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Putting Up a Good Fight

By Henry Miranda

Satan loves to keeps the mind blind to the Gospel. To accomplish this task, he looks to our flesh; our human nature. Regardless of our culture or geography, we all have a human nature. This nature is fallen and it’s in this nature that the flesh rules. Satan rules in this realm and keeps those under his influence as captives. By following the sin nature, we are bound for hell.

God does not destroy our will when we become born-again Christians, but he commanded us to bring our will unto his subjection. God has given us a free will to choose who we are going to allow to run our lifeeither it’s the sin nature or God’s nature.

Part of the sanctification process involves dying to the old nature. We will sin, but we will not continue in unrestrained sin. If the Spirit of God lives in us, we can’t be controlled by the sin nature anymore, but by the Holy Spirit,

Sin in our life will be followed by remorse and repentance. Satan hates it when we practice righteousness for God’s glory. Don’t let him stop you! Be zealous for good deeds and overcome your sin nature.

It’s sin that separates us from God but we will not sin if we walk in the Spirit and serve God with all our heart and mind. A desire to sin is simply a way of expressing our disbelief that God’s way is best. Satan loves to make Christians doubt and to make us struggle with reality and keep our minds off God.

Once the devil takes hold of our hand he does not want to ever let go. Satan will always lead us in the opposite direction, away from God. He’s a liar and a cheat! Satan will try to kill you and me before he has to surrender us to Jesus.

We must think with a new attitude. Faith and repentance involves the mind, and repentance begins in the mind. Our minds should be in subjection to our spirit not our flesh, feelings or emotions. We must die to self.

When we were born again, we were set free from our sinful nature, but remember that the old nature is still not gone. It will not die without a fight. That is why you must fight the good fight of faith, and have faith that God will implant his nature in us. While our two natures are constantly in conflict, it is not our sinful nature that ultimately controls us.

Now that we are born again Christians, where does sin fit in our lives? Because, of our old sinful nature, our flesh will still try to find gratification. We may not choose to sin, but we might fall into sin. The Bible says the result of sin in our lives is death–spiritual separation from God.

Some people make the mistake of assuming that once God circumcises our heart we no longer retain the lust and carnal flesh of our heart; that now that we’re ‘believers,’ we believe and cannot be guilty of unbelief. Let us not deceive ourselves about unbelief; our hearts are far more evil, and intend far more enmity to God than we may know.

We can’t be fooling around with God, either we will serve him because we choose to or we will indulge in our sins. We can’t do both; there is no neutrality with God. If you side with God you must man your grounds by putting on the full armor of Christ. Being a Christian may be a difficult road but at the end it will be well worth it.

Evil is disguised so often, isn’t it? The devil knows and does his job well; it does not always look like we are up to evil. We get carried away with the tide of events if we are not careful to guard ourselves and look to Christ.

Satan always tempts us to sin. He may do it through your flesh, or the world. He may do it with his demons. Satan seeks to exploit the minds of men and women through our flesh. A lost person has only their own resources within them to resist Satan. A saved person has the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ living in them where the Spirit works through our human spirit to appeal to our mind.

Satan seeks to exploit the minds of men and women through our flesh. A lost person has only their own resources within them to resist and Satan has been defeating that approach since the Garden. A saved person has the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 6:19), living in them where the Spirit works through our human spirit to appeal to our mind.

We must overcome the temptations that the devil throws your way in this world; this is speaking of spiritual warfare where we are resisting the temptations of the devil from the outside we must draw near to God. For only thought the strength that God provides can we overcome any temptation.

Luke 10:19 ( NKJV )

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

Our greatest enemy is sin. It is the sting of death, the separation from God. We need to get sin and Satan under our feet. Our Enemies Satan seeks your life to destroy you. He is the enemy of your soul and is out to devour you. You are given the authority to tread the enemy down. You are not to walk with the enemy or talk with the enemy or take the enemy in. You are to tread the enemy down, under your feet. You are to conquer that which seeks to destroy you and devour you. You have been given authority in your Spiritual warfare with your enemy.

