A NEW MAN for Your Children

I have raised four children.  I raised them to the best of my knowledge.  Ignoring my own needs, I often got up in the middle of the night to take care of their needs.  I homeschooled them for ten years.  Yet, I was utterly surprised and disappointed when I learned that they had a sinful nature inside of them, after all. Sneaking negative, destructive beliefs into their minds and hearts during the years that I was taking such good care of them, the father-of-lies contaminated their minds, hearts, and spirits, and formed in them his sinful nature.  I thought I had prevented all of this with my diligent care and love.

Disappointed and disillusioned, I took the matter to God: “What have I done wrong?  Was my love not enough to protect my children from the father-of-lies and sin?  Was my care meaningless?”

 APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING
(John 15:5).

Filled with love and tenderness, God comforted me: Child of Mine, nothing you did for your children was meaningless.  Your love mattered.  Your care counted.  Your diligence made a difference.  However, you are no match against the father-of-lies.  Prowling around like a roaring lion, he is looking for someone to destroy all the time. He had it all figured out from the start– how to bring each person in this world to destruction through his OLD MAN nature of shame, abandonment, rejection, and condemnation. However, do not despair, My Child. I have good news for you. I sent My Son, Jesus, to save you and your children from the roaring lion.  He gave Himself as the NEW MAN to take the place of the OLD MAN nature in you and your children. Believe in Him; teach your children to believe in Him, too. Then, you and your children will receive a new life—My abundant Life.

BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD:…I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH
(Psalm 46:10).

As we approach the end of the year, I bless you to understand that your children need a NEW MAN nature, regardless of how well you cared for them. Surrender them to God and ask Him to exchange the OLD MAN nature of condemnation, shame, rejection, and abandonment the father-of-lies had formed in them for the NEW MAN Nature of Jesus Christ. Know that God will keep raising your children long after you have stopped…until they breathe their last breath.

FOR IT IS GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU
BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE”
(Philippians 2:13).

Ponder the comfort these truths offer and write out a prayer for your child/children, as you surrender them to God’s care.

PRAYER: Lord God, how encouraged my heart is to know that You will keep raising my children, long after I have stopped, until they breathe their last breath here on earth.  Today, I surrender them to You. Take care of them, Lord God. Bless them and keep them. Thank you that You sent them a NEW MAN Nature to live in them in the place of the OLD MAN nature of the father-of-lies, so they may live in Your abundant Life.

Maintain an Awareness

The Lord Jesus has always lived His Life for God, the Father. When we invite Him to come live HIS LIFE in us, He will live it for God, the Father, in the same way He has always done.

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Fruit That Will Last

I committed my life to the Lord Jesus and asked Him to do everything in my life He had planned to do. Although I knew He would start something good in my life, I was afraid that the Fruit would not last.  I was wrong!  Every time I thought my Fruit had dried up and I had come to the end of the road,  I discovered MORE FRUIT.  The GOODNESS that Jesus launched in me years ago, persevered.  The FAITH that Jesus initiated in me long ago, stayed.  The PATIENCE that Jesus planted in my heart a while back, lasted.  In fact, not only did the Fruit last, but it also multiplied. It multiplied because of its Source.

 YOU DID NOT CHOOSE ME, BUT I CHOSE YOU AND APPOINTED YOU TO GO AND BEAR FRUIT—FRUIT THAT WILL LAST
(John 15:16).

Blessed Child, recognize that I appointed you to BEAR MUCH FRUIT: much Kindness, much Goodness, much Patience, much Faithfulness, much Gentleness, much Self-control, much Forgiveness, much Hope, much Faith, and much Love. Know that I chose you to BEAR FRUIT THAT WILL LAST: Fruit that will outlive the lies of the father-of-lies, Fruit that will hold up in the dark dungeons of despair, and Fruit that will persist when everything else has failed. All this Fruit will be established in you, permanently, if you stop trying to be the vine, but allow yourself to become a branch on MY Vine.

I AM THE VINE; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES.  IF A MAN REMAINS IN ME AND I IN HIM, HE WILL BEAR MUCH FRUIT
(John 15:5).

