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The Fruits of Iniquity - Part 1
Lesson 8 of 12
This lesson will acquaint you with the 5th facet of the flesh “The Fruits of Iniquity”. I am helping you learn about the natural man that you are overcoming by associating each of the 5 facets of the flesh to one of the 5 senses of your body. We can associate the fruits of iniquity with the sense of smell because the presence of rotten fruit is detectable by the nose. Have you ever smelled a rotten potato? It isn’t a very pleasant experience is it? Well, neither are the fruits of iniquity.
We’re going to look at what the Bible says about the fruits of iniquity and how they are a strong hold of Satan, and how to overcome them. We are also going to watch out for repetitive thinking patterns and become aware of how Satan works with these conditional thoughts to sow the knowledge of his kingdom in the mind to reinforce the fruits of iniquity.
We are also going to take a look at the processes God uses to sow the knowledge of Christ in the mind and change the nature of man from that which is of the lower nature to that which is of the divine nature.
Let’s look at what the Bible says about fruit that is born in the soul that is not of God’s kingdom:
“What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death,” Romans 6:21.
“For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death,” Romans 7:5.
Our Experience in the Kingdom of Darkness Produced the Fruits of Darkness
The term “fruits of iniquity” is not a term we hear very often in Christian teaching, so let’s be clear about what we mean. Our prior experience in the kingdom of darkness with its knowledge and tools produced the fruits of darkness within the soul, called fruits of iniquity. The fruits of iniquity are present in your soul after conversion because you do not get a brand new soul and spirit after you come to Christ, you get the Holy Spirit engrafted into you to begin the work of healing your soul and forming in you the nature of Christ. (Romans 8:26-29)
So then, the fruits of iniquity speak of the condition of the soul because of Satan’s sowing within the heart. Satan’s sowing took these vile forms of suspicion, anger, jealousy, and envy, even as Paul brings out:
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
God takes us out of the world upon conversion to Christ and then engrafts the Holy Spirit into the heart to daily take the world out of the heart. This explains the daily transformation that takes place in us which the Lord calls “regeneration”. (Romans 12:2; Titus 3:5; 2 Peter 1:3-4)
Your soul at the time of conversion is like a house that caught fire. Once the fire is put out, the repairs and renovations must begin. A house fire is devastating. From the foundation to the roof, everything gets an overhaul.
Likewise, the damage that Satan did to your soul is devastating. You may have come to Christ, but the damage must now be inspected, Satan’s fruits removed, and the soul beautified with the fruit of Christ. This is a daily process as you grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord.
Identifying the Fruits of Iniquity
Let’s do a little more work with the fruits of iniquity to apply what we are talking about to everyday life to get everyday answers. We all know what these fruits are and can easily identify them by the struggles we faced and the questions we asked ourselves while in the kingdom of darkness:
Why am I an unforgiving person? I will find ways to be more forgiving.
I was abused by my father and brother and mother and friends. I even abused others. I will start a journey of healing to discover the roots of my abuse.
I am an impatient person. I want things to happen now! I should work on that.
I am a nosy person. I want to know everything. I think I am that way because I want to be in control. I control my spouse, my co-workers, I micro manage everyone. I just can’t leave things alone—I have to meddle, meddle, meddle. I should stop doing that.
I am a frustrated person and this is why I am irritable and sharp with my tongue. I tell people exactly what I think. I used to believe that was me being honest, but now I think that was me being rude. Hhhmmmm………I’ll have to work on that.
I believe that if I do kind things to others that good things will happen to me. Today I will do Acts of Random Kindness.
Why do I feel the way I do? Why do I feel alone? I’ll find purpose in my career, or family, or hobbies.
How do I respond to others when they express anger towards me? I need to work on controlling my own anger so I don’t respond in anger.
Do you see how this person is examining the fruits of iniquity that she sees in herself? Do you see how each question she asks, sends her on a journey looking for the answer (remedy/resolve/betterment)?
Who is Challenging the Mind, the Moral Code or God?
Whew! That is a lot of labor for the mind, isn’t it? Take a careful look at these questions. Did you notice that each question is a challenge? Now let’s take a look at who is asking these questions and presenting these challenges. Who is challenging the mind on the grounds of our behavior and past experiences, the moral code or God?
