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Unleavened Bread Ministries with David Eells

Fighting the Old Man to a Draw?

Eric Dejesus - 10/11/2006
(David's notes in red)

In a dream, I was in a classroom and an old man was teaching the class. (We can't let the old man teach the class, which includes ourselves and all who associate with us.) He said to the class, "I don't like that Eric. I'm going to challenge him to a wrestling match." (If we let him speak through us, he will gain confidence and strength against us.) Then he got up and came over to my desk and looking down on me said a second time, "I challenge you to a wrestling match". He was about 7 feet tall so I followed him outside. (The giant in our life will challenge us and lead us into battle.) I noticed that nobody in my class was interested in watching the fight. (Most onlookers don’t even know the battle between the spirit and flesh is going on inside us.) When I got outside everything seemed deserted like a ghost town so we walked over to a playground. (As far as man is concerned, we are all alone in this battle.)

We began to fight and he threw a wild right swing at me and missed. (The right side symbolizes spirit, and the arm symbolizes power. This is a fight of spiritual power; the evil spirits in our flesh against the power of the Holy Spirit within us joining together with our spirit.) I swung back with an uppercut but missed his jaw because of his height. Then he got me in a headlock but I broke free and grabbed him in a headlock and he also broke free. (The flesh and spirit taking turns controlling the mind is a double-minded life.) Then we separated and began to circle each other like as two wrestlers. We cried out as warriors would cry in a battle and smashed into each other as two sumo wrestlers but being equally matched in strength we were both unable to get an advantage. We wrestled like this for what seemed like an hour and finally we disengaged from each other, very exhausted. (Unless we repent of our sins, which weakens the old fleshly man, and believe the promises of our crucifixion and life in Christ, which strengthens the spiritual man, there will be no spiritual victory, only exhaustion. (Gal.2:20) I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me...)

Looking over he said to me, "I think this is a draw". Replying back I said, "I think you are right", so we both proceeded back to the class and he announced to them that the battle was a draw. (We can't afford to believe or speak that there is a draw for this leaves us unevenly yoked to the old man in a lukewarm life.) He then said arrogantly, "Eric stood up to me, but I have friends in high places and I’m going to bring trouble for Eric; you wait and see!” (Gal.5:17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would.) Suddenly I found myself walking in a city I've never seen before. Somehow I understood I was walking to my house. I remember the whole city was white, both buildings and cars, but the people walking around were dressed in black. (The unseen "kingdom of God has come nigh" but the people are walking in darkness.) When I arrived at my house there were police lines blocking my way. All manner of law enforcement officers were there. (If we don't beat the old man but leave him in control of the class we break God's law and have to pay the penalty.) One who appeared to be in charge came up to me and asked, "Are you Eric?" I answered, "Yes I am but sometimes I'm not sure". (We never really know who we are until the old man is dead.) He then said, "You are evicted and you have to walk around in the street". So then I looked toward heaven and cried out, "Lord, what am I to do without a house?" Then the dream ended. (This is a good teaching the Lord has given to us through Eric. We either put to death the old man or we eventually lose controlling interest in this house we call a body and maybe even the house we call a home. A more primitive lifestyle, enforced by the beast, is coming to the Church as a whole because of this lukewarm draw.)

Suggested reading for overcoming the old man and walking in the steps of Jesus: Sovereign God For Us and Through Us.

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