To Overthrow a Fortress, Knock out the Watchman Mind is the Watchman of the Soul Discern if Words or Actions are pleasing to God If the Mind is deceived to think that sin is good, you will sin
1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed, by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
How the Flesh Weakens the Watchman We do what we want to do Mind: determines an action is good Affections: desire and long for that which the mind said is good Will: puts the soul into action, carrying out what the mind said was good and the affections hungered for.
Anatomy of Sin’s Seduction James 1:14-16 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is accomplished it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved bretheren.
Lifestyle of Sin: Death The Will: gives birth to sin The Affections: lust has conceived The Mind: Enticed by his own lust The Mind: Carried Away Your Treasure
Heart is the Steering Wheel of our Actions. What controls our heart, controls our behavior. What controls me, I worship What I worship, I treasure Luke 6:43-45 “For his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” Ez.14:1-6 “…these men have set up idols in their hearts, and have put before their faces the stumbling block of their iniquity.” Rom. 1:21-25 “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator…: Matt. 6:19-21 “…for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
Treasure = Financial Security Mind: Enticed to cheat on taxes Affections begin to dream of how much better life would be with the additions to your bank account The will creatively finds some added deductions on April 15th
Flesh Weakens by Separating the Design of Grace from the Remedy of Grace Design of Grace: Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age.
Remedy of Grace: 1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
Signs that your Fortress Walls have been Breached Heart is Hardened: Not aware of your sin Careless about sin: concentrating on God’s forgiveness Sin seems less dangerous, less serious, less threatening Flesh begins to whisper, “you’re being legalistic” Thoughts of the world push out thoughts of God
Your Weapons Private Meditation Private Prayer Your brothers in Christ
Goal Must Be to Ruin the Flesh Meditate on God to know God Meditate on the Word to Know the Living Word Meditate on yourself in the Word with God
Hebrews 4:12-13 For the Word of God is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.
What do you think about the most? I have a right to __________ What makes you feel secure? What make you feel tense? What would bring you the greatest pleasure? What can you not live without? What do you daydream about? What do you pray for?