Being God-Conscious in an Ungodly World
While meditating on the World and what it consist of and what its purposes are, we discover that the World in all its varied forms had nothing to appeal to or suit our Lord Jesus Christ. In none of all the inner circles of the World, politics, religion, finance, medicine, science, education, fashion, sports, courts and laws, clubs, traditions, etc, nothing of it did the Lord have an affinity (a natural liking or sympathy for) because all of the World is of satan’s design, incorporating man to establish a kingdom without God. It is the wisdom of the World that He came into.
Revelation is the Wisdom of God outside the World.
If we are to enter into the Wisdom of God, it will be outside the thought and life of the World, outside the fallen reasoning nature. Self and its preservation is the reasoning by which its conduct is ordered. It can not perceive of its own death as expedient (suitable or appropriate) in its present state. The World can not see that Wisdom, that faith unto faith, is found in death to self, and that Justifying faith is only the beginning of self’s death…. “Lord I believe, (progressively) help Thou mine unbelief” or of living by faith (dying to self, or offering the worldly nature “self” that God describes as not right, but puffed up. (Habakkuk 2:4) This is that willed action, ignited then from something deeper than intellect, or emotion, seen in the “LORD I BELIEVE”. It is in a further revelation by His Word into that progressive state of faith, a God consciousness, which is the opposite state of unbelief / self consciousness. That which is absolutely necessary to the salvation of the regenerated soul, that perceived in the “….help thou mine unbelief” and therefore is the Wisdom / Faith that pleases God. And for that soul, there is the promise of glory’s reward.
When we pray for Wisdom (wise dominion) we must be aware (God-conscious) and that we are looking for something completely unknown unto the World and outside the World, something the World will not naturally comprehend. When a Christian (supposed to be Christ disciple) is forced by this World’s circumstances to make decisions (“Behold I set before you life an death, choose……”), and the soul by its thoughts is darkened by the interests and wisdom of the World, his perspective tends to default to its fallen clouded reasonings, that is to say self promotion, preservation, void of faith, making it difficult to apprehend the Wisdom of God.
We should remember here that the religious world’s reasonings sphere, a part within the World, is satan’s answer to the spiritual Wisdom of God (“..hath God really said?”).
When we search the Scriptures, we should expect to receive the Wisdom of God but our hearts are so often intertwined unknowingly or at least minimized, with the interests and wisdom of the World (though we initially intellectually grasp the right of it, the steps soon slip from our memory as we fail to initiate faith’s demand for death’s action and remain in unbelief), that is to say “self-consciousness with self interests (James 3:13-18), therefore we can not own the Wisdom of God which is contrary and outside this World system of thought and government.
The question becomes to each of us individually: What do you think of the World and its system? Where are our hopes and interests centered? Of course we gauge it, we look it up and down, and see what? Do we see some good and some bad? Maybe we are appalled at some of its goings on, but other things we admire and ponder its great benefits and achievements. We talk with one another as if this or that is reality. There is supposed real substance here….but is there? We align ourselves with those things we have interest in, that we think somewhat wholesome and beneficial to us, and give it our life’s attention or at least until another interest comes along to take its place. We acknowledge in one way or another the World’s great achievements, .as in Medicine, Science or Technology etc. Do we not, as Christians (Christ disciples), erroneously consider the system in the World mostly directed and guided by God, and that for man’s benefit, while we consider satan as attempting to mess up God’s established system, for man’s well being, with interjection, pervading it with wickedness?
The great king of Babylon acknowledged God and gave Him Glory….but yet continued governing according to the dictates of a World’s system. [Daniel 2 &3]
Christians are confused or unclear about the World’s system because they have been unwilling to rightly define it, and therefore confuse the purposes of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, that chiefly being to destroy the works of the devil, which began before the creation of man. [1John 3:8]
By not seeing clearly, we confuse or wrongly credit Heaven’s participation with the Worlds system. An example being: “Yes there is a lot of evil in the World but there is a lot of good as well….Drugs can be abused but they are good and an essential appointed by God for the well-being of fallen man…..The internet of course can be abused or misused but it is a great tool and does a lot of good for mankind…. Science, although it hasn’t acknowledged God, has still done great things for mankind.” Or wrongly applying the Word, such as, “You know that all things work to the good…” Etc. Unless we see the complete disowning and rejection of all this World and its system by Jesus Christ, we won’t experience the work of the Truth. That being because our self interests are aligned with Worldly conclusions, continuing to eat the fruit of the tree, darkening and callousing our conscience, inevitably unable to escape the ever increasing end time diluting knowledge / the restricting wisdom of this World. (Daniel 12:4 with 2Timothy 3:7, Revelation 22:10,11, 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12), and advance in the Knowledge of God’s System.
The system of the World is based upon deceit found in self-consciousness…. “and they saw they were naked.”… where they previously were naked and not ashamed…but now NO LONGER GOD CONSCIOUS… having listened, and giving heed to satan’s encouraging spurious words (of a line of reasoning, apparent, reasonable but not actually valid) of “you will be like God, having knowledge of good and evil.” This falsely “better” knowledge that God held back from them, that greater knowledge turned out to be the perversion of the God condition of very good in which they were created. God–consciousness has now been lost and in its place has come self-consciousness. And henceforth self-contemplation will be the leading characteristic of fallen man and curse of mankind, laying the foundation for those highly disturbing inner feelings or mental states comprehended under the terms “happiness and unhappiness,” and for all the external strivings whereby effort is made to attain a better condition. Self contemplation, now mans demise, the discovery of such emotions as “unhappy”, and to find the means to make oneself happy without God. This the woeful condition of man’s choice in self reliance. He is condemned to work his way through this life’s existence forced by circumstances to act on his own behalf. Sounds doable but the reality is a form of godless hell dressed up to appear as something desirable.
