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“… you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?”  Rom 6:16 Amp

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A Slave to Lower Thinking?

As God was preparing Moses to be His Ambassador in Exodus 4, God changed Moses’ rod from a rod into a serpent. And then God had Moses take it by the tail and it is changed back into a rod.

God told Moses to put His hand into his bosom, and what was a normal hand suddenly was leprous and as white as snow.  And then God changed it back and the hand was restored as before.

These instances were not simply a change in perception or thinking.  God did not cause Moses to just believe his rod was a snake, or his hand was leprous… he got to experience the reality of those situations, and the reality of God’s authority…

Christ is the True Reality

When Nebuchadnezzar was changed from being the king into a wild creature that ate grass, had feathers and long nails, this was not just a change in his thinking – it was a change in his reality.  He became a beast of the field whose thinking and understanding were likewise crippled, until God intervened again. 

To live like a beast of the field for seven years I want you to see that Nebuchadnezzar’s thinking was not responsible for his growing feathers and long nails.  And as there were outward manifestations of physiological change, I believe we should expect that there were internal changes that made it possible for him to live in such a state – such as a stomach equipped to digest grass.

To try and explain away what Nebuchadnezzar experienced for seven years as some kind of psychotic state in which he simply believed he was a beast, places the reality of the situation into the realm of the soul (your perception or thoughts about it) and not the spirit (where full truth resides). It refutes the reality of the changes he underwent.

Evidence of Last Days Crisis

In 2Tim 3:1-5 a state of deterioration is described in those who profess to be believers in God.  It demonstrates a conscious resistance to the power of God’s Word, and consequently that resistance manifests itself as a form of religiousness that is counterfeit to real Christianity.

These people are completely lovers of self and self-conscious.  This is their true focus.  Conversely, true believers are Christ conscious – they continually lose sight of themselves and their lower lives, and focus on Christ.

They are without natural affection and thus they operate in loose morals and conduct.  A true believer is gifted with God’s love operating within his heart and bringing him to a level of moral excellence operating within his soul.

The description continues within verse four to describe the perverseness these people operate at — constantly in the realm of their soul which as they have given it the pre-eminence – their soul, in its state of depravity, rules over them.  All they are about is self: their needs, their desires, etc.

Verse five talks about them having a form a religion, but they deny and are stranger to the power of true Christianity.

What has happened? 

Everyone gets to set the watermark of God’s control and involvement in their lives.  Where we simply allow God to clean the outside of our cup of life, but give no access to Him for bringing change about within us, where we adopt a religious form externally with no abiding life of His inside — we set ourselves on the road to being counterfeiters of true belief in Christ.

The danger begins when we fail to allow our thinking to be transformed by the word of God.  Though once maybe having received God’s life, we are now trying to progress only according to our thinking – our soul which once was washed when we were saved, has become corroded for lack of cleaning and renewal by the word of God.

This is the purpose and function of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit!  Where salvation brings the residence of God through the Holy Spirit into my spirit, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit brings the enduement of power of the Holy Spirit over and throughout the functioning of the soul!  Over my real self!  Now there is power like never before, to choose to love, to die to myself and loose my lower life, and to be the witness in power that God calls each of us to be who have received Christ. 

Salvation begins at the door of the spirit, but the victory of Christlikeness and walking in Him begins when I receive His enduement of power, His clothing, His life, His armor, His light … as covering over my real self!

From Nebuchadnezzar to Crisis of Belief

The progression to a corrupted state as 2Tim 3:1-5 describes, begins with resisting truth.  We try and explain away something like the transformation of Nebuchadnezzar as simply his deranged thinking.  We absolutely fail to acknowledge God’s right or power to take someone through this process.

We dismiss Moses’ examples of the rod, or leprosy as colorful stories.  We completely fail to realize that belief resides in our heart, and that while we may read the word and even understand it – UNTIL WE GIVE THE WORD ACCESS AND A PLACE OF UNIQUIVICAL RULE IN OUR HEARTS AND SUBMIT TO IT AS TRUTH WE ARE SIMPLY TRYING TO CONTROL THINGS AT THE LEVEL OF OUR MIND. 

