- 1 Introduction
- 2 Your life
- 3 Your Life unto Death
- 4 The Sleep of Death
- 5 Rev. 12:11 and the Life unto Death
- 6 Your Reins
- 7 Thoughts from Satan’s Veil of Death
- 8 God’s Thoughts about You
- 9 The Vision of the Holy Spirit
- 10 The Word of Prophecy
- 11 Three Sources of Dreams and Visions
- 12 a) Your own spirit
- 13 Prophets from their Own Hearts
- 14 Lying Divination
- 15 b) The Spirit of Satan
- 16 The Sting of Death
- 17 False Burdens and Causes of Banishment
- 18 c) The Holy Spirit
- 19 The Vision of the Holy Spirit in Matt. 3:16
- 20 Unrighteousness and Sin
- 21 You Have to Deny Yourself Daily
- 22 The Spirit of Your Mind
- 23 Fear as Motivator
- 24 Renewing the Spirit of Your Mind
- 25 A Pure Heart
- 26 1John 1:6-8
- 27 Related Articles
Know Yourself – Part 2 concludes the two part series: Know Yourself. In Part 1 I explained what your “self” means. Your “self” is your soul. I then listed the six names that the Bible uses to describe your soul.
The Bible uses the following six names to describe your soul:
- Your Life,
- Your Life unto death, and
- Your Reins.
In Part 1 we got as far as where the Bible describes “Yourself” as your soul, so I’ll continue from the name “Your Life”.
Your soul is also known in the Bible as your life. In Matt. 16:24-26, the Master also refers to your soul as your life.
Your soul is your life. Therefore, your body and your spirit cannot exist without your soul. With your physical death here on earth, your body is buried into the earth, while your spirit will return to God (Eccl. 12:7). This does not apply to your soul.
When you die, your soul will either go to the Kingdom of God in Christ, or to the lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 20:20). Those who believe in Christ will also die in Christ and pass into His Kingdom immediately upon their physical death (John 6:40, 54).
It is this life of yours (your soul), that our Lord Jesus Christ also refers to when He says in John 12:25, “He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” Philosophies such as “love yourself”, “I can”, etc. teach you to exercise the power of your soul. These philosophies contradict this teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ in John 12:25.
To love your life is to walk in the understanding (insight), and power of your soul. Prov. 3:5 teaches, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Your Life unto Death
Your soul is your life, and is also known as your life unto death. Your life is destined to end here on earth and is, therefore, unto death. Every person’s life (soul) is subjected to the death of Satan’s veil of death (Isa. 25:7; 1John 5:19).
Everything under Satan’s veil of death is destined to death and is, therefore, unto death. Therefore, our bodies will also decay and die, and return to the dust from which God made it.
When Eve lusted after the beauty of Satan’s veil of death (Gen. 3:6), her soul was covered by Satan’s veil of death. Thus, her soul was darkened as she inherited Satan’s veil of death with its light of darkness and death. The same applied to her husband.
Satan is sin. Therefore, Adam and Eve’s lust after the beauty of the dreams and visions of Satan’s veil of death conceived sin, and brought forth sin. Their sin then brought forth death. Thus, they died a spiritual death which brought forth the decay and death of their physical bodies (Jam. 1:15).
Those who die without Christ remain in the darkness of Satan’s veil of death. Those who are reborn in Christ will die in Christ and pass on to be with Him.
The Sleep of Death
Even when we sleep, we sleep into the death of Satan’s veil of death. In Ps. 13:3 King David also prayed in this regard, “Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death.”
Therefore, the Word of God also teaches in Eph. 5:14, “…Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
In Rom. 6:4 the apostle Paul teaches: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
When you accept the Lord Jesus Christ, your dead (dark) soul dies its life unto death that is in Satan’s veil of death. When you then let yourself be baptize under water, your soul is buried with Christ into Satan’s veil of death. As you are raised from the water you are raised up from the death of Satan’s veil of death so that you can walk in newness of life. Newness of life is life in the Light of Eternal Life in Christ Jesus. In him was life; and the life was the light of men (John 1:4).
