The Battle for Your Mind is Fought on the Battlefield of Faith
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The Knowledge of This World
Lesson 4 of 12
Many well meaning Christians are trying to war against the devil with the knowledge of this world, which is the wrong tool for spiritual warfare. So, for you to win the battle of the mind, it is necessary to learn the difference between the knowledge of this world and the knowledge of God.
The knowledge of this world is the first of the 5 facets of the soul and we are associating the knowledge of this world with SIGHT. The eye of knowledge has to do with our perception, how we think, how we see things. The flesh is this earthly perspective that is gained by the knowledge of this world, which carries our own opinion based on our own experiences of life, born of our culture, which is now our prejudice.
A Culture of Knowledge
To win the battle of the mind we need to know where this culture of knowledge comes from. 1 Samuel 2:3 reads, “The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” God provided knowledge for Adam to be joined to Him in obedience: “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,” Genesis 2:16-17.
The human soul was designed by God to be filled with His knowledge, to increase in Him and by Him alone, and to find rest in Him alone. Satan has known this from the beginning and therefore, reshaped knowledge with his own perspective.
Satan challenged God’s knowledge by establishing his own knowledge for Adam to follow. Genesis 3:1 reads, “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
Satan counseled (influenced) the hearts of Adam and Eve to walk contrary to God. The introduction of Satan’s knowledge into the earth is a corruption of the original holy knowledge of God. It robs God’s knowledge of its true meaning, it also robs life of its true purpose.
Satan’s approach toward Adam and Eve is termed a “temptation” because he came to them with a form of knowledge that was encoded with a seductive and flattering self-referencing promise, and by this promise he allured their souls to journey with their imagination, enticing them to look within themselves to discover their potential.
The Soul Follows the Design of the Knowledge it Accepts
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As we can see in the case of Adam and Eve, the soul follows the design of the knowledge it accepts. God called Satan’s corruption of His knowledge “evil”, and Jesus identified it as “darkness” when he said, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness,” John 12:46. Knowledge removed from God removes the soul from God, darkening the perception of God’s purpose. Thus, is the carnal mind is shaped.
The knowledge of this world is Satan’s false knowledge.
It works by promise. Satan uses promise as bait on the hook of knowledge. He joins a promise to the knowledge of this world that if we apply ourselves to education, to the stock markets, the arts, sports, literature, the apothecary, career, military might, politics, philanthropy, green peace, or the religions of the world, that we can find ourselves, we can be all we can be, we can find peace, joy, and happiness; that we can learn to be better people, and that in bettering ourselves we can better the world.
The knowledge of this world does not tether us to God
, it tethers us to Satan. By false knowledge Satan keeps the tethering to him strong. Satan uses knowledge as a power to sympathize with our needs, but God created us for Himself and we cannot find fulfillment in anything that is less than Him.
Man should carry the testimony of God in his conscience, but by false knowledge he carries the testimony of the flesh. Here we see the battle of the mind clearly.
Man must reciprocate the perfect match of God’s likeness; he must reciprocate what God is, but false knowledge refuses the entrance of grace for reciprocation.
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Jesus is supposed to be the city of refuge, but by false knowledge there are many cities of refuge: Christian denominations, education, politics, social services, humanities, science.
As we can see, the knowledge of this world competes with God. God created us to reciprocate to Him, but the knowledge of the world is used for reciprocation, robbing the heart of faith as it replaces the eternal work of God with temporal things.
God promised that He would give substance to the soul: fruit, virtue, glory, and the honor of God, filling the soul with heavenly food. False knowledge promises substance for the soul: the honor of man, the pride of life, the spoils of war, leaving the soul void.
False knowledge promises power
, but the Spirit of God does not rest upon it.
False knowledge promises to keep you in rhythm with the world
, but the soul needs to be in rhythm with God.
Knowledge of This World Mixed into Faith:
The natural man desires to mix the flesh (the knowledge of this world) into faith. When we base faith upon the flesh we are basing it on the knowledge of the world.
That means that we are basing faith upon our experiences of life, thus bringing God down to the level of our circumstances (walking by sight) instead of us learning to walk in rhythm with His plan (which is called walking by faith and not by sight; 2 Corinthians 5:7).
The natural man thirsts after the flesh, to understand himself, the world, and God by the knowledge of the world. He labors with his own record to please God. The spiritual man thirsts after God to understand God by the revelation of grace.
When we say that man labors with his own record to please God, we mean that he is laboring with false knowledge to please God. The idol of the mind is this love that man has of his own soul, and how he wants to make God in the likeness of his thoughts.
We can now understand why false knowledge is a barrier to faith. We can overcome this hurdle of the flesh by using the covenant tools of our Lord Jesus Christ.