As you continuously surrender to your own thinking, believing it to be true, you become a slave to your own thinking and its limitations. You then do not possess truth, but a carefully crafted and restricted perversion which cannot yield life or transmit life to others.

So what is the remedy? Realize what you have been doing.  See the great distance between where you are and the fullness God has provided for. Repent of rebellion in your heart and idolatry – for you have been trying to be your own God.  Submit to God – resist all of Satan’s tactics and lies, and he will flee. Come to the Lord humbly, believing what His word says, and receive the Promise of the Father (Lk 24:49, and Acts 1:4- Acts 2:39), receive the Holy Spirit’s power upon and be filled throughout your souls and begin the journey of walking in the Spirit like you have never known.

Then, as you receive the truth without compromise, your experience of God’s Spirit operating on and through you will increase. He will make you what He wants you to become – in Him!

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“But the people would not welcome Him or receive or accept Him, because His face was [set as if He was] going to Jerusalem.” Lk 9:53 Amp

“And my language and my message were not set forth in persuasive (enticing and plausible) words of wisdom but they were in demonstration of the [Holy] Spirit and power [a proof by the Spirit and power of God, operating on me and stirring in the minds of my hearers the most holy emotions and thus persuading them], so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God.”  1Cor 2:4-5 Amp

Power over Presentation

The power of God working on us radiates from His Spirit within our spirit, and His enduement of power or anointing upon our soul, outward to the physical body and its functioning.

So when Jesus’ face was set like He was going to Jerusalem it was like a covering of steel over His person to assure no deflection, no distraction, and no missing the mark. He was an arrow shot in service to and of God to accomplish a work.  No tactics of man or the enemy was going to impact or change this work.

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But the Spirit and heart of Jesus all the while was still One of Love, One of Peace, One with the Father.

Even though His face was determined and set, His face was merely the needed covering over divine purpose and divine power.  Like an arrow about to be shot into great turbulence and resistance, it needed a determined covering to be strong to resist external forces that would deflect its purpose.

The realization for you and me, is that our appeal for the Gospel cannot be to or through the flesh.  In essence, when the Spirit of God is leading you, your task is to make sure you are one with His Spirit, and then to be released to whatever He brings forth in you.

So often, we think it is the arrangement of our countenance, our passion, or our winsome words that will win a person’s engagement with the truth.  But Jesus demonstrates and Paul explains to us that this is not the case.

Paul assures us in 1 Corinthians that enticing and eloquent words can compete with God’s power as can human philosophy and wisdom.  Man’s plans and thinking and words can make a hash of things when they try to be the front-runners rather than the servants of God.  They must all be submitted and placed in service under the Lord’s authority.

What does this mean for us as witnesses? Ultimately our faith must not be in our own competency, or understanding. When witnessing or teaching, forget yourself and your presentation completely. Roll everything onto the Lord, and let your faith rest solely in the power of God – not the wisdom of men.

Essentially, quit worrying or focusing on the polish of the delivery – and instead let your preparation be of the cultivation of a humble and contrite heart which breaks with God’s love for the lost and those sitting in darkness.

Often we believe, “when my delivery is perfected (like a salesmen’s), then I will have success!”  But the springboard for success here is not out of your flesh (your plan, or words spoken), but it is out of the Spirit and Heart of God working through you!

So let God work on your inner arrangement bringing light and truth and love to all your inward parts. Study then to show yourself approved… and then let the arrow of witnessing be released in the Lord’s timing with His strength and power propelling it to its destination.

Forget your face… forget your desire for a beautiful presentation… its about His plan, His purpose, and His power… working through you.

Then let the arrows of the Lord fly… and let every success or reaction (negative or positive), be released into His hands.

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Have faith in God constantly…

Don’t doubt… believe…

Whatever you have asked for… BELIEVE you HAVE received it…  (Mk 11:22-24)

Be well-balanced…

Withstand him (your enemy); be firm in faith [against his onset – rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.”  (1Pet 5:8-10 Amp)

Saint of God where is your place?  It is to be in faith… in confidence in God.  It is to be withstanding every assault of the the enemy, because you have be given power to do that very thing – that you will be a witness for the Lord!

