is over. In ancient times, the cities were surrounded by walls with gates, and in battle the gates of these cities would usually be the first place their enemies would attack. They attacked from this position because the the protection of the city was determined by the strength or power of its gates. So the question arises: what gates is this demon over?

To answer that question, Jesus spoke to Peter in Matthew 16:18 and stated, “…I say also unto thee, That

thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” So if the gates equal power, then Jesus is saying that that power of hell shall not prevail.

Let us stop there for a minute. Jesus knew all too well that hell has no gates. So why did He use the words “gates of hell”? We must first look at Psalm 12:6-7 which states:

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

So Jesus took the words of earth, “gates of hell,” and purified them; meaning he took these words and gave them a deeper meaning then just the face value they have. So in this scripture, let us look at the literal meaning of hell. By definition, hell is the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death. Now we will look at the phrase as a whole: “gates of hell”. In the Old Testament the “gates of hell” was a Jewish expression: pulai hadou. The expression meant “realm of the dead”.

Keep that in mind and let’s look at Hezekiah after being told by the prophet that he is going to die. Hezekiah said in Isaiah 38:10, “…in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years”. Then when the Lord gave Hezekiah more time to live, he said in Isaiah 38:17-18, “Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back. For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth”.

Look at the words used within those scriptures: gates

of the grave, pit of corruption, grave, and death. See the similarities? Hezekiah spoke of the “gates of the grave” and Jesus said the “gates of hell”. Just like hell, the grave has no gates. One could say they are a figure of speech; (using words that have a physical aspect to describe something that has no physical form). In others words, the word gates refers to the power attributed to the grave. One of the Hebrew words for hell is hades (hah’-dace) which also means grave, the realm in which all the dead reside.

Another example of “the gates of hell” can be found in Job 38:17 that says, [_“Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death?” _]Again, we are seeing a reference to the power of death or the grave. Looking at Isaiah 38:17, we see that the grave or death silences any that enter its gates. No one can leave the gates of the grave.

But wait! Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead in three days. So the gates of hell or the grave could not hold Christ. Revelations 1:18 says, “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death”. This is why Jesus said to Peter the gates of hell shall not prevail. Jesus was stating that the power of death cannot prevail against His church. John 5:25 says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live”.

With this understanding, we can now see that Succorbenoth is over the power of death or the gates of hell. By embracing our EGO, we are allowing death legal right into our very life. One can even say we are killing ourselves because death is forever stalking us and now we have given it free access. So, by following our Lord Jesus Christ and making Him the head of our lives: the gates of

hell shall not prevail against us. BUT…!!!! When we make a decision to embrace our EGO, even the remnant of our EGO, we have now permitted the gates of hell or power of death to prevail against us. When we become jealous, we are allowing death in.

Jealousy in Hebrew is [_quinah _](kin-aw’) which also means envy, anger, and rivalry. The Greek word is [_zello _](dzay-lo-o) and it means to be moved with envy, hatred, and anger. The root word is zelos which means fury. The root word for zelos is [_zeo _](dzeh’-o) and it means I burn in spirit. When we become jealous, we are burning with envy, hatred, and anger within our spirit towards anyone or anything that is coming against or preventing the fulfillment of our EGO. Jealousy is an emotion and a spirit (or demon) that we decide to allow to enter in when someone has come against our EGO. Why? It comes from our spirit and we make the choice to allow it to manifest and take dominion or to cast it out from our lives in the name of Jesus Christ.

Jealousy is a spirit that runs rampant within the church today. People become jealous of others due to the giftings they see in others, and the fruit they might see the other person bares, or and because they think either gifting or fruit is better than what they have. People become jealous because they think someone else is better than they are and that thought is damaging to their EGO. So they embrace their jealousy, embrace their EGO, which means they have embraced death.

*Demon of Bitterness *

Bitterness is another demon within the walls of the EGO

fortress. Bitterness is a deadly poison that puts us into spiritual, emotional, and physical bondage. Hebrews 12:15 states that, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled”. Bitterness, unlike the other demons previously mentioned is tricky to recognize and it can dwell deep within your hearts. The root word for bitterness is bitter. The dictionary meaning of bitter is characterized by intense antagonism or hostility; resentful or cynical. The demon of bitterness can dwell deep with the heart and its purpose is to defile man through hostility and resentment towards others.

Bitterness is a root system that lies underneath the surface. Let me make things a little more clear. The root system of a plant constantly provides the stems and leaves with water and dissolved minerals. In addition, in order for this root system to accomplish this, it must grow into new regions of the soil. So if we compare the two the demon of bitterness is not easily seen, but grows its roots deep within our spirit and within our heart and feeds all others spirits on the surface. These roots can be so deep within our hearts and spirit, but only show a very small problem on the surface. One time I was working on in the backyard of my friend’s home and I was pulling weeds. I pulled a weed that stood no more than two inches above the ground. As I pulled the weed out the root started coming out of the ground. As I continued to pull I noticed this root was so long it was wrapped around the base of a palm tree and was measured about three feet in length. This main root had all these little roots coming from it. When I continued pulling it out, some of the soil came up with it because the smaller roots where so entangled with the soil that the soil could not be loosened.

When we embrace the remnant of our EGO, we are

allowing the roots of bitterness to be watered and to grow deep within us. We then become easily upset over things that others are doing around us or towards us. In addition to this it is easy to look at our circumstances around us as the source of the problem, rather than seeing the root cause. We might fix the problem but the issue still remains since the problem was not the root cause. Bitterness comes from not letting go and not forgiving. When our EGO gets “hurt”, we tend not to forgive and definitely do not forget. We hold unto this “hurt” and allow it to fill us. This allows the demon of bitterness to be the gateway in which demons have legal access to our very soul. This is why Paul wrote to the Ephesians in Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice”.

Demon of Offense

One more demon that is within the stronghold of EGO is the demon of offense. Mind you, this is one of the strongest demons. In fact, Jesus even warned us that in the last days this spirit would be loosed on the earth when he said in Matthew 24:10-12, [_“All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold”. _]By definition, offence means a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin.

