So You Think You're Tough?
When you get right down to the nitty gritty of it all, everything wrong in our lives and in the world, is because of ego and particularly it's characteristic pride, from which it gets its strength. The difference between right and wrong, is the difference between what's virtuous (good) and what's unvirtuous (bad).
It's the pride, vanity, envy, selfishness, ambition, lust, greed, desire for creature comforts and fear for survival of the instinctual, egocentric nature of our flesh, that forms the character of that which God calls Satan and man calls ego, and it's these characteristics of the sinful, instinctual, egocentric nature, that when they rise up within us, stains our character and causes us to think, talk and walk without virtue. It's what leads us to be dishonest rather than honest, unfaithful rather than faithful, disloyal rather than loyal, disrespectful rather than respectful, disgraceful rather than graceful, discourteous rather than courteous, etc.
For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do (in my heart of heart's), that I do not practice; but what I hate (in my heart of heart's), that I do. If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good (necessary). But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good (virtuous) dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good (virtuous) I do not find. For the good (virtuousness) that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil (unvirtuousness) I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.Romans 7:14-20
One of the greatest breakthroughs in my life and in my journey of getting over myself, was when God revealed the following. He asked me, "Jesus is the king of kings, right? So, if everyone in heaven is a king or queen, who do they rule over? They can't rule over each other, for each one is the ruler of their own kingdom and is not subject to another."
That made me think and of course I came to the conclusion, that they rule over themselves and God said, "That's right! Their kingdom is their self, they rule over with self-control."
You have to get over yourself and become the character of the perfect gentleman or gentlewoman of true love, a saint by any other name, LIKE a king and make your ego, subject to absolute, undying, true love, so that your every thought comes from true love and is expressed in your words and deeds, with absolute virtue. This is the truth, the way and the life (true way of life) in the eternal presence, realm and reality of the one, true, living, Great Omniscient Deity of absolute, undying, true love and majestic virtuousness. But you can't fit in, because you allow your character to be stained (marked) by the pride, vanity, envy, selfish ambition, etc., of the beast of the flesh (ego), and that's why hell is for all the misfits.
Who am I to say such things? Just an ordinary guy who took Jesus at His word, forsook all to walk the narrow path and spent a lifetime learning the true way of eternal life, through the school of hard knocks, that you can and will never learn in a religious institution (Bible College) or sitting in your comfort zone or on the fence in the halfway house (church).
Let those who aren't too full of themselves and have the ear to hear and eye to see, get the bigger picture...
Virtue of the Week
Perseverance is being steadfast and persistent. You commit to your goals and overcome obstacles, no matter how long it takes. When you persevere, you don't give up...you keep going. Like a strong ship in a storm, you don't become battered or blown off course. You just ride the waves.
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseveranceRomans 5:3