We can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us. So why do we struggle so?  We all have the same Peter tendency… to get caught up in looking at the waves and their appearance overwhelms us.

So you at this very moment have a choice:  to stand or to cave; to arise to the challenge or collapse under what it looks like.  I encourage you … keep your eyes on the Lord!  If Peter had, he wouldn’t have noticed the waves!  But remember, even though he did notice them, and did sink, Jesus had him — and He was safe.

No matter what is threatening, no matter what storm rages around you — in Christ you are safe, the overcoming one lives in you. You have supernatural buoyancy!  He’s got you!

The goal is to outlast the assault by faith and do not doubt.  Proverbs 12:21 tells us that no actual evil or misfortune or calamity shall come upon the righteous…. Are you experiencing evil or calamity?  Is it like the fiery furnace of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?  They were in the furnace for sure.  But the furnace couldn’t touch them.  Not even the smoke could cling to them!

You are no different if you are in Christ! If it looks evil, or calamitous, just trust God… you have been given a great opportunity to demonstrate the power and faithfulness of God!

So stand Saint! Stand in confidence in the One Who is always faithful.  Stand in faith, knowing He never leaves you or forsakes you!  Stand … and take your place as a witness for the Holy demonstration of the ages of what His grace is bringing forward in this very time.

Stand Saint … and take your place in Him, in the cloud of witnesses! He’s got you.

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“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.  It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.  Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].  It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.  Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, it is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].  Love never fails….” 1Cor 13:4-8

 

There is no better armor for a woman seeking to intercede for her spouse, than the Lord’s love — His clothing, His armor, His enduement of power — clothing us in light.

Like a negligée it is transparent, see through even and yet it is effective!  The French word Negligee implies “neglected” as in the attire is less substantial than day attire as it is transparent and alluring…winsome even.

Like the negligee is worn by the spouse but her intent is to draw her husband…we draw our spouses before the Lord in prayer.

So the negligee armor is worn in prayer as the wife prays for her husband … in and with love for transformation!

The impact is to bring to bear change within the relational context, by being willing to be changed first herself by love.

I am asking the Lord to bring forth His plan for and upon my spouse, by being myself conformed to the Lord’s love, and by operating through His love.

It is at its heart, a reaffirmation of Gen 2:18 where God’s design for the woman was to become a help meet (suitable, adapted, complimentary) for him.  While I may lack these attributes in a natural realm, I believe in faith that God provides a bridgework for me to achieve these attributes in prayer … in love. And then to become the reality of this prayer walk in love, in truth.

It is time that wives no longer chafe against the notion of being a help meet to our husbands, but to actually see it in the fullness of what God has provided for…

Let me unfold this a bit….

When I am willing to be changed and conformed by the word of God myself – specifically love, then I can become a change agent, a catalyst for the Lord’s plans to come forward.  Like running a process in the presence of a catalyst changes things, so praying for my spouse where I endure long, am patient and kind, am not envious… etc… I am in fact the catalyst of the Lord’s love!

The prayer is for my conformance to love, that all the Lord desires for my husband: possibility, vision, plans, dreams etc. will have the appropriate support and nurturance to come forward.

There is a call on all of our lives, to become what the Lord is making us (Heb 13:21).

In many respects, me becoming the help meet that He has fashioned me to become … in love, answers and allows for and ushers in the deepest calling not only of my heart, but the very heart of my spouse as well.

This is the negligee armor.  A prayer of love that seems insufficient, gossamer in strength, but is actually mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.

In its essence, it is a prayer of faith so trusting in God’s plan and protection that it says, I am willing Lord to be the vessel of your love, to manifest You in my marriage in thought, word, deed, attitude, intention and heart, that it is Your life and love that come forward and make all things possible.

There is nothing that the Lord can use more than a heart that is completely willing and trusting!

The return is not something that I have leveraged, or even managed to conceive myself.  It is instead saying, Lord I am willing to become Your petri dish of nurturing love, that within that milieu Your perfect will calls forth things that are not as if they already exist (Rom 4:17).

