Who is in Control?

We mentioned that the soul is the seat of the mind, emotions and will. Before we come to receive Christ as Savior and Lord, our soul is functional. However, we are spiritually dead to God. That means that Satan is pretty much free to use the “control center” (our mind, emotions and will) for his own ends. When we are born again and our Spiritual life is restored, Jesus enters the “control center.” He begins to renew the mind, moves us to control our emotions and use our wills to do right. Obviously, the devil tries to retain control. We need help to resist him. And God provides that help! Our minds are strengthened by input from God’s Word. Prayer brings God’s help. We learn to let God’s Holy Spirit control our emotions. Instead of just giving in to our emotions, we learn to trust God and His promises and purposes. Here’s the really hard part: Satan tries to move our will, to will what he wants us to will . God, on the other hand, intends for our wills to be disciplined to obey and apply Scriptural principles. As we determine to obey and apply God’s Word, instead of “giving in” to sinful desires, the more the devil’s hold on us is weakened. We are: “….strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” (From Ephesians 3:16). Adalaide A. Pollard gave us the prayerful hymn, “Have Thine Own Way, Lord.” Two stanzas speak especially to how Jesus is to be in charge of our “control center:” “Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art the Potter, I am the clay. Mold me and make me after Thy will, while I am waiting, yielded and still. Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Hold o’er my being absolute sway. Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see Christ only, always, living in me!” Selah! As we align with God’s Word and draw on His strength, Satan will be less and less able to use our “control center.”  Yield all control to Jesus.   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com

 

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