A Solemn Warning II

Regarding the post about the wounded Sheltie that needed a collar and cone to prevent him from further damaging his neck: This warning does not have to do with your theology or your church’s belief system. The conflict of soul against spirit is one every believer will have as they mature. Paul said he died daily. When the soul seeks pleasure in an earthly sense, that soul grows strong in fleshly enjoyments. But the spirit was intended to hold dominion over the soul. After the person accepts salvation, the soul should diminish and the spirit should crescendo to leadership.

Galatians 5:16-17 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

The soul consists of the mind including thinking and memories; the will, including the protection of the person; and the emotions. In a very wounded person the will may be so protective that meaningful relationships are impossible because of fear or anger. Or the emotional part of the person may be extremely unstable with wide swings from joy to severe depression. The human spirit consists of the conscience, repository for wisdom, and a part that seeks communion with God. The created human being is a complicated creature – made in God’s image.

Notice that the Bible says we are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus. Notice that God yearns for communion with each individual. Notice that a newly converted person begins to demonstrate wisdom. The spirit is enlightened and increases in authority over the soul – thoughts, feelings, will.

Before emotional healing and integration of alternate personalities, I was fairly emotionless. I dreaded getting too happy because when I came down I would “land” wrong. After healing and integration I enjoyed being happy and seldom had letdowns. When I did, I could go freely to Jesus for stability. Then Jesus started asking me to give up certain behaviors I used to bring me pleasure but bypassed Him. I agreed for I realized what was happening; however, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). Giving up pleasures of the flesh for dominion of the spirit left me with relatively little emotion at first and the Holy Spirit stayed very close to help me. A little at a time I became increasingly sensitive to the precious presence of the Holy Spirit and how He cared for me. The transition took longer than I expected, not being a new Christian, but I discovered just how much I still have to learn.

Philippians 1:6 (AMP)  I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

 

A Solemn Warning II

Regarding the post about the wounded Sheltie that needed a collar and cone to prevent him from further damaging his neck: This warning does not have to do with your theology or your church’s belief system. The conflict of soul against spirit is one every believer will have as they mature. Paul said he died daily. When the soul seeks pleasure in an earthly sense, that soul grows strong in fleshly enjoyments. But the spirit was intended to hold dominion over the soul. After the person accepts salvation, the soul should diminish and the spirit should crescendo to leadership.

Galatians 5:16-17 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

The soul consists of the mind including thinking and memories; the will, including the protection of the person; and the emotions. In a very wounded person the will may be so protective that meaningful relationships are impossible because of fear or anger. Or the emotional part of the person may be extremely unstable with wide swings from joy to severe depression. The human spirit consists of the conscience, repository for wisdom, and a part that seeks communion with God. The created human being is a complicated creature – made in God’s image.

Notice that the Bible says we are to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus. Notice that God yearns for communion with each individual. Notice that a newly converted person begins to demonstrate wisdom. The spirit is enlightened and increases in authority over the soul – thoughts, feelings, will.

Before emotional healing and integration of alternate personalities, I was fairly emotionless. I dreaded getting too happy because when I came down I would “land” wrong. After healing and integration I enjoyed being happy and seldom had letdowns. When I did, I could go freely to Jesus for stability. Then Jesus started asking me to give up certain behaviors I used to bring me pleasure but bypassed Him. I agreed for I realized what was happening; however, “the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). Giving up pleasures of the flesh for dominion of the spirit left me with relatively little emotion at first and the Holy Spirit stayed very close to help me. A little at a time I became increasingly sensitive to the precious presence of the Holy Spirit and how He cared for me. The transition took longer than I expected, not being a new Christian, but I discovered just how much I still have to learn.

Philippians 1:6 (AMP)  I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

This experience put a fear in me that I would not be able to reach the fullness of my destiny if I remained comfortable in a soulish condition. My deepest desire is to please my Master and Lord, so I seek healing of my spirit and its ascendancy to dominion of my life that Jesus might be lifted up.

A Solemn Warning

Recently I had a vision of a dog lying in front of me a ways and he seemed to be licking his chest. As I drew closer I could see that it was a black and white Sheltie and he was trying to lick a gaping wound in  the front of his neck. There were blood stains on his beautiful fur and constant licking kept the wound open and bleeding. If he continued to lick he would eventually reach his jugular and die. The only way I could think of to intervene would be to put on him a collar and cone to prevent him from causing further injury to himself.

I bound a spirit of death and put a spiritual collar and cone on the dog to prevent further damage. While more than one interpretation of this vision is possible, this is what I believe I saw: the dog being someone’s personal pet represents something or someone dear to the owner’s heart. His black and white fur represent the secret place where the owner meets with the heavenly Father. White represents purity, so the dog represents someone with a relationship with the Lord. The neck symbolizes authority as when Pharaoh placed a chain around Joseph’s neck to indicate his authority in Pharaoh’s behalf. The wound could be anger, grief, distress, etc. The imminence of death was deeply disturbing to me.

Casting about in my mind, I asked the Holy Spirit to join me in intercession as I threw myself at the foot of the Father’s throne to get some understanding of this distressing sight. The Holy Spirit directed my attention to various verses in Galatians 5.

14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are prevented from doing whatever you want.

The soul of many Christians is large and their spirit is relatively undeveloped; yet the spirit is intended to have dominion over the soul or flesh. This condition cannot be tolerated by a holy God. With the soul and spirit in constant conflict the Christian cannot live in peace and victory and he/she will not be able to fulfill his/her destiny.

Romans 8:6 says: Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death. But the mind of the (Holy) Spirit is life and soul-peace[both now and forever].

 

Brittle, Cracked Wineskins

The need to forgive to receive emotional and physical healing is critical. Especially for those in positions of leadership.  Christians who are not willing to cancel the debts owed to them (sins committed against them) cannot move forward as God pours out His Spirit richly and without measure these days. They won’t be able to retain what God so graciously gives without limit. To be in denial is to retain one’s old, cracked wine skin (“This is what God told me years ago.”) which is incapable of holding new wine. Old wine skins are brittle and inflexible but new wine skins are soft and supple.

Many who are not presently in leadership and consider themselves insignificant will be catapulted into positions of leadership because their greatest desire is to please their Beloved – the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Most Holy One. Nothing else matters but the Master. Those are people the Holy Spirit can use!

Giving up the good to receive what is better is to pass from the soulish (mind, will, emotions) to dominion of the human spirit (wisdom, conscience, communion). The spirit of man was meant to rule over the soul and the flesh. There is a dearth of teaching on strengthening and enabling the human spirit. But the Holy Spirit is a gentle, longsuffering teacher as you struggle to put the old nature to death on the cross and experience exhilarating new life.

While many practice sinning every day in thought, word and deed, the Word admonishes us to be holy (I Peter 1:15-17) for without holiness no man will see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). Holiness is a journey. The terms inner healing, emotional healing are nonbiblical terms for the pursuit of holiness. You can’t accomplish holiness by yourself. It is the process of walking in ever-increasing intimacy with an intensely personal, passionately loving Lord God.

Ephesians 3:19 [that you may come] to know [practically, through personal experience] the love of Christ which far surpasses [mere] knowledge [without experience], that you may be filled up [throughout your being] to all the fullness of God [so that you may have the richest experience of God’s presence in your lives, completely filled and flooded with God Himself].