1. A coming or falling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation...
2. That which takes place or begins to exist without an efficient intelligent cause and without design.
I've had opportunity (as a result of an unexpected, disturbing investigation) to consider that our lives, in large part, consist of responding to a series of accidents (or events) that happen to us and the reactions that we have to them. Examples--
- There is food in the kitchen, what should I eat? [Eating in response to knowing there is food in the kitchen.]
- It is 12:00 noon, time to eat. [Eating in response to the outside stimuli of the clock.]
- I do not like what he said. That makes me upset. [Becoming emotional or depressed in response to a past event that no longer exists. Plenty of time can be wasted here as we get angry or feel remorse or even pride for something that happened a long time ago.]
More examples of the accidents, the events, and incidents that make up our lives--
- "What we are going to eat?"
- "Hey! Let us go there! Woo hoo! That is going to be fun!"
- "That sounds interesting, I am going to do that."
- He did that to me. [as we simmer and bristle with a thought of nought.]
In considering these things and talking them out with my daughter, I decided that our lives, in large part, are spent continually grasping outside of ourselves for something else, something to do that we want to do. If this is the case--that I am simply reacting to and responding to things outside of me--then who am I? And what is my life? Just a series of accidents? There has to be more to me than just reacting to whatever is around me. There is a me. We talked about this and we reasoned out some responses on this wise--"Who am I?"
A Christian. Yes, I am a Christian.
"Where do I find God?"
In the holy scriptures and in my heart where I have hidden them. I can find God within me....the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21
Colossians 1:27 ...Christ in you, the hope of glory.
1 John 2:14 ...the word of God abideth in you...
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
***I'VE BEEN ON THE OUTSIDE***
I reasoned from these things that for all these years I've basically been on the outside of me reacting to whatever comes my way and whatever somebody says--living a life defined by planning and dealing with a series of incidents and praying and complaining about the same.
***TIME TO COME HOME***
I decided that I need to come home for wholeness. Home is inside of me where me and God are--it is a quiet place where I stop simply reacting on my own to the outside accidents and incidents. All is well at home in the inner life where there is me and God and his word. God is there and it is there that I talk with him and discuss with him those outer things as they arise. The outer stays outer--I do not stay out there dealing with the issues while neglecting my inner life. I am to focus on the inner life. I am to stay inside, not wandering out. When it is time to deal with an outer thing, I quietly consider it based on God's word, make a clear determination about the propriety of action or nonaction, and then execute sound judgment.Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
2 Corinthians 10:3, 5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: ...Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
***THE STRESSES AND MEMORIES ARE NOT ME***
The stresses and memories are not me and so I can leave them outside and deal with them as they present themselves--whether this means taking some required action or whether ignoring a matter. Coming home means not hastily reacting to outside stimuli like my thoughts and stresses. It means being calm and quiet and constantly aware of God and myself inside of me. It means focusing on what I am supposed to be doing according to the scriptures and doing it constantly--and not going outside of that. It means considering what is before me and simply taking the prudent course of action.
A stress is outside of me and when considering it from the inner life, one can look at the stress and see what action, if any, needs to be taken in response to it. The stress does not stay and just grate on the soul ceaselessly. Not only that, there is no "self-medication," like eating, to cover it up. The stress was simply an outer thing that came up and was handled based on the scriptures, not covered up with an instant fleshly reaction like eating.
As a man thinketh, so is he. Focusing on a painful memory is not productive. It is focusing on that which is not, which does not exist. That thought is not me and since it is not and it is not good to dwell on it, I let it stay outside while I stay inside where I can understand what I am supposed to be doing, and then, by a deliberate act , do those things. Anything that pops up as I quietly do my own business is an interruption to be dealt with from within, not for me to run out and try to deal with myself on a fleshly level. I can quietly look at the interruption and stay within and get instruction on how to proceed. A MEMORY CAN COME UP, BUT IT IS NOT ME, it is not in my depths. IT IS OLD AND DEFUNCT. IT IS NOT WHO I AM SO I LET IT STAY OUTSIDE. INSIDE IS ME AND GOD. He and I are together as one and we are separate and distinct from those other things. Instead of the old reactionary way, I am turning inward to that quiet place (by a deliberate act of the will--knowing exactly what I am doing) where the Lord and I are. Thoughts, reactions, words, etc. don't just fly by without being intercepted and judged. In that place, in that quiet inner place that is me (which is separate and distinct from the accidents and incidents), I can look objectively on the outside stimuli that presents itself before me and make a decision about it. I quietly consider the things concerning me (cooking, cleaning, teaching, etc.) that I might quietly fulfill them. This includes speaking with God concerning these things. Any outside stimuli is an interruption of sorts to that quiet place. I was already doing something else when the interruption came along. From that inside place, I quietly consider what to do in response to that outside stimuli. I perceive that as I concentrate on reality which is me and God that the nonproductive outside calls and provocations that grieved me will grow fainter and fainter moment by moment and day by day and that simultaneously I will grow stronger and stronger as I stay so close to my God and love on him and keep calling on him and being close and cozy with him and I keep on getting deliverance and advice from him and help.
***SATAN IS OUT THERE IN THE ACCIDENTS***
Satan is out there in the accidents to keep people busy and reacting and imperfect. And he is binding people up in chains that seem impossible to break. He has the people on lockdown, as they say. He has many prisoners and captives and his techniques--administered by his servants (both devils and men)--are becoming worse and worse and doing more damage--early damage--than ever. Satan is out there in the accidents. Bread. Activities. Books. Holidays. Events--all participated in without bringing them and keeping them before the Lord--we are commanded to pray without ceasing.
