Follow-Up to “Enough Rope To Hang Myself”

I don’t know but does anyone find it interesting that as I was in the process of writing and posting “Enough Rope To Hang Myself” yesterday and stopped to go check the mail, I fell down the outside stairs of my apartment complex onto the concrete with my nose breaking the fall, bleeding till the cows come home, almost passing out, crawling back up the stairs, crashing on the carpet till the worst passed? 

Today I look like a prizefighter and have to miss teaching my writing class because I’m in a world of pain and can’t wear my glasses (which got scratched up) and am blind without them. (Yesterday I could still wear them on top of the bandages and finish the post b/c my nose was still numb from the fall!)

Hmm…  I mean, I don’t like to get carried away or anything, but could it be the evil minions of whom I wrote yesterday didn’t like my exposing their antics and decided to remind me of what they can do, before I get around to writing Part 2? 

Just saying…  Well, thanks for listening.  Be careful out there.  Praise God, it wasn’t worse!

Enough Rope To Hang Myself

 Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

~ Proverbs 20:24 

Anything of the Lord means He’s behind it, which means He wanted it for reasons unknown to me.  God’s will is what God wants.

“Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?”  This really helps when I sit here wondering, Why the heck did I do that?  Say that?  or What’s my problem?

Good or bad, God’s got a reason, which I may never know, for everything that happens.  It’s not always so clear why a thing had to happen.  But there are times when I look back where I can see why a certain thing had to happen, because if it didn’t, then the other thing that happened wouldn’t have happened, and so on.

Derailed

We all know the old stories of somebody who yells in frustration because he missed the train, only to learn later that it derailed and everyone on board was killed…and similar such stories.  It’s not always quite that dramatic, but it can be.

I have lots of stories like that—no train derailments, thank God—but…well, let me tell you about a string of happenings to give you an idea of what I mean. A list of events (not exhaustive, but enough) where I didn’t “understand my own way” but know now that my “goings” were of the Lord because of where they led me.

What If…

You’ve heard of “what-if” theories.  They use them in economics, politics, and various other fields of study, so please allow me to use the “what-if” concept here to help me expound on my above comments (without going into long, but, dare I admit, true stories).

Okay, here goes:

What if my hands became disabled several years ago, and what if I couldn’t work? And, what if, as a result I lost my house (and everything else)?  And what if I turned to “spirituality” and became an expert on the New Age, meditation, yoga, emptying my mind, even on learning Sanskrit?

And what if yoga meant yoke (it does), and connect with (yup) and what if I did.  

Then, what if I started to get tired of sadness and heartache and blamed it all on God because He used us as pawns and cared not for our trials and pain?

What if I read countless books on going deeper within myself, like The  Sacred Self by Wayne Dyer, and so many others?  What if I meditated for long intervals and opened my mind to the so-called Oneness “out there”?

Then, what if loud bangings over the living room ceiling at night started (when I knew there was nothing overhead but the roof and the stars).  What if a lot of mice came, strange mosquitoes and flies that didn’t fly but stayed attached to one place for long hours, and what if all my flowering plants which I’d nurtured for years before I’d moved in, both inside the house and outside, got attacked by some unknown creeping crud and died?

And what if my computer started turning itself on in the middle of the night, with someone talking loudly or even screaming?  And what if the car radio turned itself on once while I was driving and then again after I’d turned it off?

And what if a snake showed up in my yard?  And what if I almost got killed by a huge truck while in my little car on the way to work?  And what if the day after that, I came home and found my formerly healthy, beloved dog dead?

Looking for Comfort

And what if I later turned on YouTube desperately looking for my Vedanta guru named Mooji, a Jamaican man living in India who used to be a Christian, who I’d set my alarm for at 7 am on my day off to watch him online live.  Now, I was looking for comfort in his words for the heavy grief I felt for my sweet dog, my buddy of twelve years.  I did find something Mooji said briefly, on Guilt, of which I had plenty.  And yes I hung on his every word.

But then what if I clicked on, of all things, a Christian preacher while going through YouTube?  I won’t say his name, it doesn’t matter.  (You’d know him; he’s not perfect; none of us are; but I’ve since learned he does know how to expound on the King James Bible, unlike many.)

Surrender

I was the type who ran when I saw someone come near me with a Bible who was going to tell me to repent because the end was near.  As an ex-Catholic, I had always believed in God, but in the midst of turmoil, had gotten very angry with him and had turned away (a joke, right?  the pot yelling at the Potter?).  My New Age spirituality had become my new solace.

Okay, so what if I listened to this online preacher for at least a half-hour and what if he said, If you have nothing left to lose (or words of a similar vein), stand up and ask Jesus to help you.  Tell Him you believe in Him.”

What if I stood up from my chair, right on the spot where I’d found my lifeless pet-best-friend, and what if I finally gave up.  What if I just gave up and sobbed my eyes out, body slumped, barely standing, and said, “Jesus, I don’t know anything, but if You are who this man says you are, then You are what I need.  Please help me.”

Happy Birthday

Then what if the next day was my birthday and for a birthday present I got an eviction notice from my landlady (her daughter wanted the house I was renting).

That was three and a half years ago.

I still can’t write her name here, my beloved dog, or even talk about her without getting choked up or outright crying.  The apartment I found (another string of what ifs, maybe for a Part 2).

Man’s goings are of the Lord; how can a man then understand his own way?

~ Proverbs 20:24 

The Lord had me go through my “goings” and later I understood my own way that I had followed, outside of God’s wings of protection. I was committing the sin He hates the most, worshipping other gods, but without realizing what I was doing, and He had mercy on me, but I had to suffer first, then see the light.  The Cross before the Resurrection.  Baptism into His Holy Spirit.