What is the chief plan of Satan? It’s to keep us ignorant about God, himself, and ourselves if he can. His main strategy is to deceive.

Satan’s power to deceive is much greater than Christians realize, and we are not immune to deception. Deception is the most powerful tool in Satan’s arsenal. Through it, Satan can make us feel we are ok, when in reality we are living a lie. Satan can divide the church, the family and our own walk with the Lord and cause us to believe we are pleasing or in good standing with the Lord.

Jesus made it clear that we are not to be deceived. We need council, we need fellowship, we need leadership, we need to follow God’s word and obey Him. We must constantly be asking God in prayer to give us the necessary strength to fight the battle of faith. That is the only way to overcome Satan’s power to deceive. Reading the Scriptures and Praying daily can help us gain knowledge of the powers of darkness and how to combat them.

As long as the devil can hide in darkness and convince us to unknowingly follow him, he will be eternally grateful to us. Emotional problem, addictions, passive Christians and fighting Christians are bound by the powers of Satan through deception. Our pride, our wants and lusts are the vials that Satan hides behind to deceive us. He uses the power of the unseen to destroy us. When we are “getting into ourselves,” his power is planning the next step.

Anything that contradicts the Word of God is ultimately a teaching from demons. Seducing spirits mix their teachings with a person’s own reasoning. The way they deceive a person is through the mind. The seducing spirits deceive by reasoning without sufficient data and puts lies in the mind by false reasoning.

We become open to these spirits when we believe on teachers and pastors and not on the truth of the Scriptures. All believers must test all teaching and all teachers, pastors; because good men can be deceived and seducing spirits use good men to transmit lies under the guise of truth.

Scripture in this way is taken out of context, twisted, sentences are taken from their correlative sentences, and texts are picked out to make it appear to be the mind of God.

Countless false teachings are injected into the minds of believers. All thoughts, beliefs, and teachings must be tested by the truth of God’s word. We must clearly understand that there’s an army of active, seducing spirits working to deceive us. We must be knowledgeable about seducing spirits and not be deceived by them.

2 Timothy 3:13-17 (NKJV)

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

We need to understand that seducing spirits are at work both outside and inside the body of Christ. Their ceaseless effort is to deceive and ruin people. They are given to wickedness day and night and are consistently pouring a stream of wickedness and perversion into the world and will not stop, but instead get worse and worse.

Jesus warned us about being deceived, we must examine current theories, conclusions, teachings, and expressions of the things of God to see if they are true or not. We must be careful what we accept as sound doctrine by eagerly seeking the truth, which God is willing to teach us.

. One question we may ask: Why would God allow some of His people to be deceived? He doesn’t. God illustrates to us that we must “take heed that ye be not deceived” (Luke 21:8). It’s possible to be deceivedif we are not studying God’s word. We cannot be passive. We cannot open ourselves up to deception. We cannot cultivate a field ripe for the spirits of deception.

Being deceived begins with our laziness in not studying the word on a daily basis. In turn we open ourselves to being taught, with that lazy mind, by others who deceive with incorrect doctrine.

Deception can come by:

1) Ignorance of the Word of God.

2) Wrong mental conclusions.

3) Drawing upon the soulish life of the flesh and not the Spirit.

Mixing lies with truth is what the deceiver does. Just as it takes two things to make a mixture, so it takes lies mixed with truth to effectively deceive. We must arm ourselves with the truth of God, to be able to discern and judge all things with God’s Word.

