The Devil, The Mind, and Surrender

Posted on 05/17/2015 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!


I SURRENDER ALL

All to Jesus I surrender
All to him I freely give
I will ever love and trust him
In his presence daily live

All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at his feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me, Jesus, take me now

All to Jesus I surrender
Lord, I give my self to thee
Fill me with thy love and power
Let thy blessing fall on me

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to thee, my blessed Savior
I surrender all


HE IS LORD

For he is Lord, he is Lord
He has risen from the dead
and he is Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord

For you're my Lord, you're my Lord
You have risen from the dead
and you're my Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord


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Let's start the message today by reading from the book of Isaiah, chapter 14, verses 12 through 17.

Isaiah 14:12-17 (TLS)

12 How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how you are cast down to the earth, who caused the nations to decay!
13 For you have said in your heart, "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High."
15 Yet you will be brought down to hell, to the edge of the pit.
16 Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying, "Is this the one who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms;
17 Who turned the world into a desert, and destroyed its cities; who would not free its prisoners?"


Now,
when we hear this,
we think of satan.

And that is from where
our story concerning
the fall of satan came.

But if we look closely,
we just might realize
that this describes
more than just the
fallen angel we call
"the devil."

And there's
a good reason
for that.

When speaking
to the Pharisees
in John 8:44,
Jesus said they were
of their father,
the devil.

And I'm sure
you'll agree,
when mankind sinned,
by obeying
satan's temptation,
we served him,
and thus
we took on his nature.

The fallen human mind
displays famously
the nature of the devil.

Even many so-called gentiles
give evidence that
the Law of God, or
the Nature of God,
is written on their hearts,
as Romans 12:14-15 (KMV)
says:

14 For when the Gentiles, who do not have the Law, do by nature the things contained in the Law, these, not having the law, are a law unto themselves;
15 They show that the work of the Law is written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts either accusing or defending them;

So when the mind
generates laws that are just,
those laws come
from the Nature of God
that is found in the heart.

Unlike the devil,
the human contains
both the Nature of God
and the Nature of satan.

The Nature of God
is written in the spirit,
while the Nature of satan
is written in.....
.....the mind.

And We have
talked about this
ad nausium.

But to sound more
"acceptable" and
"biblical,"
let's call the
fallen human mind
"the flesh"
instead,
for now.

THEN we'll go
back to the
less-beloved
but more
recognizable label,
"Mind."



Okay, done.



Let's re-read our
passage from Isaiah,
and as we do,
let's apply it
to the satanic nature
the human mind inherited
from its sickness's father.

In fact,
I'm going to
change a few words
to make the similarities
easier to see.


12 How far are you removed from the heavenly realm, O fallen human mind, you form from spirit! how you are attached to the things of earth, you who caused the destruction of the nations!
13 For you have whispered secretly to yourself, "I will transcend the world and rise spiritually, I am greather than the rest of the creation of God; I will decide whether what others do is right or wrong;
14 I will ascend above all other lofty thoughts; I will be like the being whose I am, and will become that spirit."
15 Yet you will be brought down to hell, to the edge of the pit.
16 Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying, "Is this the one who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms;
17 Who turned the world into a desert, and destroyed its cities; who would not free its prisoners?"


I'm not denying the
existence of a literal
devil, or demons;
I'm simply pointing out
that satan's will
is accomplished
only because we submit
to the part of us
that was poisoned
with his nature.

Verse 17 says that
he, or it, turned the world
into a desert.

That word translated
"desert" can also
be translated as
"wilderness," or
........"land on which
cattle graze."

This is a bit
off topic, but
that last definition
is quite interesting.

"You who turned the world
into land for livestock."

Did you know that
45% of the earth's
total land mass
is used to house
and feed livestock?

Did you know that
animal agriculture
is the leading cause
of species extinction,
ocean dead zones,
water pollution, and
habitat destruction?

Did you know that
livestock operations
on land
have created
more than
500 nitrogen-flooded
deadzones in our oceans
around the world?

Did you know that
91% of the destruction
of the Amazon
is due to
animal agriculture?

I'm just quoting facts.

You can do,
or not do,
whatever you want
with them.

The point is that,
when this passage
in Isaiah says

the nature of satan,
which is active
as the god and master
of almost all humans
on earth today,

will turn the earth
into a wilderness,
or a wasteland
grazed by cattle,

it fits the facts.

Our god is our belly.

And we even
blame the Bible
for it.

I've been accused of
calling God a liar,
being weak in faith,
being anti-Scriptural,
and being
unreasonable extreme,
because I suggest
that we consume
WAY too much
meat and dairy,
and that
we don't NEED
to consume ANY,
and would be
much healthier with
much fewer diseases,
and much longer life,
if we chose Compassion
over Appetite.

People become very angry
when you question
their addictions.

We want to feel
"right."

We want to feel
"compassionate."

We want to feel as though
we are good stewards
of our body
and this planet.

Even if we aren't.

That's the
fallen human mind,
which,
just like its nature's father,
the devil,
is a liar;
a liar to others, but
a liar to itself first.

