Numero Uno – None of us are as well acquainted with ourselves as we think we are!
There are blind spots, self-deceptions, projected images of others – both positive and negative, and deliberate deceptions of our mortal enemy to keep us from God's best in our lives! So, “who we are” and who we believe ourselves to be – can be quite different! The “us” that we perceive, and that which we project to others is NOT always the same “us”. Hence the many difficulties of “knowing” each other!
Many disagreements in the Body of Messiah even, result from this discrepancy of perception. We are often trying to hold people to a standard which they have set forth for themselves – when they think they are upholding that standard perfectly! And then we find ourselves at cross purposes! And wind up very cross indeed!
Numero Dos – We don't always judge others by the Spirit, as instructed. We often judge them by the five senses. This will never work. That fleshly element has been granted NO Authority by God! No one's flesh cuts the muster, so it can not be a suitable criteria by which to judge people! We must know them by the Spirit, and then hold THAT part of them accountable to the Truth by the Spirit – speaking the Truth in Love, from our spirit-man to theirs! That is the only way that a full circuit of spiritual authority can be exchanged. That is the only way that strongholds are pulled down and yokes broken. The only hope of captives being freed. It is HIS method. And the only one which will produce life instead of death!
Numero Tres – True self-awareness comes only through death to the fleshly version of “us”. Narcissism is nothing but flesh gone to seed! It is the flesh in full control of the person. It is mental illness. But it is not something which won't be healed, when the processes of Spirit & Truth are applied in Faith.
Yeshua put it this way; “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (this statement, which is recorded in all of the Gospels, is not double-speak, or irony – but it is referring to the two version of “life” - it is contrasting the spiritual plane of existence with the temporal realm) He is saying by this that we only really find ourselves as we are willing to be lost in HIM! As we are willing to let our fleshly perceptions go in favor of His spiritual upgrades.
Numero Quatro – The annoyances of life, those things which tempt us to take offense, which really piss us off, however one wants to phrase it – which makes us want to use off color words – like piss, etc. - are designed to flush that off color, unloving, untoward, ungodly, impatient, non-gently, road-raging, coarse, mess out of us! And flush it does! It is, in more spiritual terms, the “refiner's fire” that drives the dross to the top to be scooped off.
However, it become evident as we go that it is how we respond to those annoyances which determines whether they get scooped off or more deeply imbedded into our being! We must choose, each time, whether we will respond from the spirit-man or the flesh-man. The spirit-man will always choose life, grace, forgiveness, joy, peace, patience....LOVE. The flesh-man will always choose strife, bitterness, etc. which all tend toward hate and eventually death in some form. But the choice is always there. And our level of spiritual maturity, our level of actual faith, our level of purification – will become obvious at these times, if we are paying attention.
A general rule of thumb is this, if everything that happens tends to annoy you, flush evil speaking in some form, or cause a general unrest in your innards, then you are likely living too much in the fleshly realm, and some repentance and more pressing into God is advised – a.s.a.p.!
Why am I addressing these things? Because – if one could see this nasty fleshly run off in the spirit – I would guess that there has been quite a flow of brown stuff flowing from my soul these days! The stench of offense has not been far from me, for too long at one time! I have been noticing – because the Spirit of God is pointing it out to me – that I am annoyed every five seconds on the average! Over stuff that is SO inconsequential! Tedious stuff that! It makes for terrible sleep, kills any hope of rest, and opens the door wide for the sap-sucking enemy to rob you blind! No good!
I keep telling you folks, that in order for it to get to your toes it has to stomp mine first! If that is not true of whoever you are listening to, then you should stop listening! If, however, my toes are in HIM where they belong, they do not get stomped! So let that be a lesson to me! Lol As I say, I don't make this stuff up! I just do as I am told!
So. That is our lesson in living the life in God for today! If any of those things fit your situation, then you will know what to do! If they don't, then praise God and check back in at a later time! Everyone have a wonderful Sonday afternoon, entering into His rest – or repenting so that you can!