25 November 2010 (Chamashee/Teruah)|
Day #254, 5934 AM
Crucifying The Flesh II
An Actual Experience
Continued from Part 1
The story I relate to you today is the product both of a long process of struggle as well as the catalyst in consequence writing up yesterday's devotional taken from my diary seven years ago. What follows happened in the early hours of the morning of last Sabbath (20 November).
"He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his Elohim (God) and he shall be My son" (Rev.21:7, NKJV).
I have got several emails from people deperate to know the secret of crucifying the flesh for they know, as all serious Bible students, that "those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires" (Gal.5:24, NKJV). One of the things that confused me seven years ago was what Paul actually meant by this expression for he also says:
Clearly the flesh itself does not die (since we continue living in it...our physical bodies) but something that is in the flesh which has come to be called "the flesh". You might say that there are two 'fleshes' - our actual physical body, which we get from our parents, and they from their parents before them, and so on all the way back up to our first parents - and the "flesh" which is the fallen, sinful, carnal, Adamic nature which is resident in our physical bodies. As we law last time, that nature is always 'there' even when we have "crucified" it because we are quite capable of returning to it in moments of weakness. That nature remains until we die and at some point receive resurrected physical bodies which lack this nature, which Paul calls a "spiritual body" (1 Cor.14:44). This does not refer to a spirit body (and therefore a non-physical resurrection as Jehovah's Witnesses and occultists maintain) but to a physical body which is spiritual rather than carnal - in other words, a physical body with spiritual, unsinful drive, one completely purified and sanctified by the resurrection power of the resurrected Messiah.
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim (God), who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Gal.2:20, NKJV).
Of course that power is available today to all born-again, obedient believers, but not for physical resurrection purposes. This power operated on our immortal spirit and our very moral and perishing physical body with its psychic coat:
This, of course, simply refers to natural decay of the physical and the constant building up of the spirits of those who have Christ IN them by virtue of their trusting in Yah'shua (Jesus) and their obedience to Torah.
"Even though our outward man (physical body) is perishing, yet the inward man (our eternal spirit) is being renewed day by day" (2 Cor 4:16, NKJV).
So what are we do 'do' with this fallen nature? How do we 'crucify' it? The word 'crucify' here is a metaphor for 'overcoming', 'conquering', 'mastering', 'subduing' or 'breaking' the carnal nature which resides in the psychic body which is associated with the physical body which in turn connects to our spirit. This psychic body - called an 'astral body' by occultists - is not our essential selves, but a kind of energy shell that contains the memories and programming of our ancestors, good and bad. It is, if you like, the interface between physical and spiritual. Occultists think it is their spirits when it is not. It is very much part and parcel of the "old man":
There is a very dangerous heresy in one part of the Messianic Movement which teaches that Yah'shua's body was perfect and within this carnal nature. It teaches that His flesh was made separately from humankind and then given to Him in the womb of Mary, even there being shielded from the corrupting Adamic influences of Mary's flesh. I call it the 'wetsuit doctrine'. The truth is Yah'shua received of our nature in His physical body but resisted every temptation of the flesh, overcoming it, without sinning or breaking Torah in one single point. It was this overcoming which qualified Him to pay for our sins, being tempted both in the Judean Wilderness when He fasted for 40 days and throughout His life. It was this wrestling (and overcoming) with this Adamic nature that enabled Him to fully identify with us and thus make atonement. And it is by trusting in the resurrected Messiah, who has overcome sin and death in our behalf that we too are enabled to become overcomers and crucifiers of the flesh.
"For if we have been united together in the likeness of His (Yah'shua's) death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin" (Rom.6:5-6, NKJV).
In my last account I compared part of this process to the neuronal networks and pathways of the brain, and of habit-forming. I want to suggest to you, based on my experience last Sabbath, that our battle with the flesh is somewhat different from battles with demons or human adversaries. I had supposed that the first two were virtually equivalent, which they are not, because the former is human and the other angelic. The 'flesh', 'carnal nature' or 'Adamic man' is, in effect, the human version of the fallen angelic (demonic). We are not supernatural angels. However, we do have 'powers' sealed up in the psyche that are far greater than anything which one would call 'normal'. We have untapped abilities. These the demonic tap into when we break Torah, feed off it, and lead us to believe that these powers are something man should seek for by means of occultic practices such as meditation, rituals, yoga, tantra, and the like. This power was operational before the Fall but has been sealed until man is once again restored to Paradise. Accordingly, once this carnally-derived power is tapped into, it is experienced as a supernatural power...which is it, only like a dangerous weapon locked away from children or wicked people, it has been denied us. The occult therefore seeks to illegally tap into it.
