Authors > Mitt Jeffords
24th October 2007
The correction, purifying, the emptying, the cleansing, the purging, the decreasing, the changing, the dying, and the sanctifying is about complete in all those who the Lord is preparing to receive him. The end of Daniel’s 70 weeks is upon us: to bring in an end of sin, reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness. The Lord is coming to fill his temple with the fullness of his glory that is in Jesus Christ. Those who receive him will be those who Jesus spoke of that will do greater works than he did because a greater glory is coming upon them than that which was upon Jesus when he walked in the flesh. But temple must first be cleansed of all idols, all wickedness, all that defiles, all evil, all corruption, all weakness, and all that is unclean. The Lord Jesus Christ is our High Priest who performs all these functions for those who believe on him; those who have surrendered their hearts and minds into the hands of his love for preparation.
You cannot pour new wine in an old wineskin; you cannot let go of the old if you are ignorant of what the old consists of; and you cannot increase in the new unless you first decrease to the old. This is the word that the Lord has given to me concerning the old and the new. I pray and hope that the Lord will bless you in opening your eyes and your ears to hear his words, so that you may draw closer in your relationship with Father.
Much love and grace be multiplied unto you in Christ Jesus,
I had these recurring dreams that were almost identical; about the only thing that was different from one dream to the other was the locations. This is what each dream had in common. First of all, it was always night time; and secondly, I found myself always on the run, like some kind of escaped convict or dangerous criminal that was relentlessly being chased, and I felt as though I was always running for my very life. In one dream, I was running through the woods; in another, I was running through city streets; in another, I was running though a neighborhood; and in another, I was running through farmland. No matter which dream it was, I was always thirsty, exhausted and very weary. Even so, I hardly felt like I could spare a moment to stop and rest, or even take the time to look for some water. Every now and them, I came across a storage shed, or a empty doorway, or an old abandoned house that I felt like I could safely hide in and rest for maybe a moment of two; but in every dream, as soon as I would sit down, I would immediately begin to hear these voices in the distance, and I knew that they were the voices of those who were chasing after me. The voices would quickly get louder as they approached me, as though they always knew exactly where I was. I would then immediately take off, running as fast as I could, as though I barely had time to escape. Each time that I awoke from these dreams, I found myself sweating and physically exhausted, as though these chases truly happened to me in some realm that I am not familiar with. My strength would be so completely spent that it would take everything that I had just to get out of bed.
Then one morning, just after I awoke from another one of these dreams, I did something that I had not previously done; I prayed and asked, “Lord, what are these dreams, and who is it that is always chasing me?” The Lord answered and said, “The voices that you heard in your dreams are the voices of your “old man”; you remember those voices, don’t you? These are those voices that you were well familiar with before the day that I called you; in those past times when you were still your own lord and god. O yes, in those past times, your “old man” was your constant companion; an intimate lover that counseled you have to keep control over your own life. He was a personal guide to your conscience; a confidant in times of trouble, and a counselor in whom you greatly trusted. O yes, it is your “old man” that assures you that you are right in all that say and in all that do because righteousness belongs only to a god. You delighted in making your own decisions because that is what a god does. You delighted in those things which you did according to your own will because a god only does his own will. You delighted in making your opinions to be the truth because truth belongs only to a god. You delighted in making a reputation for yourself because a god should have fame. You delighted in the precious image that you made for yourself because a god delights only in the work of own his hands. You delighted in exalting your own name above all other names because there should be no other names before a god. Surely, you remember those old days, don’t you? You do remember the voices of his voice, don’t you?
I Corinthians 4:5 “Judge nothing before the time until the Lord comes and brings to light the hidden things of darkness and the counsels (the voices) of the heart; and then shall every man have praise of God.”
Your “old man” is pursuing after you to woo you; to seduce your heart with sweet words and to entice you with past remembrances; and he relentlessly pursues after you as a jilted lover who desires to have his love back. He it is who seduces you to yield to the counsels of his voice; to those voices that you knew well when you had no other counselor but him. He desires to bring back into your remembrance the “good old days”; for you to look back at your old life and remember how delightful it was when you daily satisfied his desires for you to be your own lord and god. That’s right; your “old man” has no desire for me to be your Lord or your God, for it is impossible for a man to have two masters. He is coming after you, to tempt you with those past remembrances so as to win your heart back so that he might regain his throne over your heart and mind. He is coming after you to win back your heart with new devices that arouse in you these “old desires” to be your own lord and god. O, you do remember which is written where I said, “You are gods”. Your “old man” seeks to do this for his own preservation; that is, your “old man”, he is only your “old man”; he is no one else’s “old man” but yours.