The demon of offense breaks up marriages, wrecks

friendships, destroys churches, and can engulf a race of people. See this demon is strategic, cunning, methodical, and knows when and how to strike. In addition, it works hand in hand with Sonneillon (demon of hate). The demon of offense knows that once an individual is offended, that person is very unlikely to forgive easily. Proverbs 18:19 says, “a brother offended in harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle”. Can you imagine what is it would take for a race of people to forgive with centuries of offense? It took twenty years for my parents to forgive my sister, Dena, for something she did to my father when she was still in high school.

When we embrace the remnant of our EGO we are embracing the demon of offense and allowing it access to our mind and spirit. When we allow this demon access we lose or limit the abilities of forgiveness, patience, and the grace to understanding human imperfections and where people fall short. We deny obvious good intentions and we look for the worst in others. We think that by allowing offense, we are protecting ourselves because we believe other people always have a hidden agenda. The spirit of offense creates a trap that is meant to hold us back from God’s blessings. Let me tell you this, when we allow the demon of offense legal access, we acknowledge that we would rather place blame on someone, anyone else, rather than accept responsibility and acknowledge that it is our choice to be offended. However, I compel you to let God show you what needs to be cleansed from within you so He can deliver you from the trap that this demon has you in.

EGO is a stronghold with strong walls. We must understand that at any time we decide to embrace our EGO, even the remnant of it, we are allowing all the mentioned demons above and more legal access and to stay within the protected walls of the Fortress of EGO. That is why God

has given us power to pull down strongholds. In some cases this stronghold can be pulled down in one mighty attack, but in most cases each wall needs to be broken down one at a time and the demon dwelling within that wall cased out. Once all the walls have fallen, then our EGO will be no more. We will read more about being delivered from our EGO a little later in the book.

The effects of EGO are all too well known. It caused man to be born spiritually dead and in a world of sin. When the decision is made to embrace the remnant of our EGO, we not only affect ourselves but all those around us. We can see an example of the affects one man’s EGO had on others in 2 Chronicles 36: 11-20:

Zedekiah was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet speaking from the mouth of the LORD. And he also rebelled against king Nebichadnezzar, who had made him swear by God: but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart from turning unto the LORD God of Israel. Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of t he LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldeesm who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old men, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. And all the vessel of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. And them that had escaped from the sword _]c[_arried he away to Babylon; where

carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the king of Persia.

This question now arises: What did Zedekiah do that was evil in the sight of the Lord? In one simple word: EGO. It was not that he thought he was king and all should obey him or the persecution of his people. It was because he was a weak king. It was the weakness of keeping silent, of compromising, or remaining “neutral” in religious matters. King Zedekiah was fearful of the princes left in Jerusalem, of those surrendered to the Babylonians, and of Jeremiah. He was so afraid that he refused to take a stand for anything. He simply allowed everything to the practiced similar to the United States today. He allowed the people to practice whatever they desired and he did what most of us do – wanting to “make everyone happy”. He thought his silence would please everyone. This king had no zeal for the Lord’s will, urged no restoration of reform in beliefs and practices. His nation did great sin against the Lord and the king did nothing. Zedekiah chose not to listen to the prophet.

You may be asking yourself: How is this EGO? Remember that EGO is Edging God Out and it is putting yourself above God and doing what you want. Zedekiah had made the decision not to be righteous and do what was right by God. He embraced his EGO and decided to be a “people pleaser” rather than please God. The interesting part is that the name Zedekiah means Jehovah is Righteous, but this king did not live up to his name.

When we make a decision to remain silent instead of being an advocate for righteousness, we are embracing our EGO. We become self-centered by believing we are thinking of others. There is no gray area when it comes to God. It is either God or self. There is no middle. God has

called us to be a righteous people and yet we remain silent; just like King Zedekiah. When we make decision upon decision to stand idly by while allowing others to practice whatever they choose to practice and call it “free will”. When we do this we have done no more than embrace the remnant of our EGO. By doing this, we have given legal access for all the demons mentioned in the previous chapter to our very soul. When we are more worried about being a “people pleaser” then standing for righteousness; we are falling for the trick of satan.

Now this is what this trick does: It causes us, like King Zedekiah, to do what is evil in the sight of God. Now let us look at the affects of “people pleasing”:

  1. {color:#000;}It caused God’s wrath
  2. {color:#000;}Zedekiah lost his nation
  3. {color:#000;}It cost Zedekiah him his life
  4. {color:#000;}Zedekiah went to hell
  5. {color:#000;}Zedekiah’s people (all ages) were killed
  6. {color:#000;}Jerusalem was destroyed
  7. {color:#000;}Whoever survived became servants of the conquering king.

There is a cause and effect here:

“People pleasing” = embracing EGO

“People pleasing” = wrath of God

Embracing EGO = wrath of God

Paul said it best to the Galatians in Galatians 1:10, “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ”. When we embrace our EGO through “people pleasing”, we are not servants of God. James even went on to say in James 4:4, “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God”. This is why “people pleasing” causes the wrath of God. But wait! Being silent when we should stand for righteousness also causes the wrath of God. So today, I say to you, [_“…choose you this day whom ye will serve…” _](Joshua 24:15). Will you be a “people pleaser” and remain silent or will you have zeal for the Lord’s will?

There are consequences when we decide to embrace the remnant of our EGO. As we read above, those consequences not only effect our lives but those around us. Let’s take a look at other effects there are when we embrace our EGO.

I remember being a child and playing with other children’s games. If the game became really intense there would be a disagreement over the rules of the games and at some point someone would say something like, “Fine! I’m taking my ball and going home!” This was our solution to the problem instead of compromising and keeping on playing we would end it. I remember doing that one time and I kicked the soccer ball on the roof of a tall building and walked away saying, “Now get your ball since you don’t want to play right”. Of course I ended up being punished for it and my parents had to buy the kid another soccer ball and of course, I never did that again.

