The Battlefield, The Mind

March 30, 2010

There is a battle that continually rages in the mind of the believer. There are two opposing sides that are constantly at war – the human versus the divine, the natural versus the spiritual, human intellect versus divine understanding, senses knowledge versus revelation knowledge. This never ending battle is the crux of Christianity.

In the record of the book of Genesis, when God originally formed, made, and created man (as man exists today), He gave man a body that was formed out of the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7). He then “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became (was made) a living soul.” This soul or “breath of life” is nothing more and nothing less than that which gives life to the physical body (which is composed of the elements found in the dust of the ground). It animates the physical body. All living creatures share this same soul. Soul has nothing to do with whether a person is a believer or a non-believer, just whether they are an alive being or not. Non-believers have a soul. As do animals. In these two categories (body and soul), “they (man and beast) have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast.” (Ecclesiastes 3:19)

The “created” part of the original man was God’s image, which is spirit (Genesis 1:26; John 4:24). Spirit is what gave man a connection with God. Spirit enabled man to have fellowship with God, to commune with God on a spiritual plane. The original man had a body, which was made alive by the “breath of life,” or soul, and he had spirit created within him. When man willfully disobeyed God, he forfeited that spirit (along with many other conferred rights including his second in command dominion over all of God’s creation). It is recorded that in the very day of his act of willful disobedience, the spirit in him died, and when this occurred he no longer had a connection with God. Man and God could no longer have fellowship. They no longer could commune together. Every human individual born since that time is born without spirit, having only a body and breath life, or soul. Man is born without a connection with God. He is born being at enmity with God. He has no fellowship with God and can not understand the spiritual things of God, or know God, for God is spirit. He is called in Ephesians a child of wrath. In I Corinthians 2:14 he is called a “natural man,” who “receiveth not the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Man is condemned before God, and is in need of redemption from the moment of birth. Not because of what he does or does not do, but rather because he is an offspring of the man, Adam (Acts 17:26), who willfully disobeyed God, committing the crime of high treason, thereby handing over his God given rights to God’s archenemy, Satan (Luke 4:6), thereby turning the earth into a cemetery (Romans 5:12 and 19), and leaving all mankind thereafter to inherit this fallen state. Every human individual is in need of a savior from the moment they are born. Jesus Christ was God’s master plan, conceived and developed in love, to redeem man. God, for no reason other than His love for humanity, provided the necessary sacrifice, Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, who fulfilled all the necessary legal requirements to justify and redeem and reconcile mankind back to God. Now, any man or woman, by simply accepting and claiming what has been done for them, on their behalf, by Jesus Christ can be restored to fellowship with God, made whole by receiving spirit. To be made whole is the meaning of the word “saved” in Romans 10:9 – “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Greek – sozo; made whole).”

The truth of the matter is that after this irrevocable wholeness and fellowship with God is restored, a battle rages. It is the battle for the heart and mind of the one who has been restored to fellowship with God. It is the battle between the information received by the physical senses and the information received by the spirit and revelation of God. The mind of the one who has been restored must continually, day by day, sometimes moment by moment, be “renewed” (changed, conformed) to the revelation of God, His Word, else calamity results in the life of the one who has been made whole.

The “natural man,” the person having only a body and soul, is governed by their physical senses (since this is all they have), and never recognizes or realizes “the things of the spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him.” Even that man or woman who has been made whole, who is “saved,” who has the spirit of God born within, and who has been previously and irrevocably restored and redeemed back to God, may fall prey to this snare of the Adversary, the god of this world, and allow themselves to become “carnal” in their thinking, allowing themselves to be ruled by their physical senses and human intellect. When this occurs, the things of the spirit of God, God’s moving, His revelation, is not recognized, realized, or respected even to the end of being deemed as “foolishness.” Such was the case in Acts 21:10 and 11 when the prophet Agabus came down from Judea to Caesarea to warn Paul by revelation that he should abandon his plan to go to Jerusalem. Paul did not recognize nor respect the revelation of God by way of Agabus, who was a prophet of God.

The oldest, most experienced, longest standing member of the household is just as susceptible to this trap as the newest born member of the family. There is no inoculation! This is why God has seen fit to give the Church “instruction in righteousness,” the seven Church Epistles, which contain doctrine (how to believe rightly), reproof (to reprove us where we begin to practice error), and correction (to correct us in those areas where we have been practicing error for so long that we have made a doctrine out of it, and bring us back to right believing). Error always “creeps in” due to our misconceptions regarding the practical side of this spiritual walk. No one dare ever set themselves above reproach or the reproof and correction of the Word of God. For this purpose, God has also seen fit to place five ruling “ministries” in the Church, of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11), “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

Proverbs 19:21
‘There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.”

Proverbs 27:17
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”

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