 

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“For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.” 1Jn 5:4 Amp

What is the life within you that is born of God?  Within your spirit, it is the life of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit that has rekindled life within your own spirit. So you have life anew within your spirit, and you have the Holy Spirit living within you as well.

Life has been established within you, in your spirit!

But there is a second part to this aspect of being “born of God.”

At salvation, life was reestablished in your spirit. But also, you were given a new nature … the nature of God, Jesus Christ, living in you.

Here is the difficulty.  You need power.  You need power to love, power to operate in a sound mind. You need power to die to your old fleshly ideas, motivations, opinions, perspectives. You need power, basically, to let go of that life – your old life, so that you can instead live the new life that has been given you.

Where does this life operate? It operates in your soul.  It is the mind of the soul together with the conscience of the rejuvenated spirit that God looks upon as the real you. (The conscience of your spirit and the mind of the soul form the Biblical heart which God looks upon.) And you are called to lean this entire human personality of your soul upon God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness ….(Heb 10:22 Amp).

But you can’t, really.  Not without the power of God.  This is the power that is given as the enduement at the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is power that is released upon you, so that you may no longer live the life of your own soulish flesh.

But rather, with this enduement of power from God, you are able to lay your old life down, and now live the life of Christ that was given to you at your salvation.

Without the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you continue to live your old lives: struggling, frustrated, double-minded, without the victory promised.

Your mind can understand the promises, but it is helpless to work them out. (Rom 7:20-25) What is needed is your surrender: completely; your submission;  your belief in what that word says;  your personality, your soul, totally resting on the Lord.  In this manner, in this submission, His life is lived in you.  It becomes true: we live and move and have our being in Him.  And Him in us.

It is not that we see and understand what the Holy Spirit desires and we then on our own, in our natural power, arrange our thoughts, and opinions, our very will and emotions to accommodate His. For you cannot.  Because your own stuff is of the flesh. It cannot inherit the kingdom.  It cannot possess it.  But in death, His new life can animate you.

It is laying down your life, and taking up His life, receiving it, responding to it, waiting upon it … realizing, you cannot do it without Him!

This is the life then, where we are His witnesses.  This is the life that He has already provided for in His entire Body!  This is the life that is “born of God.”

It is already available.  It is already done. Do you have it?  His life flowing forth because of the Power given in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

It can be yours if you want it. Today. Just repent of trying to live it on your own, in your own control. In your own soul. Give it to Him and ask today.

It is this life, born of God, that can flow through us, that is victorious over the world which the Body so hungers to see. But it first requires us to let go, and let Him … LIVE in us!

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“He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high,…” Heb 1:3 Amp

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If I were to ask you the time, where would you look? Would you refer to your phone, the clock on the wall, or would you look to the world clock which is the time-setter for all other time-keeping devices?  Better yet, would you look to the One Who is the Creator of time, while even outside of time Himself?

This is where Adam and Eve were before the fall. When they wanted to know something, they looked to God.  Watchman Nee explains it this way:

Before Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit their right and wrong were in God’s hand. If they did not live before God they knew nothing at all, for their right and wrong actually were in God. By taking the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they found a source of right and wrong in other than God Himself.”  (pg. 21, Spiritual Authority, Watchman Nee.)

Before the fall if you asked Adam and Eve what time it was, they would have asked God. Afterwards, they could only try and figure it out themselves…

This is important for us to understand. The enemy, Satan, introduced into all of mankind self and independence from God: in other words, lawlessness and rebellion.  

Yes he brought mankind into sin.  Forever after the default setting of man would be under sin … until the Cross of Christ paid for that sin.

But also, he introduced into the heart of man, like a silent creeping poison, unregistered, unnoticed, the principle of lawlessness.

After the fall, every time man wanted to know the time … he would look to his own devices.  His watch, his sundial, his self-sufficiency. He didn’t need God anymore to tell him the time. He could do it himself….

This lawlessness meant that not only would man not ask God the time, he would actually dispute God about what time it really was.  The created suddenly knows better than the Creator about what time it is.

