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Friday, October 18, 2013

CARVE OUT SIN, LEST IT GROW IN US LIKE A DISEASE.

We will start this time by looking at a verse from Ephesians: Ephesians 4:27 and do not give the devil a foothold.-NIV Here is this verse in multiple English translations. 4:27 nor give place to the devil- NKJV. 4:27 neither give room for the devil. - Darby's English Translation 4:27 Give not place to the devil. - Douay Rheims 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. - Noah Webster Bible 4:27 and do not leave room for the Devil. - Weymouth New Testament 4:27 neither give place to the devil. - World English Bible 4:27 neither give place to the devil; - Young's Literal Translation The original Greek word for this ‘place’, or ‘room’ is ‘topos’. Topos translated directly means, a place to occupy. This verse in Ephesians is warning us not to give Satan a place to occupy within us. Salvation is a joint project. Salvation is not a moment or a singular event. It is a process, and a process that you play a key role in. We are not instantly and completely redeemed the moment that the true identity of Jesus is revealed to us. We must work through our salvation with fear and with trembling. Further, Sin and the evil one are never content to settle. Left unchallenged, they will grow in you, with a goal of total corruption and consumption. You must be willing to fight and cut sin out of you. If you are new to the study, please read the previous two studies below to understand the above two paragraphs. This is a difficult, but critical truth. The Spirit occupies the area in our heart and soul that we have repented in. The evil one occupies the areas that we have not yet cut that sin out. You were created with a soul to be filled with the Spirit of God (Gold). However, due the fall in the garden and our present sinful nature, Satan is able to occupy the sinful areas of our soul. Prior to any repentance, we are fully owned and occupied by the evil one. When we first repent, come to know Jesus, and we start the salvation process. Jesus cleanses the sin, in the area of our repentance. The Spirit then occupies that part of our soul that Jesus cleanses. This immediately changes us, as we now have the Spirit of God within us. However, our transformation is not complete, it has only begun. As we work through our salvation, carving out sin and repenting, the space that the Spirit occupies in us grows. Sin and Satan are like a disease. They try to spread and occupy as much area in your soul as you allow them. Allowing sin to remain is dangerous because it grows like cancer. That is why Jesus commands us to cut it out, lest our entire bodies been thrown into Hell. Our goal is to completely strip sin out of our life, and be fully occupied by the Spirit. This is our goal because the Lord will baptize us with the Holy Spirit, AND, with fire. At the end of the age, His wheat will be gathered in the barn, while the chaff will be burn.
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