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Event after negative event undermines us as it did Job. Dart after dart of poisonous circumstances strikes us and we begin to feel that we have been abandoned by God, a soul forgotten -Genesis 28:16 "And Jacob awaked out of his sleep and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place, and I knew it not."
    Even the pastors of churches fail to deeply understand us. Unable to bring to us the exciting truth of God, they dump blame in subtle ways back upon the one seeking answers to life's problems. 

We seek understanding of life happening to us. Often, there is little to be found. Little by little we are weakened. We feel pin pricked to death. Our strength wanes. We can't seem to 'get the music out', can't seem to get up the vigor to pursue a dream. We find it easier to slip into the evil things and into a mental fight when we decide to pursue good – example: you decide on something you believe to be good for you. Then all kinds of strange things happen to thwart your decision. And you weaken . It seems like all may be against you. See.Lord Of The Rings.below.
    We relegate ourselves to mediocrity, give in to temporal security, lose the fire, subjugate-enthusiasm in an interesting and exciting.(I didn't say 'dangerous'..some things are just too risky to attempt; use wisdom).lifestyle, fail to forge ahead, refrain from standing up for what's of benefit to ourselves and others, prefer to refrain oneself to the sidelines of living, preferring to watch other lives unfold, rather than develop our own.
    Losing courage and seeking to preserve what we have we come out of the world, and then go nowhere.-Matthew 10:39; 16:25.26; Mark 8:35
    Afraid of taking a risk, prizing security for the self above all else, we exchange the opportunity for new adventure in life for mediocrity. We fail to love without first being loved. We expect immediate results from our acts of kindness, as though they are done for our own selfish satisfaction.(Matthew 6:1-4), rather than acts of kindness because that's just the way we are. Our reserve precludes unbounded enthusiasm and exuberance. We have surrendered to the demon of inhibition.
    "A human being is happiest and most successful when dedicated to a cause outside his own individual, selfish satisfaction." ...Benjamin Spock, pediatrician, author. 
    "A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and his feelings as something separate from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of consciousness." ...Albert Einstein.
    Many people are not like a rushing river that encounters boulders on its journey, finding ways around them and carrying forward with fury -Matthew 11:12.
    Hesitating at negatives, worrying over securities we've gained might be lost, striving to conform to everything everybody expects of us, we carry on pricking our soul to death.
    We ask "How can I go ahead", forgetting that our dreams are fired by risking adventure, by decision to forge ahead, and not by "first having all the answers". Instead of launching our dreams, in full confidence God is with us win or lose, we feel we must first secure their success. We look for answers to all the questions, not realizing that they come once the journey is embarked upon. The art is in the chase. The craftmanship is not in the book. We look for the 'sure thing', instead of being sure God is with us.
    We lack knowledge of a personal God, perhaps having 'made Him' into a doctrine we feel we must live by. We regulate our life by rules, instead of allowing love to be our guide in an ongoing adventure.
    We know not the Warrior that stands with us.(Hebrews 13:5 "...I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Jeremiah 42:11; Haggai 1:13; 2:4; Matthew 28:20; Acts 18:9,10).and we resultantly miscarry ourselves along life's course. We live life as if we we're sitting for a portrait. We relegate ourselves to ongoing conformity. We have agreed to allow personal adventure to be bypassed by vicarious entertainment.
    Risking to stretch forward is out of character for most of us. Why? Because we do not know how powerful God is and that He uses His power for good in our individual journeys through life. But some say, How do I know if this direction is God's will for me? Look! You're never out of the will of God.
    You are always aligned with God's heart if you love, because love doesn't hurt anyone -Romans 13:10 "Love worketh no ill to his neighbour; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
    Often we ask: How can I? We are deficient in the faith that leads to the risks we must have to make an adventure out of living. We want to live by answers to the 'how' questions, the answers which always preclude action and further cement us in mediocrity.
    Women don't know how to be seductive. Men don't understand how to be warriors anymore. We've lost our wild adventurous side.
    We would rather control our circumstances, get a secure job, than live with adventure. We often reject anything that we do not see a way to control. We fail to see the way ahead is invisible and not being spiritually minded we miss the opportunity -Hebrews 11:1; Proverbs 11:28. Hey baby! What makes you go wild? What's your passion? Ain't livin' it? Then yer a dyin'! You either take the secure road of life or the road less traveled. If you aren't 'a little crazy', then you're too damn staid. It has been said that in some areas of our individual lives we're all a little nuts! That relieves me! I thought it was just me. Whew!