Rev. 12:11 and the Life unto Death
In Rev. 12:11 we learn that Michael, the archangel and his angels overcame Satan and his angels because, among other things, they did not love this life which is unto death. Rev. 12:11 reads: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Angels cannot die – not in this life, nor in the life hereafter. Therefore, with the Angels of God there is no fear of death as with our people that still have to die. The fear of death as we experience it here on earth is not a factor in the hereafter.
When Rev. 12:11 says that Michael and his angels loved not their lives unto the death it means that they did not love the works of Satan. Their faith was in God alone (Mark 11:22), and not in Satan’s works of death (Heb. 6:1; 9:14).
When you are led by the insight of your soul, then you love your life which is unto death. When you love your life unto death, you will not be able to overcome Satan’s attacks.
In the Bible, your soul is also known as your reins. The word reins is an archaic word for kidneys, and denotes the mind of your soul.
In Jer. 17:10 our Lord Jesus Christ says: “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Then, in Rev. 2:23 our Lord Jesus Christ also says: “…and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.”
It is in your reins (your soul) that you create and experience the spiritual phenomena of dreams and visions. In Ps. 16:7 King David says: “I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.”
Dreams and visions stem from thoughts and imaginations in your mind. Thoughts are spiritual realities, and so are dreams and visions. Your spirit feeds your mind with thoughts that evoke dreams and visions that manifest in your soul. Your soul in turn fulfils these dreams and visions.
Your mind is also fed with thoughts from Satan’s veil of death. This is not because of your doing. This is simply because our souls are subjected to the power of Satan’s veil of death (Isa. 25:7, 8; 1John 5:19).
Thoughts from Satan’s Veil of Death
Thoughts from Satan’s veil of death also evoke dreams and visions that manifest in your soul. Satan’s thoughts are usually thoughts of confusion that interject your train of thoughts. Many mistake these interjected thoughts as being from God, and from the Holy Spirit.
For this reason the apostle Paul does not differentiate between any thoughts when he teaches in 2Cor. 10:4, 5 that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds…and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Furthermore, the apostle Paul also teaches in Phil. 4:8: “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.”
God’s Thoughts about You
Though our thoughts are mostly noble, they are not God’s thoughts for us (Isa. 55:8, 9). The promises of blessings and deliverance by the Word of God that is written in the Bible is what God thinks about you, and desires for you in Christ Jesus (Jer. 29:11).
Hence, the Word of God pleads in Prov. 4:20-22: “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” Prov. 4:20-22 is a guideline for how to meditate on the Word of God.
The Vision of the Holy Spirit
In Prov. 29:18 we learn: “Where there is no vision, the people perish…” In 2Cor. 3:18 the apostle Paul teaches the vision we should harbour in our minds: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
2Cor. 3:18 means that you should not believe on any other vision than that of the Holy Spirit in the Glory of God. This is also what the Word of God teaches in Rom. 10:6-8: “But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.”
The gist of Rom. 10:6-8 is that you should not seek a vision of the Lord Jesus Christ from Heaven, nor from the depths of Hell. You should keep and believe the Word of God that is in your heart and in your mouth.
The Word of Prophecy
Rom. 10:6-8 is also in line with what the apostle Peter teaches in 2Pet. 1:19, saying: “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.”
The Word of God as written in the Bible is God (John 1:1). He is a prophetic Word who is alive and powerful (Heb. 4:12). He is also a quenching fire, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces (Jer. 23:29).
What 2Pet. 1:19 also means is that you must hold on to the Word of God until the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ comes and shine in your heart according to 2Cor. 4:6. This means that you keep the Word of God in Your heart above all else.
The Word of God must take precedence above dreams and visions, and also above your cultural laws. Job 23:12 (TS2009) says: “I have not strayed from the command of His lips. I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my own law.”
In Ps. 119:11 the Psalmist also says: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
The vision that you should visualize is the Glory of God. You cannot visualize the Glory of God if you do not know the Glory of God. To know the Glory of God you have to receive the Holy Spirit of the Glory of God.
