The Tree of Knowledge, painting by Lucas Crana...
The Tree of Knowledge, painting by Lucas Cranach the Elder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, every Christian is faced with two battles. There is the external war against evil men, and there is the internal war against your own carnal nature.  The external war is the battle of good versus evil. The internal war is the battle of life versus death. The external war is a physical battle of works; but the internal war is a spiritual battle of faith. Victory in external battles can make a temporary improvement in the living conditions of earth. But victory in the internal war can make you an immortal spirit being, born in the image of God.  Sadly, most Christians today are blind to the internal war. Instead they have seized on external battles, leaving their carnality to flourish while denying their own spiritual inheritance. The eyes of a man look always outward. They can see the trouble with everyone else, but seldom look into their own heart. Men thus scurry about, building organizations to combat all the evil deeds of other men. But these builders themselves remain servants of their own selfishness, pride, and unbelief. Though their failings may not be so obvious, they are prisoners of the same carnal nature as those men they seek to tame. For wherein thou judge another, thou condemn thyself; for thou that judges does the same things. The carnal mind is addicted to the external, visible war of good versus evil. This mind will merrily condemn every visible evil deed, while justifying its own self-exaltation and wrath. It is far easier to accuse a man of visible evil, than to kill the disguised carnality in your own heart. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.  The external war of good & evil grows on the Tree of Death. This visible war is vain and unproductive because its results are temporal, and its victors remain spiritually dead. Throwing yourself into this fight may be a “good work,” but it can never clothe you with immortality- you’re still eating from the wrong tree. Of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eat thereof thou shalt surely die. Warfare is a necessity for spiritual maturity. Every permanent possession in the spirit realm is acquired in battle. If you spare your enemy or run from your battles, you will fail. Only the warriors, who attack their enemies and overcome them, will ever be found worthy to walk upon the walls of spiritual greatness. As a baby in the womb, so is your spirit on the earth. Even now you are enclosed, cradled by your Heavenly Father. Though your eyes are dim, his vision is infinite, and he guides your every move. He can never leave you for you two are joined by an umbilical of spirit which flows with his love. Though his voice seems muffled, still you know its sound and recognize his call. It is a thrum of comfort that resonates with assurance and reminds that all is well.   If you stay connected and spiritually healthy and continue to grow, you will complete your gestation according to your Father’s design. Then your spirit will irrevocably come to the birth as his Begotten Son.   The prospective Sons of God have been implanted in the Created Realm by the hope of their Father. He has confined them to the processes of time, as embryos within a womb that they might become Begotten Beings.  Your life on earth is only a dull, watery representation of the spiritual life that awaits you. For we only know in part, and we prophesy in part only. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. As an unborn child you are here to develop the senses and traits that you will need as a Son of God. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.    For six thousand years planet earth has tingled in spiritual gestation. And from this incubator God will have Sons, born from his own genetics and into his own image.

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