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Evil Transforms (If We Let It) – Pt. 10 – Applause Please

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In this piece we will explore the second half of chapter four of David Kupelian’s book, How Evil Works. Please find a link below where you can purchase the book from Amazon, should you desire to do so. Here are some of the highlights found within this chapter.

The author notes that the truths that lead to true happiness are rarely talked about in modern society. One of those truths being that too much praise to the point of leading to an overdose of praise can result in self-destruction. A spiritually mature person has a quiet inner strength that keeps them centered, self-contained, and most importantly humble.

Kipling has a classic poem which speaks to this truth.

“If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you

But make allowance for their doubting too…

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors jus the same…

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much,

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,

Your is the Earth and everything that’s in it,

And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son! ”

In a narcissistic society we must be willing to face the following truth with maturity. Not everything that feels good is good. Truth often hurts and cocaine often feels good. Truth is almost always good for us even when it hurts or makes us feel bad. Cocaine is never good for us even though it may make us feel good temporarily. Truth will set us free and set on the right path in life. Cocaine will destroy us and set on the path to death.

If you are a narcissist you are addicted to praise and supersensitive to criticism according to Kupelian, many psychologist, and I agree myself. Why is this so? Because for a narcissistic person their entire sense of self-worth is based on what others say to and about them. A complement equals feeling good for them and a criticism equals feeling bad for them. Hence, other people control how they feel continually.

As the author notes if you live for applause or appreciation then you entire life can become a stage and you an actor. You cease to be who you truly are and you become whatever is necessary to get the approval, appreciation, and the applause your sinful soul craves. Your inner emptiness will not be filled through your continual manipulative actions to ensure you are viewed in a favorable way by everyone around you.

The author notes that, just as ‘a cruel thoughtless comment can affect you emotionally, so can too much praise affect you emotionally – and adversely.’ The adulation of others only gives you a temporary fix that mask the hunger within but never fills that hunger, more approval will be needed later and the volume of approval needed will increase as times goes on – much like a junky the same amount of your drug will cease to be enough as time goes on. This type of life will exhaust a person mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Many people use this approval seeking behavior to avoid facing who, what, and how they are. When you slow the pace of life you begin to discover the real you. For some people that person has been all but lost. Avoidance behavior can be applied to the use of any distraction to avoid seeing oneself clearly – approval, appreciation, busyness, drugs, food, alcohol, and etcetera.

If you are addicted to the drug of worship it will ultimately destroy you. Humans were never meant to be gods, worship destroys them and drives them mad.

The good news is that you can transition from the outer to the inner person. However, you must be willing to face the problems you find within your soul, your inner man. You will find relief in facing them and a blessing in correcting them. Change and real healing are possible. People are kept sane, happy, and progressing in the right direction in life by living continually in the LIGHT, the light of constant self-awareness and God-awareness.

Only when you have God Himself living inside of you, keeping you centered, God-contained, and humble can you truly be rooted and growing in life regardless of what people think of you or what is going on in the world around you. Your confidence comes from your Creator, not self, and not other people.

Through our obedience to our Creator we find that inner stability and peace. We were created and designed to follow those inner promptings from the Creator and be obedient to those directions. As we learn to do this moment by moment throughout our day, our week, our months, and our years God fills us with purpose and genuine lasting happiness that can come through nothing except following His directions. When you have that going on inside of you, you do not crave the reassurance of troubled souls – people of the world.

Kupelian makes an excellent point near the close of this chapter. “When we develop real character, rooted in ever-growing loyalty to the kingdom of heaven within, we find that “neither foes nor loving friends” – that is, neither condemnation nor praise – have much effect on our happiness.” This measure of character comes with spiritual and personal maturity coupled with life experience.

In the next posting we will explore two key points, pride and hate, from chapter four of David Kupelian’s book, How Evil Works. Followed by a very controversial chapter on doctors, drugs, and demons – the mental illness craze in America.

 

 

How Evil Works

http://www.amazon.com/How-Evil-Works-Understanding-Transforming/dp/1439168202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443464127&sr=8-1&keywords=How+evil+works

Evil can be understood and overcome before it transforms our country entirely. Evil can be understood and overcome before it transforms someone you know or even you. Knowledge is power and without it we will perish. We need to be extremely knowledgeable when it comes to evil.

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Because you have rejected knowledge,

I also will reject you from being priest for Me;

Because you have forgotten the law of your God,

I also will forget your children.

