Victory Over Depression Blog

(Healing & Victory Through Jesus Christ)

All Things Are Possible Through CHRIST IN YOU

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Matthew 19:26 “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible”.

The impossibility is only possible because JESUS IS YOUR VICTORY.

In your weakness, Jesus becomes your strength.

Jesus takes over your entire new life (as much as you permit Him to.)

Your new life is to be hidden with Christ in God. You need to begin seeing life through His eyes from above.

Colossians 3:1-4 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory”.

From these verses, Paul is showing you how to live as your new identity.

  • You die to flesh and hide yourself in Christ.
  • Christ, as your new identity, now takes over and lives through you.
  • People will now see Christ in you when you “seek those things that are above”.
  • You are now risen with Christ, risen from the grave with your flesh left behind buried.
  • The Christian life is not as complicated as many make it out to be. The Christian life is only Jesus Christ.

Once you understand and focus more on your new identity, Jesus takes over through you and the rest falls in place under Him. The Holy Spirit now teaches you how to live as God’s child.

The Christian life is only JESUS CHRIST.

When you begin to see life from above, you easily flow into the intimate love and grace of God.

Jesus calls you daily to come into His heart of love and rest so He can take over.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light”.

One must reflect daily on these verses. Take them into your heart often so the Holy Spirit can truly make them real.

The Impossible is NOW Possible Through Christ In You.

Victory Over Depression (VOD) Video Teaching #1

There are so many Christians suffering depression. So many have broken hearts that have never been healed. For some this deep pain and brokenness can be traced all the way back to childhood. Talk about being in bondage.

That is why I am grateful to be able to share my Victory Over Depression video teaching. I had depression for decades, even as a Christian. Fortunately, I now walk in victory and share the Biblical principles that God provided for me to walk in victory and healing.

I pray God use this video to help as many as possible to walk in victory and healing. For it is only CHRIST IN YOU Who does the healing and victory.

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Please share this video with anyone it can help, even if they don’t have depression.

The next Facebook Live will be Tuesday April 26, 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
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Victory Over Depression Teachings

There was so many hurting and suffering from depression and broken hearts.  Their deep pain penetrates and causes many to become like paralyzed.

I pray that God can use Victory Over Depression – VOD Ministries to work through to provide victory over depression.

VOD Ministries is now beginning a periodic teaching on Facebook for victory over depression. 
The first teaching is Tuesday April 12th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Please join me or share this with whomever it can help.

I personally had depression for decades, but now God has provided victory.  I will be sharing the consistent biblical principles that God used to heal me and grow me into victory.

I pray Jesus touch so many broken hearts to the teachings.

Thank you and God bless.

Loneliness In The Heart

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This is an interesting blog that many need to read and put in the correct perspective.

There come various times in our lives that we experience “Loneliness In The Heart“.  Words themselves cannot fully explain what the experience is like.  IT MUST BE LIVED.

My recent experience grew out of the need of my old self that wanted to be recognized, successful, and appreciated.  Deep down we all want some kind of similar acknowledgment.  It is only a natural desire that all human being have.  For this is the way God has made us.

The need to fill this “Loneliness In The Heart” has become poisoned since the fall of Adam and Eve.  What occurs is we try to fill this loneliness with many an overabundance of different types of experiences – be they be job, family, ministry, drugs, alcohol, gambling, TV, sports, social media, etc.  These are important needs, but they only temporarily fill the heart. Eventually they wear off.

Other times you will feel so alone even though you know God lives in you. God, at times, will hide Himself. Your heart will long for Him, but God will seem a million miles away. You will feel like Job and even Paul, when at times he wanted to die. Hi encouraged though, God is always there.

The deep need that fills the loneliness is ONLY THE PRESENCE OF GOD HIMSELF.  God created our deepest heart needs so that only He totally fulfills it.  So when we are experiencing that loneliness, it is because we are missing out on the relationship God has within us.

