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Continuation of the chapter 6


The Fruits of peace


4) Interest of the good fight



Now that we have described the interest of this baptism of fire, we will develop somewhat the input protocol in this constructive phase.

If, for my part, someone had told me before my conversion, "You do not know happiness," I would have stood up to him and thought he was a foolish. Today, and a little more each day, this deep happiness that I did not know, continues to grow in me. I had, however, received a shower of happiness that had made me cry and laugh at the same time this first night, at the time of my Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but it is better after these many years than the first day, because lived through a serenity that was previously unknown to me.

I certainly had ups and downs like everyone else, but the downs were never too down to  the point of sinking me, because He is the comforter, just as the ups were, I hope, never too up to make me fall into the pride, for He is the Spirit of truth. It is what is wonderful to live God day by day, and see Him accomplish His work in us with Love and lead us gradually to the renewal of ourselves.

We must know that the spiritual domain is wonderful for one who seeks the benefits of God in himself with sincerity and righteousness and who wants to be led by the Holy Spirit in all Truth of heart, beyond therefore simple precepts to which everyone can simply give reason, without ever living them fully.

The text of Luke 10 has allowed us to see that whoever enters into the communion of God through the Holy Spirit, can actually wage a battle of authority over evil spirits, at least for himself, to give death to his "flesh" and the "guides" attached to it. The quietness of the soul being on this condition, it is therefore to this that we must aspire.

For there to be combat, there must be commitment, and for there to be commitment, there must be conviction. This is given to us by the Holy Spirit, but also by our agreement to follow Him. We could say that this is the difficulty in living fully in God, because part of our teaching necessarily influences it. A personal "learning" to recognize the difference in us of what is communicated to us by the Holy Spirit or that is derived from our intellect is therefore indispensable in all the little things of life, for a more or less long period after the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This personal learning, accompanied of course by that of the Word of God in a church in which the Holy Spirit is taught, will be through lived experiences through which we will be led to put into practice the guide of the Holy Spirit, rather than our old logic. These small things will have the advantage of making our faith grow because of the results that we will already see miraculous for many, and we will especially prepare to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit in us to allow us to accomplish greater ones. It will not necessarily be the baptism of fire, but it will already be the training that will lead to it. These will be all the results that we can expect during the period about which Luc 13-6/9 speaks to us that we have just read, and which gives a good account of a lapse of time between the planting of the fig tree which is in this case the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the harvest of the fruits born of the Spirit of God in our new logic.

Only the putting into practice of our faith led by the Holy Spirit of God with patience and wisdom allows us to enter the right dimension, where the miracles of God can be lived from day to day in our heart.

It will not be a question then of having simply to give reason to a new or past teaching, but to have been found victorious of spontaneous reactions contrary to the Word of God which we repressed intellectually, but which we could not surpass by our only carnal psychology until then.

We have already mentioned it in the preceding chapters, but it is worthwhile to come back to it somewhat.

In the example we had taken of a bad stone on a bridge, God acts like a surgeon. He takes the time to prepare us for the replacement of each of them with patience and delicacy, although they are often deeply rooted in our understanding. At the moment of the "operation", a bit like at the dentist's, although it sometimes seems to us that death would be preferable to life, we find ourselves much quicker to recover than it took us time to go down. Unlike a religious attitude, which wants to shave everything from the first instants of conversion of the person, God full of Love, takes the time to create in us the necessary understanding, and grain of sand after grain of sand, just as He knows the number of our hair, He does a surgeon's job, even on a heavy and sturdy stone bridge.

God knows what leads us to reactions that are contrary to our understanding, and which is lodged in our subconscious, our spirit. These are often some of the sufferings experienced in childhood, which were isolated in adolescence in the part of our brain related to our self-protection in our spirit. It will usually be a so simple thing, almost banal like for example, every time we wanted to kiss our father back from work, fly into his arms to rejoice together... There, always the same thing, the discords, the screams, for others alcohol... In the deep disarray that was creating in us, we then took the bather or the teddy bear sitting on the bed, and we were beating him as if to say better to this father: "Dad I love you, listen to me so...!" And bang! And bang! A punch, one another... And then it was become almost a game...

The years have passed, this reaction has sunk into oblivion but continues to lead us exactly the same to the "adult" age. These are often so small things that God wants to reveal to us, because He was present during these childish sufferings. He knows that it is these small misfortunes, and sometimes even much greater, which, in addition to coming to impress our structured brain so as to forget the origin of these sufferings, open doors in our hearts to feelings or carnal spirits, such as grudge, violence and many others.

The purpose of God is therefore to make us victorious over this miserable carnal spirit which incites us internally at the level of the heart, by first making us victorious at the level of our mind, our subconscious, in a dimension similar to that which had given rights to this unclean spirit to reside in our heart, even after our baptism of the Spirit.

