WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT THE THE TERM ‘HEART’?

Let’s consider how the term heart is used in the Bible, both in Hebrew and in Greek. Over 1000 times the Bible refers to our hearts!

First, let’s get this out of the way. This term is not speaking of the Physical organ called a heart by us today. That is just not what is being spoken about at all.

The Hebrew word for the physical heart is “Kardia”! The Hebrew term for “soul” is Nephesh. In the Greek, the term for our innermost being is spoken of as “Psuche” or the soul! The physical heart in Greek is Lebh.

Listen to the words of the Lord Jesus in Mark 7: 21-23;

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” Jesus is speaking primarily about a LOST person here. Not a redeemed person who is born again and a new creation, but even a new creation born again person, has dwelling in his body the flesh, or (Sarx in Greek) sin, which seeks to express itself, and many times comes forth in our bodies even though we are “new created” persons in Christ. Most of the “heart” or “innermost being of man”, and I say it in that manner because ‘sin’ dwells within the body, has been made new by the new birth! But we have left, the core of sin and it is residing in our bodies now.

I realize that it is difficult to put our minds around all of this innermost part of our being. We have the conscience, the mind, the desires, the will, the thoughts, then our spirit and our soul, along with the unregenerated part of our being, which is consider the “old man”, or “the flesh”, and sin which dwells therein. So, I certainly am not an authority of how all of this works out, but we do know for sure two facts: we are now new creatures (creation), born again, a spiritual birthed into existence person and we are sanctified, holy, with God dwelling in us, and He has purified and forgive us of all and that means ALL sins, past, present, and future ones. So we are now considered saints by God. Children of God! I think Paul and John, both apostles, spoke of this dichotomy that exist at the one and the same time now that we are saved. The NEW MAN is in Christ perfect, the OLD MAN is still under sin and although considered by the new man as dead, it functions in its environment. It works on our fallen nature which is still existing and has not been regenerated or born of the spirit yet. It will one day be resurrected from the dust of the ground or translated to a spiritual body, if we are alive in this physical body we have now on earth when Jesus comes back.

The confusion comes when we hear words and teachings which imply we are still sinners or wicked people as if we have not been forgiven of all of our sins now, and have still wickedness dwelling in all of our faculties, which the Bible states has had a New Spiritual Birth making us HOLY people! Also, the idea that our sins need to be handled as if we are still in the past, they are NOT forgiven, so we have to confess, repent of, and turn from them and ask Jesus to cover them with the Blood Atonement again as if they have not been forgiven under Justification by faith which means ALL sins past, present and future have been put away and not to be remembered against us any more.

If the present and future ones are not that way, then we are asking for Christ to shed His blood again and atone for our sins again, and thus we are like the Roman Catholics who keep Christ on the Cross and have no assurance at all they are saved by Grace through faith in His ONE TIME CROSS BLOOD SHEDDING act. This is so wrong. Yes, we do bow to Jesus, and confess our failures and sins after being born again and have become saints! But the idea is that we recognize that His blood covers those sins already, and we recognize that It is no longer I that sin (the new man) but rather sin that dwells in me, or in my fallen old man body.

Asking Jesus through the Spirit of God to empower us to not obey its lusts and temptations and following through with such sinful activities now that we are IN HIM. Our new man is NEVER contaminated again by Sin! That is impossible because Sin and the Devil would have to BREAK THROUGH CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO GET TO OUR NEW BORN PERSONHOOD! THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! Hebrews tells us that there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, if after trusting in Christ, we sin again and more. The point is that they are under Christ’s blood! He paid for them at the Cross and nailed them to the Cross. But we seek to resurrect the old or past sins or present ones we engage in and make them fall into a position whereby He has to atone for them again. No double jeopardy folks! Not so!

So confessing our current sins and failures is proper. We acknowledge they are wrong, we hate them and we stand with Christ and His word and law! But remembering all the time they are forgiven already! We ask for more strength in the SPIRIT to see us control our behavior patterns which exist still with the body of skin and bones having the “flesh” that is, the old man of sin still residing. Our identiy now is as a saint, a born again new creature or creation, not the same old dead man or sinful acting person now. We walk in the Spirit and deny the flesh which we consider by faith is dead to me and I am dead to the world, the flesh and the devil really. I seek to walk in my new identify which is as a Saint and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. Oh wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from this flesh, yes, as Paul said, “Even Jesus Christ our Lord”! He will and is and does!

