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Inner Conflict And Its Remedy - With Given O. Blakely

Inner Conflict And Its Remedy
With Given O. Blakely

Our relationship to God through Jesus Christ is a spiritual one. It is not realized in the flesh, and does not consist of merely external procedures. In fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy, God has written His law upon the hearts of the regenerate (Jer. 31:33; Heb. 8:10). Those that have been reconciled to God serve the law of God with their mind (Rom. 7:25). Their thoughts are centered upon things "pertaining to life and godliness," and their affection is set "on things above" (2 Pet. 1:3; Col. 3:2). In confirmation of their acceptance, the Holy Spirit has been sent into their hearts (Gal. 4:6). He brings intimacy between the Father and His children, denoted by the expression "Abba, Father." These things take place within the individual.
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Inner Conflict - Lesson 2 - The Reason For The Conflict

YOU HAVE WEAPONRY

We have been provided spiritual weaponry to combat this situation. These weapons are not philosophical in nature, but effective. It is written that they are "mighty through God," and properly used will cast down bastions of thought that attack the believer. The nature of this weaponry is uniquely adapted to the warfare. Do you remember how it is described? "For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Cor 10:3-5).

Our battle is one of the mind! The "strongholds" which we demolish are bastions of thought that have captured men--wrong ideas, improper views, deceptive thoughts, and vain philosophies. In your own personal life, your new birth has inducted a fierce conflict of thoughts. Satan is aggressive to defile your mind--your thinking processes. He hurls thoughts at you in the form of lusts, pride, and other imaginations. There is no way to emphasize the jeopardy of being ignorant of this warfare.