Now a World that is based upon the knowledge of this kind cannot have the Wisdom to run harmoniously as it did in a God-conscious System. The World is a contrary system, the very opposite of God’s System. He has nothing to do with this World’s system or its god, but to hold or check it in the limits of His present permitted tolerances, that is the current checked dynamic in this World until…. “he that letteth until he is taken out of the way”. While He allows the Day of Man to fulfill its course, appealing to Mankind in this God’s Age of Mercy and Grace in the Gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ. All Scripturally pointing towards the Day of The Lord, the end of the Tribulation and the Millennial period wherein this Day of Man will have reached its judged end and condition, and once completed the judgment condemning sentence on satan and his, having already been issued, 2000 years ago in Jesus Christ’s Victory over him, will be finally carried out, this seen and understood in the entire book of Revelation.
THE CONSCIENCE OF MAN IS THE MERCIFUL RESIDUAL FROM MAN’S STATE OF “VERY GOOD” IN GOD CONSCIOUSNESS.
The very good state of man created was in God-consciousness (aware, awake alert, mindful). God consciousness was the ready state of the Glory of God. God consciousness and glory are hand and glove. His Glory then being their covering is completely incompatible with self-consciousness. The glory covering of God kept man from looking unto him-self. As long as man kept his consciousness God centered, the mechanics of his living daily in peace and harmony in God were non essential, and covered from his eyes with God’s glory. (This can be seen and understood from the makeup of now fallen naked man wherein the organs of his living mechanics are covered, the understanding of their mechanics a non essential to existence are unconsciously working, and is covered in the more attractive outer case to which all look for their identification.) This ancient created state can be seen in the veil of innocence, the childlike state so adorable, attractive and appealing in a child. But when the child grows “wiser” in its state, and begins to be self- aware, the soul loses its attractiveness. [Matthew 18:3]
Revelation 11:15… “The KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD ARE BECOME THE KINGDOMS OF OUR LORD, AND OF HIS CHRIST; AND HE SHALL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER.”
Jesus Christ’s victory over the World’s system, satan, and self-willed determination resulted in the Son of Man being Crowned and eternally covered in the Glory of God, the hallmark of God-consciousness. “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ (the revised says the Gospel of the Glory of Jesus Christ), who is the image of God, shine unto them.” [2 Corinthians 4:3-4] Glory is the Gospel Promise to the Overcomer!
Satan is given, among other descriptive titles, that of “the deceiver of the whole world.” [Revelation 12:9] Jesus contrasts the World of deception with Truth. Any good lie must have as its basis the attractiveness of the Truth. You can take any specific sphere of the World and find the Truth behind the lie with the examination of the Word of God. The “deceitfulness of sin”, the representation of unreality for reality, and its hardening effect is revealed in Scripture. (Hebrews 3 is quoted here) And in the World cannot be more clearly exampled than in “money”, the love and pursuit of it is found in almost every human on the earth. It is the perfect example of the deceitfulness of satan and the World system.
The only solution to the hardening of the heart is Jesus Christ. “This is my beloved Son, hear ye him.” And what does He say as it relates to our example of this World’s prominent lie? He says that it shall not profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul. [Matthew 16: 26]
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, and the vain-glory of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.” [1 John 2:15-I7, R.V.] Natural man loves to be deceived…spiritual anesthesia… he will listen to any scheme or lie that represents things in the World are going to get better for you, falsehoods exhibited for us in attractive forms. The World hates you because your message is one of reality…in opposition to it. Such is the teaching of the Word of God. His delight is in the Word of the Lord, in it does he meditate day and night. He meditates on Him. He enters not into foolish talking and impure jesting. “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” [2 Corinthians 10: 3] There is a spiritual consequence which men bring upon themselves by having “received not the love of the truth”; and that consequence is the subject of our present consideration, namely, that they are always ready “to believe a lie,” easily subject to “strong delusion,” and exposed to all signs and “lying wonders,” and to all “deceivableness of unrighteousness.” [2 Thessalonians 2: 9-11] The presence in it of even a small number of believers who truly have the spirit and the testimony of God, affects the character of the whole World. ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT in so doing God is not converting the world but is “taking out from the nations a people for His name.” [Acts 15: 14]
Truth has a separating effect. Jesus prays for His followers, saying, “Sanctify them by thy truth; Thy Word is truth.” [John 17:17] If one believed the truth as declared by Jesus Christ, he would desire to withdraw himself from, and to sever every tie connecting him with the World and its system. We are in very dark place, but we have a light bright enough to guide us through it. We have the “sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light that shineth in a dark place” [2 Peter 1: 19] We have an enemy who is full of guile, but if we avail ourselves of our Bibles and the spirit/Spirit in yieldedness, “we are not ignorant of his devices,” (2 Corinthians 2: 11) nor will we found deceived, asleep and unworthy when He returns to rule with Him.
The prophetic Word is the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is to Him the Father points us….the more sure Word of Prophecy. The book of Revelation reveals the blessing of immersing oneself in the Word’s of Christ. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” The power and light of His sure Word of prophecy, revealed to us by the Holy Spirit is abundant to withdraw our affections from the world and from the things that are in the world. In that light we may view with 20/20 spiritual vision the disintegration of all that is connected with this present World system. For “though the world passeth away and the lust thereof,” nevertheless we, who act on the Word of God, “look for new heavens and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.” [2 Peter 3: 13]
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