I urge you to become a branch on the Vine of Jesus; then, His Abundant Life will flow through your veins.  Place your abandonment in His hands so He may plant His Love in your heart. Place your sins on His shoulders so that His Righteousness may be established in your being.  Bring your darkness into the circle of His Presence so His Light may show you the way. Place your shame on His cross so He may crucify it. Invite Him to remove your guilt so He may lift it off your shoulders. Show Him your condemnation so He may show you His Heart.

Know that if Jesus has started producing Fruit in your life, He will continue. However, you must yield each branch to Him, moment-by-moment, so He may prune it according to His Will.

THIS IS TO MY FATHER’S GLORY, THAT YOU BEAR MUCH FRUIT
(John 15:8).

If your fruit is not lasting, you are growing it from the wrong vine. Invite the Lord Jesus to become Your Vine. Then, receive the Life, Love, and Light that flow from His being, every day…forever and ever.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, become my Vine—the Source of my Fruit—so they may last, forever.

Maintain an Awareness

When your heart hurts, both the Lord Jesus and the father-of-lies stand ready to lead you out of that pain to a solution.

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Baptized into Life

GOD MADE HIM WHO HAD NO SIN TO BE SIN FOR US, SO THAT IN HIM WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD
(2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Lord Jesus had no sin, but then He took our sin upon His own body. He did not take our sinful reactions on Himself, but the cause of our sinful reactions—the OLD MAN body of sin. After He took the OLD MAN—the negative, destructive beliefs of the father-of-lies—upon His own body, He was crucified. Thus, the OLD MAN body of sin was crucified with Him and in Him. After three days the Lord Jesus was raised from the dead by the Glory of the Father…without the OLD MAN body of sin. During His death, an exchange had taken place in Him—the OLD MAN body of sin was replaced with the NEW MAN body of Righteousness. He became sin for us…and then He became our Righteousness.

KNOW YE NOT, THAT SO MANY OF US AS WERE BAPTIZED INTO JESUS CHRIST WERE BAPTIZED INTO HIS DEATH? THEREFORE WE ARE BURIED WITH HIM BY BAPTISM INTO DEATH: THAT LIKE AS CHRIST WAS RAISED UP FROM THE DEAD BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER, EVEN SO WE ALSO SHOULD WALK IN NEWNESS OF LIFE. FOR IF WE HAVE BEEN PLANTED TOGETHER IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS DEATH, WE SHALL BE ALSO IN THE LIKENESS OF HIS RESURRECTION: KNOWING THIS, THAT OUR OLD MAN IS CRUCIFIED WITH HIM, THAT THE BODY OF SIN MIGHT BE DESTROYED, THAT HENCEFORTH WE SHOULD NOT SERVE SIN
(Romans 6:3-6).

When we are baptized, we enter into the exchange that took place in the Lord Jesus.  While we are submerged in the baptismal water, we are placed in a spiritual realm where we merge with the Lord Jesus, in death, to undergo a replacement of life. In this spiritual medium, the transaction that took place during the death and rising of the Lord Jesus is transferred to us. Under the water, our OLD MAN body of sin is crucified with the Lord Jesus and exchanged for the NEW MAN body of Righteousness. The OLD is taken off and the NEW is put on. Thus, we rise with the Lord Jesus to walk in newness of Life.

AND IF CHILDREN, THEN HEIRS; HEIRS OF GOD, AND JOINT-HEIRS WITH CHRIST; IF SO BE THAT WE SUFFER WITH HIM, THAT WE MAY BE ALSO GLORIFIED TOGETHER
(Romans 8:7).

You are ready to be baptized when you are tired of living a life of sinfully reacting to the OLD MAN–the negative, destructive beliefs deposited in your mind by the father-of-lies. During your baptism, your OLD MAN is crucified with the Lord Jesus. Thus, you are offered a new Life—the very Life of the Lord Jesus Christ, but in your body, soul, and spirit.

PRAYER: “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s” (Psalm 103:2-5).

Maintain an Awareness

How often do we find ourselves doing “good deeds,” just to find out that our “good deeds” were not really good, but merely a reaction to the OLD MAN belief “You are bad”?

