Come Out Of the Water, Sea Of Flesh
Most people believe that swimming is physically pleasurable, but we cannot live without air, and must surface to breathe. Perhaps you believe you can swim or float on your back well enough to get air, but the shark is ever present in the sea. There will also be others who can pull you down, and return you to spiritual death. We must come out of the sea of flesh!
I Corinthians 10:11, 12 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
Since the things that happened in the Old Testament are for our ensamples, let us consider several of them. First Solomon;
I Kings 6:37 – 7:1 In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the Lord laid, in the month Zif: And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it. BUT Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house.
These may seem odd scriptures to use, but bear with me. Solomon was blessed in wisdom and favor to build the “Magnifical” house of the Lord. God appeared to him twice, and promised to give him riches and honour and if he would walk as David, lengthen his days. Yet Solomon did not continue in this favor, BUT built his own house.
Moses, by instruction of God, had told the Israelites what their king was to be and to observe;
Deuteronomy 17:15 – 17 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.
Solomon did not obey this word, causing the people to return to Egypt for horses (I Kings 10:28), multiplying wives to himself (I Kings 11:1 – 3) who turned his heart away (I Kings 11:4), and multiplying silver and gold to himself (I Kings 9:26 – 28, 10:27). Although God had blessed him in all things, Solomon was still in the flesh building his own house. What is the spiritual example to us?
I Corinthians 6:19, 20 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
You are the temple. Are you going to build the temple, or continue to build your own house? We have been bought with a price, and everything we have, including our time is God’s.
Haggai 1:4 – 9 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord.
He will abundantly bless and keep us as we yield all to him. Let us find a closer walk with God as he calls us.
Continuing a bit further in a look at Solomon, the gift of wisdom did not declare Solomon’s obedience or righteousness in building his house. Similarly the gift or anointing God has given you does not declare your obedience;
Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
The gifts and calling God gives us are just that; gifts. They are separate from our actions, and do not justify how we are living. The enemy will try to convince you that you must be walking right if you can still operate in the anointing; it does not justify you, you still need to come out of the sea of flesh. Many of the gifts of the Spirit are not operating in churches today. Why, since God has not changed? Perhaps God wants you operating in those gifts, but you have allowed the enemy to convince you that you are justified where you are.
Let us consider the man of God, Moses. Acts 7:23 – 25 tells us that Moses knew at age 40 that he would deliver the children of God. But it was not God’s time, nor was Moses yet the man that God could use to lead his children out. Moses had to spend 40 years becoming the meekest man who lived (Numbers 12:3), with a reliance on God only (not self or flesh), before God used him. Yet after all this, and having received the calling of God to deliver the children, the Lord sought to kill Moses;
Exodus 4:24 – 26 And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me. So he let him go: then she said, A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.
Despite Moses meekness, despite his encounter with God at the burning bush, despite his actual hearing from God, despite his calling of God to deliver the children of God, Moses was in disobedience over his failing to circumcise his son, and the Lord sought to kill him. He could not fully enter into the call or the promises until he obeyed.There is a spiritual example here for us; disobedience or the flesh can stop what you are called to do for God, or even kill your anointing at times.
While we do not see the calling that was on their lives, let us consider the example of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1 – 11. They wanted the blessings and credit given to those who provided for others, yet wanted to keep part of the money for their selves. In doing this they lied to the Holy Ghost, and thus fell down dead. What is the spiritual example for us? Have you spiritually declared you have given all to God, yet by the flesh held back part of the price? You have been bought with an inestimable price; God has valued you beyond our ability to comprehend it, yet we continue to walk after the flesh.
We must come out of the fleshly things that prevent our growing in God. Even little things can misguide us and stop our growth in the spirit;
Amos 5:4 – 6 For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: But seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to nought. Seek the Lord, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Beth-el.
What are you seeking? It is easy to begin seeking without asking God first. A good example is the prosperity doctrine so prevalent in the church today. People have begun to seek prosperity, and left off seeking God first. God will bless you abundantly as you obey and seek him, but the prosperity doctrine is addressed in I Timothy;
I Timothy 6:5, 6 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
God does not want us to come to a belief and knowledge of him only to remain in the sea of flesh. Yes, we are promising and purposing not to return to the depths of sin we have known and been delivered from. But by remaining in the flesh we are like the children of Israel who failed to destroy the inhabitants of the land, and the inhabitants became a snare to them (Exodus 23:23 - 33, Deuteronomy 7, Joshua 23, Judges 2:1 - 3). We are allowing the minor things of the flesh to be snares to us, minimize our sanctification, and possibly allow the enemy to send us back to the depths of sin.
