Self is often called the Flesh. It’s really just selfishness, the carnal person in us we must fight to gain control of every day in our Christian lives. For instance, I slipped into the flesh this morning. We have had three days of cyclonic weather. Usually a cyclone lasts maybe half a day and passes on. Not this one. It was a DEMONIC ATTACK! The positives were that our dam filled up from nearly empty OVERNIGHT. Our tank filled up also from nearly empty in two days. We had been drinking brown water.
The negatives are: a tree fell on our rainwater tank and crushed it. Other trees broke off and fell everywhere. We had no power, water, or phone for a couple of days. Our driveway became a river and washed into our car port. The poor chickens are living in a quagmire. My beautiful wild rose-bush had to be mercilessly pruned when the arch on which it grew collapsed and shattered.
So this morning, still faced with no power, no phone, definitely no Internet, with my buckets of rainwater quickly running out, unwashed hair, and a stinky son, I went into what my son–the stinky one–called a pity party. I was having a good time moaning until he said that. Self-pity is NOT faith. It’s self, flesh, carnal, and should be made illegal.
The Scriptural term for dealing with our flesh is crucifixion. We should not expect to walk out of the deliverance room without demons knocking on the door wanting back in. In other words, we will have the desire or temptation to recommit those old sins we thought were dealt with. Just like when I kept having the desire to smoke for five years after I had given up.
Believe, first of all, that Yahshua has redeemed us from the things (demons, sins). He has forgiven us and they are cast out. Past tense again. But the old selfish man–the flesh–still resides in us. He must be nailed to the cross. Humble yourself in submission to crucifixion and death on that cross: Submit yourselves therefore to YHWH. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (JAMES 4:7).
Submit to YHWH’s Laws and will for you. Love Him first. Put other gods (demons) away. Just say, “No,” like a girl out on a date with a guy trying to worm immoral sex out of her. If I am tempted to complain about my trials or the ways in which others have hurt or angered me, I often think of those stoic souls of yesteryear going to be burned at the stake for their faith. They simply praised YHWH and, like Yahshua, submitted without uttering a word of condemnation toward their murderers.
Remember Leviathan from my last post? The absolute truth about him is: In that day YHWH with His sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea (IS. 27:1). And remember Jezebel? She had (past tense) an even worse fate: after being thrown out a window by her own eunuchs, the dogs shall eat Jezebel, declared Eliyahu, by the wall of Jezreel. Him that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat (I KINGS 21:23-24).
Remember, the battlefield is initially the mind. So–Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exulteth itself against the knowledge of YHWH, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Messiah (II COR. 10:5).
Having done so, Thou (that is, YHWH), wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee (IS. 26:3).
For that is our ultimate aim: a perfectly peaceful soul and spirit, so we can emulate the psalmist who wrote in PSALM 27:3 (paraphrased from The Message): When we are besieged, we are as calm as a baby; when all hell breaks loose around us, we stay collected and cool.