So the obvious thing to do is to step away from earthly distractions.  I usually do by putting on worship music that I simply let minister to my heart.  Then, I open the Word of God (Bible) and let that minister to me.  I also withdraw into nature often and enjoy the silence of God’s wonderful creation.

Go within your heart where Jesus resides – CHRIST IN YOU.  Begin experiencing the deep, intimate love God has for your there.  The loneliness gradually subsides and the love of God overwhelms you. This is the natural growth and experience – CHRIST IN YOU.  Ensure you begin to experience the “normal”.

Be encouraged from this blog.  Refer often to it as you sense being distracted by “Loneliness In The Heart”.

SILENCE – A Key To Victory & Growth

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To permit the Lord Jesus Christ to live the Christian life through you is summed up in one word. To experience daily His love and the reality of His presence is summed up in one word.

That one word is SILENCE. You must be silent in the inner man, on your inside. Do you know how to keep and maintain your inside zipped? Your #1 desire and priority must be ‘to be alone and silent in the presence of God’. You must strive to develop this. Be mentally tough and ferociously persistent. Jesus lives inside you and is the source guiding and motivating you toward intimacy with Him.

This is as simple as it is – being alone, intimate, and silent in the presence of God. He then can reveal the depths of His love to you. Remember, be gentle and patient. It will become a way of life, not a formula. You grow gradually, just like anything else is life. Just cooperate with the life of Christ in you, that vine producing the fruit.

You do not run off and join a monastery. This silence becomes incorporated into your daily life, into your daily activities. God is only training you to “Be still and know He is God”. He quiets your inner man so He can speak and be heard. Yes, He will speak and speak very actively. Like a seed, it will grow and flourish in His love. It grows slowly and patiently because He causes the growth. God slowly peels off all flesh layers and thorns. Just rest in His love and be. Yes, just be, be, and be.

It is an ongoing process. You must absolutely put yourself into the Word of God with the mindset that I have just shared. Be mentally tough. Expect deep revelations of God’s love. God love becomes more real in your daily life. Only He can complete His work in you. Only make yourself restfully available for Him to thoroughly establish His life in you and thoroughly live His life through you.

In fact, you now hear Him gently touching your heart. Withdraw now into the intimacy of the depths of your heart. Go in secret, shutting the world out in your mind. Only Love awaits you.

HE IS RISEN – Meditation On The Resurrection Of Jesus Christ

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If Jesus remained buried in His tomb, Christianity would simply be talk about a “dead Jesus.”  If this was the truth, all Christianity could do is admire Jesus for the type of selfless life He lived.  Christianity would be touched by all the sufferings Jesus supposedly endured for the sins of the world and the wonderful things Jesus taught.  However, Christianity would still have a “dead Jesus.”

With a “dead Jesus,” how could anyone have a relationship with God?  How can one be assured that her sins are forgiven?  With a “dead Jesus,” Christianity is nothing more than an ordinary world religion.  Sins would not be forgiven and a personal relationship with God would be impossible.  Jesus would be on the same level as Abraham, Mohammed, Buddha, and Confucius.  Not very attractive would Christianity be against other belief systems.

However, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the core, central belief that makes Christianity what it is.  Jesus Christ resurrected is what makes Christianity stand high above any other world religion.  Jesus, our great God, has risen.  Jesus has forgiven all our sins and raises us from death to life.  No other religion can claim that its founder is God and that He rose from the dead.  Jesus alive is what makes Christianity appealing.  Jesus Christ is Christianity – a personal, vibrant relationship with the living God.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the core, central belief 

that makes Christianity what it is. 

Jesus Christ resurrected is what makes

Christianity stand high above any other world religion.

Think about this: Whether you are a Christian or a non-Christian, if Jesus did not rise from the dead, what would occur to the sin issue separating mankind from God?  Would all sins be forgiven?  The answer is “No.”  Without the resurrection, Jesus could not be God.  If Jesus was not God, He could not die for the sins of the world.  He would simply be a dead man buried in a tomb.  Because mankind possesses an indwelling sin nature, no man (except he be God) could take away sin through death.  Such was Jesus successful.  He is the God-man in the flesh.