Galatians 3:1-3 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
If we are faithful, God will provide the living waters that issue from the temple for us to swim in (Ezekiel 47:5). Why then do we continue to return to the things of the flesh?
Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
We cannot be a good soldier and be in bondage. If the enemy has us imprisoned with things of the flesh we will not be prepared for the battle. Jesus has paid the price for our deliverance throughout our lives if we will receive it;
Ephesians 4:7, 8 But unto everyone of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ, Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
Jesus has delivered us from bondage, if we accept that deliverance, and come out of our walk in the flesh.
In the first verse of II Corinthians chapter 6 Paul exhorts the Corinthians “… that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.” He then exhorts through verse 13 as to the needful walk to approve ourselves. Then from verse 14 through the first half of verse 16 Paul charges them to not be unequally yoked with unbelief and sin;
II Corinthians 6: 14 – 16 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God;
These scriptures go beyond the external issues and also reach to the internal struggle we have allowed to continue. These comparisons are also not always as stark contrasts as we read them. If we or other believers are walking in the flesh, we too can fall within these limits. That is how young people can be convinced that someone is the object of their affection, when Satan intends them as the object of their affliction. We must let God order our steps.
From that point in verse 16 through the end of the chapter God speaks directly;
II Corinthians 6: 16 – 18 … as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Have we come out from among them to be separate? Are we touching the unclean thing? Are we fully following the example of Philippians 4:8 in even our thoughts? God will completely deliver us from our failures if we allow him to, and we can have failures in spirit, as the next verse in II Corinthians establishes;
II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Even if we overcome the flesh, it is obvious then that we can have a filthiness of spirit, and should cleanse ourselves from it in the fear of God. God expects us to walk a separated life; in the world, but not partaking of the sin of the world; and God is the enabler, it is not of ourselves. Paul further states this in I Timothy:
I Timothy 2:12 – 14 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Paul recognizes who and what he was, and also recognizes who enables him through grace. His ministry, and his righteousness are attributed to God, through grace. Our calling, or choice, then is to seek for the things of Christ to be active in our lives. Paul gives the steps to achieve this to the church at Colosse;
Colossians 3:1 – 4 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Our instruction in the word is to have a spiritual walk, not fleshly. Paul discusses this in further depth with the Colossians, telling them the things they must come out of;
Colossians 3:5 – 7 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
With these sins removed, we have been brought from the depths, and are in shallow water. But we have not come out of the flesh. In the shallow water we can be pulled out by waves, tide, or rip currents. That is how so many media ministers have failed miserably over the years; they remained in the sea of flesh. Regardless of doctrinal differences, that is how the Catholic church could have the vast sodomy/pedophile scandal. These all remained in the sea of flesh. Peter denied the Lord three times, still in the sea of flesh. Paul continues and gives the further needed actions;
Colossians 3:8 – 11 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Paul lists these particular items as they were the specific need of deliverance in Colosse; you can add those that are still a hindrance to you; pride? or complacency? or disobedience? We must remove these items to then receive the fullness of what God has for us;
Colossians 3:12 – 17 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
As we put off the things of the flesh we receive deliverance from the attack of the enemy, and allow God to make our fruit large, and our harvest great in him. It is only through putting off the flesh that his righteousness can show through us.
I had always been somewhat puzzled by Jesus baptism, since he was without sin, and the church emphasizes the washing away of sin with baptism. Jesus said of baptism “… for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” My perspective changed somewhat as I considered the sea of flesh study.
Matthew 3: 13 – 17 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now, for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
When Jesus went up straightway out of the water the heavens were opened unto him! We fulfill righteousness when we come out of the walk in the flesh, and allow him to work righteousness in us through the Spirit. If we return to the flesh we stop this work. We will only be able to walk in the fullness of the Spirit in the subduing of the flesh. We must come out of the sea of flesh.
Help Me Jump Into The Boat
As I considered what God was giving me I began to ask and plead with God “help me jump into the boat”, and “teach me to jump into the boat”, realizing my inability to reach the places and walk in the Spirit that I saw scripturally in the early church.
It was an encouragement, or fleece, to me to then see, out of the blue, a network news program showing Asian Carp jumping into boats on the upper Mississippi River.