Ecclesiates 7:10 “Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions.”
John 10:34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law that I said, “You are gods?”
Psalm 97:7 “Let all be put to shame who serve graven images (opinions), who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods.”
Galatians 4:8-9 “Howbeit then when you did not know God, you did service unto them which by nature are not gods. But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, why do you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, which you desire again to be in bondage?”
He is coming to remind of how easy and satisfying it was in those days when you did all things according to your own will. He wants to remind you of how simple it was in those days for you to just say and do those things that seemed right in your own eyes. Your “old man” wants to remind you of how wonderful those times were when you felt like you were in control over the circumstances and situations in your own life. He wants to remind of the old days when you felt free to make your own opinions to be all the truth that you needed to know. Your “old man” wants to remind you of those old days when you never had any weaknesses or faults because you always had a reason or an excuse to justify them with. O, how sweet and enticing are the voice of his words which call out to you from the darkness. Have you not heard his voice? Have you not known that all of your temptations come forth from the voices of your “old man”? O, he comes after all to arouse old desires with enticing and seducing voices that he cleverly disguises.
James 1:14 “But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own desires and enticed.”
Now let me remind of that which is written, for you have a choice to make; a choice of whose voice you are going to yield your heart to believe and obey; for in truth, there is only one Lord and one God; and he is a jealous God who will not have the voice of any other gods before him. I have called you out of this world, and you are no longer a citizen of this world; you are no longer your own lord and god. Take heed; and let me remind you of Lot’s wife, how she was enticed to look back at the life she was leaving behind; and suddenly she was no more. So also does your “old man” continually tempt you to look back at the life that I have called you out of; let not your heart be deceived to save the life of your “old man”; a life filled with the idolatry of “self”. It is now, and it is no longer yesterday, so your “old man” has devised new plans to arouse old desires; and he is coming after with voices of filled with sweet words and false doctrines.
Luke 17:30-33 “Thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed; for in that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot's wife. Whoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
Genesis 19:24-26 “Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
Luke 9:61-62 “And another also said, “Lord, I will follow you; but first let me go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, “No man, having put his hand to the plow and then looking back is fit for the kingdom of God”.
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
1 Timothy 4:1-2 (AMP) “But The [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach, through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized).”
Now hear and understand and I will show the mystery of your “old man”. But first, answer me this question? From where does sin come from? Does it come from Satan, that old Devil who is the father of the “old man”? What was the sin of Lucifer, and from where was it conceived? Was it not conceived out of his own wisdom when it was corrupted with the desires to make himself to be as God? And once Lucifer had deceived himself with this lie, what lie then did he speak to the angels that so easily overcame 1/3 of them into believing that they also could become as God? And then upon earth, did not Satan use the same voice of words to deceive Adam and Eve with that he had used to deceive himself and 1/3 of the angels in heaven with? I told you before, and I tell you the truth; there is only one God and one Lord, and all others come forth as illusions of lies. Do you now see, that sin of the “old man” is the same sin as Lucifer, his angels, Adam and Eve; the desire for one to make himself to be his own lord and god?
Isaiah 14:12 “How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! For you have said in your heart, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
Genesis 3:1-6 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made; and he said unto the woman, “Yea, has God said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” And the serpent said to the woman, “You shall not surely die; for God knows that in the day that you shall eat thereof, your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and then gave it also unto her husband; and he did eat.”
Your “old man” is a child of this world; a child of darkness who is completely alienated and separated from any fellowship and communion with the Father of Light. Your “old man” is only subject to the desires of his father, the Devil; and the Devil only desires to be his own lord and god. The children of darkness are his deceived children who continually exercise themselves in these same desires to be their own lord and god. The darkness is the dwelling place for these ignorant beasts that have no comprehension of the “being” of God, nor do they understand the divine nature of God. Your “old man” is such a beast because he does not know God. Remember that which you once said, “I know the Lord”; but I questioned you and said, “O yes, you do know me as your Savior, but do you know me as your Physician? Do you know me as your Teacher? Do you know me as your loving Father who instructs and corrects his sons? Do you know me as your Redeemer? Do you know me as your Provider? Do you know me as your Deliverer? Do you know me as your friend? Do you know me as your protector? Do you not know that all such ignorance is darkness?