Clue: God will not ask you to compare your lifestyle to Jesus Christ, but ask you to build faith in His image. God knows that if you conform to the 12 Elements of the Gospel that your mind will be using His divine knowledge (instead of responding to the challenge) and your emotions will come into line with what you know to be true about Jesus Christ (not what you know to be true about the 5 facets of the flesh).
So the answer is that the moral code and not God is the one challenging you on the grounds of your behavior. Satan gives your faith the moral code to labor with knowing that as you struggle with the fruits of iniquity you will stumble upon many moral dilemmas.
We can see what a strong hold of Satan is and how it works in the mind. We do things a certain way all the time. We always accepted the challenge of the moral code and thought it was God challenging us to be better people. Satan reinforces this thought pattern to present to you a life time of moral dilemmas he hopes you will take the time to ponder.
Each moral dilemma (why did I react that way? Why did I say that?), when answered by the moral code, will only produce more of what the moral code offers –the challenge to do better.
A part of you may like the challenge because the moral code does not work alone, it works in concert with your God-Code and so (as you have learned from your studies) you feel that drive to excel. But the problem is that the challenge will not produce the divine nature of Jesus Christ in the soul, it will only condemn you for falling short.
Wow! Who saw that coming? That the moral code is not something God uses to challenge us to do better?
Stop and think for a minute about how much effort your mind takes to labor with the moral code, the conflict of your mind, the struggle to do better, and the resulting frustration and condemnation you experience when you don’t measure up, and the quick work you make to keep the mud slide of guilt from crashing down on your house. There you are, finding ways to excuse your behave, confront it, or reward it by giving yourself permission to eat a cookie. These stop gap measures fail every time.
If you stopped working with your moral code for just a moment, do you see now how you would be free from condemnation?
“But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” (Romans 7:6)
Guard Yourself Against the Moral Code
It is necessary for you to learn all you can about how the moral code (the 4th facet of the flesh) operates so that you can guard yourself against it. The moral code and the fruits of iniquity had a very close relationship while you were in the kingdom of darkness. What God is doing is breaking that bond to set you FREE!
“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?” (Galatians 4:9)
The moral code was always presented to you as the companion God assigned to keep your conscience in line. But the moral code is not your friend, it works with the Law of Moses to condemn you for doing wrong. It cannot help you to do right. Jesus is the one and only perfect standard for our faith.
If it is hard for you to think of the moral code as the enemy, think of the moral code as the baby sitter Satan hired to take care of you. The devil has no good thoughts towards you. His will and good pleasure is to destroy you. He wants to compromise your faith and keep you in a carnal state, always warring in your mind, trying to turn the emotional corner. The baby sitter has you strapped to the high chair, scolding you all day long for the appetite of your flesh.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh (moral code), but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)
The Moral Code is Not the Righteousness of Christ
Let’s work this out in a practical way. You need to see that the moral code is not the righteousness of Christ and to understand how your imagination twists itself into the moral code to construct something for your conscience to approve of as good and pleasing to God.
That was a bit of a mouthful, so let’s take it one step at a time, starting with the imagination. The imagination is profitable for the flesh to function in this world, but it is not profitable for faith.
The imagination, if you allow it, will work with the moral code to twist “right” into “righteousness”. Say for example that you are in the middle of slow moving traffic on a hot summer day. You say to yourself, “How will I react to this circumstance? I will wait patiently rather than honk my horn and shout at my kids in the back seat. That is the ‘right’ thing to do and that will please God.”
In every circumstance of life we can ask ourselves, what is the right thing to do? And the flesh would answer:
It is right to tell the truth.
It is right to turn away from gossip.
It is right to respond to anger with kindness.
Why do I say that the “flesh” rather than the Word of God gives these answers of what is “right” to do? I say the flesh rather than the Word of God because the challenge was posed by the flesh (moral code) and the imagination twisted right into righteousness to construct something that would appease the conscience.
What if your conscience did not need to be appeased? What if you did not need to take this action? What would you do then? No, I don’t mean that you would act lawless. When I present to you the possibility of your conscience not needing to be appeased I am speaking from the standpoint of the Word of God (Jesus Christ). When you labor with Jesus’ knowledge and tools, He is your justification and stands at the door of your conscience to reflect His image into your soul.