Do We Have A Joshua Or Moses Attitude?
After a month or two I reconsidered what I had seen on the news, and remembered that the fishermen were rushing around trying to catch the large carp that had jumped in their boats and throw them back into the river. After all they were just carp!
How much of that has occurred in the church over the past century, as those who began experiencing the fullness of the Spirit were thrown back or hindered by church leadership as not worthy or prepared? It brought to remembrance the concerns Joshua had in Numbers chapter 11 when Eldad and Medad prophesied in the camp.
Numbers 11: 27, 28 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.
Joshua, the servant of Moses, becomes concerned that individuals are being seen in Moses position. The response of Moses, the meekest servant of God, is an example the church must achieve;
Numbers 11: 29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? Would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!
While the church must be vigilant to assure that people’s actions and words are scriptural and led of God, we should never be a hindrance to God’s moving in an individual’s life. Another good Biblical example of this is Ruth the Moabitess. Deuteronomy 23:3 and Nehemiah 13:1 record that the Moabite shall not enter into the congregation to their tenth generation, but Ruth is in the lineage of Jesus! How is this possible? In Ruth 1:15-17 it records the decision and total commitment Ruth made that “… thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God …” even to death. At that point Ruth was no longer a Moabite, but spiritually a Jew – she had come out of the sin of her physical people, and received in the spiritual.
How Can We Jump Into The Boat?
As I have studied this God is giving me an understanding of our need to return to repentance. We need to make the total commitment of Ruth, and stop reserving iniquity or withholding obedience. Those iniquities that we did not give up at salvation will prevent us from reaching the fullness of the Spirit, as noted previously in I Corinthians 1: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. All of the issues of the flesh noted previously will stop or hinder our continued walk in God. There can be no agreement between the Spirit and the flesh. This is especially well noted in Galatians chapter 5;
Galatians 5: 16, 17 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
As time went on I realized I was asking God for a crutch, or an easy way out. “Jumping into the boat” only opens a new set of problems. Boats can be easily sunk by wind, storms, waves, tsunami, glaciers, whales, etc. Jesus walking on the water (The Master’s Walk) was a spiritual example of where God wants us, moving on the face of the waters (sea of flesh) with him. I believe Jesus only got in the boat because the disciples did not have enough faith to get out of it! Oh, Lord let me find your easy yoke, and not what appears to be an easy way to the flesh. God gave me the prayer of Psalm 69 for this need of coming out of the sea of flesh;
Psalm 69:13 – 16 But as for me, my prayer is unto thee, O Lord, in an acceptable time: O God. In the multitude of thy mercy hear me, in the truth of thy salvation. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. Hear me, O Lord; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.
God will deliver according to Psalm 18;
Psalm 18:15 – 17 Then the channels of waters were seen, and the foundations of the world were discovered at thy rebuke, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of thy nostrils. He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
Let us now sidestep for a moment into the spiritual realm, where there is complete agreement;
I John 5: 7, 8 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
In a court of law greater weight is given to the record than the witness. These verses speak of total unity in both. The Father, the Word (Jesus), and the Holy Ghost are in perfect unity. Yes they may each be described differently in scripture (with a small sample following). God the Father is omniscient (I Kings 8:39, Job 38 – 41), omnipresent (Psalm 139:7 – 12), and omnipotent (Revelation 19:6). God the Word (Jesus) is the author of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), the author of our salvation (Hebrews 5:9), our advocate with the Father (I John 2:1), and our redeemer (Isaiah 49:26, Galatians 3:13, 14). God the Holy Spirit is our teacher (John 14:26), our comforter (John 14:16 – 18), and our power (Acts 1:8, I Thessalonians 1:5). They have such unity that the scripture says they are one. This is the reason the previously discussed scriptures in II Corinthians 6 spend so much time telling us not to be unequally yoked. Our flesh will hinder or prevent spiritual agreement in our lives.
Jesus said in John 3:3 …” Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Let’s look at the physical birth for a moment. From conception we remain in water in the womb until we come to the birth. We then pass through the blood at birth, and take the breath of life in the physical. So it is in being born spiritually; we must come out of the water (sea of flesh), pass through the blood of Jesus that atones for our sin, and breathe in the spirit.That is the only way the agreement of I John 5: 8 will truly work in spirit, as the waters we are in cannot be defiled. We must come out of the sea of flesh!