So Christ not only had to deal with the sin issue, but He had to somehow overcome the lawlessness that had been introduced forever into the heart of mankind. Legally, it had been welcomed into the heart, so Jesus couldn’t just kick it out. It had legal authority to reside there. Until, that is, Jesus purchased us….

What Jesus provided at the Cross, is not only miraculous, amazing, undeserved, incalculable, eternal, beyond comprehension!  But it is ours, freely, if we will accept it!

As Jesus came into the world, He brought with Himself a new antidote to lawlessness. He brought the capacity to obey. Never before had the divine attributes of obedience been hand carried from the Heavenly realms to earth. But with a Baby Christ-Child, it came.

In Hebrews 10:5 and 7 it says:

Hence, when He [Christ] entered into the world, He said, Sacrifices and offerings You have not desired, but instead You have made ready a body for Me [to offer];

Then I said, Behold, here I am, coming to do Your will, O God – [to fulfill] what is written of Me in the volume of the Book.” Amp

Like never before His coming, now there was the ability to obey what God said.  Now, not only could we let go of our own notion of what time it is… we could in humility acknowledge our need to know the time, face the fact we couldn’t even find the clock, but the also submit to God believing that He not only knew the time but was more than willing to give us the time!

Just like God created the universe out of the barrenness, He now through Christ created a capacity for our hearts to let go of lawlessness and to embrace obedience, thereby also embracing Him … the One Who is the emblem of Obedience!

Now like never before, we had a choice!  Our innermost being, our heart and our soul could now operate according to obedience.  We could let go of our old man compulsion to be a recorder of the time, and actually receive from God a life to understand the significance of time!

Interesting point in all this is Watchman Nee’s take on where things are headed:

Lawlessness is disobeying God’s authority; and this is sin. Sinning is a matter of conduct but lawlessness is a matter of heart attitude.  This present age is characterized by lawlessness. The world is full of the sin of lawlessness, and soon the son of lawlessness shall appear. Authority in the world is being increasingly undermined until at the end all authorities will be overthrown and lawlessness shall rule.” (pg. 16, Spiritual Authority, Watchman Nee)

Of course we know, through the word of God in Thessalonians that this Man of Lawlessness will not be able to come until the Body of Christ is taken up in the rapture of the Church. But then it will occur, that authorities will be overturned and lawlessness will be unleashed on the earth.

We see the signs of this increasing lawlessness in every sector of society: from Government down to the individual scorning correction, championing their rights to be lawless!

Lawlessness is on the rise, but for us today, it is important to see the truth.

So I ask you, “What time is it?” Will you automatically look to yourself and your devices? Or will you look to God for the answer?

You may think in this moment, “I have a watch, I can tell time.” But that is different from the men of Issachar, who had understanding of the times to know what Israel should do (1Chr 12:32).

We live in a moment when we have the capacity and provision, in Christ, to again live as if all of our right and wrong is found in the Lord. Where like Jesus, our hearts are one with Him and the echo of our heart is, “Here I am coming to do Your will O God — and to fulfill what is written of us in the volume of the Book!” (Heb 10:7, Ps 139:16)

Will we look to ourselves after all, believing in error we can, and thus should?

Or will we humble ourselves before God, confessing our pride and independence is nothing short of the legacy of the fall?

Saints, what time do you have?

 

 

 

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“And Simon answered, ‘Pray for me [beseech the Lord, both of you]’’, that nothing of what you have said may befall me!”  Acts 8:23

Have you ever considered the freedom you have been given by God as dangerous?  Have you ever regarded your freedom to perceive or think, to have a personal perspective, or to hold attitudes of your heart as a liability?

I want you to consider that. For it is possible for you to have experienced salvation, and yet to continue to exercise a heart that resists conviction, and continues to operate on attitudes of your old nature.  It is the presence of such old attitudes that can not only bear dangerous, evil fruit, but ultimately can usher you into eternal condemnation.

Consider the life of Simon from the Book of Acts Chapter Eight.  Simon was a magician of great skill and success. But when he encountered the power of God operating in His servant Philip, Simon became a believer.

And when he watched the signs and wonders Philip operated in, Simon coveted this ability as a new money making strategy. It was as if he was saved from the natural realm as a magician, but now thought he should be a supernatural magician.

