How can our lives be Transformed? Part two

In part two, we are learning what part our bodies play in our transformation. The body is a container for the spirit and soul.
Our Body.
1. Our bodies are the vehicle or the carrier for the expression of our lives Phil. 1:20;1 Cor.6:19-20.
2. Our soul and body together are known as the flesh.
3. Just as the Outer Court of the Temple had many outside influences 1 Kings 11:1-6; 1 John 2:16, so our bodies are “wide open” prey to the wiles of the enemy.
4. The “power of sin” resides in our bodies Romans 7:20-21, 23.
a. The power of sin is an energy force whose whole purpose is to cause us to “Veer off course” and “miss the mark.” Phil. 3:14;Romans 7:19-23. Satan is the author of the power of sin John 8:44; Eph. 6:12 “It’s no more I” that does these bad things, but the power of sin in me Romans 7:18,20. No one can take us out of the keeping power of God, once we are born-again Col.1:13-14; John 10:27-29. However, when we quench God’s Spirit, we open ourselves up for the arrows of the enemy. We then give Him access to all the gray area Prov. 5:22.
b. This is the reason we are not sinless, even though we have God’s Life in our hearts Matt. 26:41.
5. We have a constant choice to either “walk by the Spirit” or “walk by the flesh.” By “birth” we are always in the Spirit Romans 8:9, but by “choice” we can either:
a. Walk after the flesh Romans 6:21; 7:5; 8:6; and 13 first half of verse. We still have God’s Life in our hearts, but because we have chosen to follow what we want and desire, we have blocked His Life from coming forth Matt. 12:25; 26:41. We have opened ourselves up to the arrows of the enemy and are in bondage to the power of sin Gal. 5:19; Rom.6:12,16,21. We are serving the Law of sin Rom. 7:25c (Last part of verse). We are “pleasing self” Ezek. 33;31; Rom.8:8. His light in us has been darkened Luke 11:35; Psalm 38:10; and we are “Living a lie” John 5:31; 12:35;Jeremiah 7:28. We grope for the wall like the blind Isaiah 59:10. This is where pure water gets blocked up Jeremiah 2:13; Prov.25:26.
b. Or, we can walk after the Spirit Romans 8:6b,13b; 6:13, 22; Gal.5:24-25. We are filled with the “fullness of God” Eph.3:19; Luke 9:24b. We are freed from the power of sin Gal.5:1; Rom.6:2,7; 7:25. Salvation means freedom from power of sin 2 Thess. 2:13. There is no dark part Luke 11:36b; and we are “living the truth” 2 John 4; Eph.6:5-6.
The War.
A. The war that goes on within us between the power of God and the power of sin, is fought in our soul and body, not in our hearts Rom. 7:21-23; 6:13,16.
B. 1. Since our “Old Man” no longer exists Rom.6:6, the power of sin’s hold on the flesh has been destroyed and we have been, if we chose to be, freed from sin Rom. 6:7-14,22.
C. 2. Soul and body are the battlefield, our mind leading into trouble if we allow it, not our hearts, Rom. 7:23.
3. The battle is spiritual 2 Cor.10:3-6.
B. Christ is now the “overcoming power” to free us from this war Rom. 6:2,6-7; 7:25.
C. As believers we have God’s authority and God’s power to resist what the “flesh” is urging us to do Rom. 6:6,7: Col.2:11.
Hidden Chambers
Hidden Chambers. When we don’t know how to renew our minds or how to put off the “Junk” in our thinking, then we not only give Satan handles to grab hold of in our conscious thinking, but we also allow him to establish strongholds in our hidden chambers or our innermost part as Scripture calls it.
It is my fervent desire to talk about the things in our lives that we don’t deal with, either out of ignorance or disobedience, but simply push down into the secret recesses of our soul. These are the things that eventually can become the hidden motivation for much of what we do.
The actual word “Subconscious” or “unconscious” is not used in our translations. The Hebrew word found in Scripture is “Cheder” which means the innermost part, the hidden chambers, the inward part or the secret place. The word cheder is used 38 times in Scripture over half refer to secret hidden, innermost chamber or parlor. 1 Chron. 28:11,1; 1 Kings 6:5-8. Here are a few Scriptural examples.