What could it mean to come out of the sea of flesh? While God will reveal this to each of us as we allow him to, I would like to look at several examples. The first is the example of Isaiah in Isaiah chapter 6. In verses 1 through 4 Isaiah sees a tremendous vision of the Lord (John 12: 35 – 41 confirms it is Jesus);
Isaiah 6:1 – 4 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
If an individual saw this vision today he would be invited to churches all over, and probably hit the Christian talk show circuit. After all, he must be the “Man of God” if he was important enough to be shown this from God! His entire ministry could be based on this, and prosperity or fortune sought. I have capitalized the M in “man of God” to emphasize the exalting that goes on today. What we are is the filth and degradation we were before God changed us – all the Glory is his, and we cannot touch it.
However, Isaiah is not exalted over the vision, but becomes smaller, realizing his personal failed condition, as well as that of the people;
Isaiah 6: 5 Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the lord of hosts.
By his words …Woe is me … it is apparent he realizes he cannot fix his condition. Although Isaiah is a prophet of the Lord and is already seeing amazing visions from God he now recognizes, considers, and speaks the problems in his life. God does not leave him in this condition;
Isaiah 6: 6, 7 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
(This scripture brings us to a question that is frequently asked, seldom answered, and not understood; what is the difference between the iniquity taken away from Isaiah and the sin purged? We all have a desire to go to heaven, and are willing at salvation to have our past sins purged. However, the perversity and evil in our hearts remains unless we give it to be taken away. We can have iniquity in our hearts that we never succumb to the temptation of, but it is still there. No one else may see it manifested (shown) as sin, but it is there nevertheless. Iniquity is the perversity and propensity to sin that God says is passed from the fathers to the sons; while the sins are not. If your parent was an alcoholic/incontinent/abusive, an individual needs to consider if this is also their iniquity.)
It is in this cleansed condition that Isaiah is then able to receive a greater calling;
Isaiah 6: 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
It is here that Isaiah is spiritually returned to his vision in verse 1; with Jesus on the throne of Isaiah’s heart, Jesus’ train, his glory and majesty, can fill Isaiah’s temple!
This is a perfect example of the meaning of the scriptures that say whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. In our flesh it seems a paradox, but it is a spiritual truth that the way up is always down. Humbleness, repentance, and obedience will lead us to a higher position spiritually with God. Additionally, as with Isaiah, when God calls us to “… come up higher”, there will frequently be things we must give up to go higher. This is similar to what the children of Israel were told;
Exodus 23:29, 30 I will not drive them out from before thee in one year; lest the land become desolate,
and the beast of the field multiply against thee. By little and little I will drive them out from before
thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.
God delivers a new Christian from their past sin when they repent and accept Jesus as the savior of their soul. However, he does not immediately convict of everything. God brings them to a closer walk with him little by little in dress, actions, thought, and word. Why do we think this process ends? Repentance should be a lifelong commitment, but we allow the enemy to defeat us with concerns of shame or rebuke, being more concerned with what man thinks than our walk with God (see John 12:42, 43). We also hold onto iniquities because of our fleshly desires. This leaves us building partitions or walls that leave us with a divided heart, or as Solomon, building our own house. We must come to a new place for repentance in our lives, as God calls. We should be constantly increasing in hearing and obedience, and God does not require more of you than you are capable of.
Luke 12:47,48 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
The second example I wanted to discuss is also a good example of the difference between iniquity and sin. As I discussed this study with my Father-In-Law, he recounted to me an occurrence in his life. He had always had a problem with anger and was trying to overcome it after he got saved. He had an individual rail on him excessively, and he had never been one to allow this, always being quick to respond. In this instance he did not respond (it was not openly shown as sin), but afterwards he became madder and madder. He was so concerned with the anger that he went to the altar the next time he was at church and prayed it through. He said when he got up from the altar he felt as if someone had taken a scrub brush and scrubbed him clean on the inside!
God will take our iniquities, but only if we give them up. It is this need of deliverance or cleansing that is not being taught in churches today, and we do not see the fullness of the Spirit because of it. We are bound by what we can physically see as sin, but stopped from true sanctification by the continual battle in the flesh against iniquity. We frequently blame the enemy for repeated thoughts and temptations, when it is our failure to give the iniquity to God that is the problem! Until we overcome the fleshly battle, we cannot fully enter spiritual warfare.