Day 101 August 4, 2014
On your feet now—applaud GOD! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: GOD is God, and God, GOD. He made us; we didn’t make him. We’re his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: “Thank you!” Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. For GOD is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever. (Psalm 100:1-5 MSG)
Wouldn't it be great if we all had passwords to protect our souls? Of course, if we created them. Why would having a password be so brilliant? Let's say that no one could "delete" our hope unless they had our password. No one could do harm to our dreams. We would be protected for life until someone that discovered our password decided that they didn't like us anymore and jealousy or greed drives them to upload the files of our destiny to their hard drive.
Each of us have encoded our lives for the sake of self-preservation, to prevent hurt. And, to protect the things that we consider dear and holy. Let's face it, mean words, as well as harsh actions, hurt so we all want to lock others out who use such things to penetrate the private places of our hearts in an attempt to break through our souls "firewall".
Let's say you’re single and want to "court" (date) but you are only interested in getting to know the other person, no problem but don't give him or her your "personal life password". Go, have fun without any fear or concern. Oh, no password, no sex, no heart break, no intimacy whatsoever. I think I'm on to something here. Are you there God? Think about how wonderful life might be. Of course once someone is inside your open heart they have all access to every part of your life; they have accessed your soul. They now have the power to harm you or help you. They know what makes you tick so to speak.
You will have to be very careful who has your personal password. If they give it out in a moment of anger you become vulnerable to all your haters and they know that they will only have a window of time to inflict suffering on you before you reset your password. It's often too late, damage done. It's imperative that your password not be too simple so that others can easily guess. You know, passwords like your birthday, street number or your anniversary. How did Satan figure out that Eve's password was "Fruit"? Was it obvious to Satan that Eve wanted the fruit from the tree? Is that why it was so easy for him to decode her real heart? Was it because she was always sitting at the base of the tree?
The sad reality is that we all already have passwords given to us by our families but some of us never checked our private "soul mail" for our new personal password given to us by our Creator. We simply live out our lives according to a genetic code passed down by our parents or the culture in which we were raised. Basically we live life by default, the family code. In other words we don’t have our own secret password to protect, and to express, the unique call of God on our lives.
Maybe no one told us to set up personal perimeters that protect our unique "creation information" that prevents others from writing "code" in our mental and emotional data bank. Our lives and souls are violated before we can set our own password to protect God’s blueprint for our individual destiny. We are all predisposed to words and behaviors that are detrimental to our confidence and success. And, because we live in a fallen world, in moments of anger, we encode our children, and others, with our own viruses. Words like:
You will never amount to anything.
Nothing good ever happens to us or for us.
You are not leadership material.
No one will ever follow you.
Who would ever want to be around you?
These are all "viruses" of the soul implanted in us to scramble and infect God’s plan for our lives. Oh, it's not intentional in most cases. We are just passing on issues that have been left unaddressed in our own lives. If God's password is "thank you", as stated in Psalm 100, no wonder it's so easy for the grateful to enter His presence and find joy on a daily basis. This may be why it's so difficult for the prideful, who are miserable, to find any relief and peace. Their programming is filled with self-importance and arrogance. Miserable people usually despise grateful people.
People who are filled with pride are typically not grateful people, they are hateful people.
Haters are the hackers of man’s purpose and destiny. Just ask Adam and Eve. Their attempt isn’t to access God but to access God’s call on others and contaminate it. It all started with Satan in Eden. He “hacked” into Eve’s mind and then Adams. He encoded them with doubt concerning God's reason for not allowing them to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He hoped that they would question God’s reason for denying them one privilege in the Garden and it worked. We are all born with the a sin virus passed down to us from this one encounter in Eden. We, like Adam and Eve, still face doubts about God's "don't touch or eat mandates" to us.
I have been easily hacked throughout my life. It's my fault, not the hackers. God's word creates an encryption that makes destiny data difficult to access but not impossible. We are called to "guard our hearts" which I have failed to do on numerous occasions. I have apparently dropped my guard, my firewall, which has left me vulnerable. Life can crash on us just like a computer can crash and often for the same reasons. Our memory is full, we overheat and most of all our minds are filled with undeleted files of past hurts and unhealthy mental paradigms. Let's call it what it really is, junk. The bible is the (written) code that serves as a "firewall" in our hearts. When God's word is operating in us it makes the hacking of our soul far more difficult.