There are many skeptics, who even today, doubt that Jesus rose from the dead.  Their arguments may seem valid on the surface, but an examination of the resurrection details shows convincing evidence that Jesus did rise from the dead.

There is sufficient archaeological evidence to validate the resurrection of Jesus.  Even the most skeptical of theologians cannot deny the fact of archaeological evidence dating as far back as the second century AD.  (An excellent reference source is The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel.)

The skeptics do admit the reality of a man named Jesus who lived, was crucified on a Roman cross, buried in a Pharisee’s tomb, and whose tomb was now empty.  The historicity of these events are accurately documented and supported over 2000 years of study and research.  Two non-Christian historians (Tacitus the Roman and Josephus the Jew) acknowledge the person of Jesus in their writings 2000 years ago.  Since the Romans were pagan and the Jews rejected Jesus, there certainly was no favoritism coming from these groups that allied them to Jesus.  For any skeptic denying this or saying there was a conspiracy, there is little basis to support this claim.

So the genuine question for today is, “What is YOUR belief of the evidence that Jesus Christ rose from the dead?”

What is your belief of the evidence that

Jesus Christ rose from the dead?

Another convincing support of the resurrection of Jesus is the abundance of eyewitnesses Jesus appeared to.  The apostle Paul says Jesus appeared to more than 500 people, whom most were still alive.  Paul is saying, “If you want proof of the resurrection, talk to those living eyewitnesses whom Jesus appeared to.”  Eyewitness proof is very convincing evidence, especially when there are many eyewitnesses.  It is not simply a few witnesses; it is more than 500.  That certainly is no conspiracy.  Throughout the Acts Of The Apostles, Luke emphasizes that the apostles and disciples consistently preached the “resurrected” Jesus.

Another support of the resurrection is the radical change of life the new Christians underwent.  They gave up their possessions to help those in need.  In the first few centuries AD, multitudes of Christians were persecuted, tortured, and martyred because they would not renounce their faith in a resurrected Jesus.  The easy way out was to renounce Jesus and your life would be spared.  (Though some obviously did, they were in the minority.)  Far more died for their belief in a resurrected Jesus.  They believed a life with Jesus Christ in the next world was worth dying for.  They would never renounce their belief in the resurrected Jesus.  The fact that a simple group of Christians nonviolently turned the first century world upside down is proof enough of the resurrection.

The fact that a simple group of Christians nonviolently turned the first century world

upside down is proof enough of the resurrection.

If the resurrection is a lie, it makes no sense that countless multitudes would give up their lives.  They VOLUNTARILY gave up their lives to die for Jesus.  If Jesus never rose from the dead, then Christianity is the most successful hoax ever pulled off.  Not only had they offered their life in death, but they died rejoicing.

Visualize how the actual resurrection of Jesus occurred.  We have details from the four gospels, but it is important we visually place ourselves there 2000 years ago.  We need to experience the Resurrection’s personal impact in our lives.

Inside the tomb, the illumination of the glory of God shone throughout the dark tomb.  The soul and spirit of Jesus enter His lifeless body.  Jesus sits up, rolls up the linen covering His head, and passes right through the other linens.  This may seem magical, but let us remember two things:

Jesus is God and can do anything He chooses.  Notice His human side, however, by rolling up the linen covering His head.More importantly, understand the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  We must never lose focus of this.  Let this impact penetrate your heart.

The glorious body of our Lord Jesus Christ has risen.  His nail-scarred hands are clearly visible.  He is risen.  We no longer need to seek the living among the dead.

I Corinthians 15 is a lengthy chapter that the apostle Paul writes to confirm the validity and significance of the Resurrection of Jesus.  I recommend that you read this chapter often.  If you have any doubts of the validity of Jesus’ Resurrection, this chapter is a must to read.

Look at some of Paul’s convincing facts of the Resurrection.

I Corinthians 15:14-17 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain.  Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, Whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.  For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.I Corinthians 15:20-22 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.  For since by a man (Adam) came death, by a man (Jesus) also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.I Corinthians 15:50-55 Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in the moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must put on the imperishable, and the mortal will have put on immortality.  But when the perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY.  O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY?  O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?

Enjoy this video: IT WAS A MORNING LIKE THIS

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From Spiritual Death (Flesh) To Spiritual Life (CHRIST IN YOU)

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Look closely how the apostle Paul uses the Red Sea crossing,  of the Israelite Exodus from Egypt, to clearly symbolize our crossing from spiritual death in Adam to spiritual life in Christ and through Christ.

I Corinthians 10:1-4 “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea: and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” 

Here God shows how they passed from death to life.  They were baptized with Moses as they walked through the place of death, the Red Sea.  To baptize basically means to immerse into something and come out as something else.

What an outstanding example of our own walk in Christ from death to life!  As the Israelites are baptized in Moses, we are baptized (immersed) in Christ.  We immerse with our old Adamic nature, spiritually dead and sinners in need of forgiveness.

Jesus delivers us by bringing us out and giving us a new identity, a new Godly nature.  (Romans 6:4-5 “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.”

Our new nature is a new life.  We truly are risen from the dead spiritually.  It is an EXCHANGED life.  Jesus takes our spiritually dead, sinful life and gives God’s life to live in us in exchange.  Yes, it is an exchanged life, not a changed life.

You can never change your flesh for improvement.  You can never train your flesh to act holy.  Take my words deeply into your heart about the exchanged life (not a changed life).

Be convinced why Jesus had to give you a new nature, His very self.  This is the victory that awaits you – Christ residing in your heart everyday.  Stop attempting to improve or “Christianize” your flesh.  Your flesh is your enemy against God.  You must be convinced of this truth.

I remember frequently attempting to train my flesh to behave “religiously,” like a good Bible-believing Christian.  Yet, our flesh sure comes out at the spur of the moment.  One incident was when I trained my mouth not to curse.  I did so well in my self-effort that for over one year I never cursed.  Then one day when my car broke down, I blurted out, “God Dammit!”

WOW!  What a shocking revelation I learned about my flesh!  It sure does come out suddenly and abruptly.  I had forgotten James 3:8 about taming my tongue.  “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” 

Another incident occurred when I had a spectacular time of worship with the Lord.  I was praising Him with worship music, using my headphones, while walking through crowded Times Square in New York City.

I was completely oblivious to the hectic noise of car horns, traffic, and large crowds.  This went on for about one hour.  The Lord truly took me into His presence as I walked through Times Square singing loudly and raising my hands to praise Him.

Then I went to cross a corner when the walk sign was in my favor.  I was halfway across the street when suddenly this large, taxi limousine just cut me off turning the corner and nearly hit me.  I remember my chest brushing up against its side.  It must have missed me by a few inches.

I was praising the Lord at that time and was suddenly shocked at my circumstance.  I vividly remember saying to myself as I was nearly hit, “What the hell is this!”

Then while I was praising God and because it was a long limo, I smacked the side window very hard with the palm of my hand.  The next moment I saw the limo pull over and the driver exiting.  I said to myself, “O Lord, what did I do!  Lord, you better get me out of this one.  I sure blew it.”  I turned the volume up and began walking at a faster pace, never turning back.  I certainly was stunned.

Later, I asked the Lord in my spirit, “What was that all about?”  I did not understand how I could be deeply in the presence of God and experiencing His love and, in the next instant, have my flesh quickly erupt.  God replied in my spirit, “Bob, we had excellent fellowship time.  You truly were in My presence.  Your heart was pure before Me.  Therefore, I can show you how deeply I love you.  However, Bob, you had to come back down to reality.  I purposely set this incident up to remind you that you are not in heaven with Me yet.  You still live on earth and an evil, sinful nature called your flesh still resides in you.  Bob, it can come out at any moment.  I wanted to remind you of this so you can remember to be totally dependent on Me for everything, 24 hours per day.