However, what we did as kids we still do today when we embrace the remnant of our EGO. As adults it is not as obvious, it is more of a behind-the-scenes kind of way. When we play the victim, our internal dialogue goes something like “Fine! If that is what you want, then won’t obey and forget thinking for myself!” or “There is no use of me trying hard on this project, they don’t care about what I do”. You may think that this is not a form of EGO, but it is. Our desire of recognition is so strong that we are putting it ahead of our work and mission of our team and even the Kingdom agenda. This is what happens in church and ministries all the time.

The Hebrew word for victim is korban and it means being closed or getting closed. In other words, when we play the victim, we become closed minded because we did not get or the recognition we desired: EGO. Paul wrote the Ephesians says, “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:17-18). The Gentiles were closed-minded and would not accept the word of God. Instead, they decided to remain ignorant and do what they wanted to do the way they understood it; just like we do today. We know we received a word from God, but because it was not what we wanted to hear, we decide to walk like other Gentiles and play the victim by being closed-mined.

1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” When we play the victim, we are closing our minds to God. When we close our minds to God, we cannot spiritually discern. When we cannot

spiritually discern, then the things of God seem foolish to us. So if you really think about it, when we play the victim, we are embracing our EGO and being closed-minded to the things of God which is one the effects of our EGO. Then we wonder why we are not hearing God; especially in our time of need. How can one hear God when one closes their mind to God? It is time to stop playing the victim and start opening our mind to the things of God.

*Aggressive Defense *

Another effect of our EGO is when we become territorial or aggressively defensive of our turf. This is when we perceive that someone is trying to take our position, influence, idea, or area of influence and we feel a need to take a stand and show our authority. This happens in the church all too often. Many times we see a new person come into the church, obtaining favor and given important assignments rather quickly and “going up the ranks” quickly; however, other leaders feel that person is out to take their position no matter what it might be. When that person is simply being obedient to God and God is elevating that person.

In reality what is happening is that when we feel our status, position, idea, or area of influence is being threatened by someone, we react by trying to belittle that person, giving extreme criticism, in an effort to bring them down while making ourselves look good and valuable. So now our EGO is affecting someone that was simply doing the will of God. These actions can cause people to not trust God, cause church hurt, loss of faith, and in extreme cases cause people to walk away from God. Proverbs 11:12 says,

[_“He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.” _]So this tells me that when we embrace the remnant of our EGO through becoming aggressively defensive over “our turf”, we are void of wisdom.

The Hebrew word for void is chaser (khaw-sare’) which means needy or lacking. The root word is the same but it means to become empty, decreased, depriving, and made lower. Now the Hebrew word for wisdom is leb (lebe) which means heart, will, and mind. The root word is [_lebab _](lay-bawb’) which means intelligence, intended, purpose, understanding, and wholehearted. So what am I saying? When we become aggressively defensive, we are showing that we decreased our understanding, lowered our intelligence, and have become empty hearted.

Mind you, there is a difference between confidence and EGO. EGO says “I can do no wrong”, while confidence says “I can get it right”. EGO says “I’m the only leader”, while confidence says “I am a servant of God that was chosen to lead”. It is all about our mindset. Jesus never said to the disciples that He is the Christ and they must wash His feet. No, Jesus washed their feet. In fact, when Peter said to Jesus, “Thou shalt never wash my feet”, Jesus answered and said “If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me” (John 13:8). Peter was embracing a remnant of his EGO by declaring that Jesus will never was his feet. But Jesus countered that declaration of Peter’s EGO by by saying he would have no part with Him. In other words, when we embrace the remnant of our EGO by trying to belittle someone through being aggressively defensive; we are not a part of Jesus.

When we embrace our EGO, we are unable to look at the world as a whole or we are surely unable to accept the

Kingdom of God. We are only able to look at the Kingdom of God and the world that it identifies as “Me”. This is why we are unable to obtain the fullness of what God has for us. The Kingdom of God is about God, listening to God, being obedient to God, and doing God’s will not our own. Exodus 19:5 says, “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.”

In looking further John 14:15 says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” So what kind of love is God talking about? 2 John 1:16 answers that when it says, “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as he have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.” What does it mean “heard from the beginning”. Some will say it means when Jesus started His ministry so let us take that stand point. To keep the commands of Jesus, one must first understand what they are. There is a whole list of commands, so we will only focus on the ones relevant to the point of obeying the voice of God.

Here are some of the commands of Jesus:

1. Follow Me – Jesus said, [_“…follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” _](Matthew 4:19). At the very beginning of His ministry, Jesus said to follow Him.

2. Honor God’s Law – [_“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” _](Matthew 5:17). Jesus is saying that we are to obey the law that God set before us in the beginning. He is saying that we are to still obey God’s voice because Jesus did not come to change the law, dispute the law, or do away with the original law. _ _

3. Seek God’s Kingdom“…seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness…” (Matthew 6:33). This scripture means that we are to seek an intimate relationship with God that is unique to how God intended us to have with Him. But However, to seek a relationship, one must be will willing to sacrifice self. I cannot have a close, deep, and meaningful relationship with my wife if it is all about me. A relationship with God means kill killing our EGO.

4. Do Unto Others“Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matthew 7:12). Jesus is telling use to do unto others. This means we are to put ourselves aside and think of another person, other than our EGO. This shows me that the world is not about “Me”, but of others.

5. [*Deny Yourself *]– [_“And He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” _](Luke 9:23). In this scripture we read that to follow Jesus, we are to deny ourselves. Deny by definition means to refuse to recognize or acknowledge; to disown. The Hebrew word for deny is [_arneomai _](ar-neh’-om-ahee) which means to say no, to refuse. In other words, we are to say no to our EGO.

6. [*Be A Servant *]– “…whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: even as the Son of man come not be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28). Again, we that we are to put ourselves aside, no matter our title, and be a servant to others. The Hebrew word used in this scripture is doulos (doo’-los) which means a slave; someone who belongs to another; without any ownership rights of their own. This is what Jesus did. He was a servant

to God to the point that His life was “a ransom for many”.

With just a few of the commands of Jesus listed, these are commands that we need to obey to show our love for Christ. Why?…because Jesus said that love equals following His commandments. But wait, there is more!

