“Therefore take heed what thou does. When thou hast made thy Promise, keep it, and then She will crown thee more readily than thou wouldst be crowned. But thou must be sure when the Tempter cometh to thee with the Pleasures, Beauty, and Glory of the World, that thy mind reject it, and say, I must be a Servant and not a Master in the Vineyard of Christ; I am but a steward of God in and overall that I have, and I must do with it as His word teaches me my heart must sit down with the simple and lowly, in the dust, and be always humble.” ~Jacob Boehme
Keep Your Promises
We should keep our promises. No one can trust us if we make promises that we don’t keep. Probably the only exception is when we wake up enough to realize that a promise we have made is evil, or at least contrary to the Will of God. In that case, it is probably best to break the promise.
But when Boehme talks about keeping our promise, he doesn’t mean just any promise. He is specifically referring to the promise made to Sophia (her) or to God. Nor does he mean promises to get more sleep, eat better, or give up smoking. He is talking about our promise to ourselves and to God to develop our spiritual faculties. Those who do so will get that crown from Sophia which is Gnosis, or True Knowledge.
Resist the Tempter
When Boehme and other spiritual teaches tell us to avoid the temptations of the world, it does not mean we must be penniless, receive no awards, and date or marry only ugly people. We can have reasonable pleasures, beautiful things, and even awards and titles, as long as we are able to not get attached to them. If we find ourselves getting attached to material possessions, than as spiritual students, it is our duty to get rid of those possessions.
If Satan were the only Tempter we had to worry about, the job might be easy. Unfortunately, Satan has many demons who help him convince us to do the wrong thing. Also many human helpers who generally don’t even realize that by promoting greed and materialism, they are promoting Satanism. Continue reading “Always Humble for Real Spiritual Growth”