Genesis 2:9b - The tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Deuteronomy 11:26-29 - Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse ---

Jeremiah 21:8b - Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death.

Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13 - No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

  1. Name is different but there are only two choices:

    1. Choice in the garden - between the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

    2. Choice in the Law - between a blessing and a curse.

    3. Choice in the prophets - between a way of life and the way of death.

    4. Choice in the gospels - between God and mammon.

  2. Fruit of the choice made.

    1. Fruit of the life choice is life, light, love.

      1. Life in the body.

      2. Light in the soul.

      3. Love in the heart.

    2. Fruit of the other choice is death, darkness, despising (hatred).

      1. Death in the body.

      2. Darkness in the soul.

      3. Despising (hatred) in the heart.

    3. Man tends to make the death choice because flesh wars against spirit.

      • Matthew 7:13,14 - Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

  3. Traits of the designs in transformation.

    1. John - Lust of the Eyes:

      1. Strong emotions produce vanity - speaking without grace or mercy.

        1. Robs of ability to nurture.

        2. Causes fruit of disgust and denial.

        3. Blinded to the truth - will not know goodness (beauty).

      2. Feelings:

        1. What I feel is what counts, not what I think or will.

        2. Cravings - frenzy and wildness.

        3. Flesh takes comfort in doing and praise.

        4. If emotions suffer sadness + feel devalued = ash heap.

      3. Goodness:

        1. In the flesh won't know goodness.

        2. Have 'niceness' not goodness.

        3. Key words - good versus bad.

        4. Kind of Pharisee - 'goody-two-shoes'.

      4. What matters:

        1. What I see.

        2. What I own, possess.

        3. Anticipating happiness.

        4. What I feel, feel like.

        5. That people 'look' the part.

      5. Process:

        1. Kill vanity (accept bruising) + show, reveal the truth (Rhema + Logos) = beauty (meek and lowly).

        2. God's light becomes truth - then will have faith.

        3. Seek the Kingdom of God and God's will and finish His work.

        4. Need to love man - see God in man - will love God truly only as much as loves man - love of God can be seen in the degree loves mankind.

    2. Paul - Lust of the Flesh.

      1. Strong mind produces arrogance.

        1. Kills faith.

        2. Causes the fruit of disdain and hatred.

        3. Deaf to grace - won't know contentment - which brings joy.

      2. Thoughts:

        1. What I know that counts, not what I feel or will.

        2. Longing - passion and intensity (cocky).

        3. Flesh seeks comfort in things and works - credentials and experiences.

        4. If mind suffers denial + anger = mourn.

      3. Righteousness:

        1. In the flesh will not know what righteousness is.

        2. Have 'law' not grace.

        3. Key words - right versus wrong.

        4. Kind of Pharisee - righteous religious.

      4. What matters:

        1. What I hear.

        2. What people say.

        3. Relationship with God, growth, the anointing.

        4. What I know.

        5. People must 'be' the part (be real).

      5. Process:

        1. Kill arrogance (accept chastisement) + show grace, joy = contentment, fullness of joy (love).

        2. God's love becomes grace, then can love.

        3. Rejoice at negative evidence.

        4. Needs to love God - will love man only as much as loves God.

    3. Peter - Pride of Life.

      1. Strong will produces pride.

        1. Destroys hope.

        2. Causes the fruit of repulsion, rejection.

        3. Dumb to mercy - won't know humility.

      2. Wants:

        1. What I want (will) that counts, not what I feel or think.

        2. Wanting - excitement and agitation.

        3. Flesh takes comfort in praise of people and things.

        4. If will suffers frustration + rejection = heaviness.

      3. Truth:

        1. In the flesh won't know truth.

        2. Have ideals, standards not truth.

        3. Key words - true versus false.

        4. Kind of Pharisee - traditional.

      4. What matters:

        1. What I do.

        2. What performance done.

        3. Power and control.

        4. What I will.

        5. People 'act' the part, perform.

      5. Process:

        1. Kill pride (accept wounding) + show mercy (true humility) = praise.

        2. God's life becomes mercy - then will have hope .

        3. Serve God and be humble.

        4. Needs to love self (inner man) - will love God and mankind only as much as loves self.

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