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BATTLE FOR THE SOUL

                                                          Rick Collins

If Satan cannot stop you from being saved, He wants to keep you from knowing that Christ lives in you 100%. Thereby keeping you feeling defeated. You have all the benefits now and forever. You are a new creature or a person with a new nature belonging to a new race. However, Satan does not want you to know this. Satan likes to drive a wedge between your soul and your spirit keeping you from knowing about Christ living in you as your Spirit. Many Christians are not sure if Christ lives in them or just the Holy Spirit or both, or maybe His is not even there at all. They are not really sure how to divide the spirit, soul, and body. Neither do they understand the Holy Spirit’s purpose in our lives. How do I know that, because this was me for many years. You’ve got to get it straight in your mind to have the victory in this body. God created us to hear and receive this message of Christ in us as our life.

Eph. 1:4 According as he hath chosen us IN HIM before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

John 14:23
23. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.(KJV)

For many, Salvation came at a very young age, and for others later in life. When we were born into God’s family as a baby, we really didn’t have a lot of knowledge about what had just happened to us. Most of us, as a baby in Christ, grew up in a religious system that taught you all about the external Jesus or Jesus as the man, who walked the earth and did great miracles and healing. I love to hear the stories and read about the Jesus in the flesh, but these stories only testify of Jesus’ life here on earth, and what He accomplished. Many do not really understand all that was accomplished at the cross. Only the Holy Spirit can teach you as He reveals Jesus to you.

John 5:39-40
39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.(KJV)

We must come to know the resurrected Lord, who now lives inside of us in our spirit.

Our Father never intended for us to continue to look at the flesh man Jesus for the rest of our lives here on earth. You might be asking the question why not? As long as you look at the Jesus on the outside of you, you will never find the Jesus, who lives within you in your temple. So many in the world are doing just that! Looking on the outside of themselves among their kinsfolk and acquaintances trying to find Jesus. Going here and there saying, “Do you know” or “Can you tell me”. You will not find Him until you go within your temple and look for Him there. Jesus walked on the earth in the flesh, was crucified on the cross, and now He is a Spirit. Jesus died so He could redeem us and set us free with His beautiful Grace. Father’s intention is to replace our Satan nature with His Christ nature and to live in us as our life.

We are not to know Jesus or other Christians after the flesh.

2 Cor 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. KJV

The birthing is an exchange of natures, not a remodeling of your old dead nature. A birthed child of God can only have one Father. Truth is, many Christians spend their entire life trying to fix up the old man who is dead. The old carnal man cannot be fixed up. He is the enemy of God and cannot enter the kingdom of God. We can’t live the dead-life an enjoy it. The liberty and freedom is in Christ Jesus. God wants to put His Son in us as our only life, now that’s moving on in the Lord! Many people never move on. They just stifle the Holy Spirit as their teacher of the Christ in us, and sit in religion all the days of their life. Never knowing the many splendors of a loving relation with our Father and the oneness that we can have in Christ Jesus as He lives His life through us.

It is true that the number one need in the world is simply to believe in Jesus and be saved. Now that I have eternal life in me, the number one need is for my mind to become renewed, and to grow in the revelation knowledge of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirits job is to teach us nothing but Jesus.

John 26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27. And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

You see, Salvation is not something you receive, or a thing. Salvation is a Person and it is Christ in you.

Put yourself in these shoes so I can paint you a painful picture. How would you like it if you had a child and after its birth you had to give it up to live with another family? You are still the parent, but you wouldn’t be able to have a loving two-way relationship with your child. You talk about tearing your heart out – that would do it. Most parents want to love their children and to be close to them. They commit their total life to being a good parent. Well, I said all that, to say this is how our Father’s relationship is with many of His children today. They look for Him in all the wrong places and live separated from the Christ In them. Our Father loves to see one of His children come home. I was a Christian for 40 years before I receive the revelation that Christ was in me. So, I was in the wilderness or a Prodigal Son Christian for 40 years before I finally came home to the oneness and union I have with the Christ in me. He was there waiting for me all the time. Now, isn’t that just like your Dad!

Heb. 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Christ cannot leave you or go in and out of you. Saved today and lost tomorrow. He is a one trip Savior, because Salvation is a Person, and it is Christ In You. Salvation is not gained by yourself-effort, but is the gift of God in the person of Jesus.

The riches and the glory of this great mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a life of the Holy Spirit revealing to us nothing but Jesus.

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ In You, the hope of glory:KJV

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