Split Personality

Posted on May 22 , 2014 in Grace & Salvation

Split Personality

© By Brad L Hodges

According to Wikipedia split personality is sometimes used as a popular term to refer to the mental illnesses dissociative identity disorder or schizophrenia. Dissociative identity disorder (DID), also known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is an extremely rare mental disorder characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person’s behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness. These symptoms are not accounted for by substance abuse, seizures, other medical conditions, nor by imaginative play in children.

As card carrying members of the Broken Humanity Association (BHA), we all suffer from a split personality as a result of original sin.

One side of this duo is the desire of the flesh and the other side is the desire of the spirit.

One who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior is completely controlled by the desire of the flesh, whether they realize it or not. While ‘good people’ may still adhere to right and wrong and uphold normally accepted societal standards of moral behavior in general, they still may feel, deep down in the depths of their soul, that something is missing.

The nonbeliever may indeed experience feelings of guilt as a result of the pressure borne by society should they commit acts of moral adulteration such as adultery, alcohol or drug abuse, dishonest business practices or other decrepitudes of the flesh desire, but other than human ramifications, there is no accountability for these moral failings. In other words they have their minds set on what the flesh desires and the mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God:

Romans 8:5-8
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

On the other hand the believer, though not immune to desires of the flesh, has become a new individual:

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

As long as we dwell in our earthly bodies we are subject to desires of the flesh. Only when we are with Christ in eternity will we be completely set free of earthly desires and temptations.

But there is a significant difference in how we deal with the desires of the flesh as believers and the Bible is very clear about how to do this :

1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

If a true believer is tempted by fleshly desires they have been given a ‘spiritual conscience’ that goes far beyond knowing right from wrong or adhering to socially acceptable moral behavior.

That spiritual conscience is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, if one truly accepts Christ as their personal savior, enters into our being and remains forever with us, teaching us, reminding us and rebuking us should we be tempted by fleshly desires.

John 14:26 (NIV)
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

The Holy Spirit comes armed with all the necessary tools to battle the desires of the flesh if we yield fully to the Spirit and abide altogether in Christ.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Romans 8:26 (NIV)
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

When we accept Christ we invite the Holy Spirit to dwell in us and where the Spirit dwells there dwells The Lord and the fleshly desires portion of our split personality is minimized and neutralized and we have the freedom to live in accordance with the Spirit and have our minds set on what the Spirit desires not what the flesh desires.

2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

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