I gladly obliged with our Lord.  (Our Lord certainly does have a sense of humor when He teaches us specific lessons.)

So do not be shocked at your flesh any longer.

See your new nature in Christ.  With your new nature, you have a new identity. 

Everything truly is new; it all begins with Jesus.

Glorious! 

God Does NOT Look At “Dead” Things

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It definitely breaks the Lord’s heart very deeply when He sees His children behaving as though they are not.  Many Christians walked in a pure love relationship with God when they first asked Jesus to reside in their hearts – becoming born again of spirit.  However, and unfortunately, they have strayed from this intimate, love relationship with God into a relationship with “dead things”.  The apostle Paul states this clearly in his second letter to the church at Corinth.  II Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent (devil) beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”.

It truly is one of the saddest experiences in the Christian life when a Christian has lost basically all hope of ever living a victorious life in Jesus.  He is so burdened and overwhelmed that he is no longer able to function normally on a daily basis.  Fear, anxiety, and insecurity are now accepted as the norm.  He has basically become depressed, severely if the hurts and rejections of life’s problems become deeply rooted in his heart.  He isolates himself from the world.  Therefore, the Holy Spirit is not permitted to renew his mind.  He has become stigmatized and the joy of the Lord has all but extinguished.  He can only become absorbed with “dead things”.

Yes, I state “dead things”.  Anyone or anything that does not have Jesus Christ as the source or origin is spiritually dead in nature.  The only life God the Father looks at is His Son’s life.  He only sees Jesus when He sees His children.  Jesus crucified everything that is not part of God (especially our sinful nature) on His cross at Calvary.  God now only deals with life – His Life.

An accurate explanation for this type of hypocritical “death” lifestyle that many Christians live is as follows.  They were saved from spiritual death by permitting the life of Christ, as God, to reside in their hearts.  Now that they are restored to life spiritually, they continue to live the Christian life as though they are still spiritually dead.  How sad!  Jesus died for their sins and crucified their sinful natures so He could raise and restore spiritual life (His life as God) back in them.  Romans 5:10 “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

I express my views on depression because I am an expert.  Fortunately by God’s grace, I am no longer depressed.  However, before He delivered me from depression, I was depressed for 17 years (seven of them very severe).  Today Jesus constantly reminds me, very specifically in fact, what it was like.  I kept a daily journal during the depths of my depression years that Jesus still uses today to remind me of events that occurred during that time.  I vividly remember the constant, daily tears of crying myself to sleep every night.  I still see the continuous shaking of my hands from being nervous whenever stress or conflict occurred.  Often these events break my heart, even today.  It is as if they are occurring all over again.  I begin crying in my heart.  Fortunately, Jesus has shown me that His blood has cleansed and removed all this.  I thank Him so much for doing this.

GOD LOOKS AT LIFE – JESUS IN US.

Don’t look at “dead” things.  God doesn’t.

The Only Way For Mature Growth

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One you know the convincing proof of  new identity in Christ – convinced that you are a child of God, you mustgrow in maturity toward the fullness of this identity.

II Peter 3:18 tell us “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

This growth is spiritual in nature and can only be done daily.  It involves the same choices that all Christians must make.  You either choose spiritual death or spiritual life in your daily walk decisions.

Death is the way of Satan and your flesh; life is the way of Christ and His Holy Spirit.  The way of Christ is Calvary, the narrow road.  Few go this way because of the deep pains along the way.

Jesus wants to (1) reveal, (2) remove, and (3) heal these pains and hurts.  His way of Calvary is so healing, loving, and gentle even though at times it may be very painful.  The pain will only be temporary as you consistently keep your heart open to His love.

However, you must go through His Calvary cross daily so you can die daily to your flesh.  Calvary is where your flesh is put to death.  Otherwise, your daily resurrection experiences of the love of Jesus within you will often be just beyond your grasp.