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Servants of Righteousness

NOW THE MIND OF THE FLESH [WHICH IS SENSE AND REASON WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT] IS DEATH [DEATH THAT COMPRISES ALL THE MISERIES ARISING FROM SIN, BOTH HERE AND HEREAFTER]. BUT THE MIND OF THE [HOLY] SPIRIT IS LIFE AND [SOUL] PEACE [BOTH NOW AND FOREVER]
(Romans 8:6 AMP).

Capture that the human mind loves to reason without the Holy Spirit. However, reasoning without the Holy Spirit causes you to become a servant of unrighteousness, in your thoughts, in your actions, and in your purpose.

AND HAVING BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN, YOU HAVE BECOME THE SERVANTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (OF CONFORMITY TO THE DIVINE WILL IN THOUGHT, PURPOSE, AND ACTION)
(Romans 6:18 AMP).

 The Perfect Father is calling you with a holy calling, this glorious season, to become a servant of Righteousness—to conform to His Divine Will in your thoughts, your actions, and your purpose.

IN THE SAME WAY, THE SPIRIT HELPS US IN OUR WEAKNESS. WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT WE OUGHT TO PRAY FOR, BUT THE SPIRIT HIMSELF INTERCEDES FOR US THROUGH WORDLESS GROANS. AND HE WHO SEARCHES OUR HEARTS KNOWS THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT, BECAUSE THE SPIRIT INTERCEDES FOR GOD’S PEOPLE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WILL OF GOD
(Romans 8:26-27).

Beautiful One, to become a servant of My Righteousness in your thoughts, actions, and purpose, you need to allow the Holy Spirit to have His way in you. Listen carefully to the Voice of the Holy Spirit inside you and find out how He is praying for you, because the Holy Spirit intercedes for you, in you, and through you in accordance with My Will for you. Then, adapt your thoughts, actions, and purpose according to His prayer for you.

How might you become a servant of Righteousness in your thoughts, purpose, and actions, this Christmas Season?

PRAYER: Lord God, I desire to become a servant of Righteousness in my thoughts, actions, and purpose. Help me in my weakness to become sensitive to the reasoning of the Holy Spirit in me, so I may adapt my thoughts, actions, and purpose in accordance with Your Will. Help me to hear the Voice of the Holy Spirit when He intercedes for me, so I may adapt my prayers to match His and pray according to Your Will, as well.

Maintain an Awareness

When your heart hurts, both the Lord Jesus and the father-of-lies stand ready to lead you out of that pain to a solution.

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Start Where You Are

NOW THE MIND OF THE FLESH [WHICH IS SENSE AND REASON WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT] IS DEATH [DEATH THAT COMPRISES ALL THE MISERIES ARISING FROM SIN, BOTH HERE AND HEREAFTER]. BUT THE MIND OF THE [HOLY] SPIRIT IS LIFE AND [SOUL] PEACE [BOTH NOW AND FOREVER]
(Romans 8:6 AMP).

Capture that the human mind loves to reason without the Holy Spirit.  However, reasoning without the Holy Spirit leads to sin and death, both here and hereafter.  Reasoning without the Holy Spirit causes us to reject God’s intimate Presence and Participation in the innermost parts of our beings.

The Father lived IN the Lord Jesus, while He was here on earth. They shared the intimate Glory of Oneness. And then the Lord Jesus passed this Glory of Oneness on to us—to live in us and through us, while the Father lives in Him and through Him. Imagine that! The very same Oneness that Jesus enjoyed with His Father has been made available to us. To receive this Oneness, all you need to do is invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your daily, moment-by-moment tasks, wherever you are, whatever you are doing.

THAT THEY ALL MAY BE ONE; AS THOU, FATHER, ART IN ME, AND I IN THEE, THAT THEY ALSO MAY BE ONE IN US…AND THE GLORY WHICH THOU GAVEST ME I HAVE GIVEN THEM; THAT THEY MAY BE ONE, EVEN AS WE ARE ONE
(John 17:20-22).