To try and make it simple, let’s remember that the term is speaking of the innermost being of a person. When we were lost, our innermost being classified as our “heart” was defiled, a idol factory as John Calvin would say.

From this, you can see how that ‘sin’ produces these fruits and they flow from the very core of a child, orman or woman’s being. That is, their entire spirit being such as: soul and spirit (God says this is a two-fold part of man for HE can divide it and if HE sees it as two it is two); innermost being, and in fact, as a lost person, our entire conscience, mind and thoughts are evil continually.

But GOD!!!

Jeremiah 31:34 speaks of the New Covenant ‘born again’ experience or work created by our Lord in our hearts and innermost being. Jesus told Nicodemus “no one would even see the kingdom of God unless they were “born again”. Born of the SPIRIT!

Notice Jeremiah’s words:

Behold, the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—–not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt. My covenant which they broke though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their MINDS, and write it on their Hearts; and I will be their God and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord, for They ALL (all saved ones), shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

The point then is this; Born again people made so by Christ alone, through the new spiritual birth, makes a person a “totally new creation”! One that did not exist prior to the new birth. It is NEW just as the New Covenant is New! It did not exist in the same manner as in the OT even though many were saved by grace in the OT! This new creation means that the “innermost part of a lost person comes alive and is no longer dead to God and the Spirit of God”! That means the “heart is the innermost part of each of us, and it is Radically changed by the power of the resurrected Christ. He didn’t do a patch up! He didn’t do it half-way, it is NEW and it is considered holy and sanctified now!

The heart consists of at least (soul, spirit, innermost part of a human being)! The Flesh (SARX in Greek) is where sin abides. The Flesh (Carnal part of the inner part of the skin and bones of a person) still under the domain of sin! Sin, now in a Christian, that would come forth, doesn’t come from the Regenerated heart of man now, it comes from that which is in the fallen body of man, his flesh or I think we could say his or her carnal nature, where it is stationed and lives.

The New Man, struggles, as the Holy Spirit and Christ, in Whom we are now living and abiding, senses the tempations, the weakness and many times allows such sin to operate in the body. Let’s let John the Apostle interpret this. I know it is difficult because these are mysteries of the new birth and yet it is so. Note John now in 1 John 3:4-9;

“Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him there is no sin. Whoever ABIDES in HIM DOES NOT SIN. WHOEVER SINS HAS NEITHER SEEN HIM NOR KNOWN HIM. Little children, let NO ONE DECEIVE YOU. He who practices righteousness is righteous, JUST AS HE IS RIGHTEOUS. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the SON OF GOD was manifested, that HE might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God DOES NOT SIN, FOR HIS SEED REMAINS IN HIM; AND HE CANNOT SIN BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN BORN OF GOD.

(NOTE: This confirms and goes along with what Paul the Apostle is stating in Romans 7 through 8! I will quote this later. But remember this!

So, it is SIN doing the Sinning and not the New Man who cannot sin, because he or she is IN CHRIST and IN CHRIST means Christ will not sin and won’t allow us to do so either. It is NOT our nature now. We are born again and totally and fully FORGIVEN, PURIFIED, MADE HOLY, HAVE THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND AS THE APOSTLE JOHN STATES HIS SEED REMAINS IN US SO WE CANNOT SIN!

This is so important to see how it all works out. Essential really, or if not, we will be very confused and very depressed, and very susceptible to shame, disgrace, and guilt! Listen carefully to what Paul states as a Christ follower and a Saved man, for the grammer demands this has to be his spiritual condition as he speaks of all of this. For a lost man would NEVER LOVE the LAW of God – NEVER!

Notice:

Romans 7: 13 et.al.:

“Has then what is good (the law) become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. For WE know that the law is spiritual, but I AM CARNAL, ‘sold under sin.

For what I AM doing, I DO NOT understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.

(NOTE: No lost sinner can state such a thing. Sinners do not love the law, nor do they want to obey it and they do not hate their sin, but rather love it!_

Verse 16: “If then, I DO what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. BUT NOW, IT IS no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. For I KNOW that in me (that is, IN MY FLESH,) NOTHING GOOD DWELLS; for to will is present with me, but HOW to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do, but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. Now if I do what I will not to do, IT IS NO LONGER I WHO DO IT, BUT SIN THAT DWELLS IN ME. I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.