It's absurd, but many lives are wasted because of so small things. Our father has sometimes ceased since many years to make us suffer and yet the violence has remained. Whenever we are afraid of being abandoned in any other context, we reproduce the same thing. We have certainly grown up, we even think of ourselves as adults, but on the way, when the injustice comes or when a motorist bores us or ... How many "or" should we write since each case is particular? So we get out of our hinges!

The situation is somewhat the same for Jesus as for a sports coach, whose happiness is in the victory of his team or his athlete. If he is a man, we can imagine that he does it somewhat for his personal glory, but Jesus lives in an integrity that does not exist on earth. He is He who has already accomplished everything for us, and we act without Him. He is the one we spit on and He does not take revenge. What He did yesterday, He does it again today, once, twice a hundred times a day if necessary and without reproach. At the slightest improvement, He encourages us, at the slightest decline He is there again to support us, the least groan, the suffering masked by an excess of violence, He pampers us.

A little story about this is often told in our churches: Jesus said that He would be with us every day. A charming young girl arrives in front of "Saint-Pierre", who makes her enter in paradise in order to make her watch the movie of her life. Comes a moment, where she sees herself sad, her soul in sadness, walking on the wet sand of a long beach, but sees only a trace behind her on the sand. In a reproachful tone, she turns to Jesus, and says to Him, "Lord, of course I was sad, my soul was in sorrow that day, how can you have forsaken me so"?

In a smile, Jesus answered her: It was I who carried you!

The victory also passes by there. In all humility Jesus knew to accept the help of a man, Simon of Cyrene, to carry the cross on which they were going to crucify Him. In view of all the miracles that God manifested in Jesus Christ, do you believe that this cross was so heavy, that it would have been impossible for God to make it lighter for Jesus to better manifest His power? Is it harder to carry a cross or tell a dead person to stand up and walk?

Everything in the life of Jesus is a marvel of precision, and brings us the aspiration to live led by the Holy Spirit and not by our power or our human strength, but at our level, the most surprising is however for after the victory over the spirit carnal. When a champion passes the finish line, if he has to repeat his feat to infinity, he is unable to do so. Unlike, when Jesus has liberated from a sin, the victory is acquired and multiplies, this is the most wonderful, because the most unexpected and also confirms to us that it is not us who have accomplished, but quite Jesus in us.

We are obviously talking about the final result of the victories to be achieved and not the situations in which God works our heart and asks us to refrain from this violence. Everything in us will then be claiming violence whenever something will make us suffer. This suffering, then unbearable, we will sometimes go up to "fight with Him in our prayers," when He asks us to repent. We will always find false carnal pretexts that justify this violence, the others deserving it right.

The victory over these attitudes will sometimes come quickly, but will often require a lot of time and even more. A day will come, however, where in our good will we will begin to ask for forgiveness. First victory, Nth relapse, and the process will start again, once forgiveness, twice forgiveness, fifty times forgiveness, nothing will be good. Turning us then to Jesus, we will say to Him "Lord, I cannot, I see that it would be better for me, but I cannot... Lord, only you can give me the desire to do it and the strength to do it because I think it's good for me, but I cannot. "

Nothing, indeed, is obtained without a real repentance, a fierce will to agree with Him one hundred percent, but also a capitulation to believe us capable of accomplishing good on our own. In the hope of the last resort that only He can make us victorious, we will humbly ask Him to carry our Cross. It will certainly not be an easy way out for us, but rather the total recognition of our inability to put into practice what we recognize as good. That is why we can once again quote the Apostle Paul who tells us in (Romans 7-14/20) For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would, I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.//

As Simon of Cyrene carried the cross of Jesus, Jesus will carry ours. Once, sorry, twice forgiveness, three times, and there ... At the very moment when once again we will be about to reproduce this eternal error, a light will appear in us, sometimes like a flash, sometimes by a simple awareness of the trap set by the enemy, the understanding will be instantaneous and to that we will say: "NO"!

It will be the day when God, in his mercy, "like a rope offered to our misery" 1, will have revealed to us the source of our error and will have given us to be victorious in a dimension equal to or greater than that which had written our mind. Sin will not have been committed, and we will have said: NO to the bad reaction! The carnal spirit that incited us until this time to this violence both in our hearts and in our minds will be defeated. He had been guiding us to the error since the day when, in all bitterness of to be felt us abandoned by the dad we loved so much, we had begun to hit into that big teddy bear that best represented our father.

Our surprise will not stop there, however, because if during these periods of internal fight we will have been directly involved, although often excited by "our" result so unexpected, we will not stop to live or drive, if the thing happened while we were driving. Five minutes later, a driver cuts us the road off: To our surprise, contrary to all our habits, a simple nod. "Hey, weird, I did not get angry!"

