Becoming Christian demands changing the inner beast to the point of death. Some teach a magical Christianity that leaps to sudden and complete freedom from the nature of the inner beast. This is an illusion. Others teach a path of Christian compromise wherein the beast within lives an independent life from the man who is becoming Christian. This is deception. Would that becoming Christian were so easy as these false notions imply. Yet I know that so long as a Christian bears this heavenly treasure in a clay container, the beast within strives for release.
Perhaps you question my certainty on this matter. I speak as a practical man and as a soldier in the army of the Lord. I have and I do endure this battle. If you are not at war with the inner beast, I suggest that you examine yourself. Perhaps you are not in the spirit, if indeed the Holy Spirit abides within – unless you are a reprobate and have no true place in the family of God.
Experience on the War Front of Becoming Christian
With over ten years on the Christian war front, I grasp some portion of how Christian sanctification functions. We speak of free salvation as though that means that everlasting life in the presence of the Lord has no cost. This is delusion. Although salvation is given by grace to an undeserving race, Jesus paid a price of no insignificant measure. Yet scripture also makes it clear that we too must pay a price, a cost that requires all that we can be through the power of the Spirit placed within this clay body. Although salvation cannot be earned, it is far from free.
Christians do daily battle with the inner beast, hanging the old man on the cross of sanctification, changing the inner beast not in the sense of making it new but rather in the sense of forcing it into submission to the power of God. Those who are becoming Christian in a practical life must live in the flesh the spiritual life.
At times we are caught between two personalities:
- The becoming Christian desires to do what is right before the Lord
- The inner beast desires to please self above all else.
Whom we chose to serve is he whom we take as our personal master. The choice remains a matter of liberty yet it is also a choice that was pre-determined before time began.
Only One Survivor – Changing the Inner Beast Demands His Death
Only one can win, yet each seems to have some measure of victory. Sometimes the Lord parks us beside the still waters and lays out a table in the presence of our enemy. Sometimes the enemy seems strengthen by supernatural forces such that he never takes a break, ceases to attack nor lets down his demands. And thus sin may gain a fleeting victory.
In these times of defeat, he who is becoming Christian begins to feel defeated, overwhelmed and worthless before God. This gives the beast an additional foothold. Before long it has clawed itself into your mind, your hopes and your faith. A sense of hopelessness settles in. You almost want to surrender. Perhaps you even begin to blame God for the failure. Before long, you stop reading the Word, stop praying, stop gathering with other Christians and even begin to believe the words of a lost and sinful nation.
Hold it right there:
Accepting adultery, fortification and homosexual desires may seem easier than becoming Christian, but if the Spirit of God is real within you, you know that sin and wickedness is unacceptable before a holy Savior.To those who are becoming Christian, something real and of God is already alive on the inside. It is a supernatural power that keeps you even when you cannot keep yourself. It is the power of God, the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit, the invisible strength of a true Christian. He is ever present, always working, always changing the inner beast from within.
1 Cor. 15:54-55 “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?”
The inner beast has one weapon: fear. He makes you panic at the prospect of losing a passing moment. He causes you to dread missing out on something that seems for an instant to be “just what you need.” He brings about apprehension of death, the grave and forgetfulness. From his cries arise your feelings of failure, shame and hopelessness. But this terror is not the terror of those who are really becoming Christian. It is the anguish of a dying beast living within a fragile clay vessel.
Ps. 37:39-40 “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.”
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Rise above the uncertainty of the moment. If you are really becoming Christian, it is because you are already Christian. Let not the lies of a frighten creature take away your joy in the Lord. Victory is not in changing the inner beast. Victory is in slaying the inner beast.