Note again: Paul recognizes that alongside of his regenerated nature (heart, soul/spirit), abides this sin!

Verse 22: “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man (Only a saint could say that).

But I see another law in my MEMBERS (Flesh, the carnal nature which exists in the body of skin and bones and blood), warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O WRETCHED MAN THAT I AM! Who will deliver me from this BODY OF DEATH? (That is now distinctively showing that we (the saint, lives in a wretched falled body),

THE VICTORY AND THE DELIVERANCE IS NOW SHOWN!

VERSE 25: “I thank God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, WITH THE MIND I MYSELF SERVE THE LAW OF GOD BUT WITH THE FLESH THE LAW OF SIN. There is therefore NO CONDEMNATION TO THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHO DO NOT WALK ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, BUT ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.”

No one but a born again, new creation, saint, and follower of Jesus Christ could echo these words. He uses the terms me, my, I, now, etc., proving he is the subject matter of the activities being spoken about who has this very state of being on planet earth at that moment. ALL of us are like this if we have been born again. WE ARE SAINTS AND PRIOR LISTED AS SINNERS CUT OFF FROM GOD LIVING IN DEATH AND DARKNESS. Now we have a New LIFE and a Regenerated inner man who lives and abides in Christ alone! Living in a body which was bought by Christ and the Holy Spirit is the down payment on the body, which will one day be resurrected or translated and made new also.

I must insist also that we do no wish to sin, we do not advocate it is o.k. to sin and abuse the Grace of God in us, but we must realize that as saints, we do have a body which has sin living in it and will face all the time temptations from the world, the flesh, and the Devil. Sometimes we fail and sin, gross sins, but most all the time we are not measuring up in the flesh we live in. That part of us has not been regenerated or redeemed as yet.

The new heart is new. It doesn’t have now a idol factory but the Flesh denotes sin living in the body and it is corrupt. We are now saints, so let us live as saints and realize that SIN shall NOT have dominion over us in our new man. WE died to sin so remember who we are and our identity in Christ. Sin can only operated in the unregenerate part of our body where it dwells. It can’t touch the heart, the soul, the spirit and the regenerated portion of any true believer. It can only seek to function in using the law to created sinful fruit in the body, and we are not to allow it to do so, with the help and power of the word of God and the Holy Spirit, but we still have this struggle and will have until we are glorified. SINLESS PERFECTIONISM DOESN’T EXIST IN ANY TRUE SAINT LIVING IN A FALLEN BODY. ONLY IN THE SENSE OF THE NEW CREATION THAT LIVES WITHIN THAT BODY CAN ONE BE CONSIDERED NOT SINNING AND A SAINT! HOLY! SANCTIFIED! BORN AGAIN!

If all of this is not true, then we have a very confused situation existing, that is, the entire new creation is polluted and Christ and the Holy Spirit and the Father who dwells in us is implicated in the sin that goes on as it expresses itself outwardly in our bodies. For we are IN CHRIST JESUS, and the HOLY SPRIT dwells within the New Creation and is HID by God there. That is why God can look upo you and I CHRIST and see NO SIN AT ALL – FOR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE SINS ARE TOTALLY COVERED AND NO MORE! This is really being debated all the time in many circles, but in my opinion, I think this is where we are, according to the word of God given to us, especially by Christ and Paul.

John Piper seems to come to these conclusions also but his idea of the “heart” seems to be flawed for he considers it to still be in a state of progressive sanctification, which I would consider that progressive work is spiritual maturity regarding knowing God and Christ and more knowledge of Him etc., along with of course, more spiritual strength exerted through the Spirit to control the operation of SIN in the body we inhabit. I see the heart as a NEW born again Creation by God Himself living in me. Kept by HIM, Me hiding in Him, Covered by His blood, Sheltered from wrath, condemnation, and the Anger of God the Judge, until the day of my passing out of this wretched body, to be with Him in the City of God prepared for me and all of us who know Him! Hope this helps you deal with your own personal struggles which we all go through in Life!

Conclusion: 1 Thessalonians 5: 23-24 reads, “Now may the God of peace Himself Sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who CALLS you is faithful, He will surely do it.”

That was Paul’s prayer for the body of Christ in Thessalonica and for all down through the centuries.

READ Paul Tripp’s words in his book Morning Meditations;

You and I live between the “already” and the “not yet.”

Already God has set His plan of Grace in motion.

Already the prophets have spoken.

Already Jesus has come.

