The beauty of Judo is that it turns the strength of the opponent against himself. This means that the stronger the opponent, the more effective your weapons become. This is how spiritual warfare works as well.
In the last post, I described how the nature of the battle for our freedom involves three forces, the self (or soul), circumstances, and the spiritual realm. Understanding the interaction of these three, is key to living life in freedom.
In the Garden of Eden, we must recognize that the most powerful weapon the serpent used against the man, was the will of the man. He used the man’s greatest strength, and turned it against him. Man decided to partake of the fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Separate of the man’s will, the serpent had no actual power over the man. Remember, Adam had been given dominion over creation. The serpent was created. (Selah…)
Adam and Eve used their will to surrender the human race to a new state of being. It is a significant trap to try to help people gain freedom without teaching them how to properly engage their will. If I do all the work to help someone else, I have actually taught them a new way to stay in bondage. Depend on others to do for you, what you can and should do for yourself, and you will always be in bondage to something called dependency.
On the flip side, if you teach people to use their will incorrectly, they can be in bondage to something equally crippling; self-reliance.
Proper understanding and use of the human will is a key to living this thing called freedom.
Most often we teach people to use their will to engage good, and avoid evil. The dilemma is, that this leads people to function out of the root system which led the whole race astray; the knowledge of good and evil. Doing good and avoiding evil, separate of God is simply self-reliance.
The proper use of our will is to choose between our strength and abilities, and the power of God. Another name for this is “submission”. Another name “surrender”.
Our part is to be honest, surrender, and agree. His part is to be the source behind all that happens.