Jesus Christ is God and God is Jesus Christ. John 1:1 says, [“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”. _]John 10:30 says, [“I and my Father are one”] and John 14:11 says, [“Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me…” _]So if Jesus Christ and the Father are one and God is in Jesus Christ, then the Word was Jesus Christ. This means that in the beginning was Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ was with God and Jesus Christ was God. Then if Jesus Christ said if we love Him, then we keep His commandments. Since Jesus Christ is God, then we are to keep God’s commandments. If we keep His commandments; then we love God and if we love God; then we will obey His voice.

Nowhere in the commandments or commands by Jesus Christ is there instruction to embrace our EGO. In fact, to even follow Christ and be obedient to God, we must dye die to ourselves. There is no room in the Kingdom of God for our Ego, not even a remnant of it. When we embrace our EGO, we not only affect ourselves and those around us, but our very relationship with God. We become no better than satan himself. When we embrace the remnant of our EGO, we are actually moving out of the Kingdom of God because we are being disobedient to God. Why? Exodus 20:3 says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. We become our own god when we embrace the remnant of our EGO and we are telling God that His Kingdom is not good enough for us because the kingdom is not about us; it is about Him.

Nowhere in the commandments or commands by Jesus Christ is there instruction to embrace our EGO. In fact, to even follow Christ and be obedient to God, we must die to ourselves. There is no room in the Kingdom of God for our Ego, not even a remnant of it. When we embrace our EGO, we not only affect ourselves and those around us, but our very relationship with God. We become no better than satan himself. When we embrace the remnant of our EGO, we are actually moving out of the Kingdom of God because we are being disobedient to God. Why? Exodus 20:3 says, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. We become our own god when we embrace the remnant of our EGO and we are telling God that His Kingdom is not good enough for us because the kingdom is not about us; it is about Him.

To be our own god or to have any other gods before God means to give worship, adoration, devotion, trust, or hope to something or someone other than the true God. So let us take this a little deeper.

Worship

The word, worship, means reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred (source). Reverent comes the word freverence which means a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe. Honor means high public esteem; fame; glory. Homage means something done or given in acknowledgement or consideration of the worth of another. If we put this together, worship is giving deep respect, high esteem, and acknowledging the worth of another. That is why 1 Corinthians 6:20 says, “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit,

[_which are God’s”. _]What we do when we embrace our EGO is forget that we have been bought with a price and we decide to glorify ourselves. The Hebrew word for worship is saged (saw-gad’) which means down; bow down; to prostrate oneself in worship. Prostrate simply means to cast oneself face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration. So when we worship ourselves by embracing the remnant of our EGO, we are actually bowing down in a prostrate position to our flesh; our sinful nature. When Lucifer decided that he was better than God; he was saying that only he was worthy of his own worship and that God was not. This is what we do when we decide to feed our flesh through our EGO.

Adoration

Adoration, by definition, means fervent and devoted love. Fervent means having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm; ardent. So adoration is showing great intensity of enthusiastic love. Luke 10:27 says, [_“…thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind…” _]This is what it means to showing great intensity of enthusiastic love to God. But…when we indulge our EGO, we love our sin with all out heart, with all out soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind. God’s love is quite different from the love as espoused by the world. God’s love is selfless and unconditional. The world’s love is characterized by selfishness. In other words, selfishness is the trait that forms this world’s nature. One can even say that this world’s trait is EGO. As discussed earlier in the book, we are born with this nature and that is why it is so easy to show ourselves adoration.

The Hebrew word for adoration is [tehillah _](the-hil-law’) which means praise and it comes from the root word _halal. Halal means to be boastful, to praise; sing praises. Adoration is speaking with exaggeration and excessive pride. The difference in pride depends on what you are having pride in. To have pride in God means we show Him honor and we have pride being His children. To have pride of the world, leads right back to self. So who do you boast about when something goes right for you? God or your EGO?

*Devotion *

Now we come to the word; devotion. When looking at the dictionary meaning of devotion, we find that it means profound dedication; consecration. Consecration comes from consecrate which means to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity. The scriptures state that[_ “no servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mannon” _](Luke 16:13). So which master are you devoted to? Your flesh or God? Really think about this question as you read on.

In the Old Testament we find Moses speaking with God and God telling him to consecrate His people: Israel. Exodus 19:14-15 says, “And Moses went down from the people and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes. And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come not at your wives.” We see in these scriptures that consecration consisted of the cleansing of their cloths and men where not to go near women for three

days. One must understand that in ancient times water was considered a luxury and wasn’t used often for personal hygiene. The bathing and changing of clothes symbolized making a new beginning with the Lord. Consecration for a man meant, they also had to stay away from their wife or no sexual relations. This is because men ran the risk of becoming unclean immediately before approaching God. So to consecrate or devote ourselves to God, one had to honor and follow God’s instructions.

Some people will say that the Old Testament ways do not apply today. In fact, some will say we are in the New Testament and we do not have to do what Old Testament people did to consecrate or devote ourselves. That is true. In the Old Testament it was symbolic because Jesus Christ had not come yet. However, since Jesus Christ has come, it has changed from being symbolic certain times of the year to now a way of life. We are to separate ourselves from the world; from this sinful nature; from our EGO. 2 Corinthians 6:17 says, “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”. To have a relationship with God, we are to consecrate or devote ourselves. Paul tells us in Romans 12:1-2,[_ “I beseech you therefore, brothern, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”._] Now to devote ourselves is more intense in the New Testament than in the Old Testament.

When we embrace the remnant of our EGO we consecrate ourselves to our very own flesh and sinful nature. How? To consecrate or devote ourselves to our flesh is to do the opposite of what it takes to devote ourselves to God. When

we consecrate ourselves to our flesh we will not separate ourselves from the world, but embrace it. When we embrace the world and the things of this world we touch that which is unclean in the sight of God. We refuse to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God because we feel that it is our bodies and we can do what we want with them. This is how we devote ourselves to our EGO.