Already He has suffered and died.

Already He has risen in victory from the tomb.

Already the Spirit has come.

Already the Word has been given.

But not yet is God’s work in the world finished.

Not yet is His work in our ‘hearts’ done. (*The flesh inside filled with sin, not the born again new creation)! *My words

Not yet is the last enemy under His feet.

Not yet is He ready to say: “Beloved, all things are now ready. Enter into my final kingdom.”

Read Psalm 89!

*Remember, the born again or new birth, the regenerated, the identity of the “real saint” – you and I, the sanctified already one, the innermost heart, soul and spirit, which IS IN CHRIST JESUS AND IN THE HOLY SPIRIT, AND IN THE FATHER GOD, WHO ABIDES IN US AND WITH US ALWAYS, MEANS THAT YOU AND I WILL NEVER BE MORE SAVED AND IN CHRIST THAN WE ARE TODAY! He perfected that when He did the work of Regeneration, that is, being made alive from the dead. He DID NOT DO A PATCH UP JOB! Our body now, is in a process of being sanctified, set apart for holy use, and which houses the carnal, and is called the flesh, and sin which dwells therein, will give us many problems and struggles during our remaining time on earth. That is why we need Ephesians chapter 6 spiritual warfare spiritual armor on daily. Remember also, our skin, bones, veins, muscles, tendons, blood, WHICH IS MATTER, IS NOT SIN, BUT SIN DWELLS IN IT TO DESTROY IT. Thanks be unto God His Holy Spirit has claimed this body and will resurrect it after it dies, or will translate it when He comes in the clouds back to earth one day. Either way we get a full package; body, soul, spirit fully glorified and free of sin and its effects.

by Lamar Carnes

UNSEEN EVIL SUPERNATURAL POWERS ARE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST!

Colossians 1: 15-16 reads:

“He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firsborn of all creation. For BY HIM ALL things were created, IN HEAVEN and on Earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities —- all things were created Through Him and For Him.”

As we read this and many other scriptures about this subject, we find that Christ Jesus is the reason for all things that Exist. That means ALL things. Nothing, absolutely nothing exists anywhere for its own sake and by itself – HE (Jesus) is the creator of it, the controller of it, and it is allowed to be to bring about His glory and honor.

When that is stated that really unfolds the entire manner, the smallest micro element to the macro elements are made by Him and kept in place by Him alone. Nothing exists by its own innate power for it has none at all. No power outside of Christ Jesus the living WORD of God.

The Apostle Paul chose in this writing of Colossians, to focus on out of the millions of things existing, to key in on these, “thrones, dominions, rulers, and authorities.” This includes and is not eliminating for one moment, the EVIL supernatural powers, but focus is upon them.

Colossians 2:15 will share with us more about this as Paul celebrates our Lord Jesus’ triumph on the cross over them all.

Notice; “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him.”

Ephesians 6: 12 reads, “We do not wrestle against Flesh and Blood, but against he rulers, against the authorities. The cosmic powers over this present darkness….the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

These are there even today, in the unseen dimension, these Evil supernatural powers that aim to deceive and destroy the human race.

There is a big neglect about all of this today within the Churches. It seems that we know it states such in the Bible, but don’t mention it much and make anything of it, for some reasons which I will not speculate about, since I know no ones mind and hearts on the matter. But it is not good to do so at all, in fact we need to realize what the body of Christ, you and I are up against in this world and what is going on in our lives and other people’s lives. These unseen evil powers are not idle for one moment and if we are not aware of them they will in fact bring us much harm, for we will not be looking to Christ for protection and deliverance from them. We go along life’s road, singing and making merry, and all the while they are planning and working to destabilize us in our walk for Christ.

Yes, it say’s they have been defeated by Christ, but HE has not removed them out of the other dimension and placed them in the lake of fire as of this moment. They still exist, they still are allowed to work in lost, unbelievers lives, and even can harm us but NOT destroy us.

In fact, notice the warning of Christ to the church in Smyrna, “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Yes, God allows the devil to imprison and even kill God’s loved ones. Be he cannot destroy them. Remember Job, God had to tell Satan he could not kill Job. But God allowed the devil to kill Job’s children. Read Job’s account with all of these things. The evil powers, God the Sovereign power over all, and the outworkings of events that the Sovereign God used and did in the book of Job.

