The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is

(1 Cor 15:47 KJV)  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
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What are the daily lies, spins, distortions that  the enemy the Devil and his followers  still  pull over your eyes, minds , that they are   too  often are using to attack you?
 Have you even confessed to God your own false pride? God hates even  pride..
1 Corinthians 2: 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
The apostle  Paul wrote that we must be watchful that we don’t fall into the “snare” of the devil.  “Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (I Timothy 3:7).   What is the snare of the devil?  It is a deception, a lie! Many persons have fallen for his lies now too.
Deceived, and What would you now, next trade for Jesus? Sex, power, money, fame? or the world? Many persons  already have done that  too.
Did you know that most people not only lie daily, and often in one form or another, but also that most people can deceive others and do even deceive themselves and often as well. They also often do  live an imbalance life, filled with extreme values, false and unrealistic expectations too?
It is not just  only the ordinary persons who lie, deceive are even themselves deceived, but even the professionals now as well, Cops- Policemen, Lawyers, Realtors, accountants, doctors, nurses, pastors, politicians as well lie often.
Anyone can be deceived and often now too.You can fool most of the people most of the time, some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time
“It shall be in that day,” says the Lord of hosts, “that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land. It shall come to pass that if anyone still prophesies, then his father and mother who begot him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, because you have spoken lies in the name of the Lord.’ And his father and mother who begot him shall thrust him through when he prophesies. And it shall be in that day that every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not wear a robe of coarse hair to deceive. But he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a farmer; for a man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.’ And one will say to him, ‘What are these wounds between your arms?’ Then he will answer, ‘Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.’ (Zechariah 13:2- 6).
(1 John 2:15 KJV)  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.16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.18  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.19  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.20  But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

(James 1:19 KJV)  Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: 20  For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. 22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.23  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.26  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.2:1  My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

We are  to be careful for the “devices” of the devil.  “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices”  (II Corinthians 2:11)
“You see Judas’ betrayal of Jesus didn’t occur suddenly. It was not a spur of the moment decision. No, it began when Judas first stole a few dollars out of the common purse…an act that made it easier for him to criticize Jesus’ actions which was not that far from betraying Jesus to His enemies. Judas’ treachery came as a result of a number of wrong choices. It developed over a period of time, which shows us that sin is like gravity. It pulls you in deeper and deeper until you are doing things that you would have never thought yourself capable of. Judas’ act was the inevitable result of the disintegration of his own character, which is something that happens to all people who continually choose to sin.” Jesus’ termed Judas “the son of destruction,” and saying of him: “It would have been finer for him if that man had not been born,” for he would certainly have had less to answer for when the books are opened if he not been born at that time and place– Jesus Christ is saying that it would have been better if Judas never ever existed in the first place.
(Mat 26:24 KJV)  The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.
(John 17:12 KJV)  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
 
“We find a remarkable series of facts about Judas:
He was personally chosen to be an apostle by Jesus Christ. He forsook all to follow the Lord. He spent 3 1/2 years traveling the length and breadth of Israel with Christ. He saw all the miracles of Christ in person. He heard Christ give all his famous discourses. He watched as Christ healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out demons. He, along with the other apostles, was sent out to preach the gospel. He was one of the leaders of the apostolic band. No one ever suspected him of treason.”
” As we sat at the table sharing a most intimate dinner, His words struck me right to the heart.  “One of you is going to betray me”, He said.  All of us repeated, “Not me.”  But I knew it was me, but thankfully no one else knew it except Him.  I couldn’t understand why He said the things He said.  Imagine, the Savior of the world, the One most people confessed was the Christ, the Messiah; long awaited and long anticipated.  I witnessed some incredible moments where He forgave the sins of many, including the adulterous woman, the paralyzed guy who was not only forgiven his sins, but he was healed and walked away, joyfully proclaiming the praises of the One who healed him.  What about me?  How could He be so cruel and unforgiving?  I am a Jew, one of His own people, why did He have to say it, and in front of everyone?  The anguish is beyond belief.  “It would have been better for that man if he had not been born”, said the Savior.  I suppose there are limits to His forgiveness.  What if He said that about you?”
(Luke 22:54 KJV)  Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. 55  And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. 56  But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. 57  And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. 58  And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. 59  And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. 60  And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. 61  And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. 62  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. 63  And the men that held Jesus mocked him, and smote him.
Romans reminds us in chapter 8 verse 1, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”   Are you in Him or did you like Judas, even one of the 12 Apostles, who by his own free will, choice, wander away from HIM? “If you are not born again, the day will come when you will wish you had .” And “If you did not repent of abusing, neglecting Jesus  Christ, the day will come when you will wish you had as well.  (Luke 22:62 KJV)  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. In desperation, Judas cried out, “I have sinned for I have betrayed innocent blood” (Matthew 27:4).
“Where is Judas today? Is he in heaven or is he in hell? The Bible is very clear on that point: Judas is in hell. In Acts 1:25, Peter spoke of Judas who left his apostolic ministry “to go where he belongs.” Literally, the verse reads “to go to his own place.” “His own place” is hell. If that seems harsh, consider the words of Jesus in John 6:70-71 when he said, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.) He did not literally mean that Judas was a demon, but that Judas was even then (about a year before the crucifixion) acting under Satan’s direct influence. ”
 
(Luke 22:3 KJV)  Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
(John 13:2 KJV)  And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;
(John 18:2 KJV)  And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
 
(Prov 28:14 KJV)  Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
(Gen 6:5 KJV)  And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
(Gen 6:6 KJV)  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
 
(1 Ki 11:9 KJV)  And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
 
(1 Ki 15:3 KJV)  And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father.
(2 Chr 12:14 KJV)  And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.
 
(2 Chr 32:25 KJV)  But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.26  Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
 
(Psa 10:6 KJV)  He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity.
(Psa 10:11 KJV)  He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.
(Psa 10:13 KJV)  Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it.
(Psa 55:21 KJV)  The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
 
(Prov 6:14 KJV)  Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
(Prov 18:2 KJV)  A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.
 
(Prov 28:14 KJV)  Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
 
(Isa 32:6 KJV)  For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practice hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
(Isa 57:17 KJV)  For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart.
 
(Jer 48:29 KJV)  We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.
(Oba 1:3 KJV)  The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?
 
(Luke 12:45 KJV)  But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
(Heb 10:28 KJV)  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
(Heb 10:29 KJV)  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
(Heb 10:30 KJV)  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
(Heb 10:31 KJV)  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
(Prov 29:1 KJV)  He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.
But the soul that doeth aught presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the Lord; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.” Num. 15:30.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me; then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.” Ps. 19:13.
 
The story of Judas is in the Bible for many reasons, not the least of which is that before we take anything, anyone, not even ourselves  for granted, Or we will be guilty of the sin of presumption
 
“What would you now, next trade for Jesus?
“What would you now, next trade for Jesus?
• Would you betray him for money? • Would you betray him for a better job? • Would you betray him to keep the job you have? • Would you betray him to save your own skin? • Would you betray him to get a better grade in school? • Would you betray him for a date to the prom? • Would you betray him for a new contract? • Would you betray him for a million dollars? • Would you betray him to find a husband or a wife? • Would you betray him because he didn’t live up to your expectations? • Would you betray him because you thought he let you down? • Would you betray him if you thought you could win the favor of important people?
The story of Judas asks us to probe at the level of our personal motivation. Why do you serve the Lord anyway? How much is the Son of God, God himself, Jesus Christ now worth to you? “
 
