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Flesh & The Tree of Good & Evil (TGE)

Page 2 Spirit & The Tree of Life GLORY = G od L uminous O ver R enegade Y ears Our fallen nature inherited from Adam, which needs daily crucifixion, (Paul says – I die daily 1 Cor 15:30; Gal 2:20), works under the Law of sin & death (LSD) when influenced (when eating from) the TGE. Though born again & Spirit baptized, for the slightest grudge, fear, difficulty, displeasure, disappointment, conflict, disagreement believers shift form the Tree of Life (TOL) and away form the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus (LSJ) to the TGE & LSD. Take a simple example. With one little sneeze, they do not bring the child to the service because the child must be rested to send to school on Monday. But will send the child to school even with many sneezes. Study is more important than worship. In that decision they feed from the TGE and they & child come under LSD. In our many simple daily choices and words we choose flesh and operate under the Law of sin & death We have not believed the scripture that no good dwells in our flesh. We make 101 tiny decisions that fatten our flesh when in fact we are asked to deny our flesh . We leave many decisions under the purview of our choice & will. We do not even entertain pastoral counsel lest it disagrees with our desire. Much later, troubled & wisened we seek help. Wages of flesh is corruption. Gal 6:7-8 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows, that he also will reap. (8) For he sowing to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh. But he sowing to the Spirit will reap life everlasting from the Spirit. In work or with relatives we make flesh decisions and we reap corruption in us and in our children. We arrogate power to decide like God. “What ever whoever says I will do this for my child or myself”, is how we feel when godly counsel contradicts our wish.

When Eve was offered the fruit of the TGE she was told 1 Jn 2:15,16  Good for belly – physically enticing – some fall for this (lust of the flesh) – stone to bread  Fills the expectation of the eyes – longing of the eyes (lust of the eyes) – all the glory you see  Makes one wise like God – I can do it my way. (pride of life) – climb high, jump & prove The last one is the real temptation when we easily dispose of godly sense or godly counsel and decide like God and pretend God said so to me.

By Dr. Lalith Mendis

Page 3 Flesh & Demonic We easily slip into flesh patterns we have learnt in our parental homes. When we sow a seed of the Spirit we have received from our parents, our harvest is greater than what we sowed. Sadly, this is true for the ancestral flesh seeds we sow. We reap a harvest of corruption. Unfortunately when a parental home was out of Christ, we pick up more ancestral flesh seeds than ancestral spirit seeds. When under duress we easily slip off to ungodly patterns of behaviour which we justify because we are we. The same traits in another would come under severe censure by us. We all see the moat in the brother's eye better than the beam in our eye. That's human nature. At some point, with feeding of flesh, the issue becomes demonic. Then deliverance with casting out of evil spirits becomes necessary for anger, bitterness, lust, gluttony, overspending etc. Fattened flesh manifests as afflictions, moods & rebellion. Allergies are a common sign of this. When we backslide into flesh, when the measure of the Holy Spirit drops to foot level (Ezek 47:), all kinds of corruptions, infirmities and afflictions roaming in our ancestry find roots in us. A generational disease or character trait waits lurking in our flesh to attack us, when any organ I n our system is not kept under the life, suffusion and Law of the Spirit. Lust from our family line (FL) is waiting to hit our eyes, allergies in our FL are waiting to manifest in our skin or lungs, animus in marriage may be lurking in the shadows of our FL. The list is endless. It's a battle. Life is spiritual more than we think. So the battle is on all the time. Take guard. Give no occasion to the flesh. Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Redemption In Marriage 1Ti 2:15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety. Sanctifying each other is the great purpose of marriage. Husband helps the wife to cut off her flesh, bad root etc and the wife also helps the husband. They are to ministers to one another. Their progeny will be safe. Sadly many relationships fall far short and Christian marriage meant for sanctification and opening doors of heaven can become wormwood, Marah & gall. Then what opens on your family, finances, health and children is not doors of heaven but doors of hades. Christians suffer.

By Dr. Lalith Mendis

Page 4 Rom chap 8 Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Rom 8:12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Rom 8:23 And not only so , but ourselves also, who have the firstfruit of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, awaiting adoption, the redemption of our body. Rom 8:27 And He searching the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Rom 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom 8:32 Truly He who did not spare

By Dr. Lalith Mendis

Do you feel condemnation even now? Do you condemn your spouse, parent, child or anyone else even now? Reason is that we yet walk ion the flesh tough forgiven by God Flesh operates under LSD Spirit operates under LLS Righteousness of Calvary is inapplicable when we practice flesh. We grudge. We loose salvation. We hate or lust like heathens Mind full of things of flesh = death = enmity against God = no submission to God or God's word = no pleasure of God Mind full of things of Spirit = life & spirit We can by practising our flesh push Christ out. Quench the Spirit. Flesh = dead Spirit = life; quickens body = divine health, holiness Debtors to flesh = exact flesh debt from others & pay debt to your flesh = you shall die Mortify flesh = you shall live Spirit of bondage = fear = work – Pharaoh, perform, harsh, Jezebel, Saul, Ahab Daily led by the Spirit; Spirit of sonship = fatherhood What is the witness of your Spirit? What witness do you hear? Your peers, your past, adverts? Heir of God = I have all if not I grab all Only suffering is because of living for Jesus

Spirit groans for second adoption into glory. Do you sense a groaning? Gap between what Spirit wants for us and what we are. In this gap Spirit makes intercession Rom 8:26 Spirit searches our heart. Listen to Spirit intercession for you. It is not about us talking only. Gap between mind of the Spirit and the desire of our heart. Let the Spirit search your heart. Are you scared to be still? What is the good that God is working out? That we be conformed to His image. From justification to glorification He works good for us. Glory is more of God in me. God is glorified when God is able to show Him forth thru us more Assured God is for me – I have no enemies. I do not box with somebody else's shadow. I am full having all - God gave His Son for me and all things

Page 5 His own Son, but delivered Him up for needed 2 Pet 1;2,3 us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Rom 8:33 Who shall lay anything to I am free. I hear no indictment. I am not pushed to accuse, the charge of God's elect? God who excuse or defend. justifies. No separation – nothing can separate – do you have old memories that separate you from God's love? Conquerors thru suffering

By Dr. Lalith Mendis

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