All teaching, guidance, obedience, visions, and writings; will come from one of these three sources:

(1) The Spirit of God

Eternal (In And Beyond Time, Without Beginning Or End) – Psalm 90:2 Gracious (Giving Beyond Measure, From Love) – 1 John 4:8 —Holy (Sinless, And Opposed To Sin) – Leviticus 19:2 –Immutable (Unchanging) – Malachi 3:6 —Just (Fair, And Intent On Making Justice) – Deuteronomy 32:4Merciful (Overflowing With Active Compassion) – Psalm 145:9Omnipotent (Unlimited Power) – Genesis 17:1–Omnipresent (Everywhere At The Same Time) – Jeremiah 23:24Omniscient (Knowing All) – John 21:17.

(2) The spirits of the world

God created multitudes of angels, including at least three archangels: Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel. Angels are spirit beings which may or may not manifest themselves in a visible form. All angels were created good and holy but Lucifer, the chief worship angel decided to exalt himself and led a rebellion in heaven against God (Ezekiel. 28:13-15; Is 14:12-14). Lucifer and his angels were cast out of heaven and became Satan and his evil spirits (2 Peter 2:4).

(3) Spirit of men

Our spirit can be influenced either by the spirits of the world or by the Holy Spirit of God. We can serve God, “the Spirit of truth,” or the spirits of the world. Paul said, “For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness.” (Romans 1:9). We can be influenced by the Spirit of truth and serve God in our spirits. Or, we can be influenced by spirits of the world, and serve these spirits of the world in our spirits.

Only in Christ’s power and authority can we drive the spirits of the world out of their positions of influence in our lives. If we are in right relationship with God we have nothing to fear. If not we should cry out to God for deliverance. Satan’s works include sickness, inspiring false religion, strife and wars, creating poverty and oppression, leading people to torment and hell. He tries to rob us of our inheritance in Christ.

The seducing spirits like to make one believe Satan, hell, punishment, and judgment do not exist. Seducing spirits will use superficial means to deceive. We must stay in the Word and be in prayer on a daily basis.

When seducing spirits attack, they use tactics that disrupts Godly guidance by attempting to take control and subvert our will. One way to tell a false teacher is if his life becomes full of contradictions and erroneous teachings. He uses Half-truths, twisting of words, and wrenching scriptures out of context are sure ways to recognize seducing spirits. We must refuse ground to the enemy. We must fight against all deception. We must act and think intelligently.
We must not dwell on the past, or worry about the future, and we must face the present knowing that God sustained us. We must understand the power of the work of Christ, and we must pray for understanding. We must walk according to the Spirit, flee temptation, stay out of harm’s way, and put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20).

There is a difference between temptation and attacks from Satan. Satan uses temptation as a scheme or plot or compulsion to get us to do evil. Satan uses many methods of attack and normally with some success. Satan’s attack on us can be an overwhelming outpouring to defeat us. Satan seeks to steal, kill, destroy, deceive, distract, and do anything else he can to take us away from God. The wiles of the devil are non-stop. Many senses of the flesh; things we see, hear, emotions, the thoughts, even physical pain, may very well may be a tool of Satan.

Some (for there are many) examples of attacks from Satan: Satan will get you to believe your situation is bigger than God.—– Satan will attempt to make you blame others for your situation—- Satan will try to get you to focus on the situation—– Satan will send confusion into your life.

To identify the source of Satan’s attack on us is to look at the principles underlying the situation. Remember we are in a battle. All attacks are “temptation”, to take our minds/eyes off of God and onto carnal things. The battle never stops, but the battle is always won in-Christ. As soon as we choose to look away from Christ and look at the situation against our minds, we sink into what we look at. We sink into what we think upon, what we accept, and what we believe. We may even lose faith. Our Christian walk is not to be a prayer consisting of a series of petitions of rebuking the devil at every turn, but rather standing firm in our faith and resisting the temptations that Satan brings against us. It’s standing in the confidence that God has given us all the protection and weapons we need to meet any attack of the devil. The devil is able to attack us, but he cannot defeat us, we belong to Christ. We must never forget that we are covered and protected by the blood that Jesus gave when He died on the Cross.

We must war against false teaching. We must see the apathy in the body of Christ. We must pray, study, and fast if necessary, and be willing to learn, and we must face the truth.