ALL FOR THE GLORY OF JESUS CHRIST

So, what did Christ create them, or should I say, create them and let them fall into evil beings? Verse 16 of our Colossians message states, “All things were created through HIM and FOR HIM! They exist for Christ. To make HIM glorious and known and famous, to display his infinite beauty and immeasurable worth and fame! The angels who fell chose to move away from God, and they pay dearly for this activity. The Lake of Fire is waiting for them!

The bottom line is all things that ARE were known, planned, and purposed to be by Christ and the Eternal Godhead in their desires and pleasure made it all so that GOD would be shown to be what HE is and how all created things are to bring Total and absolute Glory and Honor and Praise to Him the only ONE and true God! Everything that takes place were designed by God for distinct purposes.

WHY THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST’S SOVEREIGNTY?

The Lord God wants all of us to know all of this about the evil powers that be, as well as all else, it is TRUTH and not mere ideas, or opinions or merely human ideas.

Also, this revelation about what I have written in this article means that it Makes clear that Jesus Christ our Lord ALONE, NOT rulers, authorities, etc., is to be worshipped!! No idols, nothing except God and the Triune God at that! One in unity, One in purpose, One in essence, One in character, absolutely united with no separation but yet distinct persons doing distinctively different things but in unity on the matters.

Then again, God wants us to know this because our days and time is just like Paul’s and all other peoples throughout history when it comes to matters like this. In fact Colossians 2:8 gives on important fact to be understood and watched out for in the future which is; “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Heresies abound down throughout history. God is Sovereign over heresies and apostasy. He allows it to happen but will bring it all down to nothing!

Then I also realize that God wants us to know all about these powers because He wants us to realize that to our normal natural propensities, we may think we don’t have a chance and that they are so powerful we can’t do anything at all about it. Yet, He makes us valiant soldiers and IN CHRIST alone we find victory over them all if we walk by Faith in the Spirit and fulfill not the lusts of the flesh. God works and it is through grace by faith given.

But I think something else is very important, and perhaps the most important because it deals with our salvation. We must trust absolutely in the fact that IN CHRIST JESUS we have total victory. Say, I know it is so also, because I read the last book of the Bible and the last verses. HE IS THE WINNER! AND WE ARE HIS AND HE WILL BRING US ALL THROUGH THE MESS AND EVIL THAT EXISTS.

We already learned HE disabled the evil powers that be, but notice Colossians 3: 3-4 which reads:

“You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in Glory.” (Read also Romans 8: 38-39)

MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT GOD AND OUR ROLE IN THIS LIFE ON PLANET EARTH!

1 John 4:8-10 states that God is Love and also we find over and over again God loves us! But the idea most folks have is that this Love should mean we have no problems anymore in this life on earth.

They think God intends a trouble free life for everyone irrespective of their moral and spiritual state so, they conclude anything painful, upsetting, such as illness, accidents, injury, loss of job, suffering of a love one, etc., indicates either that God’s wisdom, power or both, have failed, or even that God may not really exist.

But we must realize by God’s revelation of all of the matters we have addressed and much more, prove such ideas by others is a complete error and mistake on their part!

God’s wisdom is NOT and never has been, pledged to keep a fallen and sinful world happy. Nor has he made ungodliness comfortable for people. Not even for a Christian. He in fact promised a troubled life. He has other ends in view for life in this world than simply to make it easy for all.

God has not abandoned His first purpose when HE created Adam and Eve. They were to Love Him only and in a perfect world they had, they were to observe His order, His beauty, His majesty, His great Sovereign power and might and enjoy HIM forever! So, even though the Fall of Adam and the Curse applied to all creation, God still works toward that end to bring it about again in the New heavens and the New earth where will dwell righteousness. And during this time in between, we must ‘trust’ and ‘rely’ upon HIM to give us victories over sin and evil as we walk with HIM in the Spirit reflecting His image in our life providing to the world “salt and light” and the proof of His Sovereign power to overcome evil and set up His Kingdom ruling forever. That will be fully realized one day in the future, either today or tomorrow or maybe many more years, we know not the time, but it will happen!

I would like to quote a word from J.I. Packer, which is as follows:

“Our perplexing Trials:

These things are written (trials and tribulations which God’s people had to go through in their lives), for our learning, for the same wisdom that ordered the paths which God’s saints trod in Bible times, orders the Christian’s life today. We should not, therefore, be too taken aback when unexpected and upsetting and discouraging things happen to us now. What do they mean?

