The tree of knowledge
In the brain we have electrically excitable Neurons (neurone or nerve cell) which possesses a cell body (soma) and neurites, dendrites or axon. They do not actually touch one another but use chemicals called neurotransmitters, serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine, to pass messages across gaps called a synapse. These cells may form a complex pattern called dendritic tree. It is in this dendritic tree that our consciousness thinks and where we are are aware of thinking.
Man is a physical creature in which a godly spirit dwells placed there by God according to His image.
In this physical world we are stretched between two realms. Both beckon to us every day. It is in that spiritual realm between two spiritual dominions we make all choices.
It is a realm of spiritual currents ebbing and flowing. Most of the choices we make in our heads, our minds, are the result of choices we already made in our spirit without words or ideas projected on our minds.
We use our physical minds to interpret what we think we see or understand. This usually depends on rationalizing these images into an acceptable form.
We project our own images and beliefs on the screen of our mind and believe in those images. They become our reality based on the leading of the spirit we choose to follow..
Man made ideas, philosophies, and religion do this all the time.
The dendritic tree produces images that we defend and cling to in order to create a sense of stability and assurance. We literally bow down and worship these mental projections, these idols of the mind.
They may include ideas about God and His rules. We may use our minds to decide for ourselves what is "good and evil" but in that process we often unmoor the symbols of sacred texts from their original intended meaning. We take the information we accumulate hew it into doctrines of our own making. God' opinion is the truth about reality and if we do not conform to His truth we will stray from the original intent and purpose of God. We will twist the facts so that they will fit what we would like to believe is reality.
God's judgement is built into creation. We cannot escape that judgement by altering what is good and evil in our mind's eschatology, theology and epistemology. We do not have the power and authority to do that because we are naked before the opinion of the LORD.
The Spirit of My Soul
"And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit..." (1 Timothy 3:16)
The idea that we do anything physical and it changes us spiritually is the essence of witchcraft.
We are not justified in the flesh. So the physical rituals and acts neither condemn nor justify us... but they are evidence of the spirit that we draw near or repent from...
So taking a stimulant or suppressant or a psychoactive substance are all events in the physical realm.
"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;" (Hebrews 2:14)
We are often dealing with the world the flesh and the devil.
It is on that playing field that our spirit must make a choice that our minds will try to justify.
Things of this world can distract us from the light we should be seeking. If we desire the distraction more than the light we may become addicted to it. Since the garden of Eden we have hid from the light... to repent we must be willing to face that light and the pain of it.
These things of the world and the flesh are easily distractions from the things of the spirit.
The world can include the World as in constitutional order of men but also the mere people and environment around us.
The flesh is our own addiction to the physical body, its hormones and hunger, its pains and pleasure that palpitates that push and pull this shell of flesh we live in.
The devils are those entities that have gone out of the presence of the light of God... who live in the dark realm where life is taken one from another, where flesh eats flesh.
The influence of the world the flesh and the devil upon you is regulated in the drawing of your spirit.
The spiritual ways of Christ draw you to the light and push the powers of darkness away from you and you from it.
Doing things in the name of God is about spirit and not form.
Eating of His table is not about the menu but about your appetite for truth and light and your willingness to fast from the ways of darkness.
"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:16)
Do you seek the tree of knowledge or the tree of life?
"I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world." (John 6:51)
"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Ephesians 6:12)
There is no exodus until we truly repent and return to the light. Then our flesh is set free for we live entirely of the spirit.
The realm you bind yourself to will pull you in at your death. The physical bonds of this world are evidence that you have not been bound to the ways of Christ in your spirit just as sin in the flesh is evidence of lust, neglect and sloth in the spirit.
"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28)
"Only do not two [things] unto me: then will I not hide myself from thee. Withdraw thine hand far from me: and let not thy dread make me afraid." (Job 13:20-21)
- "Withdraw thine hand far from me"
- "let not thy dread make me afraid"
Withdrawing thy hand is reaching for things that keep us away from the light, fleeing and hiding in the temptations and distractions of the flesh and the world. Thinking that happiness comes from the things of the world or the rituals of religions or the physical pleasures or the release from pain or even the release from the legal bondage of the world.
Before the mind is aware of its existence the spirit is making a choice.
So what does let not thy dread make me afraid mean?
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