Blessed One, cultivate Oneness with Me. Start where you are.  Do not go and look for something big or different to do for Me.  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into the conclusions of your current situations and problems.  Do you have a child?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your frustration, when your child becomes irritable, during your Christmas shopping.  Do you have a husband or friend?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your feelings of abandonment, when your husband or friend ignores you, during this busy time of the year.  Do you have a co-worker?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your feelings of shame and condemnation, when your co-worker ridicules you for your mistakes.  Do you have an enemy?  Invite the reasoning of the Holy Spirit into your feelings of rejection, when your enemy accuses you.  You will find that this is no easy task.  But, this cultivates ONENESS WITH ME. This allows Jesus to live HIS LIFE in you, while I, the Father, live in Him.

THIS IS HOW GOD SHOWED HIS LOVE AMONG US: HE SENT HIS ONE AND ONLY SON INTO THE WORLD THAT WE MIGHT LIVE THROUGH HIM
(1 John 4:9).

How does this message of ONENESS with God challenge and change your thinking, this Christmas season?

PRAYER: Lord God, I want to receive Your Gift of Oneness; therefore, I lay down my own reasoning to allow the reasoning of Your Holy Spirit in me and through me, this Christmas season.

Maintain an Awareness

Each time we hear from God, we are changed…or rather EXCHANGED, for the Words He speaks are Spirit and are Life.

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Love and Respect

HUSBANDS, LOVE YOUR WIVES, EVEN AS CHRIST ALSO LOVED THE CHURCH, AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR IT
(Ephesians 5:25).

I bless you, husband, to love your wife, even as Christ loved you and gave Himself for you.  Christ did not come to condemn you, but to save you.  In the same way, I urge you not to condemn your wife when she makes mistakes or does not live up to your expectations, but to lead her to Christ, to be saved.

FOR GOD SENT NOT HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD; BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED
(John 3:17).

I bless you, husband, to nurture your wife when she feels alone and abandoned, guiding her to Christ, that He might sanctify her from the negative beliefs that are causing her abandonment and loneliness.

I bless you, husband, to cherish your wife when she feels ashamed, bringing her to Christ, that He might cleanse her from the beliefs that are causing her shame, to render her holy and without blemish.

THAT HE MIGHT SANCTIFY AND CLEANSE IT WITH THE WASHING OF WATER BY THE WORD, THAT HE MIGHT PRESENT IT TO HIMSELF A GLORIOUS CHURCH, NOT HAVING SPOT, OR WRINKLE, OR ANY SUCH THING; BUT THAT IT SHOULD BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLEMISH
(Ephesians 5:26-27).

Wife, I bless you respect your husband by ALLOWING him to nourish you and cherish you—to guide you to Christ to be saved from feeling abandoned, condemned, and shamed.  Know that your husband is not able to cleanse you and heal you from the OLD MAN, the set of lies instilled in you by the father-of-lies.  Understand that your abandonment, condemnation, and shame were not created by your husband, but has been formed in you, since childhood, by the father-of-lies.  Furthermore, know that your husband cannot supply all the Love, Acceptance, and Worthiness that your heart needs, BUT he can take you to the One who can.

AND THE WIFE SEE THAT SHE REVERENCE HER HUSBAND
(Ephesians 5:33).

Husband, do you love your wife, even as Christ loved YOU and gave Himself for YOU?

Wife, do you respect your husband, considering him as worthy and of high regard?

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, show me my husband’s real heart, that I may respect him.

Maintain an Awareness

How often do we find ourselves doing “good deeds,” just to find out that our “good deeds” were not really good, but merely a reaction to the OLD MAN belief “You are bad”?

The Two Counsels

Believe

AND WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD, BECAUSE ANYONE WHO COMES TO HIM MUST BELIEVE THAT HE EXISTS AND THAT HE REWARDS THOSE WHO EARNESTLY SEEK HIM
(Hebrews 11:6).

Do you believe that God exists?  Do you believe that God will reward you if you earnestly seek Him?  If you don’t, you need to find the why’s and how’s of your own perturbing perceptions, so you may correctly handle the Word of Truth.

BUT WHEN HE, THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH, COMES, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH
(John 16:13).

What is the understanding of your own mind? Why would God not reward you? Are you too unacceptable—not worthy of reward?  Have you blown it, because you have made too many mistakes?  Are you a disappointment, only worthy of punishment?