Simply that God in His wisdom means to make something of us which we have NOT attained yet, and He is dealing with us accordingly.

Perhaps he means to strengthen us in patience, good humor, compassion, humility or meekness, by giving us some extra practice in exercising these graces under especially difficult conditions. Perhaps He has new lessons in self-denial and self-distrust to teach us. Perhaps He wishes to break us of complacency, or unreality, or undetected forms of pride and conceit. Perhaps His purpose is simply to draw us closer to Himself in conscious communion with Him; for it is often the case, as all the saints know, that fellowship with the Father and the Son is mot vivid and sweet, and Christian JOY is greatest, when the Cross is heaviest. ……..Or perhaps God is preparing us for forms of service of which at present we have no inkling.”

Now may I encourage you. Do this! Go to the book of Ephesians 6 and read it and obey it and through the very powerful promises given about the items listed by Paul and the Spirit of God there, you will find victory in Jesus day by day! Let it be so! All praise to the Father, the Son and to the Holy Ghost be glory, majesty, might, power and honor both now and forever more! Amen!

THE WAR OF THE MIND

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I. THE WAR AND THE BATTLE FIELD!

We, Christ Jesus people, those who have the Holy Spirit and the Son Jesus Christ as Savior, are NOW and all of our lives, Soldiers in a War! We are warriors!

It seems however, many are not warriors but rather are AWOL or perhaps not saved at all, but religious only people. Today, August 7, 2020, we have what a Pastor friend of mine stated, “firehose falsehoods” (Dave Tooker) being shot out into the system of this nation to the people which means that they receive Nothing But false narratives constantly day and night until they are brainwashed. Also, the people filled with “digital worms” (Dave Tooker), which infect their very souls as they view and consume Facebook, Twitter, Newscasts, Google, etc. day and night again being brainwashed to the extent they are fully depressed, confused and out of their minds almost not knowing the difference between right and wrong!!!!! Let us throw off these garments of Hate, Confusion, Deceit, False narratives, Sources of lies and slander and corruption. Until we do so, we will be infected so much with the world system we lose our perspective of who we really are as Christians and what our objective and purpose is living out our lives for the glory of God in this generation.

Notice Romans 6:12;

“Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your Members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present ourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

Catch this! Sin wishes to rule in our Body using lust. The members of our body can be used as instruments to sinful acts; our hands, our eyes, our ears, our feet, our mouths, etc.! These are weapons the enemy will use against us and others every time! A reminder now; remember our bodies are not made alive yet, they are still dead in sin with sin living and active within them. That is sin’s house or home! So recognizing this, when temptation comes, remember to Present ourselves to God as ALIVE Spiritual people who are not dead but spiritually alive!

We have weapons now to use when these matters rise up! What are they! How do we do this battle? What do we do in fact with the weapons? God states we have been saved in order to produce Fruit, Fruit which HE ordained that we should carry out during our days here on earth as saved people.

Remember also, we were slain by the Law as it exhausted its full potential of judgment and wrath upon the guilty party (us sinners), because our sin and sins were placed upon Christ while HE hung on the cross. God used the Eternal Law of God to judge Christ for our sins, so HE became sin for us (that is the man Christ Jesus who was perfect)! This Law now is satisfied and Just because God is its author, and it now has produced proper Judgment in order that the guilty party of sin can go free from wrath and condemnation.

Realize this, now that we are forgiven, regenerated (life given because Jesus rose from the dead and is alive and that Life is given to us now), and no longer condemned or guilty. The Law is not DEAD, but it is dead to us for we are dead to it! No legal contract can be used against us anymore because it was done ONCE on the Cross. No more double jeopardy. It is paid for once by Jesus. That means even if we sinned the worse sin you can think of, it would not bring us under condemnation or wrath of God for we are HIS children now and NOT GUILTY. He sees no guilt hanging on us now because Jesus and His blood cover us. That does not mean sin did not take place, it did. It was according to Paul not the new man or new creation who did such, but SIN that was in the believers body called the flesh where it resides. It was allowed to take place by us however, since we did not flee, did not mortify it,etc.! So we openly confess to Him we failed, knowing automatically however that this sin at the moment is ALREADY forgiven and not held against us for one moment in terms of our relationship as sons of God or our eternal destiny etc.! Our identity now is a child of God, a son of God, a member of the forever family of God, the bride of Jesus Christ, join heirs with Him etc.!

