I love you and want the very best for you, so I have a very special desire to share what God has been placing on my heart for you about the major battle going on between your spirit, your soul, and your body. You are not alone. Every believe faces similar battles, for the soul is in the center between the spirit and body, and whichever way it leans controls who you are and what you do. Romans 12:12 tells us, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” If you are a believer, of course, you belong to God. Satan, however, wants to continue to control your body and soul, in hopes of gaining control of your spirit. The devil tried to do this with Jesus during His earthly life. Satan offered total control of the world if Jesus would only bow to him (Matthew 4). He is still trying to do this with believers today. Satan wants to offer things that you want in order to wound you, take away your innocence, and leave scars. What makes it such a battle is that you, like all humans, have things stuck in your memory. The flesh likes these things. It enjoys the flashbacks and the familiar feelings. The problem comes from the fact that we were born in sin. We sin naturally. None of us were sitting on the fence when we came to Jesus Christ, nor do we live in a sterile, spiritual vacuum.

SHAPED IN INIQUITY

We were shaped in iniquity. We have human tendencies. These tendencies are nestled in the soul. That soul is the seed of memory and intense desire. It houses what we were. It holds all the scars from what happened to us. Sometimes we don’t even know what is there, because there are so many hidden memories. These memories come up at different times. The influence over your life can be immense. Satan can use these memories to attack you, to control you, to make you feel worthless, and to cause problems. When you get saved, your heart—your spirit—changes immediately. That is what the Word tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
The spirit changes in an instant. The soul, however, and certainly the body, takes much longer. That is why you must begin learning from God’s Word, spending time with the Lord Jesus in pray, getting in fellowship with other believers, learning from godly teachers, and all the things you can do to renew your soul. The heart changes immediately. The soul changes much more slowly. The soul and body want to keep going back to the old things, the old friends, the old temptations, the old environment.

A CONSTANT BATTLE

MightyWarriorIt is a constant battle to listen to the spirit and to be renewed, rather than listening to the body and be destroyed. What happens to us when our mind is renewed? We come to God as broken pieces of a puzzle, and we choose to allow Him to begin putting all of those pieces together into a complete picture. What used to be an embarrassment becomes a testimony! The transition from fleshly control to spiritual control of the soul must occur daily in order for God to put our complete picture together and turn all the scarred, broken pieces into a complete, whole picture. It requires pain, since moving from a soul filled with sin to a life filled with God’s Spirit can be painful. To start, read Romans 1-2. Paul, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, shows that we are condemned in our sin and without any hope aside from Jesus Christ. By chapter 3, we discover that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. We are exposed to the fact that satan will do everything to keep us from seeing the light. As you continue to read Romans and the entire New Testament, you see that when you turn to God and He switches on the light, you see more and more clearly what satan has tried to do to you. However, you will also discover more and more what Jesus Christ has done to rid you of the effects of sin. Since you have received Jesus Christ into your heart, you have the choice every day to stay where you are or to move deeper with Him. You can choose to live and walk a godly life, or you can choose to live in the midst of past hurts and wounds and death. God has called you from death unto life! He wants you to respond to what the Holy Spirit desires to do in your life. So if you respond to the Spirit by feeding the things of God into your system, you will win the battle for your mind. The Word purges the hidden pockets in the mind. It breaks down the strongholds. It removes the footholds that satan has tried to maintain in your soul.