THEN YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE
(John 8:32).

EMBRACE your perturbing perceptions—the reasoning that argues that God will not reward you at any cost. EXPOSE these irrational interpretations to the Spirit of Truth. Then, ask Him to guide you into all Truth—to EXCHANGE your perturbing perceptions for HIS Perspective.

DO YOUR BEST TO PRESENT YOURSELF TO GOD AS ONE APPROVED, A WORKER WHO DOES NOT NEED TO BE ASHAMED AND WHO CORRECTLY HANDLES THE WORD OF TRUTH
(2 Timothy 2:15).

When you know the Truth, you will become someone who feels approved—someone who does not need to be ashamed for who you are and what you have done.  You will believe that you are eligible to seek God with all your heart…and receive His reward.

“You must act on what you have come to know and believe before it will ever become real in your experience, before you realize by personal experience that Jesus is alive not just in heaven but in you, every moment of every day, as the Father was alive in Him. Then, your actions will be the activity of faith.”–Major W. Ian Thomas

PRAYER: Lord God, I admit that I sometimes do not believe that You will reward me if I earnestly seek You. Forgive me, Lord, for my unbelief, as I submit my perturbing perceptions to You. Show me Your Truth, so I may act on what I have come to know—so I may correctly handle Your Word of Truth.

Maintain an Awareness

Sin is not something mysterious…something unexplainable…something that happens to you. Sin does not stand alone. It does not happen by itself. Sinful solutions have a source—the source of the OLD MAN.

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A New Spirit

Deep inside, our hearts are filled with deceit from the father-of-lies—deceitful beliefs of unworthiness, unrighteousness, and non-acceptance. Therefore, we develop habits and patterns of worthiness, righteousness, and acceptance, on the outside, so we may hide the deceitful beliefs of unworthiness, unrighteousness, and non-acceptance, on the inside. But, these defense patterns of escape on the outside cause their own unworthy, unrighteous, and unacceptable behavior—SIN.

THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS AND BEYOND CURE. WHO CAN UNDERSTAND IT?
(Jeremiah 17:9).

What a revelation when we realize that we cannot polish away the beliefs and feelings of unworthiness, unrighteousness, and non-acceptance that are on the inside with habits and patterns of worthiness, righteousness, and acceptance, on the outside. The deceitful beliefs in our own hearts cannot be cured through our own ways. They will always turn into unworthy, unrighteous, and unacceptable behavior—SIN.

I WILL JUDGE EACH OF YOU ACCORDING TO YOUR OWN WAYS, DECLARES THE SOVEREIGN LORD. REPENT! TURN AWAY FROM ALL YOUR OFFENSES; THEN SIN WILL NOT BE YOUR DOWNFALL.  RID YOURSELVES OF ALL THE OFFENSES YOU HAVE COMMITTED, AND GET A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT
(Ezekiel 18:30-31).

There is only one cure—to turn away from our own ways of trying to get rid of our beliefs of unworthiness, unrighteousness, and non-acceptance. If we turn away from all our defense mechanisms of escape, and turn our beliefs of unworthiness, unrighteousness, and non-acceptance over to God, He Himself gives us a new heart and a new spirit. Then, sin stops being our downfall.

A NEW HEART ALSO WILL I GIVE YOU, AND A NEW SPIRIT WILL I PUT WITHIN YOU: AND I WILL TAKE AWAY THE STONY HEART OUT OF YOUR FLESH, AND I WILL GIVE YOU AN HEART OF FLESH
(Ezekiel 36:26).

The Lord Jesus came to exchange your heart for His own—a Heart that is Worthy, Acceptable, and Righteous.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I repent. I admit that I cannot cure my stony heart of deceit. I cannot get rid of the deceitful beliefs and feelings in my heart, which cause my defense mechanisms of escape, which cause the sinful deeds, on the outside. I turn away from all my offenses, to come to You for a new heart and a new spirit—Your Heart and Your Spirit. Thank you, Lord Jesus.

Maintain an Awareness

Be certain that your Father DOES answer your prayers, but His Answer might be different from the one you are expecting.  It might be radical… revolutionary…extreme.  His Answer might not fit your purpose, but it will fit God’s Purpose for you.

