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We should all be sighing and crying about the sad state of our world.
And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies:
they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
Ezekiel 20:26 ……
that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.
A Message From Peter James
EGO - Confronting Our Biggest Problem
2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us:
for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Today many ‘Believers’ are worrying about all sorts of problems.
They study the bible, and surf the Internet endlessly.
They hope to come across some new and startling truth.
They are busying themselves in an attempt not to be deceived by the coming trauma, which they have seen in the Bible.
They concern themselves with the anti-Christ and the hoped for Revival, etc.
Many are confused, and have no idea where to turn.
The reality is that there is a far bigger problem lurking right under their noses, and, it is so near that they cannot see it.
This problem is our ‘Ego’.
The bible says a great deal about this in the Old and New Testament.
In fact an entire book is devoted to it.
We can see that the very first mention of rebellion in the bible was caused by EGO.
This is what Lucifer said.
Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will be like the most High.
These are the verses which precede it.
Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isaiah 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart,
I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
His prior assignment was:
Ezekiel 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth;
and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God;
thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
He was not happy about his position, which was right at the very throne of the Eternal God.
It just was not good enough for him,
in spite of his beauty and wisdom.
Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Ezekiel 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty,
thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
All of these incredible qualities, which were built into him, from his creation,
were not good enough for him.
He wanted to become God !
His ego, which is his pride and arrogance got the better of him.
He had to be cast down to the earth.
He sold his lie to one third of the angels, and as they also had inflated egos,
they promptly followed him, hoping that somehow Lucifer would give them a higher position than that which they had at that time.
Of course Lucifer lied to them, just like he lies to us today.
He seduces and deceives us, just like he did to the one third of the angels that follow him.
Everything about us today shouts ‘Ego’.
What is road rage but ‘Ego’ out of control ?
What are all these enormous cars to carry little human bodies all about?
Our fine homes with designer kitchens, gigantic digital Tel-lie-vision screens,
and landscaped gardens, which we cannot afford are all to boost out insatiable ego.
What about the unnecessary massive individual debt that millions have incurred worldwide, for all sorts of reasons?
Keeping up with the neighbours, as we try to out do them in all sorts of ways are all is futile.
Are not all these things about ‘Ego’.
Let us fast forward many millennia from Lucifer’s sin, to Adam and Eve.
Satan was perfect when he was created in the spirit realm.
Adam and Eve were perfect in the physical realm, and they were also
put in a perfect garden, ‘Eden’.
How do I know that?
The answer is that the Eternal God does not make anything imperfect, period.
How did Satan tempt them?
He appealed to their ego.
He offered them the very same thing, for which he had lusted,
and which was the cause of his downfall.
Genesis 2:4 And the serpent (Satan/Lucifer) said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Genesis 2:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,
then your eyes shall be opened,
and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
The choice for them was to obey what Christ told them,
when He spoke to them as an ordinary looking man, with no attractiveness that would make Him desirable,
just as He appeared some 4,000 years later in Nazareth,
Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground:
he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him,
there is no beauty that we should desire him.
or to listen to Satan, who would have appeared to them in all his majesty as an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Man acts today precisely as he has done from the beginning, as Adam and Eve did. He goes by sight and hearing, and as a rule we prefer the lies of Satan to the Truth of the Eternal God.
As Satan plays to our Ego, which is nothing more than our pride, and arrogance we make the same choices every single day as our first parents did.
These are the qualities of ‘Believers’, in the ‘True Church’, ‘The Body Of Christ’.
Note the very first thing mentioned is selfishness.
This is precisely what we do when we are filled with ‘Pride’, and ‘Ego’.
We always want to be right.
We cannot humble ourselves, and admit,
that we do not know, or
that we cannot do.
There is no shame in this or in admitting error.
We delight in being wrong and yet strong.
This is ego.
2 Timothy 3:1 ¶ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall
2 Timothy 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2 Timothy 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
Note the conclusion of the matter, when you are any of the above,
you will be a hypocrite, just having a form of godliness.
2 Timothy 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof
from such turn away.
Which is the book that deals with Ego?
It is the book of Job.
Job was not an ordinary run of the mill person.
The Eternal God declared him to be righteous,
and unlike any other person on the earth at that time.
Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man,
one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
This means that absolutely anyone can be caught up with ego and pride.
I have the greatest regard for Job,
but this is what Job said:
Job 27:5 God forbid that I should justify you:
till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
Job went as far as to say that even the Eternal God could check out his integrity.
Job 31:6 Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.
Make no mistake, Job was a great man.
His mistake was that he had not realized that it was the Eternal God,
who had made him the person that he was.
It was not simply his own efforts.
He was proud of his own efforts.