Did you know: The conscience reflects the condition of the soul. If the soul is filled with the fruits of iniquity the conscience is defiled and guilt is the result. If the work of the Holy Spirit is taking place in the soul then the conscience sees the image of Christ.
What does your conscience see? It will either see the fruits of iniquity or the image of Jesus Christ. Your faith acts as a mirror in the soul. This is why it is important that your faith mirror Christ perfectly, not the moral code. When your faith mirrors Christ, your conscience reflects Him. What is the Holy Spirit doing? The Holy Spirit is always busy confirming Jesus Christ. That is His job as “The Living Witness”. What do you experience? You experienced the purged conscience, where there is no remembrance of sin.
Where is the conviction of sin? There isn’t any. You are not a sinner. You are a Christian. When you start acting like a Christian and begin to build faith in the image of the one whose name you are claiming, your conscience will stop convicting you of being a sinner. The Holy Spirit will be busy helping you keep Christ in remembrance, not sin. This is the meaning of the scripture, “There is therefore now no condemnation in Christ”. (Romans 8:1)
“For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.” (Hebrews 10:2)
When a person is not in covenant with God they do not have the knowledge and tools for their faith to reflect Christ as a mirror for the inner man to see. Apostle James said, “For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass (mirror). For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.” (James 1:23-24)
Now, lest you should think this is a play on words, this circumstance (purged conscience) takes place only when you follow the Word, Jesus Christ and follow His Law of Grace and Truth in your priesthood. Only then are you laboring with His grace in your mind and only then will your faith mirror Christ and He stands in the door of your conscience to justify your faith.
That, my friend is the work of the cross of Christ. Even as Paul wrote, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
The entire work of the cross shows us the terms God restricted Himself to, to engage with us for fellowship to heal our souls and fulfill our joy in Him (I am describing the word “covenant” here). Learn to trust the process.
The Word of God – The 12 Elements of the Gospel
To illustrate this further to your understanding, we need to go back and make sure that when I say “the Word of God” that you are thinking “the 12 Elements of the Gospel”, not the scriptures. No. I am not telling you not to read scripture. I am teaching you how the scriptures confirm Jesus Christ. However, the scriptures don’t set themselves in order, God uses apostles to set the scriptures in order by setting truth in order. Apostles construct truth with the 12 Elements of the Gospel.
To help you understand this better, visualize 4 letter blocks on a table in front of you. There is a letter on each block. The letters are: n – o – w – s. God takes the letters and sets them in order to spell “snow” s – n – o – w. We learn to understand what snow means by our experience with it: how it feels when it falls gently on your face, the labor it takes to shovel it from the drive, the exhilaration of skiing down a steep snowy hill, the way it is cold, the clothes you have to wear to protect yourself from the cold, or the way snow looks: dormant tress draped in white. All these things are associated with snow, aren’t they?
Now visualize a person who has no experience with snow and does not know what the letters spell, taking these same 4 blocks and constructing something with it that follows their imagination. The blocks are also brightly painted: red, yellow, blue, and green, so, there is also a chance the mind is working with the colors and not with the letters.
There are many ways a person can construct the 4 blocks, responding to their imagination, even adding blocks of their own to the original 4. Would they be responding to God? No. They would be responding to their imagination.
I want you to begin thinking about separating your imagination from faith and to think of it as an ongoing learning experience. You can’t grow in grace if your imagination is siphoning off the mental energy you should be using for faith.
Challenge Your Comfort Zone
What I am doing is challenging your comfort zone. We have to work with the truth the Spirit gives us through Jesus Christ and truth is going to challenge your comfort zone with the flesh. You never realized how much confidence and good feelings you drew from the knowledge of this world, your signature, God-Code, moral code, and the way you had of allowing the moral code to mentor your efforts to discover yourself through the fruits of iniquity.
By far, the most challenge you will receive to your comfort zone will be from the moral code and this is why I am spending more time on it than the other facets of the flesh. The Holy Spirit wants you to get out of that comfort zone you have going on with the moral code. I know that can be a scary place to be in, but I want you to go for it. Know that God is with you, helping you each step of the way, so don’t give up, hang in there.