The order, which God presents to us, is unmistakable: your spirit and soul and body.

It is not soul and spirit and body, nor is it body and soul and spirit. The spirit is the pre-eminent part, hence it is mentioned first; the body is the lowest and therefore is last mentioned; the soul stands between, so is mentioned between.

We have to keep feeding our inner man constantly with God’s word. Scripture defines the term “inner man” as being the spirit of a man. And further, it teaches that an alive and active and growing inner man is a man’s born again spirit possessed only by an individual who is a born again Christian (2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 3:16).
Understanding spirit, soul, and body is important to all Christians. It’s like the key that opens the treasure chest of God’s grace because it is the foundation to understanding Scriptures. One of the biggest problems that Grace believing Christians have in understanding how we can be completely righteous (because we don’t always “feel” righteous), is the principle of spirit, soul and body.

When God first created man he formed him from the dust of the ground, and then breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. As soon as the breath of life, which became man’s spirit, came into contact with man’s body, the soul was produced. Hence the soul is the combination of man’s body and spirit. Genesis 2:7

Adam, in his unfallen state, had his human spirit illuminated with the Holy Spirit from heaven, but when Adam sinned that close the window of the Holy Spirit. Our spirit remained spiritually dead, in every unregenerate heart. Not until we become born again Christians, that the Holy Spirit floods that chamber again with the light giving power of the new life in Christ Jesus. It is there in our spirit that the work of regeneration takes place.

Your spirit is your innermost part, not your “rational soul.” It is through regeneration, or rebirth, that we are able to become one with Christ. There are a number of things that happen when we are reborn. First, we receive forgiveness of our sins, and are seen as blameless in God’s eyes. Ephesians 1:4 states that “God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.” We are only seen as faultless when we are “in Christ”, or we put our faith in Christ and believe he died for our sins. The second thing that happens to someone who experiences regeneration through Christ is that they become a new person. 2 Corinthians explains this concept by saying that “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun”. Because we have put our faith in Christ we have a new way of thinking, a new of acting, and a new way of viewing the world.

We must have the Spirit of God live inside us because that is what makes us a born again Christian. We must read the word of God, “the Bible” regularly. Knowing and studying the Bible is the only way to really get to know Christ better, which is what our goal should be. Christians who truly want a closer walk with Jesus must worship God in- prayer, song, meditation, and praise. We must have the works of obedience; that is living out our faith; that is how we actually demonstrate how much we love God.

Our human spirit is limited to the things of man. If we want to know about the things of God, our dead and dormant spirit is not able to know them. For the natural man receiveth not the things of the spirit of God; for they are foolish unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14

So Man is spirit, soul, and body: We are spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body. The Bible clearly says we have all three: (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

1. Spirit: The inner man that possesses the nature of God. The inner being is the human spirit. It is here that God begins the work of recovery. Not in the realm of our feelings, but in what psychologists would call the realm of the subconscious, the deep-seated part of our life, the fundamental element of our nature. We are to drink of the Spirit of God so that we are refreshed and revitalized. Just as taking a drink of water refreshes your body, so drinking of the Spirit of God refreshes your spirit, at the deepest level of your life.

When we are born again, our spirit becomes alive to God. Previously our spirit was in a dormant, dead state towards God, but alive to sin.

Ephesians 2:5 (ASV)

even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ

(By grace have ye been saved)

When we put our faith in Jesus, this old sinful nature is crucified (& buried) into death with Christ:

Romans 6:6 ( ASV )

knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin;

Colossians 3:3 (ASV)

For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Now our spirit becomes alive to God

Romans 6:11 (ASV)

Even so reckon ye also yourselves to be dead unto sin, but alive unto God in Christ Jesus.

And here is the most amazing part: The moment we put our faith in Jesus Christ, our born-again spirit is created just as righteous as Jesus, perfectly holy & glorious, and has the very nature of Jesus Christ itself! The Father made Jesus to be sin in our place, so we could receive His righteousness as a free gift!