Is not Calvary a symbol of death?  Of course it is.  Fortunately, it is the necessary death of our flesh, not our spirit.  This is what Jesus refers to in Matthew 10:38-39 “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.” 

It is only our daily opportunities to crucify our flesh so the life and love of God can be rooted in us more deeply.  He desensitizes us to our flesh desires more and more.  (Just remember not to carry your cross alone.  Jesus is with you and in you carrying it.  Let Him carry your burdens.  Just rest in His love.) 

This is how you grow daily in maturity and character.  You have the frequent opportunities to die daily to your already dead flesh.  Therefore, the life and love of Jesus in you will grow and flourish.  His love will flow from you naturally.

This is the love the fearful, hurting world so desperately needs to hear and experience.  God wants to share this love to the world through you.  But, first, you must grow in His love – to grow in maturity and character.  As you die more to your flesh, God trusts you more to share His love to the world.

Think About It:  For you to share the love of God to the world, God must first trust you to handle it properly, to not abuse it.

This is why you are given opportunities daily to die to your flesh desires.  After you die to them, you easily become increasingly more dependent on Christ in more areas of your life.  Therefore, God can trust you more to share His love to hurting and needing people.  Only His love will motivate you to.

As I look back 25-30 years ago when I was a young Christian, I persistently prayed for an increase of spiritual gifts.  I sure wanted them to help the body of Christ.  My desire and prayers were very sincere.  However, I was immature (not in a selfish way); I was not ripe to be used (to fly) in this area.  (One can be very sincere, but sincerely wrong.)  I did not know it then, but what I really needed was a deeper, intimate walk with Jesus.  After all, I was “masking” my severe depression during this time. 

Because I was covering up my depression (and all my flesh), God could not trust me to share His love to a hurting world.  Why would He?  I needed His love for myself first, to heal my own heart and hurts.  Otherwise, I definitely would have abused His love.

Basically, my prayer for spiritual gifts was very ego-driven.  My flesh would have been so puffed up; I would have bragged and shown off my spiritual gifts.  I would always be looking out the corner of my eye to see who noticed “how spiritual I was.”

What an abuse of the love and grace of God!  It is now so easy to understand why God never gave me more spiritual gifts.  He surely answered my prayer, but in His way.  I definitely needed a deeper, intimate love relationship with Him.  I am so grateful.  He quickly reminded me often of Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” 

It posibly may be the same for you.  How many of your prayers and motives are driven by your flesh?  How often do you peer out the corner of your eyes to see who notices “how very spiritual you are”?  Only you can answer that.

Be very honest with yourself.  Do you not desire the love of Jesus to root deeper into your heart and life?  Spend intimate, silent time with Jesus often, especially in His Word.  Keep your heart open to His love.  The Holy Spirit will reveal your true motives.  Do not run away when He reveals more of your flesh desires.  Acknowledge them and face them.  It is only Jesus permitting you opportunities to die to them.

God is looking for which of His children He can trust more to share His very intimate love with to a hurting world.  Do you agree?  Do you think you can easily abuse His love and grace?  Do you believe you need a deepening awareness of your intimate love with Jesus?  You do this as you die daily to your flesh desires for power and popularity in the Christian world, especially the world of spiritual gifts.  Only the Lord will show your own specific answers.

Then, I assure you – He will elevate Himself in you and through you because He can trust you more to share His love and grace to people.  People will most definitely see the love of God flowing from you very clearly and very easily.  You will be ready to fly only as God intends you to fly.

Your Flesh Is 100% Evil. Know It Well.

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The struggle within of our flesh and the Holy Spirit is on ongoing daily one.  How often have you felt this struggle?  Within your members, there is something that wants to honor Christ and, at the same time, there is something that wants to hang Him.  This basically is the struggle we undergo; it cannot be avoided.  No matter how successful or popular our flesh is in the eyes of the world, it will always attempt to destroy the Holy Spirit’s work in you.

