A Needed Shift in Our Paradigm

“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor.  If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.”   Samuel Smiles

Comfort.  Does any one word more accurately define the ultimate goal of western culture?  Instant gratification, smart phones, instant messages, entertainment at our finger tips at any time and in virtually any place.  We live in a “plug and play” world.  How often do we find ourselves willing to grind, spend, invest and struggle….not in order to be able to give more….but just in order to chase the elusive “security” of comfort?

But here is what the master marketers of our day neglect to tell us.  The “comfort” and “security” they’re selling us is just an illusion.  It is an illusion that can blind the vast majority of those around us.  The spirits that rule this realm (for the time being) prefer to keep things this way.  We can almost hear them saying to one another, “Keep them busy, ‘happy’ and fattened for the slaughter!”  This darkness understands that when an individual begins questioning this “reality”… that is when the Light can begin to illuminate our minds and more importantly in many cases, our hearts, to what truly is.  I like to call this an individual’s “Matrix” moment….

“This is your last chance.  After this there is no turning back.  You take the blue pill-the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.  You take the red pill- you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.  I know that you’re afraid…you’re afraid of change.  I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end.  I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin.”  (Morpheous in the film “The Matrix”)

We need a shift in our world view.  We need to understand that this current world, in this current age, is a world not of comfort but is in fact a world at war.  It may not be a war we can see, smell or touch but it’s all around us, all of the time.  The spiritual warfare never sleeps.  We see it throughout scripture:

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:8 & 9 

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”  1 Peter 4:12

“In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  Jesus speaking in John 16:33

This blog will be dedicated to those who decide to take the red pill.

How about you?  How far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?  The choice is yours….

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