Resist Not Evil By Dean A. Banks, D.d.

Are you fighting against what you believe is harmful to you? Do you well up inside with violent emotion to resist what you feel is wrong while not knowing why you feel that way? Are you in control of your emotions or are they in control of you?

Why do evangelical Christians go to the extreme when it comes to their Christian concepts? Why is it acceptable for them to throw the baby out with the bathwater? Is it because they have been controlled by their teachers and preachers to the point that their concepts dominate their thoughts and are ultimately used to manipulate their constituencies?

I reject sin and I don't resist it. Carl Jung once said, “What you resist persists.” What you focus on befalls you. I understand that others perform heinous acts that are 'sins' and I reject that behavior. I don’t dwell on it and

use it as a weapon to gain control over someone else. My duty is to share love, not guilt. I will NOT focus on sin and resist it to the point that it befalls me.

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice of his life to show us that we can be free from sin. Some have accused me that because I denounce sin that I reject the holiness of Jesus Christ. What? Where do they get this? It is because some parrot what a Dispensationalist minister repeatedly drilled into their heads with many levels of theological B.S.

I have spent many years in study of the word and their interpretations are no more than parroting a template that is set forth by many who misinterpret the word. I choose to look to what Christ taught me. I respect and listen to what others say, but my acid test is what the Spirit of God communicates to me deep in meditation.

Prayer, in essence, is talking to God. It is asking for what you believe you need to thrive in your life. It is a clarification of purpose whereby you focus on what ‘appears’ to be needed in order to move forward and reap the benefits that you seek. Prayer is a one-way conversation. You also need to listen to God.

That is where meditation comes in. Meditation allows you to slow down the processes of your body and mind in order to get in touch with your inner spirit. It is a peace-allowing process by which you slip below the din of chaos


and enter into your inner world of peace. This is where we can hear God’s voice of silence and listen to the guidance of the Divine presence within. However, there is more.

When we receive guidance we must act on it by moving our feet. We go into our world and serve others by sharing our talents, skills and abilities with them in order to help them survive, strive and thrive. In the action of sharing Divine love we become fulfilled with our inner spirit and allow that which we need to be lovingly received.

By diligently practicing prayer, meditation and service we become completely fulfilled. We come to learn that we are PERFECT children of the Most High God and that we are NOT sinners! When we follow what our small ego self tells us to do we can ‘sin’ against God, others and ourselves. Just because we display aberrant behavior doesn’t mean that we will always display that behavior. If we act like sinners and believe we are, then that is what we will always be.

Yeshua (Jesus) clearly said in Matthew 5:39, “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” From the mouth of Christ we are instructed to resist NOT evil!

It is in the identifying and resisting of sin that it persists in our lives. By changing the focus of fighting sin to the allowance of letting it pass through us without attaching any emotional baggage to it, we, in effect, discharge its influence over us. Don’t allow that which we aren’t to stifle us from that which we are. Be ye therefore perfect! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)



Article Written By SpiritualityGuide

Dean created the Spirituality Guidance Internet TV Channel to provide access to current Spiritual leaders online. He released his third book in 2011 entitled “Spiritual Growth: Articles Of Expectation”. Dean produces multimedia marketing and advertising campaigns, audio and video productions and is the webmaster for his company, banksnet.com.

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