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THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
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true Christian has repented of that WAY. He has REJECTED it. He
has turned from it. He has accepted and turned
to
Goo's way -
the way of ÜOD'S GOVERNMENT!
The passage in Ephesians 2 explains it. People generally. in
the world, are spiritually dead. They have gone along with the rest
of the world in the self-centered way. As the Phillips translation
renders it, they have "drifted along on the stream of this world's
way of living." They have "obeyed its UNSEEN ruler [who is still
operating in those who do not respond to the truth of God]."
1 have quoted from the Phillips translation, not because it is a
more accurate or dependable translation, but because it brought
out the meaning more clearly in this particular passage.
Conversion
does not disconnect
Satan's wavelength. The ten–
dency to become resentful over real or fancied wrongs or in–
justices from others, the tendency to try to get the best of others,
may still prove a temptation. THESE are the things the converted
Christian must strive
to overcome!
When Jesus spoke of OVERCOMING, He referred to over–
coming these wAYS of Satan, which are contrary to Goo's way.
The Christian must, as Peter was inspired to write, GROW in grace
and in the KNOWLEDGE of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We read in James 4: "Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." This is speaking ofre–
sisting these very self-centered thoughts, altitudes, tendencies, and
ways which Satan injected · into us from childhood and is con–
stantly broadcasting and injecting into unsuspecting minds
through the spirit in man.
However, no man is IMPELLED to respond to and obey these
impulses being broadcast by Satan. Satan has no power of duress
to FORCE anyone to think or do wrong. But the unsuspecting auto–
matically do without fully realizing what is taking place in their
minds. They "drift along."
The passage in 11 Corinthians 4:4 adds clarity to the entire
thesis that this evil spiritual nature in humans has been
acquired,
individually by each person, from Satan.
Before 1 became familiar with radio, 1 could not have under–
stood HOW Satan injects this evil attitude into humans. He is a su–
PER POWERFUL spirit being. He was set on a throne as king over