(Mat 27:5 KJV)  And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
“What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.” (Zechariah 13:6).
This is an amazingly profound statement. We know He was “wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities” but sometimes we forget that it happened in the house of our Lord’s friends. The place where He should have been safe, protected and comforted was where He was bruised and killed. Jerusalem should have sheltered Him but became the place of His humiliation. The leaders of Israel, who should have welcomed Him as their Messiah, conspired to have Him killed. His disciples, who had walked with Him for three years, denied, forsook and even sold Him.
There can be no deeper hurt and insult than when one is betrayed and wounded by the very ones who profess to be your friends. It is hard enough when one is attacked by the enemy and the world but when the arrows and rocks come from those to whom you have bared your soul and who have claimed to be on your side, the hurt becomes magnified ten times. I am sure you may have experienced this? Can you image what it must have been like for Jesus to face the mob in Gethsemane with Judas in the lead? Judas said: “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?”” (Mat 26:49, 50). He was a “friend” and he kissed Jesus (the Greek says he kissed Him fervently!). The greeting literally means “rejoice” or “be happy”. If it were not for the presence of the armed guard, one could have thought these were simply two old friends having a warm reunion in the garden, but no, Judas had betrayed Jesus and sold Him for 30 pieces of silver. I am sure that none of the 39 stripes stung as much as the kiss of Judas. None of the insults hurled at Him by the soldiers or the mockery of the crowd could approach the depth of the insult of his “friend” saying “rejoice, my teacher!”
There is no way one can rationalize or explain why betrayal hurts so much, but it does and Jesus knew exactly how it felt. As He stood before Pilate, the very people He had helped, healed, fed and encouraged cried “crucify Him”. How could those He blessed become His enemies and how could Judas sell Him out? I don’t know. Many books have been written on the subject but the answer remains elusive. How can a mother strangle her newborn baby or throw it alive into a dumpster? How can a mother kill the fetus in her womb when she should be the very person he can trust to keep him safe and nurtured? And how can a friend turn against his companion? There just is no explanation except that these are examples of the incredible depravity of the human heart. Thus our savior fell prey to the most depraved of all human actions – betrayal by a friend. It is no wonder that Paul refers to the last supper as having taken place “on the same night he was betrayed” (1Cor 11:23). The fact that His betrayer sat at table with Jesus seems to overshadow even the agony of the cross. What should have been a warm and intimate moment between friends is turned into a cold and hostile event by the jingle of the coins in Judas’ purse.
He knows what it feels like. He knows the feeling of the rug being pulled out from under you and for all support to fall away. He is all too acquainted with that gut-wrenching feeling as you realize that the very ones who should have stood up for you, have turned against you. What a comfort to know that our Friend has been in precisely the same position and knows exactly how it feels. “…in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest” (Heb 2:17).
Not only is He touched by our feelings of betrayal but He is that Friend that sticks closer than a brother (Prov 18:24). He is the One who said “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Heb 13:5). What a joy to know that there is one who is absolutely dependable, who will never betray us and who will never turn against us and will never forsake us. One who indeed sticks closer than even a blood-brother. He is the One we can trust to always be there no matter how hard the struggle. No matter how unfaithful we are, he remains faithful. Yes, human friends tend to run when it is no longer convenient to be associated with us or when persecution comes but in the midst of the most intense struggle, He remains faithful by our side. Sometimes friends forsake us because we did something to upset them, but no matter how many times we slip and fall, He will never turn against us. So with boldness we can cry with Paul: “I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38, 39). Not only will He not betray us or even forsake us, He will defend, protect and care for us.
“Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling… The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Psalm 42:2, 3, 6, 7

The saddest part of all is when we are convinced that our sin is “justifiable”. We lie to ourselves and tell ourselves such lies as, “well, because Im not getting what I think I should I’m going somewhere else” (says the person who is contemplating cheating on their spouse). Or things such as “well, I would not have done that if that person had not made me mad”. We come up with all sorts of excuses to justify our sin don’t we? Now, while we do have to understand that often we own worst Enemy? Still we must also understand that our “adversary” the devil, does play a huge part in the problems in this life:
“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.”(Matthew 10:16 NKJV)

The devil is also the FALSE adversary of ALL Believers.  “And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him”  (Zechariah 3:1).
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”  (I Peter 5:8).   The roaring lion is “roaring” out lies!
He is basically in the business of destroying lives as he knows that  his time on this earth is short (and he will be judged). And he is angry, just wanting to take as many with him as possible. And that’s just what he does! He als “sows” bad “seeds” in this world:
For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.”(2 Corinthians 11:14 NKJV)

“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”(1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV)

 The Devil comes to us to rob, cheat, lie, kill, destroy and so do his followers..  “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.”   (Matthew 13:38-39 NKJV)
  “Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” (Matthew 4:8-10 NKJV)
 Do you want not to be deceived then start to listen to the Voices of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the God the Father now too, and not to the mere voices of sinful still men or to your own self..or to the demons.
“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:    Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.   And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (II Thessalonians 2:8-11).
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
“I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17:15-16 NKJV)  
“As for God, His way is perfect;  The word of the LORD is proven;  He is a shield to all who trust in Him.  (Psalm 18:30 NKJV)
 “God is our refuge and strength,  A very present help in trouble.”    (Psalm 46:1 NKJV)
 “The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,  And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.”
 
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:19 NKJV)
  “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.   Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—”      (Ephesians 6:10-18 NKV)
Jeremiah 3:23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.
 