*Trust *

Trust is a strong word. Trust. It is a simple word and yet a complicated word. Why? Trust is having reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and confidence in a person. Proverbs 3:5 states, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” In this scripture, King David was referring to our EGO. We are to rely on God’s integrity, strength, ability, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, and have confidence in Him. What King David noticed, maybe even within him, is that we trust in ourselves more than God.

Remember that old test of trusting the person behind you? The test where we have to trust the person behind us to catch us, not let us fall as we fall backwards. God wants us to trust Him like that. Can we trust God to catch what is flesh since He is spirit? To trust God is to trust what is not tangible. Not with just a little bit, but with everything. When we lean to our own EGO, it is tangible and we trust ourselves not to let ourselves fall. Yet, we make decisions everyday that cause us to fall. The problem is we do not trust what we cannot see. Even if God shows us that He is real and makes a way out of no way, we still do not trust.

We will embrace our EGO since it is seems more tangible than to trust God. When we make this decision, we are, again, telling God that He is not good enough. How sad this is.

Hope

What is hope? Hope is a person or thing in which expectations are centered. The Hebrew word for hope is [yachal _](yaw-chal’) which means to wait; await; wait expectantly. King David understood what hope was. In Psalm 39:7, he says, [“And not, Lord, what wait I for? My hope is in thee”]. King David was saying that his expectations were centered on God and that he would wait on God. Simple and yet hard to do. In fact, God knew that this was hard for His children, so He gave us a word of encouragement. [“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you a expected end” ](Jeremiah 29:11). The English Standard Version says, [“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”_] We are to wait and center all our expectation on God.

When we decide to make our EGO the center of expectation, we are saying to God that we will not wait for you because I will not center my expectations on you; only on myself. Again, EGO tells us that we are the center and that the world revolves around us. There is no room for God. So we place all hope in our own abilities and the results that we can obtain in the fleshly realm. When we are moved by our EGO, we limit ourselves and any results we are looking for to any matter or situation or desire.

This is when we make ourselves a god and place ourselves before God. Now we are breaking the very first commandment given by God. Remember, Exodus 20:5 says, “……for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God…” and that is why God made it a commandment that “Thou shalt have no other gods before me”. We must understand that God’s jealousy is not sinful envy that we experience, born out of pride. It is a holy and righteous jealousy that cannot allow the glory due only to Him be given to another.

The word “jealous” in Exodus 20:5 refers to the Hebrew word qanna (kan-naw’). This words word comes from the root word qinah (kin-aw’) which means ardor, zeal, and passion. The definition of ardor is a great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion. Zeal means eager desire; enthusiastic; ardor. With this understanding, we can see that the word “jealous” is referring to God’s passion. Passion means strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor. God is a passionate God and He passionately loves each and every one of us. When we say God is love, it means He is love-defined in all that He does. He created us with such passion; He then deserves our all. It is like this. When we love someone with all our heart, we expect that love to be returned to us in equal or greater fashion. God is the same way. He is passionate and wants us not to put anything above Him.

Now I know what you might be thinking. Jealousy is a sin. So, it is important to understand how the word “jealousy” is used in this scripture. We know the word to mean a jealous resentment against a rival because of their possessions, abilities, skills, looks, and so on. See, God is not jealous because someone has something He wants or needs. Exodus 20:4-5 reads, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that

[_is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God…” _]Do you notice that in these scriptures we see that God becomes jealous when we give another something the rightfully belongs to Him. In the previous chapters, we have seen how we make ourselves a god, an idol when we embrace the remnant of our EGO. Now we see, when we do this, then we are making God jealous.

Deuteronomy 6:15 reads, “(For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth”. A prime example is Israel; when they decided to make a golden calf while God was giving Moses the Ten Commandments. The Lord said to Moses, “…I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make thee a great nation”. In other words, God became jealous because His people that He delivered out of Egypt decided to worship another god. He was so angry that He told Moses that He was going to wipe out these people and give Him another nation. That is serious. God was willing to wipe out a nation for worshipping another god. Especially after all that He had done for them. Let us not make this mistake by worshipping our EGO; even a remnant of it.

God is very passionate about love, worship, honor and adoration!

Worship, praise, honor and adoration belong to God alone, for only He is truly worthy of it!

Matthew 23:36-46 – [_ “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed* the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.” _]

For the past eight chapters we have been reading about what EGO is and what happens when we embrace the remnant of our EGO. But now the question rises up: How can I change it? What is needed to break the trait of the first Adam? We can find the answer in the example Jesus gave us when he went to Gethsemane.

We will first start off with the location Jesus went to: Gethsemane. Gethsemane in Greek means oil press. During Jesus’ time, heavy rocks were lowered onto olives that had already been crushed in an olive crusher. Gradually, the weight of rocks squeezed the olive oil out of the pulp.

While in the garden this was the time that Jesus was truly being pressed. Christ was feeling the pressure of the world’s sins on Him. Even though He was the Son of God, He was still in a fleshly body. In fact, as we read on, Jesus says to God, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from”. Jesus not only said this once, but three times. Christ needed to whatever resistance there was to fulfill His Father’s work pressed out of Him. That is why he kept saying,[_ “nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt”_].

This was not an easy process for Him, but when He finished the process He was full of power. How do we know this? When the band of soldiers, officers of the chief priests, and Pharisees came to arrest Jesus He asked who they were looking for. They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth”. He answered them by saying, [“I am He” _](John 18:5-6). When he said, [“I am He”_] they all fell to the ground. Why? He was moving in the power of God and His authority.

The Process

There is a process for us to break the trait of the first Adam. If we allow the process to complete, we will move in the same power and authority through God and the trait will be completely broken. So what is the process?

1. We must come to the place where we allow our EGO to be crushed. This is when we come to a point in our lives where we acknowledged we have an EGO problem. We have to confess that we need God’s help to overcome our EGO because we cannot do it ourselves.

2. We must be honest with ourselves and most importantly with God. Jesus was very honest with God. He said, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from”. So we need to follow our Lord and Savior’s example and be honest and transparent.

