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Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs: 4:23

The human mind is the battleground for the one of the most deadly conflict being fought on this planet. Christ seeks to control our minds so that we might reach the highest fulfillment of the capabilities that He built into the marvelous organ. Satan, on the other hand, seeks to retain control of that mind which is enmity against God [Romans: 8:7].

The human mind has been compared to a computer in which the memory bank is being programmed every waking moment by one of two sources; Christ or Satan. Like the computer, the mind’s function depends upon the information it receives. Having analyzed the information, the mind then makes its decision and subsequent course of action.

Christ is the source of every right impulse. In opposition, Satan is ever seeking to impress and control the mind and none of us are safe except as we have a constant connection with God. There are but to powers that control the mind of men – the Power of God and the power of Satan. Satan takes control of every mind that is not decidedly under the control of the spirit of God.

The plan of beginning outside and trying to work inward has always failed and always will fail. God’s plan with you is to begin at the seat of all difficulties – the heart – and then from out of the heart will issue the principles of righteousness; The reformation will be outside as well as inside. Often, it is said about someone who is learning how to become a Christian: All that he has left to do is give up this or that bad habit. Possessions, attitudes or habits of life do not constitute the problem; they are only symptoms of real problem.

God says: “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” I Samuel: 16: 7;  “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs:
4: 23. Everything depends on the right action of the Will. Your will is the spring of all your actions! With such a power in Satan’s control, how easy it would be to bring man to destruction while deceiving him into thinking he had plenty of time to change as he desire. Satan knows that God will not remove this control from him, for God will never force our will. The Lord has just one plan – to win us back to himself.

Man must remove his will from Satan’s control before he can give it to Christ. Satan well knows that he cannot retain or force man’s will if man chooses to remove it from his control. As long as Christ has control, Satan is powerless! Satan knows that he cannot overcome man unless he can control his will. The tempter can never compel us to do evil. He cannot control minds unless they are yielded to his control. The will must consent, Faith must let go its hold upon Christ before Satan can exercise his power upon us.

It must be understood that while we can remove our will from Satan, we have no power to keep it ourselves. It must be Surrendered completely to Jesus. Only God alone can keep it safe from Satan’s deceptions. Unless our will is decidedly in Christ, Satan will take control again. There is one more fact that we must understand clearly in regard to how Satan and his demons control the will. Those who would not fall a prey to Satan’s devices must guard well the avenues to the soul. They must avoid reading, seeing or hearing that which will suggest impure thought. Even though we are in the world but we are not of the world for God said: Rejoice for I have Overcome the world!

The five senses are the devil’s playground – taste, touch, sight, hearing and smelling – all have one common denominator – each must be reduced to feeling before it can be used of Satan to fit into his plan. He uses our feelings in place of reason to guide our will. Perhaps we should ask ourselves how many decisions we make each day through feeling rather than through the use of reason. As we take our will from Satan’s control and surrender it to Jesus, He purifies it and returns it to us linked with His own will. It is thus that he abides in us and we in Him. The result is that when doing His will, we are but doing our own.

The Surrender of the Will is represented as plucking out the eye or cutting off the hand. When the will is in God’s control, the five senses are reduced to reason and conscience rather than feeling. We then live by Faith in place of feeling. Will you take this step and use this key? It will open to you the Power of heaven as you link yourself with God.    Amen.

*Rev. Mrs. Edith Vincent is an anointed Preacher, Teacher, Christian Counselor & Minister of the Gospel. She is the Vice-President of Vincent Paul Ministries Int'l. & Kingdom Power Ministries Int'l. She is a Nurse [RN] by training. She also holds a B.A. degree in Christian Counseling from Omega Bible Institute & Seminary; & now completing her BSN degree in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. She is a Partner in Ministry with her husband, [Dr. Paul N. Vincent], and they are based in El Paso, Texas.



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