I saw him when he entered my atmosphere, just as subtle as a transition, notably so. I’d not experienced this on the other side before. Now that my heart is regenerated, this response from the old man caught me somewhat aback.
I was experiencing a new situation, and the old man gave an old mental response of immaturity. My mind’s eye was focused, and the Holy Spirit discerned in me that I had a choice. I had the power to choose to refuse what would be the old response.
I was growing in this moment that in an instant measured how I’d previously spent my time and my mind. Thank God for the great divide that separates the mind of the old man that wars against the spirit. The word of God says, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:17.
It is a fine line, this great divide, because we must realize it and that we do indeed have a choice. I’ve seen it plain as day and felt it, the emotions of the thoughts that once reigned over my life. They felt real in that moment of choice, even like I, myself, condoned the response. But I was indeed in a position of choosing to receive or decline the enemy’s persuasion.
I saw this by the grace of God. I was in a new place that gave an old response, and I chose not to receive it. I knew what was right no matter how my emotions felt or how real it seemed it was to me. Because of the longevity of a thing being a part of one’s behavior the enemy tries to deceive people into thinking that’s who they are. Not so! We are who Christ says we are.
The Scripture says, “For he hath made him sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21. Revelation knowledge says, “He is the development of my breastplate, it works the uniform way.” This means we must put it on.
The enemy tries to confuse situations in our lives. He is a machine guy; he uses the same thing in different ways— in short, psychology. If he can get the mind confused and us off focus, then there isn’t much we can be productive at doing. However he’s been called out as of this day.
There is a battle going on that we war against and it isn’t against flesh and blood as the word of God tells us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12. We arm ourselves by having a relationship with God and believing in his word. It is a fight of faith as we believe in the Scriptures to manifest a multi-spectrum of deliverances, healings and so much more.
May we use our weapons of warfare and stand on the living word of God and the promises written therein. We begin to walk in these precepts by the word of faith. “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. For with thine heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:9-10. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.
Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and author of two books. Share your thoughts with Pamela at email@example.com.