Colossians 3:5 says, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” I learned this verse in KJV. For evil desire it uses the word inordinate. The Amplified uses unholy desires. In each version, the word used is in a negative sense.
Our flesh hates to die! Verse 5 in the Amplified starts out like this, “So kill (deaden, deprive of power)…” The most effective way to deprive our flesh of power is to renounce the lie behind its assertiveness. If satan can get us to believe his lies, he will use them to control our lives.
There is a lie among the body of Christ that the devil has no power over a believer. I was raised to believe that. That is true except when we give him that power by believing his lies. The lies influence our fleshly reactions. We react to a person’s words against us, or others’ negative behavior. Why? There is a lie that we have believed that controls us as revealed through those reactions.
The Holy Spirit taught me years ago to be sensitive to my reactions. They are divine signals that He uses to expose my hidden. I ask myself this question: Marilyn, what do you believe about yourself right now? I consider what I reacted to. I recognize that it is a trigger. Usually it goes back to something in my past. Remember, an hour ago is now our past. It has the same emotional feeling. Then I ask Him to show me the lie that I am believing. He is so faithful to do that.
2 Corinthians 4:2 says, “But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.” Renouncing means to disown. We ‘own’ the lies that we have believed. They have become ours unknowingly. When the Holy Spirit reveals the lie, we need to acknowledge it as such. Then confess it as sin, and renounce it. We then replace that lie with the truth.
David wrote Psalm 51 after his sin with Bathsheba. Verse 4 says, “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight…” Every lie that we have ever believed is known by the Lord. Nothing is hidden from Him. Hebrews 4:13 Amplified says, “And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, naked and defenseless to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”
Psalm 51:6 says, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.” Tomorrow I will dive deeper with this subject, and give you a present example from my own life on how I am uprooting the entanglement.