Ezekiel 28:2 (AMP) “Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre (the spirit of man from which comes the desire for one to be their own lord and god), “Thus says the Lord God; because your heart is lifted up and you have said and thought, “I am a god”, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas; yet you are only man [weak, feeble, made of earth] and not God, though you imagine yourself to be almost more than mortal with your mind as the mind of God”
(The prince of Tyre is the son of the king of Tyre, who is Satan (fallen Lucifer); like father, like son)
John 8:42-44 “Jesus said unto them, “If God were your Father, you would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither did I come of myself, but he sent me. Why do you not understand my speech? Is it because you cannot hear my word? You are of your father the Devil, and the desires of your father you will do (the desires to be lord and god)”.
Psalm 73:21-25 “My heart was grieved, and I was troubled in my mind. I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before you. Nevertheless I am continually with you; you hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom do I have in heaven but you? And there is none upon the earth that I desire besides you.”
Ephesians 5:14-17 Wherefore he says, “Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light’. See then that you walk circumspectly (accurately), not as fools, but as wise;
redeeming the time because the days are evil. Wherefore, do not be unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
So then, who is your “old man”, and unto what desires is he subject to that allows for sin to have dominion over him? Remember, I came into this world to save your soul, not your “old man”. Your “old man” does not trust God. Your “old man” does not love God. Your “old man” does not obey God. Your “old man” will not seek counsel from God. Your “old man” will not diligently seek for God, though he will seek for him as is convenient to him. Your “old man” does not believe God. And neither will your “old man” receive instruction or correction from God. Just as the darkness has no desire to fellowship with the light, and just as lies have no desire to commune with truth, so also your “old man” does not have any desire for you to have any fellowship or communion with God. As the flesh is contrary to the Spirit, and Spirit contrary to the flesh, so also are the desires of your “old man” contrary to the desires of the “new man”. Now I humbly ask you, “Who are you? Whose child are you? Whose desires are you subject to: the desires that delight in doing your own will, or the desires that delight in doing Father’s will? Whose identity are you clothing yourself with? Are you willing to put off the sinful desires of the “old man” and put on the new man, which is Christ Jesus manifest in you? I am the “new man” that saves your soul from the sinful nature of the “old man”.
Hebrews 10:39 “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”
Ephesians 4:21-24 “If it be so that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, then as the truth is in Jesus, you 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 put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (holiness of the truth).”
James 1:13-16 “Let no man say that when is tempted, “I am tempted of God”: for God cannot be tempted with evil and neither does he tempt any man. But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own desires and enticed. Then when desire has conceived, it brings forth sin: and sin, when it is finished it brings forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone that says unto me, “Lord, Lord”, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but only he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
Psalm 40:8 “I delight in doing your will, O my God; for your law is in my heart.”
I am the “new man”, I am the “new man” that is raised up in those who take up their cross to crucify their “old man”. You are not Christ Jesus; I am Christ Jesus in you, the incorruptible nature. I did not come into this world as a Lord or God, but instead, I came off of my throne and came in the likeness of sinful man: the “old man” who is subject to the desires to be his own lord and god. If I had come as Lord and God, then I would have come into this world in fullness of my Father’s glory, and I would not have been despised or rejected by men. Though I came in the likeness of sinful man, I did not come as a man who sought to do his own will, but I sought to do my Father’s will. When I found myself to be clothed in the fashion of the “old man”, I took up my cross daily to crucify these worldly desires to be my own lord and god; for the will of my “old man” was contrary to my Father’s will. I did not come as a Lord or God who desires to be served, but I came as one who serves out of love; for such is the nature of the true God of love. I did not come to exalt myself in my own judgments or in my righteousness, but I came in the righteousness of faith, and belief, and honor, and trust, and love, and loyalty towards my heavenly Father. When I found myself clothed in this worldly fashion, I knew that there was nothing that I could do of myself to please my heavenly Father; but because I believed on my Father’s words, and because I had the faith that stands in the power of his love, I surrendered my heart and my mine into his hands. It was then that I heard his voice speak from heaven saying, “This is my son in who I am well-pleased”.
