The most easy and simple formula for joy is being grateful in each moment. Stop and reflect on every grateful aspect of life. Even the imagined struggles~"be" grateful. It is only our judgments that make something difficult. A grateful heart can never be angry or resentful. Darkness and light can not dwell together because light over powers the dark. Every knee must bow!
Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully [on the strings] with a loud andjoyful sound.
We are responsable for our own egoic (false self)~mistakes, which is the problem. We must name it to tame it. By identifying the problem without getting consumed in it-healing happens. Jesus never had conversations with demons, but merely recognized them for what they are. Today we may not want to use the term-demon-devil (which is in us collectively~and than projected outward!), so we soften it by using more modern terms like ego-false self etc. Why is this? Very simple-the ego-false self looks to reconstruct it self any way it can and part of it is the very terms and words that will cause bristling. It matters not, as long as the point is clear. The point is embracing our original "goodness"~that which God intended before the beginning. Let not certain terms prevent the truth form sowing seeds deep within the heart. In the end truth is truth and this is what sets us free from the bondage of self.
I agree that we can and should name evil as evil.But unless we first name the underlying goodness and coherence of reality, along with our own imperfection, we will attack it with methods and self-righteousness that will only deepen the problem. (Quote-Fr. Rich Rohr)
When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.
1 John 3:8
The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
We are to keep the focus on the one solution in our day to day life "God". The primary reality is within, and the secondary reality is outward. Seek not to confuse the two. Risen Jesus lives within and through us. In a "personal relationship we join as one to overcome that which appears in the outer condition. The outer will always shift when the inside is correct and in alignment with God.
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
The Holy Spirit~(Holy Spirit~noun~(in Christianity) the third person of the Trinity; God as spiritually active in the world.)~is God's active presence in the world. The Holy Spirit is always moving and breathing~ to call us to return to love and it's simplicity. Take a look around, what do you see? The real world is beyond the bodies eyes of what we think we see. In the book the four agreements the Author speaks of the spells we are under in this Earthly world. It is well put that much of what the humans have come up with are black magic spells that keep us stuck in ego illusions. Yes~the term black magic is used in His book. Basically we all have to decide that all that we think technology offers will fall short. To be a consumer is indeed implying we are consumed. Consumed by what? Our ego illusions of always needingmore of something-bigger and better. The gapping God hole can never be filled with this. Yes~we may enjoy some of these things, but humans become co-depentdent on the idols. I propose a test! Next time you go into a store and go to check out, ask the cashier if they can count the change owed to you without using any device telling what the change is. Hmm!
My prayer today~Dear Lord, I desire to experience the truth of your infinite love and cause me to remain in the simple innocents of what you have originally intended. I desire the Christ child to be born in me a new. Cause me to empty out of all my illusions, idols and obstacles in the way. "I AM" yours and you are mine. Amen!
And say to the Israelites, This is a holy anointing oil [symbol of the HolySpirit], sacred to Me alone throughout your generations.
The power of the Holy Spirit is real power that was gifted us (Acts 1:8). The more we we remain empty (surrender ego illusions) the more roominess for God's Holy Spirit to fill us. We are here to be God's Divine miracle workers!
And it happened that the father of Publius was sick in bed with recurring attacks of fever and dysentery; and Paul went to see him, and after praying and laying his hands on him, he healed him.
The mystical message of the Good News can only be experienced. The whole problem of any conflict around the truth is the misperceptions fueled by the ego. Stop, pause, breathe~truth will be revealed personally when this is all that is desired.
1 Peter 3:18
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
May we desire to join with one another in what is common ground. We can waste time on what appears to be different, which will only cause more separation (pain and hurt). Unitive goals return us to our oneness in God. May we join in love and peace today. Rejoice in rebirth!
3 Be eager and strive earnestly to guard andkeep the harmony and oneness of [and produced by] the Spirit in the binding power of peace.
4 [There is] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received—
5[There is] one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of [us] all, Who is above all [Sovereign over all], pervading all and [living] in [us] all.