God knows that we learned to feel secure in the moral code, but He wants to teach you that, that is the confidence of world (moral code), not the confidence of faith. As you move through the transition and start working with the Elements of the Gospel, get comfortable with being uncomfortable as God begins to challenge all those hiding places where Satan secretly worked to undermine your faith. You’re going to see the results of training your mind to identify the 5 facets of the flesh.
Your Imagination: What Does it Draw From?
I want you to see that your imagination has to draw from something to construct meaning. It will draw from the “substance” of your soul: (1) the false knowledge of this world, (2) your signature, (3) your God-Code, (4) your moral code, and yes, (5) the fruits of iniquity that you are dealing with/struggling with.
As we can see, the imagination has a lot of substance to work with to construct and twist righteousness into doing, saying, and thinking that which is right. This substance is called “vanity” because it cannot feed the soul. The soul remains empty of God’s virtue.
Knowing God’s focus is on the 12 Elements of the Gospel, and seeing the attention given to the promise of the knowledge of this world, and the signature talents, God-Code, and moral code, to give substance to the soul, we now have another contrast. This contrast allows us to see how Christ is neglected.
Now we can understand what the idols of the heart are and why Apostle John wrote,” Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21)
It’s interesting to observe how the imagination draws from the substance in the soul. If you have ever worked with children or are a parent with children of your own, you know how transparent children are. You can easily see the drive of the God-Code pushing the soul for experience with the signature. The signature complies for this building to take place, but it leaves the soul empty and frustrated and the drive for pleasure and experience accelerates.
The soul has to have a body of expression. The signature volunteers itself to be the body of expression, but God says, “No. Allow my Spirit and Word to be the body of expression.”
In the same way that the signature provides itself as substance for the soul for the increase of the God-Code (which wearies the soul), the moral code volunteers itself to be the voice of righteousness (which also wearies the soul).
We need to consider that God removed Christ’s righteousness from our observation of what is right. Remember, when I say “what is right” I mean, for example:
It is right to wait patiently in traffic.
It is right to speak the truth.
It is right to respond in kindness.
If this is the reflection of the mind, what are you trusting?
You are trusting that God will be pleased with your change of mind.
You are trusting that God will help you do what is right.
Let’s see how this works: I changed my mind. Instead of reacting to this circumstance (traffic) emotionally I thought about how God wants me to act, I thought about what the Bible says about patience. That is the right thing to do. I said this out loud many times until I convinced myself of this false promise and I took refuge in the moral code and felt comfort (mistaken for God’s peace).
How can the mind conceive that this right doing and change of mind is not righteousness at all and that the comfort of the moral code is not the peace of God? Righteousness needs to be born of grace and peace is born of that same power.
I want you to start thinking of your imagination as a strong hold of Satan. The heart labors to discover itself by releasing passion: the passion of doing good, the passion of making way for change, the passion of being honest, the passion for victory. But if you are doing that, you are not laboring for Christ, you are laboring to discover yourself, using the tongue as a bucket to draw from the soul the boast of man that cannot give strength to the soul.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Ask Yourself: How Do I Respond To The Fruits of Iniquity
Am I allowing my imagination to draw from the moral code to construct righteousness from the things I consider to be “right”?
Am I willing to work with the truth the Spirit gives me through Jesus Christ and allow God to challenge my comfort zone with the flesh?
Am I willing to act like a Christian and begin to build faith in the image of the One whose name I am claiming? My conscience will stop convicting me of being a sinner. I believe the Holy Spirit will be busy helping me keep Christ in remembrance, not sin.
Everyday Answers: False Equity
The battle for your mind takes place on several fronts. By studying the many drives of the God-Code we can understand how that the soul has a natural desire (instinct) to set things right. This aspect of the God-Code is called “equity”, where the soul seeks to find the center, balance, and harmony it was created to experience with God.
This is why you won’t find equity in your spouse, you won’t find it in your kids, your job, or your friend. Equity is only found in God, and God placed it in Jesus Christ and placed Jesus Christ in a covenant where He governs your equity by His knowledge and His Spirit. Can you now see the importance of the tools of Jesus’ covenant? God wants you to apply them to your faith (that means that you need to use the tools) so that He can teach you how equity is your experience in Christ.