3. Realize that the process can be a slow process. Today we live in a microwave world where we want everything instant. God is a God of processes. A fruit tree does not go from a seed to bearing fruit overnight. We must be willing go through the process, no matter how long it takes. We are all people in process that come from a variety of backgrounds. We each have different spiritual gifts and different experiences with the Lord and we’re all at different places in our walk with the Lord. Therefore, everyone’s process takes time, but also at a different pace.

4. The process may occur more than once. Jesus went back up the mountain three times. We may think we have been delivered from our EGO only to realize there is more that needs to be pressed out. This is not a time to become frustrated or discouraged, but a time to continue with the process. By allowing the process to complete, we will come down from our mountain with “power, love, and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

5. Allow God to start, continue, and finish the process.

The Pruning

Let us take this a little deeper. When we make the decision to allow God to crush our EGO, we are allowing God to prune us. All trees need attention and care if they are to flourish and be fruitful: like the olive tree. However, before we prune we need to have a mental picture of what we desire the tree to look like. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not evil, to give you an expected end”. Proverbs 20:24a states, “Man’s goings are of the LORD. The New International Version states, “A person’s steps are directed by the LORD”. So we see that God already has a mental picture of how he wants us to look. That is why we must go through the process.

With God, this is the pruning process. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it” (The Message). In other words, God knows what perfect tools to use to prune us. He might use a chain saw to begin to remove most of the dead or dying branches but that is when we can see quick results of our EGO changing. This is always the beginning part of the process. Then God will use hand pruners to remove the smaller branches since they require a gentler touch. This is when we feel there has not been much change at one time, only small little changes.

God’s word is the perfect tool for pruning us. God uses the Holy Spirit to direct our own personal pruning. The Holy Spirit will guide us to what we need to study, encourage us, and direct our minds. John 16:13 says, “Howbeit when he. The Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he

[_will shew you things to come”. _]Now pruning must be done at the proper time. A tree pruned at the wrong time of a year is more susceptible to a fatal disease. This is why God knows the perfect time to prune us. He knows the right time to prune away our EGO. It is sometimes difficult to realize that God’s timing is perfect, but God knows what we can become when properly pruned. Look at Esther. Esther knew of Haman’s plot to exterminate the Jews. So God placed Esther in the right position so God could use her to intervene.

God wants us to be fruitful, but when we embrace the remnant of our EGO, we create dead branches within the tree. Through pruning, a trees health and strength improves. Our EGO weakens us and effects out health. Pruning encourages trees to develop a strong structure and reduces the likelihood of damage during severe weather. By allowing God to prune away our EGO, our structure becomes stronger and we are less likely to suffer as much when we go through trials and tribulations.

Our pruning must be extensive and continuous for us to grow in God’s character. His pruning process uses the circumstances in our lives to help us grow in His character and appearance. By allowing God to prune away our EGO, we want to grow in Him and become what He envisioned us to be.

Pruning away our EGO may not be pleasant sometimes, but we can take comfort because God says in 2 Corinthians 4:17, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and external weight of glory”. The pruning process is never ending. Through this process we begin to produce strong, healthy fruit. Matthew 7:16 states, “Ye shall know them by their fruits”. The healthier the fruit the better it tastes. The healthier the olive

tree, the more oil the olives can hold more oils.

When dealing with our EGO, God must first prune it away so we can become spiritually healthier. Then as the pruning process continues, our fruit becomes better and better. Then when the timing is right, God will pick the olives and crush them. God will trim our EGO off, take what is remaining and put a rock on top of it so all the remaining remnants of our EGO is slowly pressed out.

His Workmanship

The rock that is placed on us to solely press out the remaining remnant of our EGO is no other than our Lord Jesus Christ. David proclaimed in Psalm 18:2 that “the LORD is my rock…” God not only presses us but He does much more at the same time. The word “rock” is equated with the idea of strength. Rock was used to build walls and fortresses. God is our source of strength while we are going through the pressing process. In addition, God knows how much pressure is needed for our EGO to be completely removed.

Why? Paul gave the answer in Ephesians 2:10 when he said, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…” The Greek word for workmanship is poiema (pay’-ay-mah) which means a thing made; a work. The root word is poieo (poy-eh’-o) and it means accomplished, bring about, and appointed. What Paul is saying is that we are His accomplishment, appointed, and made to bring about His glory, exhibit His power, His wisdom, His love, His life, His character, His peace, and His joy. So He knows the dead branches of EGO that need to be pruned and crushed. Paul is letting us know that God has prepared for use and

imagined us beforehand. Through this crushing and pruning process God is teaching us, training us, bringing us along, applying the paint in exactly the right places, producing a marvelous masterpiece to be put on display.

Prayer

When going through the process there is one import task that we must do: pray. Just as eating right when working out is important to becoming fit, prayer is what is needed to complete the process. There are three levels of prayer that we must be aware of: asking and receiving from God; fellowship with God; and striving with God. Let us look at these three levels.

1. [*Asking and receiving from God. *]Through prayer we are in contact with God. God has promised that He would answer our call. Say this short prayer: “Lord, I come before You in Jesus name. I ask that You forgive me for my sins, my EGO and remove it. Make my heart pleasing to You.” If those words come out of our heart and not merely from your lips, God will answer you. This will create a direct line with God. Just for asking in true repentance and in faith, anyone can get God’s forgiveness today. The Bible is a guide for effective praying. Anyone who wants to continue this relationship with God must read, understand, and practice what the Bible teaches. If you want regular answers to prayer, one must have regular habits of reading, meditating and obeying the Word of God every day. Matthew 7: says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find ; knock, and it shall be opened unto you”.

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2. Fellowship with God. God created us so we can have fellowship with Him. Fellowship involves a lot of things but the foremost element in fellowship is being together. Being together in the company of God is the way to enjoy the fellowship with God. When we have this kind of relationship with God we become lost in His presence. Just like when we lose track of time when we are talking with a good friend. Spend time with God.