A friend of mine was regional director of a federal government department. After years of wasting the taxpayer's money on frivolous trips in his structured sheltered job where little if anything groundbreaking ever was accomplished except for an occasional break in the daily boredom of mostly sending emails back and forth with jokes on them and bantering about with other minor matters, all holding on to their secure high paying positions, he decided to make a break. He left 8 months before qualifying for a large pension. He told me that he was dying inside and just couldn't and wouldn't take it anymore -Mark 8:36
    Risk the personal step forward toward your dream, then eliminate risks to the project as you encounter them. So, eliminate risks to the project as you come across them, but risk yourself to go ahead with the direction you desire. Insurance companies got rich by risking to set themselves up, then eliminating risks along the way. That's why they're so fussy about who their policyholders may be and how they act. They'rc concerned about risk affecting their present position, but do risk venturing into new territory to gain ground. So wisdom is needed. How do you get it?

Something seems stopping us. We know we are better, are greater than the little others may think of us. We know we are grander and once were. We are sure of this. It comes from so very long ago. We know inside somewhere there down deep that the good part of us is wanted and needed, but when, where we don't know.
    What is needed?

Daniel had a quest to deepen his understanding. In his case at that time it was regarding a dream he had.
    He set his heart to understand.
    The movies of.Lord Of The Rings.trilogy shows the interactions and battles that go on behind the scenes of the daily lives of every one of us. 
    Behind the scenes is the invisible but so very real.(more 'real' than the physical world in which we humans exist).world of angels, both good and bad, for us and against us; against us to sap our faith, our confidence.
    Subtle ways are used by those in the invisible world surrounding us, ways we can discern as other humans either encourage us or tear at us, ways we can make out as things we hope for go amiss, things that often go astray even when everything seems to indicate that they shouldn't. Daniel had knowledge of this strong invisible world.

Deciding to understand is the first step towards understanding something. The angels see what you want, report to God and action is taken -Isaiah 49:24,25 "Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?  But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered; for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children."
    Exodus 14:13 "...Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day...(God acted from without as He was not in them back then as He is {or can be} in us today; today God moves in us, prompting you, guiding you you take the action today, and it's God doing it in you)
   Job 37:14 "...stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God." Deuteronomy 2:24 Rise ye up, take your journey...begin to possess it-(your dreams, your hopes), and contend with him in battle." Isaiah 50:7,8 "For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded; therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? Let us stand together. Who is mine adversary? Let him come near to me." 1Peter 5:12 "...this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand." Nehemiah 8:10 "...for this day is holy unto our Lord; neither be ye sorry.(why?), for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Isaiah 50:9; 2Thessalonians 2:15,16; Hebrews 4:16; 13:6; 1John 5:5; Jude 1:3; Ephesians 6:11-14; 1Corinthians 16:13; Philippians 4:1; 2Corinthians 9:8 "And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:"
    Your battle will be won. You won't win it. You just have to go through it, resting in Him! And, some knowledge helps

The trick of the dark side is to make you feel that your heart is bad, even after you've given yourself to God. In this, religion, sadly, plays a murderous part.
    We threaten to give up on all those things we've always wanted, those things we feel we need to make us complete

You do know God is there, that He is fully able to rectify all negative things in your life, and you feel 'Hey God! I'm here. Where are you? You alive out there? Day after day I get shaken to bits and You seem to just sit there indifferent, cold hearted to my plight while my heart tears and my stomach is turning inside out.'
    Sometimes it seems like the battle is never ending, relentless; onslaught after onslaught is aimed at slaughtering your heart -Proverbs 4:23 "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."
    David had this attitude, this assurance of the unseen being on his side -1Samuel 17:26,36.
    A sharper focus will lift you above all the crap bothering you today and thinking of scriptures such as the above and those connecting, will keep the devil's onslaughts at bay. God.will.look after the physical -Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent; hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"-Matthew 6:24-34; Luke 12:20-31.
    God wants you to have life, real happy living. It's not that you've inescapably done something wrong that has precluded the good life for you. It's just that His life in you is your destiny.(1John 5:11,12), and you may not have fully obviated the void compressed by years of living the battle of life; a battle with the invisible dark side whose purpose is to increasingly impose negativity upon your heart. 
    Jesus in talking to the Pharisees way back then, said to them that life, real living, joyful daily experiences, quenching the thirsts of life, was in Him -John 5:38-40. Religion is concerned with how to deal with sin, wrongdoing and getting a person on the road to purification. Conversely, Christianity waters the deep thirsts of the soul for God.(Psalms 42nd chapter; Psalms 63rd chapter), and realizes that sin is no longer a problem with God and His relationship with the individual.
    The Pharisees were scholars regarding the scriptures extant at that time.(the Old Testament), and knew them very well including all the fine points.(and many more they erroneously added themselves), but fathomed nothing of the real living available in Jesus -John 4;11-34; Isaiah 55:1-3.....Back
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