Satan even provoked king David. I thought of the suggestions of Satan to a king--Why don't you number your people? You are the king, don't you wonder how many subjects you have? How many people are in Benjamin? Come on...Can't you hear me?
***RECOVERY FROM PROGRAMMING***
The subject of this article may or may not seem important to the reader; but the reality is that the brainwashing and programming that modern, industrialized, progressive "educationalized" man has endured has left him with an artificial life. A life where he does not know himself and can only be acted upon and can only react with his emotions and lusts. He does not know himself and outside of being still and hearkening to God's word, he has no tools with which to effectively deal with this programmed, obfuscated, lust-filled life--a life containing only a series of accidents and incidents. I am only beginning to learn this (as is evident by the revelations of this article). The Lord has been very merciful toward me and has extended very much patience toward me in this journey.
***INDUSTRIALIZED PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE CONTROL OF THEIR MINDS AND ARE SEEKING RELIEF THROUGH OCCULT METHODS***
Industrialized, brainwashed, television programmed people do not have control of their minds which is leading to the rise of tremendous mental difficulties. The people are turning to psychiatry, hypnosis, the "new" age, drugs, food, eastern mysticism, reiki, "healers," etc. to find relief. Engaging these things brings forth yet more problems. A piece of cake may help one forget--for a moment--some grievous thing, but when using sweets as a coping mechanism, that dinner bell can ring 100 times a day.
People who look for relief through fleshly and occult methods can find themselves troubled with devils for years on end. I recently saw a recommendation from a U.S. military officer recommending a new age-type solution for mentally disturbed soldiers (our soldiers are having tremendous mental and spiritual troubles--and this trouble has nothing to do with war itself--look at the strength of warriors in the Bible...). Those new age "solutions" are attached to where they came from--the devil--and they are nothing to play with. When people submit themselves to those occult solutions (some of those "solutions" actually integrate Bible verses and terminology. I've heard of a spiritualist "church" in which Christian hymns were sung.) those evil spirits now have access to their souls. Some people wrestle with those foul spirits for years on end and even end up in insane asylums--I can think of two people I've heard from who have had that sort of problem--in one case the spirit came through internet contact with a medium while in other case, the person had been sick and went to a "healer."
Occult medicine is now being put forth as real medicine--hypnosis in doctor's offices, "alternative medicine" being promulgated even by a federal agency like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and co-workers offering reiki to their fellow workers for things as simple as a headache. Once the devil gets into a person, he wants to stay in and establish a stronghold. As all of these abominations are going on, children are being kept from the Bible. They are being literally turned against the Bible leaving them only with this wickedness. The parents give them drugs like Ritalin, sweets, videos, video games, fast food, entertainments, etc. and this keeps their charges subdued, emptied, hooked and addicted to the accidents and incidents, hollowed out, weaker than the parents are, stranger, and voided out of any concept of who they are--they only have the accidents and incidents. They are like alive non-whole persons that just react to the world and their existence in impulsive, irrational ways. Some are killing themselves rather than live--they see no way out. [If anyone is reading this that is looking for the way out, please see our "How to Get to Heaven" page. The Lord Jesus Christ is the the only way out. He came to save you from your sins and to give you a new life in him, praise his holy name.] The children are only acted upon by the school system, the tv, and the offerings that are presented before them. People are being more and more voided out and acted upon. They have nothing but the accidents and incidents.
***INCIDENTS VERSUS THE MAIN DESIGN***
For many of us industrialized people, our lives are a series of incidents. According to Webster's 1828 dictionary, an incident is "that which happens aside of the main design". If an incident is outside of the main design and I've been chasing incidents, what is the "main design?" The main design is me and God reconciled and me communicating with him constantly and being aware of his will for my life and making decisions based on that inner communion and doing according to those decisions. As for the accidents, they are considered as they arise. Some are to be instantly discarded. I can remember one time hearing about the U.S. government's trillions of dollars of debt and how it was surging and about the interest, etc. It bothered me for a while, and then at some point I thought to myself, "I didn't do it, it is not [my debt]. Let them handle it. It is theirs." Even if I were made to pay it, I would still know that it wasn't mine. Many, many things are not worthy of the attention that we give to them. To know something and to determine what should be done about it (if anything) is different from knowing something and letting it consume you. Once we come inside to that inner life with God, we figure out what should be done with the various incidents that come (and have come) our way. The old issues will be cleared up and if they rise up again, our response will be the same, but quicker since those things have already come to judgment.
As a person living in the world and as a wife and mother a woman must care for the things of the world in order to please her husband (ref. 1 Corinthians 7:34) and she must care for her children--but there is a difference between living a life of events and living a calm, quiet spiritual life that reads the scriptures and then goes about fulfilling the scriptural commands--which include guiding the house, etc. There is a difference between living a life where you as an individual have to instantly react to everything that comes to you and living a life where you maintain constant contact with the Lord and then make a prudent decision about what to do or not to do.
Having considered these things, I found myself in the aftermath of these meditations with my hands in a prayer position in front of my chest at certain times almost as if I were holding myself back and focusing on my inner life and leaving the outer outer. I found myself in the first stages of living a life of not simply reacting to the outside but rather living a life within constantly determining what I should be doing and then going about doing it. An example--I think on the inside about how I am to be a keeper at home (Titus 2:5) and then set about cooking a meal for my family's nourishment. I stay inside and touch out.
I perceived a warning in the midst of these meditations--don't find God within and then go back to the same old way of doing things. This is nothing to play with.John 5:13-14 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
Matthew 12:43-45 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first...
***POSSESS YE YOUR SOULS***
Now is the time to learn how to possess our souls.Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.
Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
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