3. [*Striving in prayer. *]When we have a deep fellowship with God, we cherish this experience. In fact, we will begin to long for it. Every believer has battles in life but many forget that it is in prayer that these battles are fought and won. Many fight their spiritual battles in the ability of their flesh. They continue their life without ever tasting victory. Striving and persevering in prayer is claiming the promises which God has given to us in His Word. God loves a striving and persevering believer because He loves to fulfill His promises. Unless God’s people strive in prayer, God’s promises will never be fulfilled (Romans 51:30-32).

Before God does something somewhere by way of fulfilling His Word, God will get us to pray. When we strive in prayer asking Him to fulfill His promises, God carries out His purposes for the world. There is no exception to this rule. Going through the process of breaking the trait of the first Adam can be hard, frustrating, and uncomfortable but through prayer and trusting God, we can make it through and complete the process. Stay strong and do not be

discouraged because when it is done we will move in the same power as Jesus did.

Throughout this book we have read what it means to embrace the remnant of our EGO. In the previous chapter we gain an understanding of how to break the trait of the first Adam, but the process can be difficult. We just need to remember that God will sustain us. Too often we recoil or shrink in times of struggles, yet struggles are often used by God to strength us, not to make us weaker. We cannot face our EGO without God’s help and we do not have to face it in our own strength. With God’s help He is able to break the trait? of the first Adam!

Throughout the Bible we read how God provides grace, mercy, strength, and everything needed to win our battles. Moses experienced this first-hand. In Exodus Chapter 17 that Israel is in a battle with the Amalekites. Moses, Hur, and Aaron are at a top of a nearby hill and Moses is holding up the rod of God. Then, Exodus 17:11-13 reads,

…it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Arron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

Now imagine if Moses was by himself on the hill. His hands would have fallen and Israel would have lost and possibly destroyed. But God! God, in his limitless wisdom knew that Moses needed help. Moses, Aaron, and Hur may not have known why all three needed to be on the hill when they first went up, but as the hours passed by the reason

became apparent. God had Aaron and Hur to become Moses’ anchor so his hands would be sustained.

God knows what we need to make it through the breaking of our EGO. James 1:2-4 says, [_“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing”. _]There are two import things we need to realize in these scriptures: the trying of our faith and patience.

*Sword Forging *

The trying of our faith is comparable to the forging of a sword. Forging uses heat to bring the material to a malleable state. Malleable, by definition, means capable of being extended or shaped by hammering or by pressure from rollers. So the heat brings the material to the point where it is ready to be shaped. Mind you, the material is like copper or other metals, typically out of shape, raw: such as Tamahagane. The heat needed to bring it to a malleable state is between 1200-1500 degrees Celsius. Once the material is formed into the desired shape, the material is heated once again.

Now once the workpiece is done being formed, it is normalized. The blade is carefully and evenly heated and then cooled slowly. Here is what is interesting…The point of normalization is to remove the stresses which may have built up within the body of the blade while it was being forged. During this process the blade might be heated and cooled differentially creating stress, some parts might be hammered more than others; some areas hammered

enough for the work to work harden. Work hardening is the strengthening of the material. When stress is left in the blade, it could affect the finishing and it can become uneven. With enough stress could be added to the blade that it would be weak in spots and fail under enough stress.

God tries our faith life like He is forging a sword. First our faith must come to a point where of stretching beyond our own worldly imagination so He can shape it. Our faith is like the raw, out of shape material that is used to create a sword. Romans 12:3 says, [_“…to every man that is among you, not think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of faith”. _]Paul realized that God has given everyone a measure of faith. This measure of faith is what He uses to fulfill what he has created you to be. Paul said it best in Romans 12:6-8:

Having then gifts differently according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Each gift is a piece of raw material with its own measure of faith. Some may have one gift and some may have all the gifts. No matter the combination of raw materials; it all equals the measure of faith that God uses for each of us.

God will then take that raw material and apply so much heat that it will bring our faith to a point where it is ready

to be shaped. This is where tribulations and trials come into play, but let’s look at tribulation first.

God will allow something in our lives to bring us great tribulation. Tribulation means a cause of great trouble or suffering. So, when we are going through the process of breaking the remnant of our EGO we might have trouble or suffering.

Now a trial is a test of the performance, qualities, or suitability of someone or something. So if we know the assignment God has ordained us to do or if we are called to walk in an office of the five-fold ministry (apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher): God will make sure we can perform the task. He will make sure the quality of the work we do for Him meets His standards and that we are suitable for the task.

Through these tribulations and trials our faith is shaped. While we are going through the process of our EGO being broken our faith is being shaped. Once our faith has been shaped, it will be put through the heat again. Then our faith is normalized to remove any remnant of our EGO that would cause the blade to be weakened. Some areas of our lives may be hammered more than others. The results are the strengthening or work hardening of the measure of our faith. Peter said is best in 1 Peter 1:7, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ”. The Message Bible says,[_ “Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence in His victory”._]

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Intensely Active Energy

The second important thing that James was pointing out in James 1:2-4 is [_“let patience have her perfect work”. _]Now, put aside the common notion that patience is a passive action. James clearly points out that patience does work; it is an unbroken active thing. Patience is an intensely active energy and not a mere passive endurance.

Imagine the terrible strain upon the nerves in lying still on the operating-table with no anesthetic and without wincing shrinking or screaming while letting the surgeon’s knife cut deep. There is much force that goes to standing motionless when the wind is blowing. Ephesians 6:13 says, “wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand”.

Patience in the New Testament is bearing unresistingly and unmurmuring, and with the full consent of a yielding will while whatever pains, sorrows, losses, troubles, or disappointments might come into our lives. However, this bearing includes more than all of that. It is the fixed determination to have only hope but still bear up and still go forward in spite of all hindrances and antagonisms which may rage against us. This is the kind of patience that Paul is recommending in the scripture. Not merely passive endurance, but a brave, active perseverance in spite of any evil attack that satan may throw at us. This type of patience and perseverance causes us to become the ship that lies at anchor, with a strong cable and a firm grip of the flukes in a good holding-ground. Like the ship we become a people that can ride out any storm without stirring one fathom’s

length or even one bit from its place. We hold on to the Lord and exhibit one form of perseverance, which is patience. It does not matter how long the storm is; patience allows us to ride it out.

