Gospel Beats the Old Man

Kevin R. - 10/18/08
(David's notes in red)

This morning I dreamed that I was on a property of land.  It seemed that I owned most of this land, except this one part in the corner of the lot.  (The old man still owns this part of the land of the soul, mind, will and emotions.)  For some reason, whenever I wanted to use the restroom, I had to go to this corner lot where the restroom was.  (The restroom is for getting rid of waste, like Paul's revelation that his former religious life was "dung.")  As I was approaching down this path, I noticed this older man with his entourage of friends and admirers hanging around, smoking and drinking.  (The old man is the sinner.  He is loved by the world and hated by the Father.)  I knew that this old man was a bully and had pushed me around in the past.  He was all decked out in jean-type clothing (blue-jeans, a black t-shirt and a blue-jean jacket).  On his part of the property were all kinds of items, including a VERY large 4x4 all-terrain-type vehicle; it was enormous.  (A 'go anywhere, do anything' lifestyle.  Many have convenient doctrines that let the old man live the way he wants, like Unconditional Eternal Security, Ultimate Reconciliation and greasy grace. Of those who believe in Jesus, only those who abide in the Word -- that is, in Him -- have eternal life.  {Joh.8:31} Jesus therefore said to those Jews that had believed him, If ye abide in my word, [then] are ye truly my disciples; {32} and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. {1Jn.5:11} And the witness is this, that God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.So, as I passed by him and his entourage of friends, he shouted at me, "Moron!" and started to laugh with his friends.  He was so cocky and confident in himself; his friends fed off of his humiliation of me.  (The old man has many friends who make up the body of the beast; these are all self-confident on the broad road.)

As I was finished in the restroom, I stopped and just looked into the mirror and started reflecting on that bully old-man and what just happened.  (As soon as we are committed to leave the old life behind, we should look in the mirror to see Jesus in us and the old man crucified to receive power to walk as Jesus walked.  {2Co.3:18} But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.)  Then I heard a voice tell me to "Take him out."  After I heard this, boldness rose up in me and my face started to change in the mirror (We start coming into Christ's image when we decide to get rid of the old man.)   I then exited the restroom back toward this old bully man and his friends.  He was kind of caught off guard as I approached him with aggressiveness; as soon as my eye met his, I cracked my knuckles in a fight-type fashion and he started to rush toward me.  As he rushed me to try to tackle me, I grabbed him in a headlock Jujutsu move and used his momentum to flip him back over me, as I rolled back with him.  As soon as we landed we were both upside down on our backs with our heads touching, but I still had him in a choke hold.

(A little background:  I used to train and teach combat jujitsu/grappling, so I believe the Lord is using something I am familiar with for illustration.)

As he broke my grip on the choke, he started to speak discouraging things to me(This is to destroy your faith so that you cannot conquer him.)  At first I didn't say anything back and he got stronger.  (We must speak the promises, confessing Jesus before men.)  As we were both on our feet, he rushed me again and this time I fell back into what is called a guard position in grappling, where I was on my back and my legs were wrapped around his waist as illustrated below.

(NOTE:  The reason I illustrate these positions is because the guard or resting position is to the world, a position of weakness, but from a wresting/grappling point of view it is a position of strength.  I felt very comfortable in this perceived position of weakness.)  (God's power is made perfect in weakness.)

It was about at this time that I heard scriptures being spoken to me as I was fighting this opponent.  There was someone in the growing crowd of spectators whom I couldn't see but could hear very clearly above the crowd noise; this person was instructing/coaching me(The Holy Spirit brings the Word to our remembrance, if we put it in our mind and He will instruct us in the battle.)  (The Lord later revealed that this crowd was not only was the old man's entourage, but also a cloud of witnesses in Heaven cheering me on.  [Hebrews 12:1])

This coach would say certain scriptures to me and I would then speak them and be able to move into better positions over my opponent.  As my opponent was throwing punches and speaking negative words to me, I heard the following scripture:

(Gal.2:20) I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me:

I said this OUT LOUD to my opponent who then weakened enough for me to slip from the guard position into a semi triangle-choke position.  He struggled just enough to speak some more negative words back to me.  Then I heard another scripture from my coach in the crowd:

(Rom.6:6) knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin;

I then said to him, "My old man has been crucified and I am dead unto sin, but alive unto God in Christ Jesus!"

After saying this to him, I noticed that he got really wet and weaker.  It wasn't just sweat either.  As his clothes got wetter I knew that if I got him into a final triangle-choke position, I could smother him with his own wet arm and finish him off.  (The water on the old man is the application of the "washing of the water with the Word" to put him to death.)

The next scripture came as I was pondering this final move.

(1Jn.4:4) Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.

I spoke this to him and he got even wetter and I then slipped into a full, triangle-choke position as illustrated.

At this point he knew that he was desperately in trouble and had lost much confidence and strength.  This triangle-choke position uses the power of the legs to cause a choke around the neck; invariably if the person doesn't submit, they can be choked to death.  (Cutting off the "breath," or "spirit" in Greek, of life.) This is where the opponent usually taps, indicating that he is submitting.  So, this old man started to tap on my leg frantically, trying to speak but I wouldn't let him go; he then passed out.  After a little while I heard, "IT IS FINISHED!" (Jesus killed the old man with these words; He didn't let him live to fight again.)

After this I released my hold; the old man was unconscious on the ground and I believe dead.  I then stood up to see his friends, who were now VERY scared of me, quickly come over and drag the old man away with them. (We are a true, fearsome enemy when the old man is dead.)  As I looked around the property and the things on it, I understood that they now belonged to me.  I looked at the powerful mountain-terrain vehicle, then at the mountain I wanted to climb with it.  Then I woke up.  (The Lord later revealed that the mountain represents the Kingdom of God.)  (The natural life is now under the full control of the Spiritual man.  The Promised Land has been conquered. The Canaanites are dead.  Their house is yours.  Now it is the Spiritual man who can go anywhere and do anything for Christ.)