2 Corinthians 5:21 (ASV)

Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf;

that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

Our now reborn (regenerated) spirit is sometimes also called the “new man” or “inward man”.

Ephesians 4:24 (ASV)

and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.

This part of us can never change; it is made righteous forever!

2. Soul:

Our mind, will, and emotions – Although I know of no individual verse to establish this, the soul seems to be made up of at least three major parts: the mind, the emotions, and the will. That is, our soul is what we think, what we feel, and what we decide. This is why so many passages refer to people simply as souls. The soul is the real person without the body. The soul is the realm of the psyche and includes the mind, will, intellect, personality and emotions. This part does not instantly change when we are born again. Yes we have made a choice for Christ, but this part of us still has the old thought patterns and habits of our lives before Christ. These habits may have been formed out of mere self-preservation instincts, or by us yielding our members to the desires of our old sinful nature. Even though we don’t want to sin anymore, we still sometimes make mistakes. This is what Paul talks about in Romans 7:15, 20, 22, and 23.

Romans 7:15 (ASV)

For that which I do I know not: for not what I would, that do I practice; but what I hate, that I do.

Romans 7:20 ( ASV )

But if what I would not, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwelleth in me.

Romans 7:22-23 (ASV)

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind,

and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members.

Our soul (mind) is the part of us that we spend the rest of our life renewing. We have to train our mind to agree with the regeneration process taking place in our spirit. How do we do this? We need to spend more time with God, studying the Bible, praying, going to church, and having fellowship with other Christian.

Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,

that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

This is why we are told to set our minds on the things above:

Colossians 3:2

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Because the more we think God’s thoughts, the faster our minds will be transformed.

Our old sinful thought patterns will starve, and our mind will come into agreement with our

Born-again spirit. Our soul is also the part of us that is being made holy or being sanctified.

Hebrews 10:14

For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

3. Body: Our outer man (flesh). When Jesus died, He purchased you through His blood on the cress. So when we accepted Jesus into our heart our born-again spirit became alive towards God, and your body became a temple of God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Or, do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,

whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Our body will follow either the spirit or the mind, depending which one we give control. If we give our mind control, we are walking according the flesh, and the fruit of this is death (death in the form of us reaping the results of our ungodly actions).

Romans 6:21

What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed?

For the end of those things is death.

But now, since we have been made alive in the spirit (born again), let us walk according to the spirit! If our old sinful nature has now been crucified with Christ, why do we still want to walk according to it? As our mind becomes more and more renewed our body and mind (soul) will walk more and more in line with what has already happened in our spirit, becoming more committed to the righteous purposes of God.

Romans 6:19

I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.

Galatians 5:16-17

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh;

and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.

Remember you ARE a spirit; you have a soul and LIVE IN a body. Your spirit is completely righteous and holy, thus YOU have been made the righteousness of God!

Ephesians 3:16

that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
Romans 8:10

And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin,

but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

What is the inner man? It’s our born again Spirit and who we are in Christ.

Our inner man must progress if we are to keep growing in Christ and not become stagnant. Are you growing in Christ? Or are you stagnant? Are you just floating along with the stream of life or are you struggling because you are doing the will of God?

We must always keep progressing in our Christian walk, to that we must walk according to the Spirit; this way we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, we have to learn to let the spirit dominate us, we have to keep feeding our inner man constantly with God’s word, and we must read the scriptures on a daily basis.

Listen to your inner man when God speaks and do as God says. Remember greed is not our God; give when and what God tells you to give. Make your Spirit strong with God’s word and you will keep the doors closed to the enemy.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,

whom you have from God, and you are not your own?

For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit,

which are God’s.

 

I live in San Bernardino, California, graduated from La Puente high school in 1963, and in 1984 became a Christian. Went four years of community college, and Completed four years of Bible College and earned a Bachelor’s of Christian ministry @ Christian Leadership University.

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