Seeking equity by the moral code is a full time job. The seeking is there because the desire is there, the drive is there—The drive for equity.
So, your mind is going to battle all day long with whatever strikes it as being out of harmony (equity) with you. You can begin to make yourself aware of these wishful thoughts of equity when they arise:
Why did she say that to me? I wish she was more thoughtful!
Where does he get off talking to me like that? I wish he would stop bragging about how successful he is!
Why do my kids always have to challenge everything I say? I wish they were more respectful and mindful!
My talents are wasted in this dead end job. I wish I could find a job where my skills would not be wasted.
Do you see that if we just labeled these as “emotions” we are not really getting to the core of the problem? Emotions are just window dressing for the store we call the flesh. Emotions display the wares of the soul as it works with the knowledge of this world, the signature of the soul, the God-Code, the moral code, and the fruits of iniquity it does not know what to do with.
Notice that each wishful thought that addressed the inequity of the soul is an attempt at resolution. Now, I am not saying that we should lay down and play possum in the affairs of life. Get a better job if you want to! Teach your kids respect! But you need to be aware of your souls natural appetite for equity and the emotions that accompany the lack of equity in anything less than God.
Are You Ready to Conquer the God-Code?
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” (Romans8:37)
Are you ready to conquer the God-Code? You need to first know how vulnerable you are to the God-Code dictating to you how to find equity by resolving your problems. This is another strong hold of Satan in your mind.
But, equity is not in resolve, it is in Jesus Christ. Do you see that? If you can understand how that works you have a chance to win the battle in your mind.
Satan though, will not stop harassing you with the God-Code just because you get smart about his tactics. He will try to get your mind off track in another way. What happens when things start working out for you because you begin to implement new plans? You’re feeling good and you start formulating in your mind, “this must be how it works” stuff, and if you add a scripture to the mix then you say, “This is how God did it for me and this is how God will do it for you.” Now you have created a fable out of the clay of false equity.
When things change again (and they always do), you begin to panic as your “blessing” begins to slip through your fingers. Where’s your blessing now? What about the formula? You worked hard for that equity and now it has disintegrated before your eyes: Your spouse does not understand you, your kids found a new way to rebel, and your job is hitting a new low. Why couldn’t you hold onto the magical equity for longer than a moment when all seemed to be so right in your world?
The need for equity (God-Code) makes us vulnerable to draw from the moral code what we esteem to be good and right: It is good that my children obey me. It is right that there is harmony between me and my spouse.
This reaction that we have to respond to circumstances in a way that we are trying to create false equity is what moved Jesus to make a distinction between the good of the moral code (which brings false equity) and the good of God (which brings true and lasting equity) when He said that God only is good.
“Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.” (Mark 10:17-18)
Jesus knew that this person was looking for equity in goodness when he should have been looking for equity in God. We are no different today. The natural instinct of man is to look for goodness and what is right in the moral code. When you starting thinking about the day and the circumstances and offenses, your mind is automatically looking for equity (God-Code). That is the instinct of the canal mind, to look for equity in doing right things and then to equate that ill gotten and temporary equity with righteousness.
The Bible says, “For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.” (Galatians 5:5) We are not to take righteousness from the moral code. We are to wait at the altar where the work of the Spirit manifests the hope of our righteousness in Christ. You will soon be very sharp in your discernment between these two perspectives.
I want you to focus your thinking on the God-Code joined to the flesh as the strong hold of Satan rather than simply thinking of false equity as Satan’s strong hold. False equity is the symptom of your cold. Treat the cold and your symptoms will disappear. Treat the stronghold of the God-Code joined to the flesh and false equity will disappear.
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)
The Eco System of Truth – Get the New Mindset
Just as “snow” represents a whole eco system that involves climate and precipitation, and things that predictably happen with these two events, there is a whole eco system in God’s kingdom of truth that expresses Jesus Christ.
If you live in areas where it snows, you gain a certain mind set or way of thinking when it snows. Maybe you think of ice skating on a frozen lake, maybe you think of hot chocolate by the fire place, maybe you think about crisp, cold air. There are certain things you are considering.
There are certain things you need to prepare for. Your mind is constructing and your imagination is working. This is a good example of how your imagination is supposed to work with your signature for the experience and survival of the flesh, but your imagination should not be working with the moral code for the survival of faith.
