Stiff necked

Ouch! I can’t tell you have many times Z has told me, “If people only knew what is attached to them.” In 2 Corinthians 10:4, it states “The weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh….” Well guess what, neither are the Adversary’s.

In 2 Nephi it states, “They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.” (2 Nephi 28:14) The scriptures talk much about stiff necks. A few more of many examples are: “He stiffened his neck and hardened his heart from turning unto the Lord God.” (2 Chronicles 36:13); “Speak not with a stiff neck.” (Psalms 75:5). The prophet Jeremiah told his people that “they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.” (Jeremiah 17:23) And finally the Nephites were told they “wear stiff necks and high heads.” (Jacob 2:13)

In one of Snuffer’s books or blog he stated:

“As the Lord warned our Church in the condemnation, our limitations result from two characteristics—pride and unbelief.

Our pride comes from our belief that we, and in a sense, we alone, have the only real truth about God and how we are to please Him.

Our unbelief comes from the fact that we tend to disbelieve anything that we don’t think we already know.”

Is it me or does this seem to be one of the afflictions of the people of God? Do we feel we are better than others? That we have the truth and they are wrong? Anyone heard a Rameumptom testimony lately? Are we prideful we are in a group or fellowship and out of “that” church? Or that we are in “the one true church” and not off following an “apostate?” Are we grateful we live up here on the bench and not “out there?” I remember my second day as a sophomore at Cottonwood High School I found myself walking behind two senior coeds. I was enjoying the scenery when one girl said to the other, “Look at how awful that girl is dressed, she must be from Taylorsville.” I was so naïve I didn’t know that there were “classes” of people and we were to “look down” upon others because of dress or where they lived. Do you think these two girls had neck collars to help keep their heads high in judgment? Wow, we all have so much to be proud about, don’t we?

If my physical neck is real stiff I will usually go to a chiropractor. But this is a different kind of stiff neck—it’s spiritual. We have done over two hundred clearings the past several years where Z is there to help this semi-blind man see as the clearings are done. As we have done them, my spiritual sight has become better, which I’m not sure is a good thing. On about 80% of the people that have had hands laid on them for a clearing, there is a neck collar. They have been seen in all varieties and shapes. Some have had an entity of pride attached to the collar. I remember telling Z that one particular collar looked like a daisy around the person’s neck. Only it wasn’t petals forming the daisy pattern but knives. Isn’t that amazing? I have thought so, especially in light of all of the many scriptures that talk of such things, like stiff necks. Some of these collars are generational, others we have allowed to be attached to us, and some come because of unbelief, pride, or other negative emotions, thoughts, or actions.

Below is a “neck collar” from the slave trading days. Though what is seen on people receiving a clearing isn’t this “nice.”

It would look more like this:

Or worse. They are designed to cause torture, pain, and suffering. Most come with chain(s) attached so those dark entities assigned to us can lead us around and control us.

They will also to keep the head held high, as with pride. Many believe that they are “right” and therefore we say that they have determination so they don’t waver in the faith. Many of us would declare that we are loyal to our cause, strong in our faith, unwavering for truth.

Yet are not many stiff necked people blind to their own rigidity? Are they stubborn, obstinate, pigheaded, unteachable, and inflexible? Do they KNOW they are right? And you are WRONG? Have we been taught to be this way because of our religious dogmas, our parents, family, friends, and even enemies? Does our “righteousness” come from pride and the need to be right? Or do we just know that we are never wrong.

The problem is when the device has been cleared off and we don’t change our habits, our thoughts, and our way of being. We have discussed in the books the need to create new neural pathways, or new habits. Turning to the Savior is the KEY. The need to become humble like our Lord Jesus Christ is essential to keeping devices like a neck collar off. Unless of course you just love that kind of “spiritual fashion”, think you look good in it, or perhaps you receive comfort having a dark evil entity leading you around by the neck while putting vile, egocentric thoughts into your noggin.

“But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (John 3:21) Maybe John should have also included our thoughts along with our deeds being “wrought in God” in this statement. Just sayin’.

We will continue in the “sandbox” but next I want to discuss “yokes.” Well, actually all of this is in the sandbox.