A Point of No Return Part 2

Last time we said – Remember God told Adam in Genesis 2:16,17, of every tree of the garden you may freely eat? That meant even the tree of life. The only tree they could not eat from was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Unlike the tree of life which affects the spirit, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil affected the soul, the mind, will and emotions. The way they think. See the post A Point Of No Return

So taking of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil did 3 things:

1) Changed their spirit – cut them off from God
2) Changed their emotions – now had fear
3) Changed their thinking – changed their thoughts. They no longer thought like God thinks.

They no longer thought like God thinks. When someone gets saved, born again, as Jesus explained in John 3:1-13, they are born again of the Spirit. Their spirit is made alive again unto God, just like in the garden of Eden before Adam sinned. But now, there is a catch. The catch is we remember our life and thoughts before we got saved. We also have a sinful body, our flesh and our flesh wants to sin. And Paul helps us by instructing us to renew our mind and think on specific things in Philippians 4:8 KJV  “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

And Paul also instructs us how to deal with our flesh, our body. 1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV  “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

You see, when someone gets truly saved, born again like Jesus said, our spirit is made alive unto God again. But our soul, our mind and thoughts, our will and our emotions has been educated and taught the world’s ways, not God’s. Solutions to problems many look for from the knowledge of the world and not from God’s word, which is truth.

So we wrestle with what we see, what we were taught and what we think compared to what God’s word says. That is why we are told to renew our mind.  Ephesians 4:22-24 KJV  “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
[23] And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
[24] And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

Remember Adam told God, I was afraid because I was naked in Genesis 3:8-12. Before, Adam knew nothing of fear or shame or nakedness. Adam now had thoughts and emotions he had not had before. God did not give Adam these thoughts or emotions but Satan did by tricking them into thinking “they would be like gods” if they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Genesis 3:5,6. What Satan did not tell them was they would now have fear, shame and thoughts and emotions that were contrary to God.

God even asked Adam, who told you that you were naked? Did you eat of the tree I told you not to eat?

And because you and I were born after Adam and Eve sinned, we are born with a sin nature and our spirit man is dead unto God until we get born again. As Adam, we are born with a spirit, soul and body but our spirit man is dead unto God. Oh yes, we have the Spirit of God in us, the breath of life, but it needs to be revived towards God. Remember when Paul told Timothy from a child he has known the holy scriptures in 2 Timothy 3:15? God gives us his Spirit when we are in our mother’s womb, Jeremiah 1:5 KJV  “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Everyone is born with the light of God in them and King David understood that as we read in 2 Samuel 12:20-23. But when children get to an age of accountability, when they understand right from wrong, good and evil, they have knowledge of good and evil ( sounds like the tree in the garden ) these children must make a decision to believe God and follow him or not.

Paul was explaining the concept in Galatians 4:1-9 KJV  “Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
[2] But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
[3] Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
[4] But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
[5] To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
[6] And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
[7] Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
[8] Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
[9] But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”

Paul relates the knowledge – soul thinking – and compares it to the new man – the spirit man revived. And the saved person’s spirit man no longer thinks like the world. The saved person does not look at things by what they think, or what the world teaches, soul living, but they now look at things by what God says in his word.

You see, the world has knowledge, education, training and thoughts but they are all based in and around the world, in the flesh, in this life. But the believer sees and knows what the world says, what the doctor says, what the counselor says, what the books teach but they filter everything through God’s word. And when God says something that contradicts what you see, hear and are being told, you have to decide who you will believe.

Jesus taught us how to put this into action in Matthew 4:1-11. When Satan was telling Jesus one thing Jesus spoke God’s word back to Satan. Some “believers” call this name it and claim it but that is not what this is. Let’s face it, in this world, in the flesh, it takes a spiritually grounded person to stand on the promises of God. When your situation says one thing and God’s word says something different, when everything around you shows you one thing but contradicts God’s word and what you are seeing does not line up, it takes spiritual grounding, faith to fight back.

Our spiritual warfare is focused on “the knowledge of good and evil”. It goes back to the garden when Satan tempted Eve causing Adam and Eve to have thoughts and emotions God never intended for them. Satan does the same thing today. Satan knows he can now access our thoughts since the fall of Adam. The battlefield truly is the mind, your thoughts and thought process. And what you put into your mind and your children’s mind is planting seeds that one day will grow into huge roots. It is better to dig up the roots when they are small because if you don’t, you may not be able to dig them up when they are full grown.

One footnote: The tree of life, mentioned in Genesis in the Garden of Eden? After the final judgment and the new heavenly Jerusalem, guess what is there? The tree of life. Revelation 22:1-2 KJV  “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
[2] In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

Sorry this post is a little long but I wanted to finish the point. Until next time.

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