Now that we have considered snow, let’s now consider righteousness. When I think of righteousness I am considering that Jesus Christ is the only standard God placed for our faith to conform to. This is an important consideration I need to make for my faith to meet God’s expectation perfectly (nothing of man added and nothing of Christ missing).
There is a certain quality of Christ that I am considering when I think about the Element Righteousness. I am reflecting on how God provided in Christ all things we would need to please God. There is nothing outside of Christ that I need. This reflection brings confidence as the Holy Spirit begins to build my understanding further as I reflect on how the other 11 Elements of the Gospel interact with Righteousness, how charity defines the God kind of love to carry His virtue in the heart and to share His virtue with others.
Jesus Christ is the perfect measure of faith; And this is why we are so blessed, we do not need to reach into the flesh for anything, our faith is always put on the scale of Christ.
I can reflect further on the peace that accompanies my labor at the altar of Christ when offering spiritual sacrifices of knowledge. Each sacrifice is a perfect measure of Christ. As I weigh God’s knowledge on His scale of truth, God is reciprocating back to me His peace, joy, patience, longsuffering, love, and as a result my faith is increased.
If I respond to unpleasant circumstances by reflecting in my mind on these things of Christ I am constructing the blocks of the knowledge of Christ just as God designed them to express Christ. The equity I experience (harmony between emotions and thought) takes place because both soul and spirit are in agreement with God. I can hear His voice through the beat of His knowledge.
Do you see how truth is the perfect environment for faith? I never needed to reach into the flesh for the moral code to ask it for guidance to know how I should react or act or feel or not feel. We do not need the conviction of the moral code to teach us what is right to do. We have the conviction of truth to tell us all about Jesus Christ and His righteousness.
Did you know: The fruit of the Spirit is the natural outflow of our reflection on Christ. As you reflect on Christ in His truth (12 Elements), laboring at His altar with His knowledge, Christ is manifesting Himself to you in the virtue of these powers that are His alone: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. All these powers are made available to you.
Did you know: The current Christian culture does not teach the synergy of the fruit of the Spirit. Instead, they isolated the fruit from each other and used the moral code and fruits of iniquity and signature of the soul to describe them. For example, patience is taken and placed it in the middle of traffic (patience is placed in a circumstance) where it can be tested and given value.
I was patient in a very hard circumstance! Wow! That’s great! Do you see how patience is gotten to and claimed apart from Christ? Where’s the synergy of patience with the tools and priesthood and knowledge of Christ? Where’s the synergy of patience with charity, faith, meekness, and temperance?
Know this. . . if you have taken patience out of the eco system of God’s truth you have taken ownership of it to reflect yourself. This power to reconstruct Christ in our image is from beneath and works all manner of concupiscence to bring the soul into bondage to sin.
What did we learn? We learned that the fruit we desire is not born of the moral code. That power is of the flesh and produces that which is of the flesh. We learned that truth is the eco system and mindset of God. We learned that God takes ownership of the fruit of the Spirit when it works in synergy with the eco system of His truth.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5)
Everyday Answers: New Skill Sets
If you want to win the battle for your mind you are going to need new skill sets. There are many skills you need to learn to win the battle for your mind:
1. The art of reflection is one of those skills.
2. The ability to identify and accept the equity of the Spirit over the equity of the flesh is another important skill.
3. The ability to hear the voice of God through the beat of His knowledge is another skill.
Don’t be intimidated if you are a beginner in Christ and just new to this practice of faith. As you learn to work with the Holy Spirit, He will continue to unfold Christ to your understanding and these will become clearer.
Know this: In the absence of the knowledge of Christ, the soul is always in a state of struggling against the fruits of iniquity in its own power and laboring for the virtue of the fruit of the Spirit, but not experiencing it. The imagination draws from the moral code and signature what it needs to construct the reality it is needing and is missing.
The mind uses the moral code as compensatory education, teaching you all about what it right to compensate for missing the righteousness of Christ. The purpose of the moral code’s compensatory education is to increase your ability to identify what is right to offset the works of iniquity.
The moral code wrongfully takes the role of the antagonist. Agonists cause an action, whereas an antagonist blocks the action of the agonist. Think of the fruits of iniquity as the agonists and the moral code wanting to act as the antagonist, to block the action of Satan with these fruits. That will help get you thinking about how things work.