Another circumstance supervenes, same reaction, a third, a fourth, "well, there, it's enough!", but as paradoxical as it may seem to us then, we will not have reached the violence. It is in this that Jesus gives us to be conquerors of our bad "instigators", and that we can become external admirers of our own changes.

In addition to the forgiveness of our sins, Jesus gives the ability to sin no more to those who want to follow Him with sincerity and truth. God does not take pleasure at the eternal dimension of sin, repentance, sin, repentance. He wants to bring us to the victory that He Himself has won for us, not by masking what already exists by a carnal spirit better channeled by a greater rigor of the word of God, but by giving us the authority on what fools us and harasses us. If we wanted to adopt a more current, computer-related language, we could say that the handwriting of the carnal spirit that led us was crushed by the one downloaded from the Holy Spirit.

Some temptations will come in the following days or weeks, as if to test us, but these will appear to us almost simple, as external to ourselves. If we do not give them reason, we will no doubt still refuse to be rejected as a normal thing, but our suffering will never reach its old limits that previously tortured us. Our momentums towards others, impossible in the past, will be crowned with success in any other part of our life where this violence made us weak, while we considered ourselves strong to be violent. We will be amazed every day by the things of God, and we will also understand how many parent-child conflicts go unnoticed by all, but build us however.

The wonderful and the supernatural one, is to discover how much this instigator was a cool customer at our expense in the other parts of our life, whereas we had been agreed with him in so little part in our eyes. Through our carnal logic constructed by suffering in an intrinsic search of happiness, Satan is the one who extirpates the reactions that destroy us.

As we looked at it there are few pages, Jesus, born of God, from the womb of his mother, did not have this old software of the flesh to die as we have to do it ourselves. To be found without spots, he had to keep it blameless. The least of all the smallest sins that He could have committed would have given Satan's rights to claim him to God in death. If He had let Himself be tempted by the least of the smallest transgressions of the Jewish law that God gave to Moses, He would not have been without imperfection in His soul. We would not benefit in Him today of the all potential of our soul's purification.

Did this prevent Him however, from going through the reference system which is the flesh? Absolutely not ! He kept his free will in all spheres, to take the right path or not, giving reason to the Spirit of God or the trying to see who can get the upper hand that is the flesh. Apart from His mission to remain pure, in relation to ours which is to purify us, His task was one hundred percent the same, and His possibilities of going through the reference of the flesh or the Spirit was also to one hundred percent the same. That's why He says "I'm coming oh God to do your will". Compared to us, this emphasizes that even with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we keep our free will to use or not the guide of our flesh or the Holy Spirit.

This power, this information’s channel is therefore only a free access that we can always bypass. That is why it is easy to use the Holy Spirit in serene and thoughtful conditions, out of any jostling, in comparison with what our flesh can consider just. The thing on the other hand, is complicated greatly when we choose to remain TRUE, and that our flesh spontaneously brings out our bad human nature during unexpected confrontations, related to the hubbub of the life and the reflex conditions that it generates.

It’s why, in order to emerge victorious and without carnal compromising, we must be renewed by God in the image of what we read at the beginning of this chapter. "I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them".

The entire difference between the work we have just described and the only baptism of the Holy Spirit is the meaning of these two words: "I will put my laws into their hearts", it is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, Jesus puts down the initialization to the rewriting of our soul as well as our mind, and "in their minds will I write them", by our collaboration with Him through this new logic, Jesus comes to rewrite our neurons located both in our soul and our mind. If this were not the case and that the baptism of the Holy Spirit would rewrite the neurons of our brain by itself, it would mean that we do not have our free will between the carnal spiritual dimension of Satan already built in us, and the spiritual dimension of God in Jesus Christ, indispensable to our reconstruction. Satan would therefore have the right to complain to God of His favoritism towards Jesus, since a simple sincere choice on our part towards Jesus would allow it to sweep away all the already inscribed and recorded behaviors that we ourselves have justified and that generate our belonging to the animal kingdom of Satan.

It is therefore through our will tested to one hundred percent to exceed our own original carnal construction, just when we reached the culmination of our animal psychology and that the choice to follow the bad reactions programmed by Satan or saying yes to Jesus, we can open the door to rewrite our neurons by Jesus in His logic of the Love of our neighbor. This is also the reason why it is the violent ones who seize the kingdom of heaven.

To agree with religious attitudes recognized as good because they are inscribed in our collective memory, actually only gives a better impression of equilibrium to our carnal dimension limited only by fear, which generates a greater carnal self-protection and leads inevitably to drifts or extremisms, as we will see in the following paragraph and chapters.

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