Chapter 2

Torment

 26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

John 14:25

   

Without the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts, life’s problems will always torment us. God gives us a choice to be on the same page as Him. In the Garden of Eden, man decided not to let go of the possibility of becoming like God. Adam and Eve had direct contact with the creator and decided to shut God out. Who is left when we shut God out? When the light comes the darkness passes away. Without the light we have darkness. Who is the prince of darkness? That would be the evil one who has no other purpose than to destroy us. The devil’s primary weapon is confusion. If you are looking for him around the corner, you will not find him. He is too cunning to be noticed. He is not running around in a red suit with a pitch fork. He hides in a bottle or comes in the form of prejudice, pride, greed, omissions of compassion, or perhaps pornography. By causing us to lose sight or turn away from the truth we are separated from God. This is not God’s doing. This is ours. This comes about from our neglect in regard to having a reverent, personal relationship with our creator. 

God is constantly knocking at the door of our hearts. Once we open that door the Holy Spirit dwells within us. He comforts us and teaches us. He strengthens our character and protects us. He will remain there in our heart until the end of time. God gives us many blessings. He subjects us to many trials to teach, as steel is annealed to give it strength. Very few let go of self to invite the Lord God, creator of the universe, to take over our mortal lives. Yet we complain.

When there is darkness in our lives there also we find the evil one trying to destroy. We often become frustrated and tend to become angry. Take heed, less we are coerced by the devil. The devil is subtle but steady. He is real and has the length of your life to gain possession of your soul. 

I have a friend who’s brother and sister perish within the same year by way of accidental Death. He told me that people would say to their family, “How are you able to handle such a thing. You must be very strong to go on as you do.” He said to me that it has nothing to do with being strong. He said, “You just live. You have no choice.” 

I had been laid off from a job in Pittsburgh. He was very concerned and told me what ever you do, do not get mean. At the time it sounded odd that of all the advice he could have given me, that is what he said. Considering what he and his family had been through and knowing that he cared greatly for me as a friend, his advice had great value. He’s a genuine friend and I knew his words had reason that I may not realize at present. I have thought of his words many times when trials came my way. In each case, my initial feelings of rage would subside to his advice. If he had not said those words to me, I’m sure I would have gone down a different path than the one I had. The devil would have made sure that my anger festered out of control.

If you have feelings of anger, consider my friend’s advice also. One day his family will be together in Heaven. Perhaps one day I can introduce him to you in Heaven. Believe in the possibility of that day coming to pass.

Without trials we cannot grow. God builds in us character. When we fail to acknowledge God, the Devil does all he can to twist our perception of a trial to torment. The torment stays with us as long as the door is shut. The good news is that no matter how low we are, or how disgraceful the devil makes us feel, Jesus is still knocking. All we need to do is cast away our pride and earthly desires, open the door and allow the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts. Only then can we see life in the true light as God intended. It is then that we begin to appreciate what we have and allow God to help us regardless of our preconceived notions or our own agenda. 

Jesus Christ is the light of the World. Torment cannot exist where there is light. But with out light we have only darkness. Let go of your ways. Let go of yourself. Invite God into your life 100 %. Torment can not be in the same space as God. Let Him in. He created you. Surely He will change your life. 

Completely empty your coffers of desires and wants. Even if in the process great riches of gold where to fall to the ground, God will replace all those things with more or something better. 

31Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaeaand Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Acts 9:31

3Not only that, we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4endurance produces character, and character produces hope. 5This hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. 

Romans 5:3-5

17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 

Romans 14:16

14That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. 

2 Timothy 1:14

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