In the garden,
Genesis says
the serpant was
very cunning.

Just like the mind.

It will tell you,
that if you do not
let it guide you,
you'll end up
in hell.

It will tell you,
that if you DO
let it guide you,
you will find God.

Actually,
it's saying those things
to its imaginary self,
and is telling you
that self is you,
and you are it.

"Satan is a liar,
and the father of all lies."

ALL lies.

Including the ones
the mind constantly
tells itself.


"Who turned the world into a desert, and destroyed its cities; who would not free its prisoners."


We are behind
invisible bars.

We can't see them,
but they are there
nonetheless.

We are slaves, obeying
the devil-natured mind,
instead of
the God-natured spirit.

After all,
the Letter kills, but
the Spirit brings Life.

As God told mankind,
"In the day you eat thereof,
you shall surely die."

So we are lost
in a cage of death.
And as its servants,
we cage and kill others.

It's the result of sin.
The result of devil nature.
The result of
believing the lies
of the mind
as it exalts itself
above the real you,
just as satan
exalted himself
above the real God.

And what we consider
"feeding the Spirit"
is generally really
"feeding the mind."

When we think we have
"heard from God,"
it often turns out that
we have REALLY
"heard from the mind."

Just as satan appears
"as an angel of light,"
so does the mind
that bears his nature.

And just like satan,
the fallen nature
of the human mind
will be cast
into cleansing fire.

We will finally
let go. And
we will finally
be free.

But until then,
or until we
"wake up" now,

we worship the mind,
our favorite false god,
by worshiping

its beliefs,
its doctrines,
its understanding,

its religions,
its denominations,
its knowledge,

its definitions,
its labels,
its conclusions,

its stories,
its fictitious "you,"
and
its feelings that
you are it.

It's all
an elaborate
delusion.

Like a dream.


And when
you are awake,
it's easy to laugh
at just how seriously
you took it all,
and just how completely
you believed it all
to be true.

16 Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying, "Is this the one who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms;
17 Who turned the world into a desert, and destroyed its cities; who would not free its prisoners?"


So when you see
atrocities committed,
you just might realize
that indirectly,
it's the devil,
and directly,
it's his nature
being worshiped
and obeyed
in the form of
the human mind.

Remain awake,
watching and alert,

resisting
through
surrender.


How do we
resist the devil?

By surrendering
to God.

How do we
resist his nature
in the form of
being controlled by
the human mind?

By surrendering
to "what is"
right now,
and thus
surrendering
to Spirit,
to Life,
to God.

Pretending
it's not "Now,"
by living
in the past,
or in the future,
is not surrender.

And "resignation"
is also
not surrender,
lest you
get the two
confused.

True surrender,
the kind that
sends the
devil fleeing,

and frees you
from the trap of
and slavery to
the delusions
of the human mind,

is surrender to Spirit.

Spirit is not a thing,
or a form,
but is the Source
of all forms, or
the Space
that allows the form
to be.

Everything has its place.

The mind's place,
is as your tool.

The body's place,
is as God's temple.

This world's place,
and the place of
the things in this world,
are as expressions
of God's Nature,
beneficiaries
of our stewardship,
and as a spectacular
dance floor,
on which we,
to the rhythmn
of cycles and change,
and to the music
of Timeless Love,
Dance with
the Divine.

And to THAT,
surrender.

To WHAT IS,
not the story ABOUT
what is, but
what actually IS
in the present moment,
surrender.

Surrendering,
or not fighting against,
the Present Moment,
the only time in which
Life happens,
is another way to describe
the position of
true gratitude.

If you are thankful
for what you are given,
or NOT given,
right now,
then you won't
fight against it
or try to escape it.

It is good enough.

And with that,
with what is,
you can choose
to be fully content,
even if you
take action
right now
to bring about
change.

And as you
submit yourself
to God in this way,
both the devil,
and his nature,
will be driven away
in the same way
the light
drives away
the darkness.


Analyzing this
is the mind saying,
"I will exalt myself
into the heavenly realms,
where Spirit resides."

Just going there
without labeling it,
is the Spirit saying,
"I am here,"

without uttering
a single word.


Be still and know.

Not, be still an analyze.

Or, be still and
get head knowledge.

But, be still and know.

Like you know sunset
that is taking place now,
although it is not the same
as any other has been,
or as any other will be;
but no other sunset exists.

This is all there is.

It doesn't need describing,
because you see it.

It doesn't need labeling,
because no label fits.

It doesn't need belief,
because it simply is.

It doesn't need
past or future,
because either one
is not what it is,
and what it is right now,
either one
cannot see or know.

And so it is
with every moment.

Can you let that be so?

This moment,
which is all there ever is,
is completely unique,
just like each moment
of the evening sky.

The dancing play
of lights and shadows.

The symphony
of sounds.

The rushing flow
of energy and Life.

The indescribable bliss
of the Timeless Love of God.

All of that
is Present right now,
but for most people,
is covered up
and explained away
and labeled
or escaped
or resisted
by the mind.

"In the day that you eat thereof,
you shall surely die."

Choose Life.

Choose full Surrender.

And thus know God.