Matthew 25:23 (NIV)- His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
You’re not alone. We’ve all made goals that are habitually unrealized. We make resolutions in the hope of reaching our conceptualized, higher self… but yet we always find ourselves sliding back to “first base.”
If our spiritual management technique has not yielded the expected results, then obviously, it never will…and it would be crazy to continue on the same path of habitual failures.
Unlike the rest of the animal kingdom, Human Beings were created with a divine spark known as the LOGOS. Basically, the LOGOS can be said to be one’s ability to reason in the abstract by considering all possible options with their probable outcomes, whether good or evil. Intrinsic to the LOGOS is the manifestation of our decisions, such as the ability to communicate chosen words that express what we think or going for a walk after making the decision to do so.
The Bible speaks of Lord Jesus Christ as the LOGOS of God in the sense of being the external manifestation of God’s own reasoning and intentions. (John 1:1-14) And since all human beings were created in God’s image and likeness, all humans share in that divine spark of the Logos of God. (Justin, 2nd Apology.10)
St. Justin Martyr (2nd Century)
“…for He was and is the Logos who is in every man.”
Animals are soul-beings that are driven by instinct, craving and need. Humans also possess the capacity to live as animals. Whenever humans choose to be driven by emotions, instincts or perceived needs, they do so by rejecting the divine gift of the LOGOS within them, preferring their carnal-driven passions.
2 Peter 2:12 (ESV)- But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction…
So what must we do in order to take charge of our lives rather than continuing to live like irrational animals that are tossed and turned by the waves of external influences and our addictions to them?
1. Accept That You Were Created for DIVINE DIGNITY.
You were created in the image and likeness of God. That means that although you possess a beastial body that is akin to that of the animals of this world, you were designed according to the pattern of God’s external form and internal qualities. You were created to be a representative of God to the entire cosmos (whether visible or invisible), and that as such, you are both an ambassador of His grace and a steward of His handiwork. Without the realization that you were created to walk in divine dignity, your underlying psyche will remain open to beastial propositions.
2. Prayerfully DISCERN Your True Desires.
The human condition is such that we oftentimes find ourselves shattered and scattered regarding the things that we truly want. Ordinarily we live in the midst of false perceptions and wishful thinking.
A partial reason as to why we regularly do not achieve our goals, is because oftentimes we think we desire certain outcomes, when in fact, our underlying psyche does not.
This means that for the most part, humans live projecting illusory fantasies of how we would like to be perceived by others, in the hope that by means of external affirmations, we can force our psyche to believe our projected fantasies by means of vainglory.
The only way to clearly know what it is that we truly want, we must make the time for prayerful and deep introspection. Sometimes the process of introspection and discernment is long and arduous, but if you ask God to assist you, He will do so by means of His Holy Spirit.
Oftentimes we fool ourselves into believing that we want a particular thing, when in fact, it is only a mirage that contradicts the truth of what we truly desire. Ask God to show you the Truth about yourself and to guide you in the process of discernment.
3. Make A Decision…and STICK WITH IT.
Once you’ve prayerfully become convinced about what it is that your heart truly desires, then make a resolute decision and intentionally confess it to God. For example:
“Dear Lord, after many hours of seeking Your will and searching my heart to the best of my ability, I have decided that I want to _______________________.”
4. Speak Your True Desire Into Being.
Lord Jesus taught his disciples that if they really desired a particular outcome, that nothing could stop its realization.
Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV)- So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
5. Verbally Reject Unwanted Propositions
The average human is constantly bombarded by manifold thoughts and feelings. Oftentimes demons will use our incensive capacities (what excites our beastial or carnal nature) in order to lure us away from our resolute determination to live and act in accordance with our divine dignity as images of the God.
Simply ignoring demonic propositions is not enough. Quietly resisting temptation is not enough. If we remain quiet, not only will demons continue to make incensive invitations, the undercurrents of your psyche will contemplate such propositions and begin to delight in the fantasies that they propose.
When incensive provocations begin to cloud your mind and distract you from divine reason, then courageously take a stand and forcefully say:
In the Name of Jesus I DO NOT WANT THAT!
Even if some family members think you’re a bit crazy… let your LOGOS take charge of your life by taking a courageous stance against that which you DO NOT WANT. By doing so, the demon that tempts you will be rendered powerless and he will have no choice but to flee.
Take Charge of YOUR LIFE NOW… by the power of Christ’s resurrection. Amen.