The Marketing of Evil

http://www.amazon.com/Marketing-Evil-Pseudo-Experts-Corruption-Disguised-ebook/dp/B006N75LFI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1443464127&sr=8-2&keywords=How+evil+works

Evil is sold in our society just as anything else might be sold, through marketing. Satan has marketed his product through those willing and those ignorant to his schemes. Through his craftiness he has turned the minds of even Believers to think that tolerance of his evil is some form of love. In so doing he has transformed to a large degree the once Devout Church and transformed our society to an enormous degree. He has not accomplished this without his workers however, the willing, the sold out for their own gain, and the ignorant masses following blindly behind the majority.

 

 

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers, and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

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Christ is The Passover

In Bible, Biblical Principles, Chrisitan Lifestyle, Christian, Christian Living, Christianity, Courage, Easter, Encouragement, God, Godliness, Holy Spirit, Jesus, Passover, Prophecy, Revival, Truth on March 19, 2016 at 11:00 am

1 Corinthians 5:7–8 (NKJV)

7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Exodus 12 – Passover

Passover was a celebration feast to remember the Hebrew people’s liberation from the bondage of Egypt.

Passover involved the sacrifice of a “perfect” lamb and the marking of the door frames of the Israelites’ homes with the lamb’s blood. They also prepared unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

Passover was eaten standing up, a symbol of their readiness to leave Egypt within seconds.

Parallels between Passover and Christ

Ex 12:1-2 Passover marked a new year, a new beginning, for the Israelites.

2 Corn. 5:7 In Christ Believers are a new creation, they have a new beginning.

 

Ex 12:5 A male lamb is inspected to ensure it is perfect before sacrifice.

Jesus was inspected by Pilate, Herod, Annas, and Caiaphas in the gospels, but they found no fault with Him because He was without blemish or spot as I Peter 1:19 states.

 

Ex 12:6 The entire community was required to participate in the sacrifice of the lamb.

Romans 3:21-26 In order to be a part of God’s family (His community) each person, all people, must accept Christ’s sacrifice.

 

Ex 12:7, 12, 22 By applying the blood of the lamb to the doorframe the Israelites were spared death when the plague came.

Romans 3:25, 5:9 Christ’s blood covers us in justification to save us from condemnation because as 1 John 1:29 states Christ is the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world.

 

Ex 12:14 The Passover was to be kept in remembrance of God’s deliverance.

Luke 22:19 We take and keep the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Christ deliverance of us, His sacrifice for our eternal security.

 

Ex 12:46 God commanded that the bones of the lamb not be broken.

John 9:32-33 The soldiers wanted to break Jesus’ legs to hasten His death but it did not happen because Jesus was already dead.

 

 

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers, and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

Evil Transforms (If We Let It) – Pt. 9 – Celebrity Curse

In Bible, Biblical Principles, Chrisitan Lifestyle, Christian, Christian Living, Christianity, Evil, Exhortation, God, God's Voice, Godliness, Godly Counsel, Holy Spirit, Humanism, Jesus, Remnant, Renewal, Revival, Rhema Words, Spiritual Fruit, Truth, Uncategorized on March 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

In this piece we will begin exploring chapter four of David Kupelian’s book, How Evil Works. Please find a link below where you can purchase the book from Amazon, should you desire to do so. Here are some of the highlights found within this chapter.

This chapter addresses what the writer calls, “The Secret Curse of Celebrity” and the horrible evil that can befall a person filled with pride and a narcissistic attitude. One might think that these types of individuals are only found in Hollywood, not true. With reality television and the internet narcissistic behavior is on the rise. The internet, seriously, who really care what someone ate for lunch and why.

Sadly, we even find this ‘I am a celebrity’ attitude with the Body of Christ. We are expected to applaud people during church services for their contribution or service. What happened to doing it for the heavenly reward? To have a church is not enough, people want a mega church. The bigger the church the more important most leaders think themselves to be. We even have the Dove Awards, to recognize and honor those who have contributed to gospel and Christian music. What happened to doing it solely out of worship to the Lord Jesus? For a season I watch a Bible game show on television. I finally had to stop watching it because I could not stand the prideful attitude of the music leader, who never failed to make sure people knew he was a Dove Award recipient. Celebrities, or people who fancy themselves one, are everywhere and their heads are huge.

