THE REPENTANCE BATTLE
Salvation is not a membership card, a one time event that bought one into the club of Christianity. Salvation is the entering into the family of God, a relationship, wherein sins were forgiven, and now a path to closer and closer fellowship with the Lord is ongoing.
Repentance is not a one time 'I'm sorry' said with little idea of all the changes that will come, it is a 'change of mind' toward sin and God that allowed the transformations of salvation to begin.
During this time in the flesh, we still could sometimes choose to do that which God calls sin, and the human part of our triune being will pull that way, for its adoption is not yet complete (Romans 8).
The power of salvation is that 'nothing else' will ever separate us from God, and the only one who can make us fail, is ourselves. We have a battle within us, with the one redeemed soul, still struggling with the carnal flesh.
God has placed within the mind of mankind - both a soul and a spirit. The soul has the evil tendencies and lusts. It is the part that is polluted due to original sin. The spirit is the part of man, that before the fall was "hand in hand" with God. When sin came that grasp to God was broken. Since then, the spirit of mankind reaches out for God. It is never satisfied until it finds God. The soul is reaching out for self, and in self-seeking battles the spirit for control. The soul of man wars against the idea of turning control over to the spirit to seek, find, and worship God.
God had a plan to destroy the pollution of mankind. God provided a plan of salvation, and He has had great pleasure in the working of it.
"Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself. That in the dispensation of the fullness of times, He might gather together in one all things in Christ."
The flesh and the soul battle the spirit. The fleshly desires can overcome one's spirit, if allowed, and lead one to a wicked life. The battle is on this side of the grave. Our lusts and sinful desires hate our spirit that wants to serve God. If we feed the mind, the lusts of the soul, it will thrive and grow strong. The things of sin and lasciviousness make our polluted mind to be strong in that pollution.
If we feed our spirit - the things of God, the Word of God, Christian fellowship, prayer, worship, etc. - then the spirit will grow strong, lthe part of us that would want to yield to sin will be weak.
The part of you who will win is the strongest side -- which side are you feeding?
Romans 7:15-20, 24-25
"For that which I do, I allow not; for what I would that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin dwelleth in me. for I know that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me, but how to perform that which is good, I find not. For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is nor more that I do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.... O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin."
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit ...that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled un us who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the spirit, do mind the things of the spirit... they that are in the flesh cannot please God ...If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die, but if ye through the spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live."
Man is a free moral agent. Mankind serves the devil or God -- as he freely chooses. Choosing wrongly allows more pollution into the mind. Choosing rightly is beginning of repentance.
"And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely."