I’ve been studying the Bible the last couple of days. I’ve been reading it for a while, but I was gratefully given a tool to help study and the tool has given me a lot of clarity about what is going on. I had a pretty good idea from general reading, but it was all messy in my brain.
Again, as a disclaimer, I am not preaching, I am just sharing what I have learned because it excites me and I hope it will help others along on their spiritual journey.
I learned how Jesus was tempted by Satan at some point. Jesus was tested three times and was able to rebuke Satan, and Jesus was right sized, beholding the power of God. Satan tried to sell the earth to Jesus, and Jesus repeatedly refers to Satan as the leader of this system of things, and of this earth. He was cast out of heaven and since has tried to manipulate us and the system for our destruction. During the studying, the tool referenced a scripture from Genesis, the story of the Tower of Babel. In this story a society of people had gathered to build a city and the tower. When God saw this he knew that it would be bad if people had such great power and this is when he separated our languages, so that we could not be powerful enough. This kept us right sized, humbled.
So if we were to look at a graph of some sort, we could see that we are not as powerful as God, but with are powerful with God behind us, and because of that we are more powerful than Satan. We need to remain right sized and humbled for the power of God to work through us. I think ego plays a part in this as well, if our ego is so big that we thank ourselves or are too self-absorbed to notice the other things around us then we are actually really small. This limits our power because we are human, we only use 10% of our brain supposedly, why limit yourself to 10% power? Why limit yourself to the flesh, that withers and dies? Surely if someone believes that they are so great and powerful why wouldn’t they want more? God gives us more if we believe in him and seek his knowledge. Then there are Satan’s puppets, people who do his bidding whether they know it or not. At some point they must have heard something, or felt their conscience battling before they sin… I know how it can become easier each time, you become enslaved. Anyway, it’s sad to know that anyone would believe that it’s okay to sin and to do whatever you please. God has promised that Satan is going to be destroyed and so will anyone who doesn’t believe in God or has sought him out. Why would anyone want to be destroyed?
So back to being right sized, the ego can get in the way. It keeps us from being humbled or it keeps us from believing that we deserve God. Everyone deserves God, but like the Jews, people can’t seem to have faith and give up their old ways, because it’s all they know, it seems to work for them and they are scared of change. I have many fears but they are all irrelevant, deep down I know that because today, in this moment, I am okay and I know that I have God and Jesus looking out for me because I seek, listen, and pray. I am not perfect but I know I am above Satan, despite being human and despite living in this system of things.