To receive the Holy Spirit you have to sanctify the Word of God in your heart by resisting the thoughts and dreams and visions from Satan’s veil of death (1Pet. 3:15). It is okay for somebody to lay hands on you to receive the Holy Spirit. However, it is not a requirement for anybody to lay hands on you to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2-4; 11:15; 1Tim. 5:22).
Three Sources of Dreams and Visions
There are three sources of dreams and visions:
a) Your own spirit
b) The spirit of Satan
c) The Holy Spirit
Dreams and visions are not a gift of the Holy Spirit, nor is it listed as part of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in 1Cor. 12:8-10. Dreams and visions are our spiritual faculty for seeing the spiritual worlds.
There are two spiritual worlds – the kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. The kingdom of Satan is known as hell, whereas the Kingdom of God in Jesus Christ is known as Heaven.
Every person is a triune being – spirit, soul and body. You live and experience the physical world here on earth with your body and your soul. On the other hand, you live and experience the spiritual world with your soul and your spirit. Dreams and visions are an integral part of spiritual life in all religion and culture. Therefore, knowledge about the spiritual realms is essential for effective spiritual warfare.
Dreams and visions of the Holy Spirit of God in Christ Jesus is known in the Bible as visions of God (Ezek. 1:1). Whenever the Holy Spirit appears unto you in a dream or in a vision He will always appear in the Glory of God and with the heavens opened (Ezek. 1:1, 4, 27, 28; Acts 7:56; 10:11).
a) Your own spirit
You can experience a dreams or a vision in your reins (your soul) that originate from your own spirit. When you struggle emotionally with something your soul will draw strength from your spirit.
Your spirit belongs to God. This holds true for every person, irrespective of religion or culture. Eccl. 12:7 teaches that when you die here on earth, then your body shall return to the dust of the earth, and your spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Your soul, on the other hand, does not belong to God. With the transgression of Adam and Eve in Gen. 3:7 the soul of every living being has been given to the power of Satan and his veil of death. Therefore, when you pass on to the life hereafter your soul will either go to Heaven or to hell (Luke 16:22, 23).
Before Adam and Eve’s rebellion against the Word of God in Gen. 3:2 their hearts and souls were one (united) before God. The Spirit of God could then freely fellowship with their souls through their spirits.
Dreams and visions from your own heart are similar in appearance to dreams and visions from the power of Satan. This is because your soul, together with the whole world, lies in the power of Satan’s veil of destruction and death (1John 5:19).
Because your soul lies in the power of Satan, your dreams and visions will be illuminated with the spiritual appearance of one of the lights of this world. This means that when you have a dream or a vision it will either be in darkness, or it will be illuminated with a spiritual imitation of the lights of this world.
Prophets from their Own Hearts
Just as it was in Old Testament times, so it is also in this present time. Even today there are prophets from their own hearts (spirits), and not from the Holy Spirit. Jer. 23:16 proclaims: “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.” Dreams and Visions out of the mouth of God are invariably with the fiery cloud of Heaven in the Glory of God (Ezek. 1:1, 4).
The Word of God also speaks in Ezek. 13:2, 3: “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.”
From Ezek. 13:2, 3 we can learn that when you prophesy a vision of your own heart, then you follow your own spirit and not the Holy Spirit.
The words “have seen nothing” in Ezek. 13:3 refers to them not having seen the Glory of God that comes with the Cloud of Heaven, that Holy City Jerusalem from above. (Also see Col. 2:18)
The Cloud of Heaven is:
- A fiery cloud that folds into itself (Ezek. 1:4).
- With the glow of burning coals (Ezek. 1:13), and
- With the brightness of a rainbow (Ezek. 1:27, 28), and also
- A light that is purer that the sun shining in its strength (Acts 26:13; Rev. 1:16).
Dreams and visions from your own heart are known in Ezek. 13:6 as vanity and lying divination. In Ezek. 13:6 the Word of God speaks against the prophets that prophesy dreams and visions from their own hearts, saying, “They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.” In Jonah 2:8 the Word of God says, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.”