God has a purpose for you and I in this battle now! He wants us to literally KILL and SLAY sin in the body! Listen to Romans 6:6;

“knowing this, that OUR OLD MAN was Crucified with HIM (Jesus) – that the body of Sin might be DONE AWAY WITH, that we should no longer be Slaves of sin.” The point being if we died with Christ Jesus, then are freed from sin in the body of flesh.

Now let see what we are to do! We are to according to Colossians 3:5;

Therefore PUT to DEATH your MEMBERS (sinful acts) which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desires and covetousness, which is idolatry………anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language…..do not lie, etc.!

II. THE WEAPONS WE ARE TO USE!

What are we to use as a weapon to KILL these evil things seeking to cause us to sin? Notice Ephesians 6:10-18 reveals the Armor we need, but the main instrument we USE is called, “the sword of the Spirit” which is the word of God itself (vs. 17). We wield that Sword and SLAY or KILL the sinful fruit seeking to come out and bite us and slay us! We fight for our life! We fight for God. We fight for the death of sin and sins! We walk and fight by Faith that God’s Sword – His word will cut the head off of this Snake! It is dead, but it seeks to rise up and get a foothold again in our lives. We must resist with all of His power and might undergirding us and win the battle.

Another major point is this; We are alive in Christ, with the Holy Spirit around and in us, and we SAFE in HIM and He will not leave us or forsake us, and He will not allow us to as NEW BORN children enter into such folly.

So states Paul in Romans 8 and John in 1 John 1, mentioning how it is SIN that is doing the wrong, and not the New Man in Christ the SEED.

Yet, we are to do battle as the New Person in Christ, but we can fail in this Sanctification process that is taking place daily in our lives. We win battles and we lose battles and God allows this to take place in our bodies.

A mystery, but there can’t be any other explanation. BEING ALIVE with Eternal life in Christ and Hidden in Him NOW and SEATED with HIM now in the heavenlies means we are Protected and Sealed unto the day of redemption and Coming of Christ, SO NO SIN OR ELSE GOD WOULD BE SINNING SINCE WE ARE IN HIM.

Someone has said we are no more perfected later after death physically in our born again state, than we are now as we live daily lives. Leaving the body of sin, doesn’t mean we get a better regeneration or born again miracle at all. Of course, we will know much more, and also, later we will receive a new body resurrected from the dust of the earth. That which God did in the New Birth was fully Perfect and final! Our soul and our spirit and our innermost spiritual being has been made perfect in Christ! It is not just a legal thing that will take place later, it is actually existing now! Why! Because it is the Imputed Righteousness of Christ we have in and upon us at all times forever now! It is our body of flesh that is the problem!

But we are now in the process of bodily sanctification wars through the Spirit and Word, and we engage in such seeking to SLAY sin in the flesh which is not regenerated yet. For it is sin doing the sin in our bodies and yes, it is our bodies engaging and our minds allowing it. But we too are to “have the mind of Christ” in this sanctification process.

Let’s read a commit by another writer on this:

We are at war! Bullets are flying. Bombs are dropping. The enemy is closing in. Destruction is all around. There are casualties everywhere.

But in our war, you can’t see any of this. Well, you can see the effects of it all over the place in the brokenness, chaos, and pain around us, but this war is invisible.

We are not fighting one another. In fact we are not fighting our New Man or Born again redeemed person or new creature that we are! No! Our war is not against “flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Eph. 6:12).

And we are not fighting with physical weapons. We fight what is unseen with weapons that are not wielded by human hands. Our battle is spiritual, and so are our weapons. Our weapons have divine power to set people free, destroy sinful thoughts and behaviors, and demolish demonic strongholds. Jesus defeated Satan, sin, and death for us so that we could be set free and empowered to overcome our enemies with the same power that filled Jesus throughout his mission and raised him from the dead on that victorious Sunday morning.

The gospel is the power of God for salvation. And our enemies are the Devil, the world, and the flesh.

……….So what are we to do in this battle? The Bible tells us to (1) take our thoughts captive and examine them, (2) bring them into submission, (3) consider the fruit, and then (4) fight with gospel truths.”

From the book “Gospel Fluency” by Jeff Vanderstelt. pgs 103-105. I highly recommend securing this book and you will be blessed and also find the more clear answers on this section in chapter 8 entitled “The War of the Mind”! BY JEFF VANDERSTELT

Be Blessed!