Last Sabbath in the early hours of the morning a part of me was locked into a battle with supernatural beings, most man but part beast to varying degrees. I knew that in terms of strength and power that I was outgunned, as it were. When I awoke afterwards I was very confused and had all kinds of mixed thoughts. The beings were able to move at great speed, materialise and demateralise, and in every way had the 'natural' advantage. However, they did not overpower me, and though I did not invoke the Name of Messiah during the dream, I was aware that I was walking IN Him and trusting Him. I can't exactly describe what happened, because in truth it is beyond words, but I was aware that I was somehow reaching out to these beings who were being pacified, rather as a wild horse is broken. When they realised that I was not out to destroy them, but to simply bring them under dominion, they yielded, and were as quiet as lambs. They ceased all their opposition to me.
I awoke with such a sense of shalom (peace)! Though at first I did not know what these creatures were, initially having all sorts of wild ideas about being part nephilim, I understood that there were a part of my flesh that was being brought under dominion and control of the spirit. Even my body felt strengthened afterwards in spite of the fact that I had been very unwell for several days. It was then I realised that these were not demons (for I went through the process of rebuking, binding and casting out which usually works but did not on this occasion) but were depictions of the Adamic nature, which is part human and part beast. We all know how powerful the psyche can be, the force with which it can operate, and these creatures represented that unregenerated part. Unlike the spirit which can (and must be) converted to Messiah, the flesh can only be subdued until death removes it completely. What I experienced was a subduction of the flesh in an area of my life. And I very definitely feel different! Calmer, more at rest, more in control, less provokable, and many other things. Doubtless there is more to be done and more to be learned but I thought this was an important experience to share so that those who struggle with the flesh (which is everyone) might have hope. The bottom line is basically a willingness to yield personal will, which comes from the psyche, to Yahweh, not just in words (which may reflect a true intent or not) but in very deed.
May you receive Yahweh's blessings to the Overcomers and know everlasting Shalom!
Comments from Readers
"While reading this, I was reminded of Romans 8:6-8: “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against Elohim; for it is not subject to the law of Elohim, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please Elohim” (Romans 8:6-8, NKJV).
"From what I understand of Romans 8:7 not only being hostile towards Elohim and Yahweh's enemy, but also being unable to be subject or submitted to Yahweh, with where these creatures were willing to submit themselves to you as you were walking in the Ruach (and in doing so, to Yahweh) I believe it points to that these creatures were not the flesh or carnal nature itself that cannot (and would not) submit itself to Elohim, but rather, parts of you or areas of your life that may still be tainted or influenced by the carnal nature in places, but may still be submitted to Elohim, and in doing so changed...
"An example may be someone's sexuality that may have been defiled through sin in places... it's not Elohim's will for our sexuality to be put to death, but for it to be submitted to Him... And as it is submitted to Him, He changes it, cleanses it, makes it new. It's not Yah's will to put sexuality to death, but to put to death the sin or carnal nature that may be defiling it. And yet at times when we may either be deceived or trying to do things in our own strength, we may believe that we need to put to death that part of us that has been defiled (whether our sexuality or emotions or any other part), rather than the sin or carnal nature (the real problem, causing the defiling) in it being put to death... And in trying to doing so, we find that there's part of us going into a kind of self-preservation mode... A large part of freedom is coming to that place of understanding that those parts of us (whether our sexuality, emotions, minds, or otherwise) must not be killed, but be submitted to Yahweh... and in being submitted, He changes us, and makes them new...
"He puts to death the carnal nature that was operating in them, yet keeping and renewing those parts to His glory and original purpose and desire. An example in my own heart and life experiencing these things was at a time I very much needed to submit to my head... And yet at the time, I believed the lie in order for me to submit to him my heart would have to die or be put to death... But it was never Yah's will that may heart be put to death. It was His will rather that my heart be submitted, and with that to change me ~ that the carnal nature defiling it be put to death. But with believing that lie that my heart would have to die in order to submit, and where I began to sin in trying to bring myself to submit in my own strength, I found part of me going into a self-preservation mode... And part of Him beginning to bring true surrender was in showing that He didn't want to kill my heart, but that it be submitted to Him, that He may cleanse and change it :) And He has been so faithful and good in that :D" (DP, South Africa, 25 November 2010)