Let us look at another shadow of the workings of the kingdom of darkness and the kingdom of light. Let’s look at the natural life of a human being.
A child is born with innocence and love, full of faith and trust in the parents. The child will believe everything it is told, there will be no place for doubt. The child knows only love, no hatred. The child is acquainted with happiness and joy, no depressing or mournful moments, always eager to learn, with a teachable spirit. A child never thinks of how to provide for itself or how to save for the rainy day. A child looks up to the parents for everything. Whatever a child needs, it will ask, and expect to receive. What you find in a child is pure love, not fear. It is that love that attract people to them.
But then, as the child grows, it begins to learn limitations and fear. The world around it teaches it that some things are not to be touched, some places are not to be approached, some feats are not to be attempted and some adventures are a no no. Some questions are not to be asked and some things are to be taken just as they are. Don’t try to be a hero, don’t dream big, just cut your coat according to the amount of cloth you have. Don’t play big, play safe, etc. Over time, as these lies are repeated to the child, the child forms a new reality baseline, a new premise for judgement, and learns to use it’s senses as it’s most dependable tools of navigation in life. This opens the door for that basic survival instinct to take over, unleashing fear as the trusted ally and mentor, and locking itself outside the life of love.
At this point, the works of the flesh, or the works of darkness have taken a firm hold on the young man, and all those lies that he or she has been fed for years have become what the scriptures call a stronghold in his or her mind. These strongholds are they, whose shadow was cast in the Old Testament as idols, strange gods and abominable images. The young man is now living in the fear of these lies, acting in response to them and trembling before their power, and by that giving them glory as if they are anything, ultimately giving to them, that which is meant for the True God. In place of faith, he bears doubt, in place of love, fear. He or she looks not unto God, but unto what his or her hands can produce. They are completely under bondage to satan through their conformity to the flesh.
Indeed, one is not meant to remain a baby perpetually, however, one must remain a child perpetually. That is why Jesus says you cannot enter the kingdom of God, except you are converted and become like a little child again. When you are driving a car on gear one, and that gear level reaches it’s peak, you don’t get out of the car to continue on foot, you simply select a higher gear. When your earthly parents can no longer meet your needs and answer your questions, you were designed to shift to your Heavenly Father. That’s why parents are taught by scripture to train up children in the way they should go, so that when they grow up, they will stick to it.
But this has not been the case. Rather we have gone ahead to let ourselves be taken captives and prisoners by fear and the flesh. That is the reason Jesus talks about being ‘born again’ and being converted into a little child again. Jesus is liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (Isaiah 61:1 ESV)
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)
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