A CALL TO ACTION

Are you ready to allow God to win the battle in a greater way than ever before? Are you ready for your mind to be transformed, as we are told in Romans 12:2? Here are five quick guidelines:
  1. Repent. Repentance releases a believer from ungodly thoughts. To repent is not just to be sorry for our sins, but to make a conscious change in order to come into agreement with God. This requires action.
  2. Allow God to change you from the inside out. The word “transform” in this passage of Scripture is same New Testament Greek word as “transfigured” in Matthew 17:2. Jesus reflected the glory of God. So we must be transformed to reflect God’s glory, and that can only happen when one’s heart and spirit come into agreement with God’s Word.
  3. Understand how crucial the warfare is, and how the battlefield is in your heart. This battle seeks for you to come into agreement with either God or satan. We must take action: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Truly, the choice is yours—moment by moment, day by day, year after year.
  4. Get into constant, persistent agreement with God. There is an awesome power in agreement. We are told in Deuteronomy 32:30 that one can “put chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight.” Seek constantly to be in agreement with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
  5. Come into agreement by focusing on the right thoughts. A renewed mind, founded on the Word, begins to think more and more from God’s perspective: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). This takes discipline. In fact, the word “disciple” in the Greek means “disciplined one.” Agreement with God requires study of His Word and asking Him to bring you in line with His will, not yours.
We must be transformed into the image of Christ if we are to represent God as His followers! When the battle is won in the hearts of believers, amazing things happen in the Kingdom. Agreement takes place. His Word goes forth. His purposes on earth are realized. And the world notices! They become hungry for the power and presence of God that they see evidenced in the lives of believers! My prayer for you is for God to win the victory—today, tomorrow, and forever—so that you will become a glorious witness for Him in everything you think, say, and do!

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

Let me take a moment to mention that even as each of us faces inner battles as we seek to serve our Lord Jesus Christ, I continue to be faced with challenges as I make plans and critical decisions concerning upcoming Miracle Services and crusades. _0004_PBHI’m making final plans for meetings in San Jose, California (May 15-16), Singapore (May 27-28), Kupang, West Timor (May 30), Trinidad, West Indies (June 19), Bridgetown, Barbados (June 21-22), Atlanta, Georgia (June 26-27), Jakarta, Indonesia (July 19-20), Semerang, Indonesia (July 22-23), Papua, Indonesia (July 25-26), Sydney, Australia (July 29-30), Brisbane, Australia (August 1-2), and more. My wonderful Lord Jesus has placed an ever-increasing burden on my heart to focus more and more attention on souls around the world, and I’ve known, based on the past, that when this happens, there are sacrifices that have to be made and great costs that have to be counted. Because the expenses for events are much greater overseas than in North America, and because the precious people in many of the places I travel to have so little to give in return, the financial burden on this ministry continues to be enormous. My precious partner, you have stood with me with such faithfulness, and I need you to know that unless I hear from you, some of these upcoming services in some locations may have to be cancelled. How the thought of that grieves my heart—and I know it grieves your heart too. Because of your love for the Gospel, I knew you would want to know the serious decisions I am facing right now. So I must hear from you and know that you, my partner, will send your support now. Please don’t let me say no to the precious souls that are waiting to hear the saving and healing message of the Gospel at this hour of decision.

MY PERSONAL REQUEST TO YOU

When you give to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the nations, you touch the deepest part of God’s heart, and He will bless you for it beyond your ability to receive His blessings. Only when you give for the Gospel will the windows of heaven open, and mighty, abundant financial blessings will be poured upon your life. Pastor Benny HinnOnly when you give for the Gospel can you claim the promise: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom” (Luke 6:38). Only then will He multiply your seed that you sow! I am asking you from the deepest part of my heart that you give today for this mighty work of God so we can continue to make advance preparations for all the scheduled events, and so we can take the Good News of Jesus Christ through the awesome doors that have been opened to us. I need to hear from you in the coming hours! Within the next few days, I must make the decisions about whether we can honor our commitments for each of the upcoming crusades or not. Please help me with your sacrificial gift today so I can let the organizers and planners for each Miracle Service and crusade know that God’s precious people have done the miraculous and that we can go ahead with all the events we have planned. Millions of people are waiting to hear the good news of the Gospel all over the world. We cannot delay! We must go now while the doors are open! Will you help me obey the command of our Master Jesus and sow your seed today for souls? For the glorious and eternal cause of our precious Lord Jesus Christ, sig
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