It was all ‘Ego’.
For years I have been saying that everyone should go to a couple of funerals every year, in order to keep their lives in the correct perspective.
They need to see the lively, dynamic person lying lifeless in a coffin.
We need to realize that it is only a matter of time before we are in exactly the same position.
Of what use is our ego, pride, vanity and arrogance, when we are dead?
1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
We should be contented about our position in the world,
and focus on obeying the Eternal God, and giving Him pleasure.
Any attempt to exalt ourselves over others, in any way is going to end in tears, and even gnashing of teeth.
We are told that over and over again.
Ego drives us to seek to control and manipulate others for our benefit,
or to exalt ourselves in the eyes of others.
This is absolutely futile, and is actually sin.
As it is sin it will carry all the consequences of sin, and the ultimate consequence is death.
The Eternal God says that it is an abomination.
Nicolaitans means control of the people.
Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the
Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Revelation 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
Of course if you are a part of the Body of Christ,
you will have a detrimental impact on the body until you repent,
to the Eternal God.
A consequence of blessings can quickly lead to ego and pride.
Because we are blessed in some way we can think that we are better than others, who are less fortunate.
This is a tremendous hurdle for those, who have come out of Satan’s Babylonian system.
Many fall at this hurdle.
We need to see our ego as a large bubble preceding us as we strut along.
It is there hiding our nakedness, and just waiting to be popped.
Sooner or Later, it will be burst.
Revelation 3:14 ¶ And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness,
the beginning of the creation of God;
This is written to the Church, by Christ, himself.
This is what it is saying.
When you are ego driven, you will not be able to see your true condition.
It has to be revealed to you.
Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:
I would thou wert cold or hot.
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
You can easily think that everything that you have is the result of,
education, hard work, and diligence.
Of course these things are important, but is not everything based on blessings which you have received?
Life itself is an unearned blessing, whether we believe in God or not.
Without health it is very difficult to have an ego, but some still do.
Job did !
Some glory in sickness, as if it is a badge of honour.
It is all ego.
One of the lessons to be learnt from ill health is that ego and pride
has to be destroyed.
Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods,
and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched,
and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire,
that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed,
and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:
be zealous therefore, and repent.
Ill health and poverty levels the playing field, and tends to bring us to our senses, but not always.
Are these not the two things that were used in the blink of an eye, to awaken Job?
Yet it was not enough, was it?
It also seems that two of his three friends also had ego problems.
Interestingly in spite of the instant loss of his children, and his great wealth,
his ego was not diminished, but rather it seems as if it were strengthened.
In spite of being hit by sores from the top of his head to his feet, and
in spite of some 30 chapters of discussion with his two friends,
it did not change Job in the slightest.
There were 5 more chapters where Elihu, his third friend,
who spoke much better than his friends,
tried to reason with Job.
Job did not comment.
It took the intervention of none other than the Eternal God, in person,
to bring Job to his senses.
The Eternal God chopped him down to size, and showed him that he was merely dust, and that self-exaltation was the basic cause of his problem,
and in fact he knew nothing.
As Ego and Pride are sin.
The Eternal God has to show us our true condition,
just as He did with Job.
We then have to repent, and live the life that we should have been living in the first place.
The situation is precisely the same today.
What about you?
Are you going to have a very rude awakening, and will you also
have to go through a Job experience?
If it is necessary it will happen.
We have been clearly told that Christ will have a ‘Spotless Bride’.
Whatever it takes, that is what is going to take place.
It is our choice how easy or how difficult our walk is going to be.
Are you going to have to lose all that you have,
and then have to be taken to within a whisker of losing your life,
and then to be directly confronted by the Eternal God, before you wake up?
I sincerely hope not.
Sadly it will take the ‘Tribulation’, to awaken the vast majority out of their slumber.
This is the primary reason for the rapidly advancing ‘Great Tribulation’.
Even that will not have the desired effect as many will blaspheme,
and blame the Eternal God for their suffering, much as they do today.
I need to make it clear that I am not speaking to unbelievers, but to believers.
Please also remember that every single day that we entertain our ‘Ego’,
thousands continue to suffer and die, worldwide.
This fact alone should stir us to action.
We should pray for the courage to face up to faults, and to ask for forgiveness for our sins, because being pompous and arrogant of course is against other people,
but it is primarily a sin against the Eternal God.
The final notes on our documents has been giving the solution for quite some time.
Be Humble Repent Listen To The Eternal God Obey Him.
This is very easy to say,
but I assure you that it is physically an impossibility without
the empowerment of the Eternal God.
Just going up to some altar call, running to some church, or isolating yourself
in the hope that somehow it will all go away, will not do it.
What are you going to do about it before it is too late?
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