John 5:30-31 “I can of my own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I do not seek to do my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.”
Romans 8:3 “For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh in order that the righteousness of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit…5 Those who are of the flesh are mindful of the things of the flesh (the desires of the “old man”); but they that are of the Spirit (the “new man”, who is Christ Jesus) are mindful of the things of the Spirit…13 If you live after the flesh (the “old man”), you shall die, but if you, through the Spirit, do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.”
John 10:17-18 “Therefore does my Father love me because I lay down my life that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
I Corinthians 13:5 “…Love does not seek its own…”
Hebrews 11:6 “Without faith, it is impossible to please God; for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that he rewards those who diligently seek for him”.
Matthew 3:16-17 And Jesus was baptized, and when came up out of the water, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him, and lo a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”.
I came into this world to be an example for all those who follow after me; to show that the only way to escape death and destruction is to surrender your heart and your minds into my Father’s power and love; though your “old man” waits to deceive with many voices that will tempt you to put forth your own hands to do the best you can. It was for this reason that I came in the likeness of sinful flesh so that my heavenly Father might show the greatness of his power and his love towards all who are clothed in the fashion of the sinful man. I also was compassed about with the desires and the weaknesses of the “old man”; and though I was tempted in all things to be my own lord and god, just like you, I never bowed my heart to any of the lies that tempted me to take control over my own life, to do things according to my own will? Did you see how my “old man” was contending with me even to the end, when I went into the garden in Gethsemane to pray? Do you see how I was so tempted to yield to his lies that I actually sweat drops of blood, the life-blood of “old man” that I resisted to yield to? I waited until my Father sent his Spirit to mortify the deeds and the desires of my “old man”. I never once sought to save the life of my “old man”, but I continued in fervent prayer until my salvation came from above. My Father showed to me the faithfulness of his love when he sent his angels to overthrow the powers, the principalities, the rulers of darkness, and the wicked spirits that rule over the “old man” with corrupted and deceitful desires and affections. Again, when I came into this world, I came just as you were when you were your own; and when I found myself clothed in the fashion of the “old man”, the desires of this world, I did not seek to save my own life, but I took up my cross and surrendered my life into my Father’s hand, asking for him to send his Spirit, which mortifys the deeds of the “old man”.
John 13:15 Jesus said, “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done”.
Hebrews 4:15-5:9 “For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our weaknesses, but was tempted in all things like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace so that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 5:1 For every high priest who is taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God so that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins; for who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way except he who also was compassed with weaknesses…6 As he said also in another place, “You (Jesus Christ) are a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec; who in the days of his flesh (the “old man”), when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him who was able to save him from death (the carnal mind), and was heard in that he feared; and though he was a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”
John 10:17 Jesus said, “Therefore does my Father love me because I lay down my life so that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”
Philippians 2:5-9 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God. But made himself to be no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man (citizen of this world), he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also has highly exalted him and given him a name which is above every name.”
Romans 8:13 “If you live after the flesh (the desires of the “old man”), then you shall die; but if you, through the Spirit, do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.”
Luke 22:41-43 And when Jesus had withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, he kneeled down and prayed saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but your will be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven strengthening him.”
