Jacob's Ladder

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Ten steps to perfection.
Know the correct and wrong psychology.

Submitted: February 20, 2012

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Jacob’s Ladder

Ten steps to perfection

Just as the Ten Commandments must be read from the bottom to the top; from the last to the first; the same is with the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit. From the bottom up, from the earth up to heaven, from flesh to spirit, and from death to life…

The Ten Commandments

1. You shall not covet.

It all starts with covetousness. It is the root of all evils: from wars, murders and destructions to feelings of resentment, animosity envy, unforgiveness and disdain. 

 

2. You shall not bear false witness.

From the root of the never-satisfied covetousness stems envy, then comes the inner strife. The restless and warlike emotions will inevitably produce another fruit when an opportunity presents itself. Lying comes easy to anyone who’s being gnawed by covetousness and envy. Your imagination then can easily tell lies about a neighbor on whom ‘the good fortune has smiled’ more than on you.

Queen Jezebel hired two liars to bear false witness against Naboth whose vineyard Ahab coveted. He coveted it to the point of becoming sick. Two witnesses are enough to validate any transgression of the Mosaic Laws and that’s the only thing Jezebel had ever learned about Israel. She bribed two worthless fellers to do just that in order to fill up her husband’s cup of covetousness. 

 

3. You shall not steal.

Ahab stole the vineyard from his neighbor, but how? Through his wife Jezebel Ahab murdered Naboth by manipulating the law.

 

4. You shall not commit adultery.

David coveted Uriah’s wife Bathsheba and committed adultery with her and then murdered her foot-soldier husband by placing him at the fiercest point in battle.

 

5. You shall not murder.

Thieves cover up their crimes by silencing any witnesses - to those crimes. A mafia type of ‘whacking’ is common. 

 

6. Honor your father and your mother.

Unchecked and not dealt with covetousness, will produce selfishness and self-centeredness, which in turn will disrespect and dishonor one’s own parents. Bitterness against one’s parents will also produce bitterness in the grandchildren against their parents; and the unbroken chain of evil continues from generation to generation.

 

7. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Covetousness has produced selfishness and selfishness produces greed and greed keeps on pursuing its imagined fortune at any cost. The killer’s instinct kicks in. While one rests another frets. Unquenched desire takes peace away.

 

Holy means separate or different or set aside for higher purposes. At least one day in the week, the seventh, honors God for He knows the burdens of sin humanity carries. He is merciful and wants to manifest His kindness to us by selecting one day to make it different from all other days for His sake. Thus He provides a release to human restless ways.

 

8. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

Out of selfishness and the constant dissatisfaction of not getting what one wants one will cease praying and will even stop believing in God, which leads to frivolous use of God’s name. This seals one with a curse when one is given over to his or her “own ways.” The illusion of having own life; hence one imagines that he or she can do with it whatever he or she wants is a sign of being given over. Covetousness produces an endless hunt for glory, gratification and praise. The Name of God YHVH is His glory. Hence Jesus said: 

[John 17:12, 22, 26] I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me… The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one… I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known…

 

9. You shall not make for yourself an idol.

The void is filled with idols like celebrities, music stars, actors, famous authors or monarchs. Being a blind fan of anyone is idolatry. The love of money can be an idol, which covetousness actually produces.

 

10. You shall have no other gods before Me.

Ego and self can be a god. Covetousness grows a tree with long thick roots, if not chopped off early enough it will lead one astray then further and further draw one away from the Creator.

 

The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit

 

1. Self-control.

Self-discipline or temperance is a decision to which one must adhere at all cost for what one chooses in life determines the latter outcome.

 

2. Gentleness.

If you choose gentleness or meekness, like Elijah the prophet did on Mt Horeb—where he was being tested—then you are on the way to know God.

[Psalm 46:10] Be still and know that I am God.

It speaks of stillness, hence gentleness and humility before God. A peaceful, not a restless disposition reaches out to God and then God will reach down to you.

 

[Malachi 3:7] “Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts.

 

3. Faithfulness.

Staying true to one’s resolve with determination, takes self-control, for to lose a nerve and blow a stack is easy, but to be a peacemaker while facing aggression takes discipline, which is the adherence to staying gentle. That’s faithfulness.

 

4. Goodness.

After a faithful and diligent practice of gentleness one becomes good, which in turn produces the fruit of kindness.

 

5. Kindness.

Being kind to others requires an act of will and consideration; and those qualities constitute refinement. Being quick to rectify anything out of line is the fruit of kindness. Those who neglect to rectify any wrongs often pride themselves with the fact that they had forgotten it and don’t care thus showing complete oblivion, carelessness and their brutish disposition. 

 

6. Patience.

By then patience became one’s fortitude, attitude and the beatitude. One is truly blessed. Patience is only needed on earth while still being in the physical frame. A spiritual person is patient for he or she is not a subject of time; hence does not need to hurry to catch time.

 

7. Peace.

Peace is the healer, restorer and mender. The greatest of them all is peace; for war divides, wrath wounds, but peace heals. Only in peace God speaks. Seek peace and abide therein.

 

8. Joy.

The closer one approaches perfection the higher the joy. There is the fullness of joy of which Jesus spoke.

[John 15:11] “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”

Fullness of joy is heavenly. It is the substance people seek; it is the truest of true happiness.

 

9. Love.

The world seeks love, but mostly to be loved. Covetousness, which breeds selfishness, is not able to love. It takes self-discipline in order to sow love just as one would go to work in order to earn living. One eats to live. Even cooking a meal takes self-discipline. Self-control is beneficial in the natural, but also immeasurably so in the spiritual world. Why would one become blind to the great many blessings, which would receive when bestowing and showering love on others has to do with covetousness and the unwillingness to use discipline? As a result one expects something, which no one produces for most are on a self-trip; they hunt for glory and praise. They look for love. But the only love they find is the romantic one where sexual gratifications order feelings. Family ties usually are the only signs of any love still left.

Loving a stranger is indeed strange. That would be like being God Himself. But so He wants his children to become thus glorify Him.

[Hebrews 13:1-2] Let love of the brethren continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.

 

10. The law has faded away and disappears like steam. God is love, even the perfect love that casts out all fear.

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.”

 

The motivation has always been love. Based on that love God expected love and kindness in return within His own family. Honoring parents and Him, treating each other with respect and care would stop all wars for the animalistic territoriality would be then ruled by graciousness and love.

 

“You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Here is where the first commandment encompasses the entire 613 laws and their endless legal definitions. Utopian? Too late? – Not for me. How about you?

J. Luxum


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