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Who Is Your Treasure?

BUT WE HAVE THIS TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY TO SHOW THAT THIS ALL-SURPASSING POWER IS FROM GOD AND NOT FROM US
(2 Corinthians 4:7).

At first, after I had become reconciled to God, I believed that God was done doing things for me, and my time had come to do things for God, and after I had done things for God, to do more things for God.  I thought the Christian life was all about WHAT I DO FOR GOD.

But God showed me that the Christian life was all about WHAT THE LORD JESUS DID FOR ME and then WHAT HE CAME TO BE IN ME AND THROUGH ME. HE was the treasure. I was the jar of clay. If I allowed Him to live in me and BE the treasure in me, He would display His all-surpassing Power in me and through me. He would live HIS ABUNDANT LIFE in me, the jar of clay.

I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFE, AND THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY
(John 10:10).

“Beloved, the ABUNDANT Life you have been seeking is IN MY SON, Jesus. It is HIS Life that HE lives. It is not something you can separate from Him and make your own. It is not something He can GIVE you. It is only something He can BE in you. You can only invite HIM, the Treasure, to come live HIS OWN ABUNDANT LIFE in you, the jar of clay.”

AND THIS IS THE TESTIMONY: GOD HAS GIVEN US ETERNAL LIFE, AND THIS LIFE IS IN HIS SON
(1 John 5:11).

The Lord Jesus did not come to give you abundant life. He came to BE your Abundant Life. All you need to do is invite Him to be the treasure in you, the jar of clay.

When you take this step of FAITH, it is like a switch being flipped—HIS LIFE for your life—the EXCHANGED life. This switch of faith determines who lives in you at any given time. But, it is a moment-by-moment thing. You can turn the switch on any time and turn it off any time. The choice is yours.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I invite You to become the Treasure in my jar of clay. Come and live Your Abundant Life in me, today and every day, one moment at a time.

Maintain an Awareness

Be certain that your Father DOES answer your prayers, but His Answer might be different from the one you are expecting.  It might be radical… revolutionary…extreme.  His Answer might not fit your purpose, but it will fit God’s Purpose for you.

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Your Part and God’s Part

IF THE SON MAKES YOU FREE, YOU WILL BE FREE INDEED
(John 8:36).

I bless you to believe that it is the Lord Jesus, God’s Son, who sets you free.  However, it is YOUR responsibility to come to Him to be set free.

WE DEMOLISH ARGUMENTS AND EVERY PRETENSION THAT SETS ITSELF UP AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND WE TAKE CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT TO MAKE IT OBEDIENT TO CHRIST
(2 Corinthians 10:5).

Be encouraged that Jesus came to set you free from the father-of-lies’ arguments in your mind that have set themselves up against God: that He does not love you, that He has abandoned you, and that He has condemned you.

Jesus also came to set you free from the father-of-lies’ arguments in your mind that have set themselves up against your Self: that you are guilty, that you are a disgrace, and that you are a loser.

However, it is YOUR responsibility to demolish these arguments by bringing them to Jesus, so He may tell you the Truth.

[GOD] CONDEMNED SIN IN THE FLESH [SUBDUED, OVERCAME, DEPRIVED IT OF ITS POWER OVER ALL WHO ACCEPT THAT SACRIFICE]
(Romans 8:3).

Know that you have set up certain defense mechanisms of escape to protect your Self from the father-of-lies’ arguments that live in your mind. These methods of defense will cause you to either freeze, flee, or fight when you encounter the lies of the father-of-lies.

The Lord Jesus has deprived the father-of-lies’ arguments of their power over you. However, it is YOUR responsibility to stop running and hiding from the pain these arguments have caused in your mind, and to stop blaming those who have hurt you. Rather, lay your sinful defense patterns down before the Lord Jesus. He will set you free from your Self.

God has done HIS part. Have you done yours?

PRAYER: Perfect Father, I praise You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to set me free.  But, remind me, often, of MY responsibility to come to Him to be set free.

Maintain an Awareness

Truth is not something logical we can produce from our own minds; instead, Truth is the supernatural reasoning of the Holy Spirit in our minds.

The Two Counsels

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