It is those old times that your “old man” desires to keep you in remembrance of; those times when you delighted in doing all things according to your own will; those old times when your soul was completely surrendered to the illusion that you were your own lord and your own god. You remember those old times when felt like you had some power and influence among those who were around you; for does not a god have these things? You remember those old times when you delighted in exercising your judgments of other men; for should not a god sit in the seat of judgment? You remember those times when you delighted in taking control over the situations and circumstances that arose in your life; for should not a god should have authority to do so? You remember those times that you delighted in receiving glory and praise when you did good in the sight of men; for do not all gods receive their own glory and praise? You remember those times when you made a name for yourself according to those things you accomplished for yourself; for should not a god have his own fame? You remember those old times when you whined and complained when things did not go your way or according to the plans you made; for should not a lord and a god have the right to do so? You remember those times when you were honored and esteemed by others for the reputation that you had made for yourself; for should not a god be treated with respect? You remember these old times and how you delighted in all things that were of your own; in your own confidence, in your own deeds and accomplishments, in your own strength, in your own self-image, in your own righteousness, in your own wisdom, in your own power and control, and in your own glory and honor because these are the things that belong to lords and gods. Have you not heard his voices tempting you? Has not your “old man” sought to parade through your thoughts these old things to tempt you with? Now you know, these are the natural desires that all of the citizens of this fallen world are subject to; and by reason of their blindness, they are not able to see any foolishness or wickedness in any of these counsels. Where is the man who sees the truth of these vain thoughts; vain imaginations that suppose that vain men can become good, and faithful, and understanding, and great, and righteous of himself? Foolishness and wickedness delights itself in the thinking of the “old man”; for no man has received any authority or power that allows for him to be a lord or a god; though all seek to satisfy such desires.
Philippians 2:21 “For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's.”
Romans 3:10 “As it is written, “There is none righteous,; no, not one. There are none that understand, and there is none that seeks after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that does good, no, not one.
Psalm 94:11 “The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are vanity”.
II Timothy 3:1-5 “In the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves….lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, and having a form of godliness (lords and gods over their own Christianity), but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
Hebrews 11:24-25 “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.”
Isaiah 58:13-14 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your own pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shall honor him, not doing your own ways nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words; then shall you delight yourself in the LORD; and I will cause you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.”
Psalm 37:4-7 “Delight yourself in the Lord; and he shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord (the true Sabbath), and wait patiently for him: fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way (those who take pleasure in being their own lords and gods) because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.”
It is as it written, that all those who follow after my voice, they shall not wrestle with any flesh and blood, but they shall wrestle against the voices that come forth from this world: voices that come forth from the powers and principalities of this world, from the rulers of the darkness of this world, and from the wicked spirits that have all ruled over the kingdom of this world with sin and death. Sin and death rule over the thinking of all who are carnally minded; for in the carnal mind, the darkness appears as the enlightenment of man: and it is in this enlightenment that the light of your “old man” shines forth, showing himself to be his own lord and god. In truth, the enlightenment of the “old man” is the enmity of the carnal mind; the enmity in which the spirit of antichrist moves and dwells in to make the “old man” to be the sovereign ruler over his own world. It is as it is written, that those who submit to the voices of this world are of the world; and the world hears and understands them when they speak because all of the citizens of this world are subject to the same desires. None of these desires are of God, but they are of this world; for there are no desires in the “old man” that delights in God being your Lord and your God. Remember the sin of Lucifer, of his angels, and of Adam and Eve.
Ephesians 6:11-13 “Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil; for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God so that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
II Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds and casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (which is every thought that desires for you to be lord and god), bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; and having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
I Corinthians 4:5 “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”
Luke 11:35 “Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.”
Luke 16:15 “Jesus said, “….for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.”
Romans 8:6-7 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, and indeed, neither can it be”.
James 5:4 “You adulterers and adulteresses, do you not know that the friendship of this world is enmity with God? Whosoever will be a friend of the world is an enemy of God.”
For all have sinned; for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. If any man says that he has no sin, he is a liar because he has been deceived by his “old man”, and the truth of the “new man” is not in him. All have sinned. All have been conceived in sin; for the man of sin, the son of perdition (destruction), he is the “old man”; for sin dwells in the vessels that are fitted for destruction. When sin abounds; when the desires of the “old man” abound, do also does my grace abound even more. What? Does this have any meaning to you? When your “old man”, the man of sin, that son of perdition, stands in the temple of your body, to exercise himself in satisfying his worldly desires to show himself to be his own lord and god, then the grace of my love shall abide even greater; for greater is he who is in you than he who these worldly desires inhabit. Who are you? Who is greater: the “old man” or the “new man”? Are the sins of the “old man” greater than the love of God? Do you not know that greatness only belongs to him who you ascribe greatness to; that is, it is whose voice that you esteem and believe that you allow to have dominion over your heart. To those who willingly surrender their hearts to the desires of the “old man”, to believe the lies of Satan, and who take pleasure in being their own lord and god, then they become those children of darkness that sin takes dominion over to keep blind to the truth of God. When sin has dominion, then blindness rules, and when blindness rules, who shall be ashamed of his sins? Who shall repent of those things which he highly esteems? When the darkness blinds the heart, where is the sin: “What have I done wrong, O Lord?”
Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things; who can know it?”
Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”
Romans 9:22-24 “What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power (and his love) known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction so that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he has prepared before unto glory, even us, whom he has called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”
Romans 6:12-16 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in the desires thereof; and neither yield your members to be as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those who are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Do you not know that it is to whom you yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants you are to whom you obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
I John 3:8-9 “He that commits sin (satisfying his desires to be his own lord and god) is of the Devil; for the Devil sinned from the beginning (through these same ungodly desires). For this purpose the Son of God (the “new man”) was manifested so that he might destroy the works of the devil (the works of iniquity; those self-righteous works that men do to show themselves to be lord and god over their own Christianity). Whosoever is born of God (the “new man” in Christ Jesus) does not commit sin; for his seed remains in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
Romans 5:13-20 “But when sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”
1 John 4:4 “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world (the “old man” with his worldly desires).”
John 9:39 “Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world so that they which do not see might see; and that they that see might be made blind”. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words and said unto him, “Are we blind also?” Jesus said unto them, “If you were blind, you should have no sin: but now because you say, “We see (we know what is right)”; therefore your sin (the desires to be their own lord and god) remains.”
Jeremiah 8:6 “I hearkened and heard, but they did not speak right: no man repented himself of his wickedness saying, “What have I done?” Every one turned to his own course as the horse rushes into the battle.”
Now there are those who sin has dominion, and there are those who are captive to sin. Those who sin has dominion over, they are the children of darkness that are blind to see the sins in their hearts or minds. These are they who are wretched, miserable, naked, blind, and poor in Spirit, but they do not know it. Now the children of light who walk in my truth, they see the evil works of the “old man”, that man of sin. These are the children of light that will not willingly bow their hearts to his lies, and neither will they willing bow their hearts and worship the idolatry of their own lordship and godship. These are they who are under grace; children of faith who are patiently waiting for me to come, to redeem them from this wretched body of sin and death. They have been tempted in all things, and they know that regardless of what my light reveals, nothing will cause my love to depart from them; for even the man of sin is not able to exalt himself to separating the hearts of my people from my love for them. Who is greater but the voice of him who you willingly surrender your heart to obey? Who has power over you but he whose voice you choose to believe? Those who know to do good, but do not do it, it is accounted unto them as sin; but when sin abounds, so also will the grace of my love abound even greater….and my grace is sufficient for them because they know that my love for them is greater than the sin that inhabits the world. Does it mean anything to you that my love for you is greater than the sin of the “old man”? I told you before, and I will tell you again, that many will not be able to stand in the days ahead because they do not know, nor understand, nor believe in the power of my love.
Romans 7:15-22 NKJV “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not do; but that which I hate is that which I do. If then I do that which I will not to do, then I agree with the law that it is good. But now it is no longer I (my soul) who does it, but sin (the man of sin; that “old man”) that dwells in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh; my “old man”) dwells no good thing; for to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I do. Now if I do that which I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it but sin that dwells in me. I find then a law that evil (the “old man”; that spirit of man) is present with me, the one who wills to do good.”
II Timothy 2:24-26 “And a servant of the Lord must not strive but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility instructing those who oppose themselves (the “old man”), if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.”
There are three desires that are of this fallen world that keep its citizens in bondage to the sins of the “old man”. The first desire is the desire of the flesh; which is the desire that is written in the hearts and minds of all men for divinity. This is the affection and desire that the man of sin has to do all things according to his own will. He only delights in doing those things which please himself; and even in the things that does, he only delights in doing them in the manner that he desires to do them, when he desires to them, where he desires to them, and how he desires to them. When your “old man”, that man of sin, finds himself under the authority of another’s will, he is only able to begrudgingly submit himself unto it. The man of sin has no delight in submitting neither to the authority or to the instructions of others. Those who put off this corrupted desire of the “old man”, that put me on, the Lord Jesus Christ; they will suddenly find that they are able to delight in doing Father’s will.