In Col. 2:18 the apostle Paul also testifies about false prophets who teach asceticism and intrude into what they did not see. Col. 2:18 reads, “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.”
False teachings are created by someone who assumes the role of a spiritual leader without having seen the Glory of the Holy Spirit of God in Jesus Christ.
In Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8 our Lord Jesus Christ explicitly instructs His disciples to wait in the city of Jerusalem until they have been endued with power from on high. This they did, and it was only after they received the Holy Spirit that they went about preaching the gospel of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ. This was also the case with the apostle Paul.
b) The Spirit of Satan
You can also receive dreams and visions in your own heart (soul, or reins) from the spirit of Satan. Dreams and visions from the spirit of Satan are similar to dreams and visions from your soul. Meaning, your dreams and visions from your soul will also be illuminated by the spiritual imitation of one of the lights of this world.
As mentioned before, the lights of this world are the sun and its light, the moon and its light, as well as man-made lights, such as a candle and its light, a lamp and its light, or a fire and its light, or any other light source that you can find in this world and its universe. In the spiritual world the lights of this world are also known as either light, or darkness.
When our dreams and visions are illuminated with the spiritual imitation of the lights of this world, then the spiritual light in us is darkness. Hence, our Lord Jesus Christ warns in Luke 11:35: “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.”
The Sting of Death
Dreams and visions from Satan’s veil of death are also known as the sting of death. In Lam. 3:13 the prophet Jeremiah laments: “He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.” Here, the prophet Jeremiah refers to the dreams and visions of the power of Satan’s veil of death as arrows.
The apostle Paul refers to the arrows (dreams and visions) of Satan as darts when he says in Eph. 6:16 (MKJV): “Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Dreams and visions in the light of darkness will deplete your faith in Jesus Christ.
The sting of death has its strength in the Law of Moses. The apostle Paul teaches in 1Cor. 15:56: “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” This means that when you believe in the Law of Moses to be justified before God, then you will be overcome by the sting of death.
The apostle Paul teaches in Heb. 2:14, 15: “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. ”
False Burdens and Causes of Banishment
Dreams and visions from your own heart (soul), and those from the power of Satan’s veil of death are also known as false burdens and causes of banishment.
In Lam. 2:13 the Word of God in Christ says this to the Church of Christ: “What thing shall I take to witness for thee? what thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? what shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? for thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee?”
The names “Daughter of Jerusalem”, and “Virgin Daughter of Zion” refer to the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ – which is also the Bride of Christ, as well as the Body of Christ.
Lam. 2:14 continues, “Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.”
Lam. 2:13, 14 is also God’s Word to the Church of Christ. The Word of God calls dreams and visions from your own heart, as well as those from Satan’s power, false burdens and causes of banishment.
Dreams and visions from your own heart (soul) binds you, and will hold you captive. Dreams and visions also rob you of the Light of Eternal Life in the Glory of the Holy Spirit of God in Jesus Christ.
c) The Holy Spirit
You can also receive a dream or a vision in your reins (your soul) from the Holy Spirit. The dreams and visions of the Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus are, without exception, in the Light of the Glory of God.
In 2Cor. 3:7, 8 the apostle Paul teaches that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is in the Glory of God. 2Cor. 3:7, 8 (MKJV) reads: “But if the ministry of death, having been engraved in letters in stone was with glory (so that the sons of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses because of the glory of his face), which was being done away; shall not the ministry of the Spirit be with more glory?”
When you receive a dream or vision of the Holy Spirit in the Glory of God, then you will see the heavens opened over your soul. Thus, the Light of the Glory of the Holy Spirit of God in Jesus Christ with the Cloud of Heaven will shine in your soul (Matt. 24:30; 26:64; 2Cor. 4:6; 2Pet. 1:19).
The Vision of the Holy Spirit in Matt. 3:16
Matt. 3:16 describes a vision of the Holy Spirit, and reads: “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him.”