Simon was seeing the free gift of God, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as a money making endeavor. His heart was not right before God. And as it is with the heart that you believe, his believing was thus also like his heart… corrupt.

The Apostle Peter gave Simon a scathing rebuke in response to his request to purchase and thus receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit:

Destruction overtake your money and you because you imagined you could obtain the [free] gift of God with money! You have neither part nor lot in this matter, for your heart is all wrong in God’s sight [it is not straightforward or right or true before God]. So repent of this depravity and wickedness of yours and pray to the Lord that, if possible, this contriving thought and purpose of your heart may be removed and disregarded and forgiven you.”  Acts 8:20-22 Amp

Now, before you jump the gun and sympathize with Simon, hear this clearly!  This was a warning from the Holy Spirit, delivered by Peter with the intention of rescuing Simon from his old heart way of thinking.  It was for Simon’s benefit and not harm that it was delivered. It was a serious wake-up call from the Lord, that Simon’s old way of perceiving was not gonna cut it anymore.  And if there was to be any hope for Simon, it would be through his repentance!

A great rendering of the meaning of repentance can be found in Acts 2:38 (Amplified version of course):

“…repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it)….”

To accept the will of God in your inner selves actually means to accept God’s will in your soul.  It means to have surrendered your right to hold an opinion that differs from Gods.  It means the giving over of your right to yourself, and coming along side God and agreeing with Him.  You are letting the opinion and will and purpose of God rule in your thinking and being.  At that moment you are trusting and obeying God.  You are leaning your entire personality on Him!  That is actually the exercise of faith!

So what is the danger here?  What is the jeopardy that you potentially face in living in God’s freedom?  It is to accept God’s atoning sacrifice on the Cross to save you, but to deny Him the full right to be Lord over you and to allow His Kingdom to then rule in your hearts and mind.

You have the choice continually before you at every turn to resist and refuse God’s leading.  When He shows you the truth of your heart and how you have been petty, uncharitable, selfish, evil and murderous even in your thinking …, He also is giving you the chance to repent and carry His thoughts and opinions and His life therefore, instead of your own.

This is actually where we miscalculate.  We think that we are still allowed to indulge, and live by, and harbor our own way of thinking and believing, even though we have been saved.  But this is itself wrong.

Scripture says in 1Cor 6:19-20 that you are no longer your own. You have been bought with a price (that means redeemed – bought back by Christ’s sacrifice).  So you are admonished to honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.

In other words, you give glory to God when in your natural body you show yourself to be ruled by His supernatural thinking and His life!  You have thus lost your lower life, and have found your higher life (God’s life) in you!

God is not going to be mocked in this, nor will He be fooled be mere pretentions…. That is, you cannot “call Him Lord and yet not do what He says.”(Mt 7:21)

When you profess Christ as your Savior, but persist in old ways and patterns of thinking from your old man nature that is still allowed to rule in your life, you risk your very eternity before God.  When you say God is your savior and believe you are working for Him even, but you harbor malice, hatred, or un-forgiveness in your heart concerning the way you have been treated … you are in grave danger. 

When you say you are a believer, but still persist in making decisions based on your flesh that bring you into sin … you are in danger, and you are calling into question the very truth of your salvation.

Romans 6:16 is at once a lovely and terrifying verse for the truth it contains:

Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?”

Simon was diagnosed by the Holy Spirit as being a slave to sin when he was told:

For I see that you are in the gall of bitterness and in a bond forged by iniquity (to fetter souls).” Acts 8:23 Amp

Simon, hearing this, beseeched them to pray for him that nothing of what they said would befall him.

But unless Simon, himself, repented and was willing to change his mind and receive God’s will in his inner man, he would continue on a destiny of destruction – even though he had confessed Jesus as Savior!

The need for all of us is the same….

We all need to be vigilant in coming before the Lord, allowing Him to search our hearts and minds, to reveal any wicked way in us (Ps 139:23-24) … but don’t then ignore what He points out!

Rather confess and repent, once again so that your hearts will become straightforward and right and true before God.

 

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