Letting Go, Part 5: Lies

Posted on 04/19/2015 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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KING OF KINGS

King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, Hallelujah!
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, Hallelujah!

Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory, Hallelujah!
Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory, Hallelujah!


HIS NAME IS JESUS

He is the King of Kings
He is the Lord of Lords
His name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- He is the King

...of Kings
He is the Lord of Lords
His name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- He is the King

His name is Jesus, Jesus,
sad hearts we've no more
He can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors
And he's able, yes he's able
to deliver evermore

You are the King of Kings
You are the Lord of Lords
Your name is Jesus, Jesus,
Jesus, Jesus
Oh -- you are the King

Your name is Jesus, Jesus,
sad hearts we've no more

You can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors

You can heal the broken hearted
open wide the prizon doors

Yes, you can heal my broken heart and
open wide my prizon doors

And you're able, yes you're able
to deliver evermore


WORD OF GOD SPEAK

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

CHORUS:

Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see
Your majesty
To be still and know
That You're in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak

I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice

(chorus)

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
But to hear what You would say

I'm finding myself in the midst of You
Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice

(chorus)

I'm finding myself at a loss for words
And the funny thing is it's okay


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For the past few weeks,
we've been talking about
Letting Go.

We've covered
Fear,
Guilt and Blame,
Shame, and
Grief.

And today,
let's continue
by talking about:

Letting Go,
Part 5:
Lies.


Psalm 51:6 (TLS)
says this:

6 You desire truth in the innermost parts, and You make me aware of Wisdom in the sacred inner place.


Most of us have heard
from before Sunday School
that we should never
tell a lie, because
"All liars have thier part
in the Lake of Fire."

But an outward lie
is like maggots
on the ground:
they wouldn't be there
if something wasn't
rotting underneath.


Now,
I don't mean to get
melodramatic.

But compulsive lying
is just a symptom
of inner deceit.

And let's go
even further
than that:

A life not lived
true to your callings,
and in line
with the
Nature of God,
is a symptom
of inner deceit.


Here's a little example
that hopefully will help
make this more clear.


Suppose a child
was raised being told
that she is stupid
and ugly.

And let's suppose
that she has a
healthy mind
and an attractive
appearance.

On the level of form,
the words spoken
over her are lies.

The one speaking them
might think they're true,

(after all, most people
believe whatever
their mind tells them),

but in the earthly realm,
these words are untrue.

Over the years,
these words poison
the girl's thoughts
and feelings
and choices
and desires.

They weren't HER words.

But they became a part
of her mind
and of the self
her mind created --
the self she
believes she is.

So without knowing it,
she is owning the lies.
And because she is
dwelling in deceit,
she does not live
and does not dwell
in Truth.

But by Truth,
I don't mean
saying the right things.

Instead,
by Truth,
I mean the fullness
of the realization
of the true nature
of Life,
of Love, and
of Purpose.

Maybe she thinks
her purpose is career,
or marriage,
or motherhood,
or to be abused,
or to be unloved,
or to be cheated on,
or to be alone.


Here's another example.

As a child,
his parents told him
he was very handsome,
he was highly intelligent,
and that he would
succeed in whatever
he chose to do.

On the surface,
these affirmations
sound really good.

Right?

But let's
follow him for awhile.


When he says,
"I," or "Me,"
to who,
or to what,
is he referring?

To that which
is eternal?
That which is
not of the earth?

Or when he says,
"Me,"
is he referring to
something which
is earthly, and
which is
passing away?


The accumulation
of personal history.

The earthly story.

The temporary circumstances.

The earthly desires.

The conceptual "me."


All these things
are of this earth,
and all these things
are passing away.

Wood, hay, and stubble.

And the feeling that
these things are solid,
is just an illusion.

It's like looking at
a few strands of
God's hair,
and never seeing,
much less kissing,
His face.


So both the girl
who hates her form,
and the boy
who loves his,
are dwelling
in various forms
of deception.

And whether that results
in self-abuse and
negative situations,
or worldly success and
pleasant circumstances,
neither one of them
is dwelling
in the Truth.


"You desire truth in the innermost parts, and You make me aware of Wisdom in the sacred inner place."


Only by dwelling in truth,
and not in illusion,
can you wake up
to the Wisdom of God
that lives inside.



Proverbs 11:3 (TLS)

3 The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the distortions of those who dwell in deceit will destroy them.


That word translated "integrity"
includes rightness,
straighforwardness,
and honesty.

It is intimately
connected
with Truth.

"But the distortions
of those who dwell
in deceit
will
destroy them."


Do we cling
to the familiar?

Are we attached
to what the mind
says is real and right?

Or are we okay
with finding out
we have been wrong?


Of course most of us
are probably convinced
that we are mature enough
to admit when we're wrong.

But of course that
is only when
the mind realizes
it was wrong.

If it doesn't,
then we cling
to what it thinks.

"My mind is right,
unless it discovers
it was wrong,
in which case
when it tells me
it was wrong,
I believe
that it is right
in thinking
it was wrong.....

....so it's still right."


"The integrity of the upright will guide them, but the distortions of those who dwell in deceit will destroy them."


Revelation 21:8 (TLS)
says this:

8 But the fearful, the disbelieving, the hateful, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, those who serve forms, and all who dwell in deceit, shall have their part in the lake of consuming fire and brimstone, which is the second death.


That's interesting.
It starts with
"The fearful."

Of course fear
is the opposite
of Love.

So when Love
is lacking,
there ALWAYS
is fear.

The level of fear
present inside of you
can measure
the level of Love.

