Being changed into the image of Jesus
A miracle can happen to you, like the transformation that
happens when a worm is transformed into a butterfly
(2 Corinthians 3:18).
Our Culture Blinds Us
The Real Action Is Actually Below Our
Level of Consciousness
The Western Mindset, where our conscious mind is the center of life,
is simply a lie. It is a lie that Satan has used successfully to keep
Christians in bondage. In contrast, both Scripture and science attest
to the fact that the core of our being is below our level of
consciousness; and is thus not subject to our conscious control.
What resides inside our Non-conscious Selves irresistibly and
consistently manifests itself in our behavior.
When we have a “bad root” inside our Non-conscious selves, it
produces “bad fruit” by its very nature. Our “outside” Conscious
Selves (our will and intellect) have no authority over the “bad root.”
Since the problem is thus in our Non-conscious Selves, we need a
solution that will change what is below our level of consciousness.
Jesus and His Spirit dwell inside there, and He has the only cure.
This is why Satan’s deception of the Western Mindset has made us
impotent to change our behavior.
As I mentioned in Chapter 4, ignoring the messages coming up from
our Non-conscious selves means that we lose the war going on there.
Very, very clever!
We Don’t Trust Anything That Is Inside
Our Non-conscious Selves
Because of the Western Mindset, which puts our will and our intellect
(our conscious parts) on the throne of our lives, we don’t trust
anything that is below our level of consciousness. We believe that
we need to be consciously in charge, and we need to be the monitor
of what is going on inside our Non-conscious Selves. We tend to
misconstrue what the Apostle Paul said:
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing
good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to
perform what is good I do not find (Romans 7:17).
He did not say “nothing good dwells in me.” He said “(that is, in my
flesh) nothing good dwells.” The question then is: what did he mean
by “flesh”? He could not possibly have been referring to my whole
being, because I also have within me the part of me made in God’s
image; and Christians also have the Holy Spirit residing in them. In
the following verses (Romans 7:16-23) he clearly shows that there is a
war going on inside me between “sin” (bad), and “I” (good). Both
“bad” and “good” reside within my Non-conscious Self, below my
level of consciousness and beyond my conscious control.
In this verse, “flesh” is referring to my “God-wannabe,” the fallen
nature in me that wants to take God’s place. There is indeed
“nothing good” there.
In the Western church we have made a huge mistake: we have
dismissed as untrustworthy everything that we cannot consciously
control (see diagram on page 37). Therefore, in that mindset Romans
7:17 (above) seems to be saying that I can’t trust anything that is
inside my Non-conscious Self. This is a part of Satan’s deception. If
we rely exclusively on our will and our intellect, he can easily deceive
us. On the other hand, if we listen to the presence of God inside our
Non-conscious Selves, we cannot be deceived.
But the anointing which you have received from Him
[continuously] abides in you, and you do not need that
anyone [continuously] teach you; but as the same
anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is
[continuously] true, and is not [continuously] a lie,
and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him (1
John 2:27, [continuously] is my wording).
Therefore, we are instructed by John to listen to what comes up from
inside our Non-conscious Selves, and learn the difference between
the “good” voices and the “bad” voices. They are distinctively
different. We then need to trust the “good”:
For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you
need someone to teach you again the first principles
of the oracles of God; and you have come to need
milk and not solid food. Who partakes only of milk is
unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a
babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full
age, that is, those who by reason of use have their
senses exercised to discern both good and evil (Hebrews
5:12-14, the red is mine).
In other words, we are to practice listening to the voices coming up
from inside our Non-conscious Selves so that we can be led by the
Holy Spirit Who resides inside there, and at the same time recognize
the activity of our “God-wannabe” so that we can
continuously have Jesus repair the damage.
Having Faith In Jesus Inside Our Non-
One night I was on a commercial flight from Denver, Colorado to
Spokane, Washington. As we began our descent into Spokane, we
were crossing some mountains, and it was very bumpy. We were
turning and descending in the dark. Suddenly I had a realization: I
needed to have complete faith that the pilot knew what he was doing.
If he didn’t, we were dead. At that moment I was completely helpless
to determine my own fate.
Take a moment and imagine yourself in that seat on the airplane. Can
you feel the anxiety as the aircraft pitches around in the dark? And
can you then realize how much faith you have to put in the pilot?
That is the kind of faith that I need to have that the Lord Jesus, who
operates inside my Non-conscious Self, will set me free from my sins.
I am completely helpless to determine my own fate.
Again, Paul tells us about the way out of our stuck place, about our
only hope (and it isn’t our willpower):
O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from
this body of death? I thank God – through Jesus
Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:24-25).
Trusting Jesus (Who dwells in the Non-conscious Self of each
Christian) to change our behavior, is absolutely foreign to most of us.
Our natural human tendency is always to try to do better, using our
conscious faculties (as our Western culture teaches), but we fail over
and over again.
Back to the airline analogy: if I tried to land the plane, we would all
die; because I know nothing about how to do it. Could I get training to
do it? Probably. But I would need someone to train me who already
Therein lies the problem. A majority of church leaders (and members)
don’t know how to let Jesus take away our sin and thus have our
behavior change. Consequently they cannot teach us how to “fly the
airplane.” Since we have not been taught, we constantly try to take
the controls, and we crash and burn, just as Paul said in Romans 7: