Ephesians 5, Romans 13, Galatians 5
The ‘sense life’ is a prison for the fallen man. That is where the scriptures describe as the kingdom of darkness(a state of existence characterised by inability to recognise and understand the things of God). When operating in the natural senses, man is blinded from the truth. Life in the flesh, is blindness to the knowledge of God. That is why the scriptures talk about eyes that cannot see and ears that cannot hear. This is the kingdom where satan rules, where men operate according to their physical senses. It is the seat of human wisdom, which challenges everything that cannot be perceived or figured out with the natural senses, of which it is written about those who dwell in it, that “the carnal mind is enmity with God, it cannot please God, neither can it know God.” That is inability to both act in God’s shoes or see and receive truth, which is what it means to live in darkness, or to be spiritually dead.
In the course of our conversations, we will realise that just as God makes Himself real to us through the truth in our spirit, so also satan makes himself real to us through lies, or through knowledge that oppose truth. Satan makes contact with us through our senses, because he was thrown out of Eden too and condemned to feed on the earth. Satan feeding on the earth, means that satan finds expression through the flesh. Take a critical look on the world, everything we accuse the devil of is born out of the flesh, evil is the work of the man operating in the senses; wickedness, wars, poverty, suffering, hatred, intolerance, jealousy, etc. These are all manifestations of fear, described by scripture as the works of the flesh. In this world where we live, God can never be more real to you than the truth you know and obey(love), and satan can never be more real to you than the lies about life you know and obey(fear).
The scripture makes a statement; “Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” (Revelation 12:12 NKJV). This literally means; what a terrible thing to live in the flesh, for satan has been given authority to rule in and through the senses of men. Those who operate by their senses do the works of darkness. They work the works of darkness and also experience the stings of death. If you try to show them the way, because they are blind, they will be afraid to do as you say. Then they stumble, fall, knock something over or hit a pillar, until their blindness is healed. So scripture talks about putting to death the works of darkness through the spirit, in other words, replacing a life based on the senses with a life based on the truth. We shall see how to practically do this in the course of our conversations.
(YOU ARE AS CHRIST IS. Ephesians 2:13-16, Galatians 2:18-20)
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