Yoga, meditation, and emptying of the mind promised to yoke me with the gods and even become god myself.  Well, it worked, but what they neglected  to tell me is the “gods” are just dark spirits, the devil’s angels.  I got too good at what I was practicing and they moved in on me and my life, first slowly, then overwhelmingly obviously.

The Real Question

So the big question became: What if I got so good at my “practice” of yoga and meditation that I connected and yoked with every dark spirit in town.

Well that’s just what happened, but apparently God saw fit to punish me for my ungodly ways, then gave me enough rope to hang myself (almost literally).  Who knew?  (I pray for Mooji that he will return to his Christian roots.)

The apostle Paul said, “…forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

~ Philippians 3:13-14

That’s me.  When I moved I tossed all my books, CDs, and DVDs regarding the new age and yoga and the Self.  I didn’t burn them, but I didn’t sell them or give them away, either. Just threw them in the trash where they belong.  I don’t dabble in even the slightest bit of it anymore, and continue to press toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

I’m Not the Only One!

Here are some excellent books written by those who underwent similar experiences:

I believe all the books listed here are available in both paperback and eBook or PDF.  I realize this is a controversial subject and many will insist that yoga is just exercise, but I ask you to read, watch and listen to the following with an open mind (but don’t open your mind TOO much!   :- )

Suggested Readings:

  1. Death of a Guru: A Remarkable True Story of One Man’s Search for Truth  (formerly published as Escape into the Light), by Rabindranath R Maharaj with Dave Hunt, 1977, 1984.
  2. The Light That Was Dark: From The New Age To Amazing Grace, by Warren Smith, 1992, 2005.
  3. Out of India: A True Story About The New Age Movement, by Carol Matrisciana, 2008.
  4. The Beautiful Side of Evil, by Johanna Michaelsen, 1982.
  5. The Seduction of Evil: Spiritual Discernment in the Last Days, by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon, 1985, 1986.

Videos (the best two of the four videos I had saved, have since been deleted…hmm…), but I’m sure there are new ones out there I haven’t seen yet.  Here are two:

  1. Yoga and The Emerging Church, a Dave Hunt interview
  2. Yoga and the Occult: Ex Witch Tells All, a woman named Beth tells her story

Avoid yoga and keep pressing toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus who saved a wretch like me.  Hallelujah and Amen!

The Word, the Mind of God

For in him [Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:                  ~ Colossians 2:9-10   

Christ is God, the only God.  The ‘Word’ is the Mind of God, the Logos.  That’s how Christ is in God His Father and God the Father in Christ, His Son, and how They are in us, the believers, by way of God’s Holy Spirit.  

This is not the same as a trinity, three persons in one.  This is God in Jesus Christ and They as One, in us believers, and us in Them, through the Spirit (Breath) of God, His Holy Spirit.  (See John 17, maybe the most beautiful chapter in the Holy Bible.)

Hallelujah!  :- )

Thy Will Be Done and Not Mine.

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.”                                                                                                                                                           ~ Proverbs 13:10

Whenever I’m angry or even slightly irritated with someone or some situation (i.e., when I am full of contention), if I look with brutal honesty within myself, I’ll see that it’s my unfulfilled desire to have something my way that’s bugging me in that moment.  This goes for the important things as well as the tawdry annoyances of  daily life.

And unless I remember that it’s “Thy will be done” and not my will be done, any desire I have that’s not coming as I wish it would, is pride before God, plain and simple.

The second half of this verse reminds me that if I stay in my Holy Bible I will stay “well-advised” and therefore gain the wisdom of God and be reminded that with pride comes contention, because whatever’s causing my upset probably falls into one of these three categories:  “…the lust of the flesh,…the lust of the eyes, [or] the pride of life,” which are “not of the Father, but…of the world.”  ~ 1 John 2:16

 

God’s Angels Are In Charge.

“God shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.”                                                                                                                                              ~ Psalm 91:11

We hear a lot these days about the dark angels, the errant “sons of God”; the armies of fallen Lucifer who then became Satan; devils, demons which surround us and who are using men, women, children, even animals to create the nonstop darkness which daily threatens our peace in almost everywhere we look.

While I don’t disagree that Satan and his minions are working overtime these days (Baphomet statues, Baal’s Arch, Beyoncé or Katy Perry holding black masses at halftime, drag queens reading to preschoolers, etc.)  I tend to forget that God also has His angels down here.  They just seem to work more quietly.  But they’re here, and they’re working. 

God has given them charge over us, the way a loyal watchdog has charge over a baby stroller.  God’s angels keep us in all our ways, as long as we believe only in the one true God.  Trust Him.  In the name of Jesus Christ.  May His angels keep you and your family in all your ways.

Read Verses in Their Contexts

Hi.  I just wanted to say I don’t believe in plucking verses out of context from the Holy Bible and applying them to all people, and every and all situations.  The verses I choose to post here and comment briefly on are those which hold special meaning for me and which I’d like to pass along.

I pray that after reading any of the verses here that you will “walk circumspectly” as Paul said to the Ephesians 5:15 (See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.)  Read at least a few verses (or more) before and after.  And please do use the King James Version of the Holy Bible which uses the Textus Receptus, which is the most trustworthy to the original manuscripts from which the texts of most of the Bibles throughout the past hundreds of years were taken.

The best online KJV is KJV Pure Bible Search.  Once on the site, just find your device or computer that fits and download.  Once downloaded, it’s fast and simple to use and you can copy-paste from it at will.

Well, thanks for listening and God bless you and your family.

Keep praying!

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.  ~ Isaiah 41:13

In this verse, God is speaking to Isaiah, a man of God.  God helps those who believe in Him and trust His will, even when things don’t look so good.  Keep praying to God the Father in the name of his Son and our Savior and mediator Jesus Christ.  And have faith in Him to help you.