The definition of ego is the “I” or self of any person; a person as thinking, feeling, and willing, and distinguishes itself from the selves of others and from objects of its thought. We will learn about the difference between I, the ego which is a temporary life experience and the I AM which is all inclusive and eternal.
Oh we all know about I, the magnificent I: it is often our favorite word, we say it too much, think about it too often and place far to much importance on our individual identity and value in this world. We place this importance on ourselves when we forget The Holy Spirit, His purpose and the purpose that God has designed for us. He created us with a plan and purpose that can only be executed properly as we follow the plans that He has for us in this life.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Somewhere along the path of our lives, we thought that the entire universe revolved around us. By believing this, we put ourselves in a position where we are disappointed by others when they don’t yield to our selfish thought and demands.
This causes us to feel insecure, to feel anger and to do things that we really don’t want to do.
If we look back to the Garden of Eden, this is not how God intended it to be. He wanted us to be family, a family of love and support for one another, He did not tell Adam and Eve to indulge themselves with all of their individual desires,
No, he told them to……….
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image…
And God’s image is love for everyone and everything.
The ego says: You are only a body. You will die soon, so enjoy life: Eat, Drink and be Merry!!
The Holy Spirit says: You are a spirit just like God.
John 4:24 God is a Spirit and they that worship Him, must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
The ego insists that we are not anything permanent we are just a physical body. The more we think about our body, our transportation vehicle on this earth, the less we think about our eternal lives. When we focus on the temporal we forget the eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18 While we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen, for the things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are not seen are eternal.
The spirit tells us that we are eternal and our spiritual being never changes. We are to study the Word of God to grow, learn and prepare ourselves for eternal life.
The ego says: My thoughts say that I am very important.
The Holy Spirit says: Only thoughts that you think with God are real, nothing else matters.
Philippians 4:8 Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise think on these things.
Our thoughts on relationships, how we look, superficial things they are not real…..only the spirit is permanent. When we are totally immersed in spiritual things, the temporary just evaporates and looses its hold on us.
The ego says: The Lord gives and the Lord taketh away.
The Holy Spirit says: The Lord only gives.
In the spiritual-life we only give away life. Ego tells us to always worry about losing and not allowing anyone to take from you.
We become what we think about. If we think about giving, like God does, then God will provide. If we think about things being taken away, then they will.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
The ego says: There is good and bad
The Holy Spirit says: there is nothing to judge because this is not real anyway. If I make you bad, I deny the spirit that is in you. I can’t judge God against God. The spirit has no boundaries, it is infinite. We judge boundaries, and lines.
The ego says: I can love and hate
The Holy Spirit says: love in non specific and all encompassing. God is love.
Ego has us love some, be indifferent to some and hate others. In spirit, there is no them and I but only one….one spirit. Spirit has love for all.
Ego says how can you love those who hate you and even want to kill you?
Matthew 5:43-45 You have heard it say: love your enemies.
Jesus shows the difference between spirit and ego.
Got causes sun to rise on evil and good alike. Some move toward spirit, some move away from spirit. Ego tells you to love some and hate some. Jesus tells we are all in spirit.
The ego says: devise clever reasons on why we should listen to its selfish ways.
The Holy Spirit says: you will return to me, at some time.
Ego convinces us what we can hear, taste, smell are what is important. It makes the acquisition of stuff a lifelong pursuit. It wants us to refrain from forgiveness and seek revenge. The logic is real, because we see everyone doing it.
The Holy Sprit just sees a sad nation of pill pushers etc. no judgment, only love and forgiveness. As we return to the HS we see the absurdity of our earthly lives.
The ego says: Wants us to regret our past.
The Holy Spirit says: to practice unconditional forgiveness.
The Holy Spirit is not limited by past or future. There is only one eternal, which is now. Thinking about the past, allows ego to suffer guilt the ego love s guilt, it is an excuse to fail and to stay out of spirit. In the infinite never ending universe there is no beginning and no end. This can keep us out of spirit. When we are in the spirit we are totally in the now, no past, and no future.
The ego says: we are powerless.
The Holy Spirit says: we have all power.
Our ego is a traitor to our destiny. What is trying to drag you down is not real. There is no place in the universe that is devoid of spirit
WHEN YOU ARE IN THE SPIRIT
1. your thoughts break thru all bonds
2. Your mind transcends limitations
3. your conscious expands in every direction
4. You will find yourself in a new and great world
5. dormant forces facilities and talents come alive
6. you will discover that you are even a greater person than you had thought
I am that I am is a common English translation (King James Bible and others) of the response God used in the Bible when Moses asked for his name (Exodus 3:14).
God exists within each and everyone and by Himself, the uncreated Creator who does not depend on anything or anyone; therefore I am who I am.
God revealed himself to his people Israel by making his name known to them. A name expresses a person’s essence and identity and the meaning of this person’s life. God has a name; he is not an anonymous force. To disclose one’s name is to make oneself known to others; in a way it is to hand oneself over by becoming accessible, capable of being known more intimately and addressed personally.
In revealing his mysterious name, YHWH (“I AM HE WHO IS”, “I AM WHO AM” or “I AM WHAT I AM”), God says who he is and by what name he is to be called. This divine name is mysterious just as God is mystery. It is at once a name revealed and something like the refusal of a name, and hence it better expresses God as what he is – infinitely above everything that we can understand or say: he is the “hidden God”, his name is ineffable, and he is the God who makes himself close to men.
God, who reveals his name as “I AM”, reveals himself as the God who is always there, present to his people in order to save them.
After Israel’s sin, when the people had turned away from God to worship the golden calf, God hears Moses’ prayer of intercession and agrees to walk in the midst of an unfaithful people, thus demonstrating his love. When Moses asks to see his glory, God responds “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and will proclaim before you my name ‘the LORD’ [YHWH].” Then the LORD passes before Moses and proclaims, “YHWH, YHWH, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness”; Moses then confesses that the LORD is a forgiving God.
The divine name, “I Am” or “He Is”, expresses God’s faithfulness: despite the faithlessness of men’s sin and the punishment it deserves, he keeps “steadfast love for thousands”… By giving his life to free us from sin, Jesus reveals that he himself bears the divine name: “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will realize that “I AM”.”
In God “there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
The revelation of the ineffable name “I AM WHO AM” contains then the truth that God alone IS. The Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and following it the Church’s tradition, understood the divine name in this sense: God is the fullness of Being and of every perfection, without origin and without end. All creatures receive all that they are and have from him; but he alone is his very being, and he is of himself everything that he is.
I the ego is shallow, temporary……….it is separated from God.
I AM is everything, it encompasses all, It is the beginning and the end it is the first and the last, the alpha and omega…I AM is eternal, I AM is love, I AM will never leave you or forsake you because: I AM
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