Mind Control: God's Plan to Recapture Your Mind Part 1
1 Corinthians 5 NAS
1 It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife.
2 You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.
3 For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present.
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your boasting is not good Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?
7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.
8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;
10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.
11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one.
12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?
13 But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.
A brother and mentor in Christ showed this text to me, and after I read this, I realized that the church should throw me out. In a way God has thrown me out into the world to be given to the devil and his demons for my salvation and ultimate good. As far as my church, I put on such a good act that nobody ever suspected me. I mean, the only time I see church folks is on Sunday, and the rest of the week, I am with folks from other churches and denominations or just plain unbelievers. But even they were a little fooled, because my wife only really saw the real me. One of my largest sins was reviling, which in effect is verbal abuse. I also struggled with many vices and people-pleasing. My mind was corrupted at an early age. I didn't really grow up in the Bible Belt, so most of what I saw and experienced was anti-Christian and anti-moral. Once one makes the decision to follow Jesus, they also have the task of making the decision to find out what it means to follow Him, and what kind of things we need to do with our minds. I read a book some time ago that really didn't have an impact on me until recently, and that book was called "The Enemy Within." In that book the author mentioned that the mind is the watchman of the soul. Well, my watchman has been on vacation, and the town has been ravaged! Therefore, I have needed a guide to get me on track so that I can re-establish the watchman post, and rebuild the town. Romans 8:13-17 has also been a pivotal text, and has given me hope in this low and dark time. Here it is:
Romans 8:13-17 ESV
13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
I don't know if you caught that last part, but Paul makes it sound like that we must suffer with Christ. Wow! I wonder how many people would walk the isle if that was preached on Sunday morning? But, it probably needs to be preached. There are so many people that need to hear this, and I was one of them. I think that John Owen once said: "Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you." That is straight out of the Bible. God told Cain just before he killed Abel out of greed and jealousy:
Genesis 4:6-8 (New International Version)
6 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, "Let's go out to the field." And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.
Obviously, Cain lost, and sin overtook him. The question then comes: "How do I master my sin so that it doesn't take me?" My mentor Brother Ray told me that it begins with the mind. I will discuss that in the next post.