BULLOCK ON THE ALTAR
The bull is a massive and powerful animal. Its strength is awesome.
This was the animal that was killed, cut to various pieces and sacrificed before fire could come from heaven.
The human mind is an enormously powerful thing that can be “dissected” into small pieces: emotion, intellect, imagination, memory and will. All these combined makes the mind the seat of knowledge in man. Knowledge we know, is powerful. This power of knowledge was the means of man’s fall. The power of the mind was latent in man, until the serpent stirred it awake.
“For God doth know, that in the day ye eat of it, then your eyes shall be opened: and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3:5.
Were they blind? What eyes did the serpent refer to? Or did God give them eyes but forgot to open it?
The power of the mind was stirred up! That is the major instrument of the Cult and its mild form, psychology! Mind over matter!
Man’s walk with God did not require it in the direction of its use today. The mind has been corrupted, stirred awake in the direction God did not lead it. At creation, it had the potential, but not an instrument of dual knowledge: good and evil.
When God gave the command to man not to eat, (consume, use, digest, follow) the fruit (product, analysis, power, conclusion, result) of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which is in the midst of the garden of Eden, it included physically, the use of the mind which has the potential for the knowledge of good and evil, and is the door way between the spirit and the natural realms; especially as Man is also a garden!
“Dear lover and friend, you’re a secret garden, a private and pure fountain.” – Song of Solomon 4:12 MSG.
“A garden enclosed and barred is my sister, my [promised] bride-a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” – Song of Solomon 4:12 AMP.
“A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” – Song of Solomon 4:12 KJV.
A man’s world revolves around his mind. The mind, like the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is at the center of the garden called “Man”!
It is like an antenna, it can receive signals from many stations and frequencies. Before the fall of Adam, the mind of man was programmed to receive instructions from only one source: God. When Adam told God he was naked, God queried him, “who told thee that thou wast naked?” (Genesis 3:11).
Instructions of what to do and how, where to go and how, where to live and how, were to be from one source: God.
“I know, GOD, that mere mortals can’t run their own lives, That men and women don’t have what it takes to take charge of life.” – Jeremiah 10:23 MSG.
“O Lord [pleads Jeremiah in the name of the people], I know that [the determination of] the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man [even in a strong man or in a man at his best] to direct his [own] steps.” – Jeremiah 10:23 AMP.
“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” – Jeremiah 10:23 KJV.
Man was not created to direct his ways. Even in the naming of God’s creations God had an influence, He was there!
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.” – Psalms 37:23.
God in His Sovereignty, should originate every step of man.
“For from him, and by him, and to him are ALL things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” – Romans 11:36. (WEBSTER) Emphasis added.
Man was not to depend on the power of his mind! That makes him independent of God. Adam became independent of God, the last Adam, our example Jesus Christ, did not do anything the Father was not doing!
When the sons of men under Nimrod, employed the power of the mind and built the tower of Babel, God scattered their plan. That is the fate or destiny of whatever is not born of God. (visit https://jimout2002a.wordpress.com/danger/ for more on this).
Whatever God did not originate will fizzle out and not stand!
Elijah, demonstrating a total surrender to God, cut the bullock to pieces, proving again and again that man should not put any trust in the mind; the way of the flesh.
“For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” – Philippians 3:3.
No confidence in the flesh! The power of the mind can produce; yes it can, nevertheless it does not stand, it does not endure!
Unfortunately, teachings that empower the use of the mind has taken center stage; it has taken over at the altar and pulpit.
“What the human mind can conceive it can achieve with a positive mental attitude”!
PMA does not point us to God, but to self!
And it works irrespective of our religious beliefs. You do not have to be a child of God before it will work for you!
Be you a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a Buddhist, even an Atheist; it will work for you!
This was the same message Nimrod preached to the people; they believed in themselves, trusted in themselves and achieved “without” God (Genesis 11).
The power of the mind makes us independent of God!
Elijah laid the dismembered animal on the wood, which was on the altar. Our mind, home to emotion, intellect, imagination, memory and will should be brought under and in subjection to the Word of God.
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 10:5.
We are not to entertain, retain or encourage emotions, thoughts or imaginations that can make us independent of God. Cleanse each member of your mind with the Word of God!
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things.” – Philippians 4:8.
This mental exercise is to help enthrone the Word of God over the mind.
Stop struggling in your mind against the Will of God.
This should be constantly practiced.
“Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:9 NLT.
This is your “reasonable service”, sacrificing your mind to God by “practice”, constantly stripping it of the power to rebel against God.
Paul says “renew your mind” (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23)
In other words, your mind should be regenerated with the Word of God, and made to rule and have dominion over your flesh, your body!
This is how we “glory in infirmities”, because no matter what we go through, the renewed mind would always rejoice in the Lord.
Hear God’s conclussion on this.
“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” – Jeremiah 17:5