THE FOOL RETURNS TO HIS FOLLY. Perhaps you know this Proverb better by its first and more descriptive part, “As a dog returns to its vomit”. I have never known anyone who was truly surrendered and submitted to the Lord to not be able to overcome their flesh and sin.
I have seen slow learners, but they were still moving towards that ultimate goal. But someone who’s theme song is, “She’ll be coming round the mountain” and continually moves in a circle, returning to their vomit and folly has not ever truly surrendered. I have seen them dabble in obedience and then dive into disobedience. They are “outer court” people, hanging around the things of God, but never bowing down in humility before His throne of grace and surrendering their all to His glory.
These people refuse to renew their mind only to take advantage of others. They say things like, “I can’t!” Instead of, “I won’t”. Lying to themselves of who they are and of God’s ability to restore and renew. They are doomed to repeat their folly because their heart is divided and their mind they refuse to renew. They blame the devil and seek deliverance, when all they really need is discipline and self-control. IF you would obey all the Bible commands you, then you will get the Bible results and you do not have to be considered a fool.
Let me tell you a story, I changed my body composition when I changed the way I thought about food. Years ago I transformed my body to have more lean muscle and less body fat. I did this by lifting weights and using food to stimulate growth hormone. I read this book and the author wrote a profound statement: “not every meal has to be a hedonistic pleasure explosion in your mouth”. To transform my body, I had to look at food as fuel, not pleasure. This author actually transformed his eating by telling himself that good food was good for him and bad food was bad. What this man had tapped into was what God has always known: your thoughts will transform your life, for good or for bad.
The mind is an incredibly powerful tool. If you are to have any victory over the enemy and your flesh, you must transform your thinking. (Romans 12:1-2) It is imperative. If this author as a nonbeliever, could transform his body; how much more can a Spirit-filled believer be transformed by the renewing of your mind and the power of the Spirit?
You have no excuse. You have been given everything you need; but God won’t change your mind for you. You have work to do! Root out wrong thinking and lies, and replace with God’s Word. This is an ongoing process until God’s Word becomes the truth in your soul. “Therefore, having these promises, (ALL His promises and ALL His help) beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” II Corinthians 7:1 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry…. in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,”Colossians 3:1-3, 5, 7, 9-10 NKJV#runyourrace
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