Matt. 3:16 teaches the following three spiritual facts:
1) Our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized with the Holy Spirit of God after He was baptized in the water of the river Jordan (Matt. 3:6).
2) The heavens were opened when our Lord Jesus Christ saw the Holy Spirit descending upon him.
The word “heavens” refers to Satan’s veil of death with his host of demonic angels. Satan’s host of angels are also known as:
- The heavens (Isa. 13:13; Isa. 34:4).
- The host of heaven (Isa. 34:4; Jer. 19:13; Zeph. 1:5; Acts 7:42).
- The army of heaven (Dan. 4:35).
- Principalities and powers (Eph. 6:12; Col. 2:15).
3) Our Lord Jesus Christ saw the Holy Spirit, and not a dove (nor a white dove), descending upon him.
Matt. 3:16 does not teach that the Holy Spirit came in the form of a dove. Matt. 3:16 merely describes the manner in which the Holy Spirit descended upon our Lord Jesus Christ.
When you take the symbol of a dove (or a white dove) as a symbol of the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, then you change the Glory of the incorruptible God into an image of something God made from the dust of the earth (Rom. 1:23).
When you change the Glory of the God into an image of something God made, then you hold the truth in unrighteousness, and love and make a lie (Rom. 1:18; Rev. 22:15).
Unrighteousness and Sin
Through his works of iniquity Satan fulfils everything that is against the will of God for your life. God’s will for your life is known as His righteousness. Satan’s will for your life is known as unrighteousness, and also as iniquity. Iniquity is the act of rebellion against God’s will.
When you believe in the works of the light of darkness you reject God, and so sin against God. Thus, you work the works of unrighteousness, and also the works of iniquity. This means that you also reject God’s works of righteousness and salvation in Christ for your life.
So we can understand Matt. 7:21-23 when our Lord Jesus Christ says: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Nobody deliberately works the works of unrighteousness and iniquity. People work the works of unrighteousness and iniquity because they are deceived by Satan into believing that he is God. This deception of Satan in the lives of people is known as the mystery of iniquity (2Thess. 2:3-7).
You Have to Deny Yourself Daily
In Luke 9:23 our Lord Jesus Christ says: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Denying yourself daily is a spiritual denial of the guidance by your soul.
In 1 Cor. 15:31 the apostle Paul says: “…I die daily.” The “I” of the apostle Paul who dies daily is his self (soul).
Your soul have been buried with Christ, and raised again through baptism as a new man (Rom. 6:4-6). After your baptism your soul is free to walk in the newness of life of the Holy of Holies (Rom. 6:4; Heb. 10:19, 20).
Once you have been born again you have to renew your mind. In Eph. 4:22-24 the apostle Paul teaches: “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
The deceitful lusts of your old man (soul) is the lust of the devil to rule in your soul. We learn that the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit lusts against the flesh (Gal. 5:17; Jas 4:5).
To renew your mind means that you have to put off the former behaviour of your soul. This is the cross that you must take up daily – the daily appropriation of the crucifixion of your soul (your “self”) with our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:6).
To appropriate your new life in Christ you must reject and resist the guidance from your soul, no matter how overwhelming it may be. Guidance from your soul includes:
- Thoughts of confusion, and fear, and doubt.
- Dreams and visions,
- All sorts of spiritual and emotional manifestations. The Holy Spirit does not manifest through emotions and goosebumps. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your life is in strength.
The Spirit of Your Mind
The apostle Paul teaches in Eph. 4:23: “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” The spirit of your mind is that spirit that you believe in for guidance.
Your mind is spiritually fed with thoughts and perceptions. Your mind can be fed by your own spirit, by the Holy Spirit, or by a spirit of Satan.
Your own spirit is intellectually known as your subconscious. In the Bible your spirit is known as the hidden man of the heart (1Pet. 3:4). Your own spirit belongs to God, and is consequently fed by the Holy Spirit of the Glory of God in Christ.
