The Set-Up: A Soul in Knots

Posted on July 9, 2012

We were set up!!! The struggle of the human race was a set up from ages ago.  But as we learn of the set up, the journey to freedom begins to make sense.  The interplay between our soul, our circumstances, and the spiritual realm can show us how we got stuck.  More importantly, it can show us the way out!!

We must first understand that the introduction of the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil leaves each of us in a particular condition.  Specifically, we are left to be our own source of truth and strength, and our own foundation for how we ought to live life.  Much like the person who loses their glasses, we are left with to problems.  We have lost something, and the way that we find lost things, is the very thing we have lost.  We are left to figure everything out, and to become our own source and strength based in our limited figure-outing.  Add to that the fact that we don’t start as fully mature adults (some never even end up there…).  We all start as children.

Now watch what happens:

Stuff happens.  Good stuff, bad stuff, confusing stuff, painful stuff.  Stuff happens.

Most of us think our life has been shaped by the stuff that happens.  My dad drank too much. Your parents divorced.  The list is endless. It’s crucial that we understand our life was not shaped by the stuff that happens.  Our life has been shaped by the things we believe in response to what happens.  I was abused, I believe I will never be safe.  You were abandoned, you believe no one can be trusted.  The list of beliefs is as long and varied as the experiences that lead to them.  And notice it is experience that leads you to believe these things.  True or not, experience makes things seem true.

Now your will is engaged.

When stuff happens and you begin to believe these lies, (you are dirty, you are not loved, you will not be protected), you instinctively do something, anything to protect yourself from the experience.

You engage your will, much the same way that Adam and Eve engaged theirs.  Now you have used your greatest strength against yourself.

You put up a wall.  You retreat into your mind.  You shut off your heart.  You do something, anything to protect yourself from the experiences and the pain of them.

Now for the final touch.  With your walls firmly intact, your heart tightly locked up, you head out into the world.  Your walls begin to make friends (or enemies) Your hidden heart begins to engage in relationships (or rejection).  The lies you believed, and the protections you put in place begin to reproduce the very experiences that were so wounding in the first place, and the cycle is complete.  As the years pass the lies seem more and more true, and the walls around the heart take the place of our once soft and real heart.

Our mind, (how we understand and process) our will (how we execute) and our emotions (the gauge of our experience) become entangled with one another.

Then someone tells us…life isn’t working. Make better choices and try harder.  Good luck with that.

For more see  http://alansmithonline.com/the-big-lie-that-sustains-fear/


  • Marissa Star

    Wow! I love the picture … Good visual … Good words to explain the stuff and the process … I liked seeing it like that. Thanks.

  • Donna

    I can’t tell you how insightful I feel this message is and the truth is blinding! My 19 year old son has been lied to most his life – you’re adopted, because you weren’t loved, you are the son of a rapist and his blood is in your veins, you are so skinny no girl will like you, you think you are tough but I can take you out in one blow, you aren’t a man, you are just a girl, on and on..Even though I’m his Mom who has told him his identity is NOT found in his circumstances nor in his biology, but in the one whom he believes and holds the key to his heart if he will only accept Christ, my son still can’t shake the voices of self-loathing, depression, unworthiness, and hopelessness. He now believes the only way out of his misery is to destroy the man and become a woman.
    Thank you for the clarity of the message. It is my prayer that the messages God is delivering through you will stop the noise of lies in my son’s mind and that he will hear the hope and truth of God’s words.

  • this blog is banging with freedom, and Lord God that i pray for donna teenage son to be free from this enemy of self loathing, and depression. and breaking his identity from him. and father God. and please break the grip of the enemy from donna teenage son to be able to feel you father God AMEN

  • Josiah C

    I’m praying for you Donna and your son. It seems to me he is rejecting everything that resembles who he believes created him, his earthly father. I pray that he will hear the sweet words of the Holy Spirit who calls to him and yearns to untangle and transform his heart to sing anew, “You created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14

  • Ted Crawford

    Bob!

    First, you say,

    “The interplay between our soul, our circumstances, and the spiritual realm can show us how we got stuck. More importantly, it can show us the way out!!”

    Then you say,

    “We must first understand that the introduction of the Fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil leaves each of us in a particular condition. Specifically, we are left to be our own source of truth and strength, and our own foundation for how we ought to live life.”

    Are you saying in the first sentence that knowing what our problem is (instead of Knowing God through Jesus Christ) will set us free. Isn’t that picking from the same tree we’re trying to get out from under? Right On, Josiah!
    Only Our Creator and Father can untangle us!

  • Thank you so much for your insightful and inspired teachings. You have a gift for teaching people with words and knowledge about how to experience understanding in our spirit. I posted some of my experience in last week’s “Hearing God” class on today’s blog. http://blog.loralea.com/journal/2011/2/17/waking-up-sleeping-beauty-with-a-whisper.html

  • alan meyers

    Bob,
    Thanks you guys have helped me break out of the mode of being the guy who says ” make better choices, try harder and good luck.”

  • Sharon Zuniga

    Great reminder. It reminds me of the phrase ” you are a product of the environment you are raised in”…so we are really shaped by what we believe about the environment we were raised in.

    Also, I like your voice on audio…it reminded me of Frank Peretti’s readings but not quite as dramatic in a good way. 🙂

  • Anna Davenport

    You posted this about a year ago, and now again today…
    …and TODAY is the day I needed to read it as I am doing some of the work that is “my part” and allowing God to do the work that is “His part” in one of the areas that I struggle.