The struggle in the mind is about the right kind of antagonist (action of the moral code) to reverse the action of your thoughts when they go in the direction of the fruits of iniquity. What should my response be? What should I do?
Ask Yourself: How Do I Respond To The Fruits of Iniquity
Do I apply the drive of the God-Code for equity or do I apply the tools of Jesus’ covenant for equity?
Am I properly understanding my emotions and how they are displaying the wares of my soul? What are my emotions working with? False knowledge, my signature, the God-Code, or the fruits of iniquity?
How am I responding to my soul’s natural appetite for equity? Am I attempting to find equity by resolving my circumstance or finding equity in Christ only?
My Members War Against My Mind
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Romans chapter 7 is a look backwards for Apostle Paul. He looks back upon his life before Christ to compare it to his life in Christ. God is teaching us about the 2 natures of man, how the soul and spirit work. Our minds can agree with the law of God, but the soul needs experience to validate reality and uses its members (the 5 facets of the soul) to do that.
For example, you might mentally agree that you shouldn’t gossip, get angry when someone cuts you off in traffic, lie on your tax returns, sleep with your best friends wife, or work behind someone’s back to undermine them to get their job, but the soul says, “Wait a minute, there are certain pleasures, satisfactions, and fulfillment I will get if I do these things.” The souls know (tastes) by experience.
But we know that we were made by God for God and that means that nothing less than God will ever satisfy us, fulfill us, or bring completion to the soul.
So, we have found out that the soul will keep on laboring (warring) for that which it is missing. Let’s look at what the soul is missing: The soul is missing the substance of Christ. So the moral code should not play the role of the antagonist should it, because it cannot produce the substance of Christ. The 12 Elements of the Gospel are the true antagonist, able to counteract the fruits of iniquity.
Everyday Answers: The Substance of Christ
We are coming right back to the importance of the 12 Elements of the Gospel. If you want to live by every Word of God, it is absolutely necessary for you understand how each of the 12 Elements express Christ. This is what the soul is missing, this experience, this connection with God.
Always remember: Your signature skills and talents do not connect you to God. Your God-Code does not connect you to God. Your moral code does not connect you to God. Only Jesus Christ connects you to God.
Let’s now go through each of the 12 Elements of the Gospel to see how that works.
1. GRACE --- Expresses Christ
2. FAITH --- Expresses Christ
3. RIGHTEOUSNESS --- Expresses Christ
4. JUSTIFICATION --- Expresses Christ
5. SANCTIFICATION --- Expresses Christ
6. HOLINESS --- Expresses Christ
7. PEACE --- Expresses Christ
8. REST --- Expresses Christ
9. CHARITY --- Expresses Christ
10. TRUTH --- Expresses Christ
11. REGENERATION --- Expresses Christ
12. RENEWING OF THE MIND --- Expresses Christ
Jesus made Himself our prototype. This shows us He is our faith. When you express Christ by reflecting upon Him in His truth, then Jesus sanctifies your faith, which means that His knowledge forms faith in Him image.
To help you visualize this, picture a lump of clay and God saying to you, “Take this lump of clay and give shape to faith. What do you think faith would look like?” And as you reflected on Christ in each of the elements, the lump of clay suddenly begins to take the image of Jesus from His feet to His head.
God gave us the 12 Elements of the Gospel to shape faith in the image of Jesus Christ. God wants you to live the reality of Jesus Christ – Christ in you the hope of glory.
Just as God gave us a sign in the rainbow of His promise not to flood the earth again, so He gave us a sign in each of the Elements of the Gospel. The face of Christ in the elements remind us of how consistent God is to give us a reality in Christ. Your sins are forgiven and you live in the light of His presence. It is really that simple.
Everyday Answers: Living by the Power of Christ
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18)
“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:5)
To experience Christ is to experience the power of God, which we live out by reflecting on the Elements.
For example, when you start to think about grace, you begin to think about the powers of grace that express Christ (see Grace Wheel). When you are in troubling circumstances, it is the power of grace that you really need. Grace has the power to draw faith from your heart, grace has the power to strengthen your will for continuance, grace has the power to humble your will to God, grace has the power to reveal Christ to your understanding, grace has the power to bring your mind and emotions into harmony with God (this is called equity).