Then there is the attitude of entitlement. Regarding the issue of entitlement, the authors Twenge and Campbell of the book, The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement point out that American culture is obsessed with self-admiration. The result according to the authors is a “flight from reality to the land of grandiose fantasy.” They go on to write, “All this fantasy might feel good, but unfortunately, reality always wins.”

Celebrity comes with a great price tag, as we see each day in our news as the dysfunction epidemic rages among those in the public eye. People covet celebrity without considering the cost of celebrity. All of this dysfunction rages among the very people who should be okay with life since they appear to have the talent, looks, wealth, fame and influence many other people want.

As the author points out celebrities just like all people are profoundly shaped by the events of their childhood, along with other major life experiences. Therein lay the roots for dysfunction.

Narcissistic behavior is almost a requirement for celebrity. You have to desire the attention and approval of people pretty badly to be successful at being a celebrity, as Kupelian states from a secondary source, and I totally agree. Kupelian’s source goes on to state that excessive self-obsession that becomes extremely lucrative “invariably becomes downright pathological” in its nature.

What is narcissistic personality disorder? According to the Mayo Clinic, it is “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. They believe that they’re superior to others and have little regard for other people’s feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism.” What is one of the results of such an attitude? They begin to posses “a sense of narcissistic entitlement that allows them to feel justified in manipulation other to their own end.”

Sadly many, many, people suffer from some degree of narcissism. Don’t you know one? Most of us do. One of the worst things is if you have a narcissistic person in your life. If you do then you know they can never admit that they have made a mistake.

The author notes that child psychologist Carol Craig warns that today’s parents and teachers are so “obsessed with praising” children that they are literally creating a generation of disturbingly egotistical children. I would add that the, everyone gets a trophy attitude, does not help. If you are ten years old and you can get rewarded for modest effort why would you put forth any substantial effort? Playing games without keeping score, to me, is also ridiculous. What is the point? People play to enjoy the game, but people also play to win because working hard to succeed is something our Creator has built within us. If no person ever wins and no person ever loses where are the lifting up experiences and the humbling experiences we all should, and will, feel in life?

Another point the author makes regarding narcissism is that in his research he found that even top U.S. medical centers begin their section on “Causes” with the statement: “It’s not known what causes narcissistic personality disorder.” I would respond to that by saying, the psychological community cannot find a cause, as they cannot for many of their supposed mental disorders, because they refuse to acknowledge the power of sin to dominate and control a person’s mind, heart, soul, and actions. The evil source responsible for narcissistic behavior, PRIDE! Narcissisms and P – R- I – D- E = purposefully redirecting individual’s deliberation everywhere I am.

In the next posting we will explore the second half of chapter four of David Kupelian’s book, How Evil Works.

How Evil Works

http://www.amazon.com/How-Evil-Works-Understanding-Transforming/dp/1439168202/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443464127&sr=8-1&keywords=How+evil+works

Evil can be understood and overcome before it transforms our country entirely. Evil can be understood and overcome before it transforms someone you know or even you. Knowledge is power and without it we will perish. We need to be extremely knowledgeable when it comes to evil.

Hosea 4:6 (NKJV)

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Because you have rejected knowledge,

I also will reject you from being priest for Me;

Because you have forgotten the law of your God,

I also will forget your children.

The Marketing of Evil

http://www.amazon.com/Marketing-Evil-Pseudo-Experts-Corruption-Disguised-ebook/dp/B006N75LFI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1443464127&sr=8-2&keywords=How+evil+works

Evil is sold in our society just as anything else might be sold, through marketing. Satan has marketed his product through those willing and those ignorant to his schemes. Through his craftiness he has turned the minds of even Believers to think that tolerance of his evil is some form of love. In so doing he has transformed to a large degree the once Devout Church and transformed our society to an enormous degree. He has not accomplished this without his workers however, the willing, the sold out for their own gain, and the ignorant masses following blindly behind the majority.

Spiritual/Political Disclaimer:

This blog will not be for the faint of heart or the easily offended. It will not be in any way politically correct. It will make every effort to share the truth in love, [Ephesians 4:11-16], to a decaying and dying society and church. I share what I share not to hurt, harm, or offend any person[s] or group; I do it because Christ’s Standard and Truth is not being represented by enough of His Followers, and I do it out of love. I love enough to tell His Truth.

Ephesians 4:11-16 NKJV

11And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.