Psalm 19:12-13 speaks to this, “Who can understand his errors? (his mistakes, his straying’s, wonderings) cleanse me from secret faults (hidden, covered, not discerned)…let them not have dominion over me.”
Searching the hidden Chambers. Proverbs 20:27. The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inward parts (rooms of the belly) cheder of the belly. Lamp of the Lord Man’s spirit is God’s contact point, through which He illumines man and shows him his own true nature
Why would the spirit search our inward parts, if not to reveal, hidden sin in us? If there is no “secret place” or “hidden chambers,” where is this “innermost part”
Psalm 51:6 seems to follow this same line of thinking. David declares…”in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” God wants this hidden part —this secret place –cleansed of secret faults and then filled with all precious and pleasant riches, example God’s wisdom. “By knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. Prov.24:4.
Just as access to and from these hidden chambers was allowed through only one door at the front of the Temple sanctuary, so, too, the “power of sin that lives in our bodies has access not only to the conscious part of our soul (our self-Life) but also has access to these secret, hidden recesses of our souls. Remember, the hidden chambers are a part of our flesh.
It’s not so much that these buried things in themselves hinder our sanctification —they don’t. But they do affect our choices. And it’s our choices that hinder our sanctification. Buried hurts and wounds definitely influences us, but they don’t need to determine our choices. There is a much “more excellent way.”
How can these Hidden Chambers become Cleansed? Awareness of the dangers of simply burying our negative thoughts and emotions in our hidden Chambers makes us examine three questions.
1. How can we catch our negative thoughts and emotions Before they go into our hidden chambers? 2 Cor. 10:4-6. Read. Strongholds are first established in our minds; that is why we are to take every thought captive. Behind a stronghold is a lie. A place of personal bondage where God’s Word has been suppressed to any unscriptural idea or personally confused belief that is held to be true.
2. How can we get rid of the ones that are already there? Agree with the Holy Spirit that there is a sin He shows us. Psalm 32:5 King David says, “I acknowledge my sins to you, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. (continually unfolding the past till all is told Amp). Confess the sin, (take accountability) repent of the sin, ask the Lord to forgive the sin, receive by acknowledging His forgiveness. Fill that hidden place with the Word of God.
3. How can we reprogram the truth back in? By the “Renewing” of our minds with the Word of God Romans 12:2; and Eph. 5:26. read. “To renew is to renovate,” implying a restoration to freshness or to an original state. It speaks of the potential of redemption’s power to reinstate features of God’s original intention for humanity and a recovery of many potentialities of the human mind and soul as designed before the fall.
The “mind” forms the intellect or understanding, but also includes all that is described in the word “mind-set,” that is the feelings and the will. Being transformed by the renewal of the mind indicates a literal “change in the form or formulas of thought or being.” This describes redemption’s provision of power to instill godliness in us—a power that transforms
1. Our thoughts, which lead to formulating
2. Our purposes, which proceed to dictate our actions, and so,
3. Our actions become character-determining habits, shaping the life and setting the course for the future. The path to godly living is not complicated, nor is it energized by the flesh, but it does call the believer to willing submission to the Father’s provision and ways.
The Bible shows us Christ’s likeness so that we may measure our conduct and character against His and allow God to shape us into Christ’s likeness Rom.8:29.
4.Power of sin. It is important to remember; the power of sin’s whole purpose is to cause us to “veer of course” and to “miss the mark.” The mark refers to Romans 8:29 being conformed into the image of Christ. Because of our ignorance, not only as to how we renew our minds, but also what the Mind of Christ is and the power and authority of God we possess because of it.
Through the power of sin, Satan’s goal is to work hand-in-hand with our flesh influencing, persuading and manipulating us to follow our own self-Life, rather than obey and trust God to perform His Will in our lives. The enemy wants us to be conformed to the world’s image, because then the Gospel will not be passed on.
God, on the other hand, wants us to constantly yield our self-Life to Him, regardless of how we feel or what we think, and put on the Mind of Christ. Then, we’ll be conformed to Christ’s Image and the Gospel will have a chance to be passed on.
Coming episode’s : Mind Renewal, the Mind of Christ.

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