We can quickly see the importance of learning how to use the TOOLS of the New Covenant to have free access to God’s grace. And we can quickly see that grace is a spiritual weapon of defense to guard our mind against the wiles of the devil.
“For the weapon of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)
This is why grace is called the LAW OF THE SPIRIT and why it sets you free from sin (Romans 8:2; James 2;12). There is a lot of fire power in grace for reflection to exercise your faith muscles to get them strong in Christ.
When you start to think about grace, you also begin to think about what aspiration is. You need to be able to compare aspiration to grace because they are both an inspiration, but from 2 different kingdoms. You would not be able to discern aspiration properly if you did not first learn to taste of grace and know what it means to live by that power. If you mistake aspiration for grace you are living by another power and again allowing the moral code to take the role of the antagonist to counter iniquity.
The soul needs the experience of grace, and God knows that. This is why He attached grace to each of the 9 tools of the New Covenant that you would always have an avenue to His grace. Do you see how the soul experiences the reality of Christ in the elements grace?
Why the Elements of the Gospel Lost Their Power
When faith was in bondage to the flesh under the current Christian culture, the Elements lost their power because Satan took away their meaning. They were just words on a piece of paper. That is why believers ceased experiencing Christ by them. As you increase your understanding of each Element you will begin to experience Christ through them.
Don’t be impatient with yourself if you don’t get this right away. With daily practical application it will begin to sink in because you will have many opportunities to work with the Spirit and for the Spirit to increase your experience and understanding.
The more you labor with the 12 Elements of the Gospel, the image of Christ emerges for you. Just as the Holy Spirit rested upon Jesus in the Jordan River and the voice of the Father was heard to confirm, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,” so you too can take confidence in the 12 Elements of the Gospel, that the Holy Spirit will rest upon the knowledge of Christ to confirm Christ and His work in you. Trust the process.
God gave your faith the 12 Elements of the Gospel to show you Jesus Christ so you can have His mind and take on His image. What does the moral code show you? The moral code shows you your sin, where you need to work on your behavior. The moral code asks you questions, using scripture to prove her point:
I thought you loved God. Why are you acting out against that person? (This is the challenge of the moral code. The moral code challenges faith on the grounds of behavior.)
I see your suspicion and your anger. Why are you resentful? (The moral code starts an investigation to challenge faith on the grounds of behavior.)
Where you abused as a child? (The moral code reaches into the past to find answers to challenge faith on the grounds of the past.)
Satan’s goal is to have the moral code masquerade as God so you think God is counseling you when in fact Satan is counseling you. How does the moral code get away with masquerading as God? It is very simple, really.
The moral code uses the scriptures that speak about the ways of man and the ways of God. The scriptures are then applied to the way we feel. If I am feeling angry, I am to find the scriptures that speak of anger and learn from them. I am also to find the scriptures that speak of peace and learn from them. The moral code is busy pointing out to you how God wants you to behave and react and handle your feelings. The moral code uses scripture to borrow the voice of God. God does not want you to act like that. God does not want you to think like that.
The mind does a lot of labor to convince yourself that what you are experiencing is the conviction of the Holy Ghost. It is easy to fall into that trap when you allow the moral code to be the voice of God. But once you understand the Holy Spirit does not work to convict you of sin, He works as the living witness to confirm the righteousness of Christ, that changes everything. You are no longer expecting God to convict you of sin and so you will no longer expect God to be this voice to you. What this shift in mind set does is take away Satan’s voice.
Ask Yourself: How Do I Respond To The Fruits of Iniquity
Now that I have considered the circumstance, have I considered Jesus Christ and His righteousness and taken time to reflect on Him, that He is the perfect measure of faith and that I do not need to reach into the flesh for anything?
Do I respond to unpleasant circumstances by reflecting in my mind on the things of Christ to construct the blocks of His knowledge just as God designed them? Do I trust the process, knowing that the fruit of the Spirit is the natural outflow of my reflection on Christ?
Do I remind myself of Satan’s goal to have the moral code masquerade as God? Have I taken ownership of patience by taking it out of the eco system of God’s truth and using it to reflect myself?