Let us bring this closer to home. Many of us are bearing unmurmuring burdens and sorrows. There are some of us, no doubt, who have some special grief lying in our hearts. There are many of us who know what it feels like to possibly carry a wound that may never be healed, or a weight or burden that may never be lifted. Some may have the feeling of walking in darkness and never being able to see the light break forth in your lives. There are even more of us that have embraced the remnant of our EGO and feel like it keeps us safe. Let patience have her perfect work. For God is the Light in our darkness (John 8:12), He takes the weight off our shoulders and gives us His (Matthew 11:29-30), and He heals our wounds (Psalm 147:3). He will exalt us as we humble ourselves (James 4:10).

[* LET PATIENCE HAVE HER PERFECT WORK!*]

So how do we know that patience has had her perfect work? To answer this question, we must ask another to obtain the answer. That question is: Would we say our lives are BITTER or BETTER from our tests and trials? If the answer is bitter then we failed to trust God and patience did have her perfect work. If our answer is better than we know the joy of trusting God and patience has had her perfect work.

Standing While Tempted

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Now let me one thing very clear, temptation is not like tests and trials and they are never sent by God. James said in James 1:13-15, [_“let no man say when he in tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when is is finished, bringeth forth death”. _]

Temptation comes from two sources: our fallen sinful nature and satan’s schemes and efforts to destroy us. So when we are tempted, DO NOT blame God!

Here is the difference between tests and temptation: tests are to strengthen us and our faith, but temptation’s only goal is to destroy us. Have you ever noticed that when you decide to do something wrong the means to do so have been readily available? That’s when you know it is temptation and is our own will or a scheme of satan and not God. However, when we make the decision to die to our flesh and go through the process, dig deep within our spirit and cry out to God to help us; then it is a test and it comes from God. We have to be honest with ourselves about temptation.

Yielding to temptation will always result in falling and falling begins with desire to indulge in our EGO. The EGO desire appeals more to our fallen, sinful nature and we begin to flirt with temptation which always leads to trouble. Think about it. Almost all sin starts off small and not so threatening. For example, you are married and someone from the opposite sex starts flirting with you while you are at work. You start to flirt back because it makes you feel good that someone else other than your spouse has an interest in you. Butterflies might begin to flutter in your

stomach. At first it is might be small and non-threatening, but yielding to small sins makes it easier to yield to larger ones later. That is what it takes for us to fall.

In writing about America’s problems with our own national security, Jim Banford, author of The Puzzle Palace, said, “Once you’ve sold one secret you’re usually hooked. They don’t start by asking to get a top secret document. They usually ask for something innocuous, like a telephone directory. Once a person starts, they’re hooked at that point.”

That is how satan works. When we are going through the process of breaking our EGO, satan will use various temptations to destroy the process. He will bring thongs that he knows are strong temptations to us. Remember, he has been around a lot longer than us and he has been studying us since our birth.

There are three areas of temptation:

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  3. {color:#000;}Temptation of Shortcuts (Bypass God’s will)

These three temptations can be seen in full action when satan tempted Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11. Verse 3 says, “and These three temptations can be seen in full action when satan tempted Jesus in Matthew 4:1-11. Verse 3 says, “and when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that that these stones be made bread” (physical).

Matthew 4:5-6 says, “Then the devil taketh him into the

[_holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angles charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against stone (gimmicks and signs alone).” _]

Matthew 4:8-9 says,[_ “Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto him, all these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me”_] (bypass God’s will).

One must understand that satan knows the scriptures and will use them to his benefit, just like he quoted scripture to Jesus. He knows what you need and try to use it against you. Jesus had been fasting for forty days and his physical body was weak and hungry, so satan used that to try and tempt Jesus. Have you ever noticed that when we decide to fast from food, we start to smell every scent of food even if you are driving down the street with your windows closed? He tried to tempt JESUS! So, what makes us think he will not use the same tactic against us? Satan will make it enticing to embrace the remnant of our EGO and if we do that, then we are falling down and worshiping him and bypassing God’s will.

Power to Stand

When Jesus faced these three temptations and did not waver, He had victory. First, He was prayed up. Before the temptation, He has had been praying and fasting for forty days. Second, every decision and answer He gave was from the Word of God. Jesus looked at the long-term results, not

just the short-term benefit. This is where the power to stand comes from when we face temptation. The source of our strength to keep standing cannot come from within us, it must come from God. Even when temptations come God will use them to strengthen us. God does not trip us up, but He is the One to pick us up.

There is only one way to overcome and it is through Jesus Christ.

There is only one way to overcome any temptation and it is through Jesus Christ.

There is only one way to overcome our EGO and it is through Jesus Christ.

All other ways and inadequate and will fail. I guarantee it.

Conclusion

God wants us to let our EGO go and not to even hold a remnant of it. I encourage you today, to continue to stand in the power of Jesus Christ. Start the process and break the trait of the first Adam. Do not let it go another day and allow it to stop you from fulfilling what God has for you. If you have already started the process, I encourage you to hold fast, be anchored in Him, and have faith in God. That

no matter how strong the storm, how large the waves, or how fierce the winds, God is bigger than them all.

Matthew 8:23-26 says, “…and when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”

God will do the same for you.

Let us together break the trait of the first Adam!


EGO Edging God Out Trait Of The First Adam

In today’s world, men and women struggle with a trait that has been passed down from one generation to another generation. This trait has caused marriages to breakup, friction between friends and family, churches to be divided, and wars to be started. Most people are unaware that this trait exists and that they operate in it. This trait that pledges us today is our EGO. Ever since Adam blamed God and Eve for his actions, that trait has been passed own to every generation. This trait prevents us from receiving the fullness that God has for us and is detrimental to our very spirit, mind, and soul. How many times have we allowed our EGO to dictate our actions, emotions, and thought process? Are we willing to make a change and let our EGO go? It starts with knowing what our EGO is and being delivered from our EGO.

  • Author: Macario Trujillo III
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