Dwell in Love,
and fear fades away.

So this COULD start
by addressing
the unloving.

It could.

But it doesn't.

You see,
most of us believe
we are fairly loving.

Just like
some of us believe
we have no fear.

But let someone
accuse you of
being unloving.

Does the feeling
of defensiveness
arise?

Do you argue
and try to prove
they are wrong?

If so,
what is the purpose
of defensiveness?

Defensiveness is
the imagined need
to protect one's self
from harm.

In other words,
defensiveness
and offense
are rooted
in fear.

Fear of
an imagined threat
to the false self.

And that fear
is just a symptom
of deception.

To most of us,
the self-image
is real, and
the self
that self-image
claims to define
is also real.

And they ARE real...
...just as real
as a work of fiction,
or a vivid dream,
or a vapor
which is
here for a moment,
and then
vanishes away.

So fear is a symptom
of not dwelling in Love,
and
not dwelling in Love
is a result
of dwelling in deception.

Not the deception
that is called
"false doctrine."

False doctrine has power
only if it takes your attention
away from direct realization
of that which is
beyond belief.

But if you don't BELIEVE
the false doctrines,
they tend to
lose their power
over you.

And if you don't
BELIEVE your BELIEFS,
then it doesn't matter
whether they are
right or wrong.

Don't believe me?

Good.

Just consider for yourself
whether you can
honestly be certain
that EVERYTHING
you believe is
100% true.

If you believe
in your beliefs,
then it's pretty certain
you are dwelling
in deception,
because believing
in what you believe
is deception
in and of itself.

"Wait a minute...
I believe in Jesus."

Okay, fair enough.

The demons believe, too.

"But... God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten
Son, so that whosoever
BELIEVES in Him
shall not perish, but
shall have everlasting life."

Different word, unfortunately
translated as "believe."
What saves us is Grace,
which comes from God,
through Faith,
which comes from God,
not just a mental belief,
which can come
from anywhere.


Is that too scary
to even consider?

Probably so.

But that's just
an indicator light
that shows you
you're still dwelling
in fear, which is caused
by dwelling
in deception.


Where there is fear,
something is
blocking you from
dwelling in Love.

And that something
is rooted in deception.


Well, today,
the invitation is to
let go of the lies.

Your mind might still
believe things that
aren't quite right,
but if you don't
believe in
what your mind
says is true,
then it doesn't matter
if your mind
comes to the
right conclusion
or not;
you will not be
holding on to
lies.

And when you
fully let go,
there is no need
to hold on to
the Truth.

Instead,
you will dwell in it.

You will KNOW
the Truth,
and it will
set your free.

Not knowing in the head,
but a deeper knowing
that goes far beyond
the mind's ability
to know.

So it does not depend
on your level of
mental intelligence.

Instead,
just like the sun
helps the flowers to grow
and enables the
grass and trees
to be beautifully green,
so the Truth is known
in the presence of Love.

The clouds come and go.

But the sunlight
does not come
from the clouds.

Of course the rain
is delivered
by the clouds.

The water is warmed
by the heat of the sun,
and it becomes clouds
that are carried by the wind
to water the earth.

Without the sun,
there would be
no clouds,
no flowers,
no trees,
no rain.

And without Love,
there would be
no mind,
no thoughts,
no imaginary self,
and no silence,
no stillness,
no knowing,
no waking up
to the fleeting nature
of the clouds of form
that appear for a moment,
and then are gone.

And only Love remains.


Okay.
So in closing,
let's take a brief look
at the last part of
what we just read
in the book of
Revelation.

"But the fearful, the disbelieving, the hateful, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, those who serve forms, and all who dwell in deceit, shall have their part in the lake of consuming fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

Does that bring fear?

"Well, if I am
dwelling in deceit,
and I don't
figure out how to
be free from it,
does this mean
that I will go
to hell?"

Consider who the
"I" who is thinking that
really is.

And let it go.

Dwell in Love.
Dwell in Peace.
Dwell in Presence.
Dwell in God.

And HE will save you,
not the idol in the head.


So,
what is fire and brimstone?

Well, I looked it up
in the Bible concordance,
and found this
very interesting definition
of the word translated
"brimstone" in this verse:

and it is:

Burning Brimstone: "Divine incense." Burning brimstone was regarded as having the power to purify and to ward off disease.

Is the lake of fire
a place where God
gets you back for
not being a
"good Christian"
by making you suffer
for all eternity?

This word doesn't
sound like it.

And I'm not saying
hell isn't eternal.

I'm also not saying
hell IS eternal.

Instead,
I'm pointing out
that the fearful,
the disbelieving,
the hateful,
the murderers,
the sexually immoral,
the sorcerers,
those who serve forms,
and all who dwell in deceit,

whether with the
Breath of God
that animated them
or not,

will have their part
in the Divine Incense,
which purifies
and cleanses
from disease.

And in this sense,
we can learn a lot
from the fish.

When someone
puts a hook on a line,
puts a worm on the hook,
and throws the bait
into the water,
the fish is only caught
when it becomes attached
to the hook.

Well,
the deception of
identification with form
is like a hook.

But dwelling in Truth
will set you free.

You are not the worm.
You are not the hook.
You are not the line.

Let those things go.

Let go of your
attachment to
your circumstances,
your thoughts,
your self,
your story,
your past,
your desires,
your fears, and
your beliefs.

Does that last one
scare you?

Let go of the fear,
of the inner lies
that cause that fear,
and dwell in Presence,
dwell in Love,
instead.

And in that place
in God's temple
with the Life
and the Love
He is,
you are free.