His words are written on the tablets of our hearts to protect us from being “hacked”.
How can a young person live a clean life? By carefully reading the map of your Word. I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. Be blessed, GOD; train me in your ways of wise living. I’ll transfer to my lips all the counsel that comes from your mouth; I delight far more in what you tell me about living than in gathering a pile of riches. I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it. (Psalm 119:9-16 MSG)
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:11 NIV)
Keep vigilant watch over your heart; that’s where life starts. (Proverbs 4:23 MSG)
There are those who think that passwords shouldn’t exist. It's not about what we have to hide, it's about what we have been admonished to protect. There are times that passwords are used for evil for sure, however, there are also times they are used to protect the valuable things of life. Never let someone tell you that you shouldn’t have "destiny passwords" that protect things only shared between you and God. In the gospels we are warned to not cast pearls before swine.
I'm thinking that Joseph should have kept his dream a secret, password protected. If God had wanted his brothers to know He would have given them the same dream. But, Joseph was either so excited about the dream that he couldn't hold it in. Or, he wanted to rub it in his brother's faces that they would one day bow down to him. The fact that he shared what should have been "password protected" cost him a tremendous amount of pain and suffering.
Just ask the executives of Target about their thoughts on passwords. I believe that there are some differences in secrecy and privacy. It's no secret that married couples have sexual relations, however, those relations are experienced in the privacy of their bedrooms. There are laws against the public exposure of one's self even though it's no secret what the human body looks like. It's private not secret. I can almost hear Satan asking Eve, “Did God really say?” He was after the private things of God hidden in her heart. After all it was no secret that Adam and Eve were not to eat from "the tree". It's not a secret that we all have hidden dreams but those dreams should remain private, or at least protected. Satan lured Eve into a conversation that would eventually cause her to crack and surrender her password.
So, in essence Satan "hacked" when Eve "cracked"…under the pressure of discussion with the crafty serpent.
A Satanic line today might be “you should have nothing to hide”. Not true. You hide your money, your important documents and other things of value. Hopefully the secret things of God are hidden in your heart and are shared in the private with those who will stand with you, not against you. Hezekiah would lose everything for revealing the private things of his kingdom to foreigners.
“Later the prophet Isaiah showed up. He asked Hezekiah, “What were these men up to? What did they say? And where did they come from?” Hezekiah said, “They came from a long way off, from Babylon.” “And what did they see in your palace?” “Everything,” said Hezekiah. “I showed them the works, opened all the doors and impressed them with it all.” Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Now listen to this Message from GOD -of-the-Angel-Armies: I have to warn you, the time is coming when everything in this palace, along with everything your ancestors accumulated before you, will be hauled off to Babylon. GOD says that there will be nothing left. Nothing. And not only your things but your sons. Some of your sons will be taken into exile, ending up as eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” Isaiah 39:3-7 MSG
There are things that those who don't love you will use against you in times when you need to be covered and protected. When others have a physical virus they usually stay away to prevent infecting others. We should do the same to protect those who are susceptable to a soul virus. Eve exposed Adam to the fruit virus that she possessed. We should never take advantage of human weakness in any form. I think that it was Satan’s jealousy that drove him to hate Adam and Eve. He “hacked” their confidence in God and their relationship with the Most High.
Even Jesus kept certain things private for a time.
While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, “Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.” (Matthew 17:5-9 NIV)
Password: "Raised from the dead". There are things in our lives, dreams and desires for instance, which not everyone needs to know about. Lock the precious things of God in a private place or they will may be stolen or simply regarded as common.
I'm fully human which means I will always be a vulnerable target, as will you. So, like Mary, the mother of Jesus, I will do a better job of "treasuring" the things of God in my heart. I will walk with those who are mature and spiritual, who will follow the scripture should I stumble again. Those who know that sin is, to some degree, still locked in the hearts of all men and that we all need “defragged” daily to get rid of “soul viruses”.
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, to search out a matter is the glory of kings. (Proverbs 25:2)
Who is greater, which is greater, the glory of God or the glory of kings?
Here is the REBOOT.
BRETHREN, IF any person is overtaken in misconduct or sin of any sort, you who are spiritual [who are responsive to and controlled by the Spirit] should set him right and restore and reinstate him, without any sense of superiority and with all gentleness, keeping an attentive eye on yourself, lest you should be tempted also. (Galatians 6:1 AMP)