1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
 
(John 15:5 KJV)  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.7 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 10   If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12    This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
7  Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.8  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.9  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.14:1  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee. (Zec 13:7-14:1 KJV)  
WHO BY THE MOUTH OF THY SERVANT DAVID HAST SAID, WHY DID THE HEATHEN RAGE, AND THE PEOPLE IMAGINE VAIN THINGS? THE KINGS OF THE EARTH STOOD UP, AND THE RULERS WERE GATHERED TOGETHER AGAINST THE LORD, AND AGAINST HIS CHRIST. FOR OF A TRUTH AGAINST THY HOLY CHILD JESUS, WHOM THOU HAST ANOINTED, BOTH HEROD, AND PONTIUS PILATE, WITH THE GENTILES, AND THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, WERE GATHERED TOGETHER-Acts 4:25-27; ref Ps 2:1,2.
It has been amazing to me to even next  see how many of the  once strongly professing Christians persons THAT I HAVE PERSONALLY KNOWN NOW AS TO HOW they do next supposedly  drastically change, and they seem next almost deny all they had believed in before too.  A dog returning to it’s vomit.  Applies to about half of the Christians I know it seems.   I also used to think that this was a sudden, rapid change, but I have next been made rather to notice in detail  that more often is was just a small deviation they started on, where they had  been  led t really astray years later.. such as one stealing money on  their first job, specifically  on their  first expense accounts, and they next finally become one of these grossly immoral business persons who regularly now cheats, lies, steals and commits tax evasions too. or one commits adultery,  and do note  this they  even next becomes a cult leader.
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Do you have NPD?

A few persons do…

Matthew 20: 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Narcissism  is used to describe a person characterized by harshness, egotism, vanity, pride, or selfishness.

 

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Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a serious personal personality disorder in  which the individual is   excessively preoccupied with issues of personal needs, wants, desires, adequacy, power, prestige and even  vanity..

 Persons diagnosed with a Narcissistic Personality Disorder are characterized by unwarranted, false  feelings of self-importance. They are aggressors who have  an abnormal sense of entitlement and demonstrate grandiosity in their beliefs and behavior. They have a over inflated strong need for admiration of others, but meanwhile lack feelings of love, care, concerns empathy for others. Like the case of a father who buys a nice new car for himself while his own son suffers in poverty. These negative  qualities are usually defenses against a deep feeling of inferiority and of being in the past rejected, unloved. Example- Rebuked in a marriage proposal.

The concept of Narcissus, excessive selfishness has been recognized negative through the Bible  throughout history. Narcissism is usually considered a major problem in a person or group’s relationships with self and others.

These  people who are pathologically narcissistic, are very much controlling, blaming, self-absorbed, intolerant of others’ views, unaware of others’ needs as well.,  obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges, problems in sustaining, satisfying relationships. lack of love to others, no emotional attachments, difficulty with empathy, clear problems distinguishing the self from others, manifest a hypersensitivity to any insults  real or imagined insults, criticism and manifests often rage and objects to narcissistic injury, napoleon complex,  use contempt to minimize the other person, can resort to physical abuse of others quite easily, inability to process shame in healthy ways.; gentleness only to those who admire and affirm them , detesting those who do not admire them , use other people without considering the cost of doing so, imposters, hypocrites, pretending to be more important even to all others over what they really are, self promoter, mostly, takes advantage of others to reach own imposed goals, always expects to be recognized as superior and special, without any real even  superior accomplishments, falsely expects constant attention, admiration and positive reinforcement of their goodness  from others; arrogant in attitudes and behavior, expectations of special treatment that are unrealistic, often lying, ragging  and exaggerate of their achievements, values, effects., claiming to be a genius,  “expert” at all things, clearly cold, unloving, fruitless, inability to view the world from the perspective of other people, clear denial of any wrong doings,  guilt, remorse and evident no  gratitude.

Narcissists hold unreasonable and false expectations of particularly favorable treatment form all others and the related automatic compliance because they consider falsely do themselves special above all others. Failure to comply to praising them is considered a personal  attack on  them, their superiority, and the unacceptable perpetrator is  immediately considered an “enemy” or “crazy” person, censured, not to associate with anymore. Any  Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic even violent rage. All others are always to be placed in a  subservient position. All  Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all.

 Narcissists see themselves as perfect, using distortion and their false illusion known , self  projection to dump shame falsely unto onto others.

A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person’s ability by using contempt to minimize the other person.

The  narcissist who is feeling deflated does often  re-inflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else. In other words a Slave driver, a control freak and  Bully as well.

  It was Christ who said, “You will know them by their fruits.” And Christ went on to say, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord.” shall even enter the kingdom of heaven next.”” Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father who is in heaven.” Which includes manifesting the fruit of the holy Spurt.

2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Ephesians 5″:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand;

The Word of God also tells us, “There are none good, no not one.” There are none inherently or presently totally good. “All always are sinners and all fall short of the glory of God.”

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

John 14 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

John 15: 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.

1 Corinthians 4:21 What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

Galatians 6;1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

James 3:13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.

1 John 1:5    This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.