Yet, as we undergo this battle, it is remarkable how we tenaciously still put confidence in the flesh and resist the Holy Spirit.  This is how strong our flesh is.  How challenging it is for the Holy Spirit to “woo” us from the flesh to Himself.  We can hear countless teachings/sermons and read often how evil our flesh is and “That no flesh should glory in His presence.” (I Corinthians 1:29)  However, because the flesh has controlled us for so long, we easily yield control of our lives to it.  We will not permit the Holy Spirit to root its evilness out of the depths of our heart.  Therefore, we behave like King Saul (1 Samuel 15:15) and keep the best of the flesh to offer to God in worship and in praise.  We offer to God our works in the flesh – despite God already condemning them.

The flesh will do anything to manipulate the situation to its own benefit.  This is just how evil we are in our Adamic nature.  Somehow the flesh will always try to make a situation beneficial for it.  It will do anything to dethrone Christ from His rightful possession (us).

Even when the flesh realizes Christ is gaining more access into the believer’s heart and life, the flesh will then attempt to keep this from repeating further.  For the flesh knows that it is powerless against the Holy Spirit.  So it will attempt to confuse the believer’s mind with other things that will keep him busy for Jesus or lure him away from finding the riches of Jesus in him.  II Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your mind should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”The flesh will actively attempt to make the Christian practice righteousness – to be a Christian in the power of the flesh.

The flesh will always go along to keep its true, evil identity hidden.  How often I see Christians volunteering for ministry, when it was really the flesh directing them to volunteer.  I know because I volunteered in the works of the flesh many times.  The flesh knows it cannot cease the Christian from joining Christian ministries, so it ensures its evil nature and agenda remain hidden.

For its own survival, the flesh gets the Christian to “imitate” Christianity, to imitate Jesus.  The flesh will never miss any opportunity to make the Christian imitate Christ – anything from church attendance, missions, Bible study, prayer, revival, second coming, spiritual gifts, evangelism, deliverance, tithing, Scripture memorization, denominations, financial prosperity, spiritual warfare, rapture, keeping the Sabbath, etc.  You name it and the flesh will be there.

The flesh can only produce a cheap imitation of the real thing.  And Jesus definitely is NO imitation. But the Christian imitates Christianity – very zealously and sincerely.  Yet, he is not realizing that Satan has blinded him to the truth of seeing only Jesus.  As the Holy Spirit continues to draw him closer to Jesus, the flesh will divert his attention away from Christ and get it focused on things he can do for Christ.  The flesh will keep him busy and the Holy Spirit unemployed in many areas of his life.  This is so true for many Christians.  We focus more on the gifts than the Giver, on blessings instead of the Blesser.

This is idolatry.  Do you ever see or have you ever experienced a time when Christian work you were involved in became an object of idolatry?  How about today?  Are you, today, involved in Christian work that is an object of idolatry?  Are you more focused on ministry than the love of Jesus? How often do you boast of your Christian ministry?  Only the Holy Spirit can reveal this to you.  Therefore, without Jesus we cannot do anything (in God’s eyes).  And if Jesus is not the prime motivation of everything we do as a Christian, then we are accomplishing nothing.  We become abysmal failures.  And God expects nothing less.

Our solution is only Truth – Jesus Himself – the only Way, the only Truth, the only Life (John 14:6).  The only language Satan speaks is lies.  

One thing is always certain – the Truth of God never changes.  Truth is the very nature of God Himself.  Truth is a fact that must be expressed.  Since Jesus (Truth) never changes, the truth of His message and plan of salvation never changes.  So also does the nature of Satan and the flesh never change.  They may try to convince us that it does, but when you realize that all they speak are lies, that should settle the matter.  They may oppose, confuse, distort, manipulate, sulk, persecute, slander, gossip, covet, etc. anything from the primary truth.  They want you to believe it to be a simple truth – to compromise with sin.  But even a little lie distorts the truth.  A lie is a lie.  Truth is truth.

So there is only one thing to do with the flesh – – – CRUCIFY IT DAILY. Then let Jesus live His life through you.  It’s is CHRIST IN YOU.

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