Your own spirit will also feed your mind with what you receive from the Holy Spirit. This is unequivocal, as we are told in John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit will remind us of the Words of Christ.
In John 14:26 our Lord Jesus Christ says: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
From John 14:26 we can also learn that God the Farther sends His Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus Christ. The Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is One and answers to the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
The Holy Spirit will remind you of all the covenants of promise in the Bible that became yours in Christ (Eph. 2:12, 13). The covenants of promise in the Bible contain only blessings and correction and encouragement – and not accusations and condemnation (Rom. 8:1; 15:4).
Every thought that crosses your mind for yourself, (as well as for your neighbour) should be tested against 3John 1:2. In 3John 1:2 the Word of God says: “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Fear as Motivator
Satan, on the other hand, will remind you of Scriptures that accuse, condemn and demotivate you. The Holy Spirit will never threaten you to get you to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ.
For example, the alter call: “if you die today you will go to hell, therefore, you have to accept the Lord Jesus Christ now before it is too late” is using fear to motivate you. The Holy Spirit draws you in loving kindness (Jer. 31:3).
The ministry of the Holy Spirit is without fear (2Tim. 1:7). The conviction of the Holy Spirit will fill you with a desire to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit will never threaten you with the idea that you will go to hell – for whatever reason. When you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ He will never leave or forsake you (Deut. 4:31; Josh. 1:5). For, His grace is irrevocable (Ps. 136:1-26; Rom. 11:29).
Renewing the Spirit of Your Mind
To be renewed in the spirit of your mind you need to renew what you think and believe. You can only do this by meditating in the Word of God.
Prov. 4:20-22 teaches both the principles, as well as the rewards of Meditating on the Word of God. The Word of God says in Prov. 4:20-22: “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
The Word of God also says in Josh. 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night.” In Josh. 1:8 we learn that part of meditating on the Word of God is to speak the Word of God.
When you speak the Word of God you profess your faith in the Word of God. The apostle Paul tells us in Heb. 10:23 to hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised. When you profess your faith in the Word of God you sow the Word of Christ in your heart.
You should keep professing the Word of God in your mouth with a heart and mouth that is free from the interpretations of dreams and visions (Jer. 23:28, 29).
You should also keep professing the Word of God even in the depths of despair and condemnation and doubt (Heb. 4:14, 15). This way you will renew the mind of your old man by persistently feeding your soul on the Word of God. Faith in the Word of God in Christ is in hope, even against all hope (Rom. 4:18-20).
A Pure Heart
Our Lord Jesus Christ teaches in Matt. 5: 8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” You have to clean your heart of those dreams and visions that are in the light of darkness, and the interpretation thereof (Ps. 73:13). You also have to clean your heart of all superstition, including horoscopes and astrology, etc. Thus, you will you let the Word of Christ dwell in your heart in wisdom (Col. 3:16).
By keeping the Word of God in Christ in a pure heart, you will deny yourself, and put off your old man every day (Eph. 4:22-24). Thus, you will invite the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ with the Glory of God into your heart and fulfil the Word of God according to Matt. 5:8 and 2Pet. 1:19.
When you keep the Word of Christ in your heart and mouth in a pure heart, you will deny yourself so that the life of Christ can be revealed in your body (2Cor. 4:8-10). The life of Christ is a life of victory and health.
The apostle Paul puts it this way in Rom. 8:36, 37: “As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
According to Rom. 8:36, 37 you are prosperous and healthy while denying yourself by keeping your heart pure.
The apostle John teaches in 1John 1:6-8: “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” According to 1John 1:6, 7 when you walk in darkness, the Blood of Christ is of no use to you.
1John 1:8 continues: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”
We are all born in the darkness of Satan’s iniquity and sin (1John 5:19). Therefore, we are separated from the Light of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:23).
This is also what King David refers to in Ps. 51:5 when he says: “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” When King David says, “in sin did my mother conceive me” it does not mean that the sexual intercourse between his parents was sin. It means that we are born into Satan’s power of sin and iniquity like everyone else, even though we may be believers.
God bless and guide you.