“If you are to lift it up in victory against this dangerous enemy you must first give yourself completely to the leading of the Spirit in God's Word.
Since it is much more dangerous to part with God's truth than with our lives, heretics or seducers are more to be feared than persecutors. It is far worse to have our souls damned by God than to have our bodies killed by man. If the martyrs had dreaded death more than heresy they could never have walked willingly into persecutors' flames.
The sword of the Spirit in another person's hand will not defend you. If you are to lift it up in victory against this dangerous enemy you must first give yourself completely to the leading of the Spirit in God's Word. The outward expression of Scripture is only the shell, and the meaning is the pearl, which you must search for until you find it. "Rev. 2:7 (AMP) He who is able to hear, let him listen to and give heed to what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant to eat [of the fruit] of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. God spoke an imperative ear, not a suggestion-- we must listen to what the Spirit says in the Word as we hear or read it, for the one who has an ear for the Spirit will not have an ear for the seducer.
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The only way you will ever know the mind of God in His Word is for the Spirit to reveal it to you. But the holy God will not take a filthy hand and lead you into understanding: "Dan. 12:10 (AMP) Many shall purify themselves and make themselves white and be tried, smelted, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly. And none of the wicked shall understand, but the teachers and those who are wise shall understand. The angel who took Lot's daughters into the house struck the Sodomites with blindness so that they would grope for the door but not find it-- and so are those who come to Scripture with unclean hearts. The wicked have the Word of God but only the holy have "the mind of Christ 1Cor. 2:16 (AMP) For who has known or understood the mind (the counsels and purposes) of the Lord so as to guide and instruct Him and give Him knowledge? But we have the mind of Christ (the Messiah) and do hold the thoughts (feelings and purposes) of His heart.
Paul persuades Christians with these words: "Rom. 12:2 (AMP) Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell. http://www.moodypublishers.com/pub_productDetail.aspx?id=41823&pid=53617