Of a truth I tell you, apostle Paul is one the biblical personalities I cherish so much. He said something pertaining to the dweller on the threshold. I will show you.
Romans 8:7 because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Our elder brother man Paul confronted the enemy within. He was referring to his struggle between light and darkness. My brother man and sister woman it is common knowledge personal experience is the best teacher. From apostle Paul’s personal confrontation with the enemy within, he was later able to tell the Romans, to be carnally minded is death, because the carnal mind is enmity against God. Quite revealing.
Our elder brother man Paul was referring to the dweller on the threshold. The dweller on the threshold is the carnal mind. The term carnal mind, used by our elder brother man Paul is a general name for the entire number of different parts of the human consciousness, which of course includes the ego.
Of a truth, I tell you, everybody has one, It dwells within each and every one of us but only a few of us are aware of its existence. This inner foe is often very subtle and the last thing it wants is for you to know about its existence. The secretive nature of this inner foe is one of the reasons why it is called the dweller on the threshold. It represents a certain state of consciousness that is evil.
The dweller on the threshold is behind utterances such as I don’t know what came over me. I don’t know why I acted in this manner. The dweller of the threshold is that of us which sometimes sabotages our highest dreams and ideals. It can be best described as the enemy within. The dweller of the threshold manifests itself in society through the activities violent mortals such as terrorist, armed robbers, rapist, murderers, etc.
Most individuals that cannot resist the dark side of their nature, individuals that have allowed their dark side to grow like a thick forest, are under the firm grasp of the dweller of the threshold. Of a truth, I tell you, once, in control of the conscious mind of an individual, the dweller of the threshold subjugates the person and paves way for demons and discarnate spirits to gain access and reside in the person. The person might start hearing astral voices, commanding him to do vile, atrocious things on planet earth.
Instantly such a person becomes the instrument of a sea monster. Such a person can enter into a house where family members are asleep, kill everybody, including little children in that house, dismember them and burn the house to the ground. Such a person can become a suicide bomber, who derives pleasure entering into a gathering replete with adults and children and exploding their bodies into smithereens.
MODUS OPERANDI OF THE DWELLER OF THE THRESHOLD
My brother man and sister woman, please permit me to shed on the modus operandi of the dweller on the threshold before I go into the deeper aspect of it. Let me commence with an instance. Mr. Harry has been smoking for the past 20 years. What does that mean? It means, over the years Mr. Harry’s smoking habit has acquired a momentum, which carries him along, that is the momentum of habit.
Mr. Harry is not aware of all the forces in his nature which he has mobilized through his repeated daily smoking habit. As long as Mr. Harry keeps smoking on a daily basis, everything will remain fine and he will remain unconscious of all the forces his smoking habit of many years has mobilized. Mr. Harry attended the funeral of a late friend. His late friend who was a chain smoker died from lung cancer.
When Mr. Harry returned from the funeral, he resolved to stop smoking. Unknown to Mr. Harry, he is looking for trouble. All the forces his smoking habit has mobilized over the years will vehemently oppose his decision to abandon his smoking habit. Of a truth I tell you, quite a number of smokers resolve to stop smoking, only to go back to the old habit after a while because that is the only way they can calm down the turmoil taking place within them.
My brother man and sister woman if for any reason, we resolve to change direction we decide to abandon old habits and adopt new ones so that we can direct our life in some new way, almost immediately, we will find that we are up against some hidden forces, some powerful forces opposing our new game plan.
The moment you resolve, perhaps to do the right thing, after doing the wrong thing for many years, the moment you decide to change your thought, feeling or action, you will certainly be brought into confrontation with certain hidden forces in your innermost being that will fiercely oppose your new resolution. My brother man and sister woman, at the threshold of any new thing, you must be an obstacle to be encountered.
At the beginning of any new opposing action or the moment you embark on any fresh resolve to do the right thing, there is a dweller on the threshold waiting to oppose you fiercely. The obstacles you will face are made up of all the tendencies in your habits and personality which are not compatible with your new decision. I wish to call to mind the New Year resolutions people make.
A brother man might resolve to give up smoking from the end of the month. Such a brother man is looking for trouble. When the decision is made, at first, all seems well. However, when the time comes when the brother man usually smokes, a clamor for cigar rate or Indian hemp is awakened at many levels in his innermost being.
And at this point, the mind of the smoker is activated and his mind might suggest to him, you can smoke today and if you truly want to stop smoking, you can do that from tomorrow. This fierce inner battle is taking place between the brother man who has resolved to stop smoking and the dweller on the threshold.
The smoker will be induced to reconsider the nature of his determination which brought him into a confrontation with the dweller on the threshold. The smoker might succumb to the overwhelming power of the dweller on the threshold. He might decide to smoke today and stop smoking from the next day. The next day comes, he will postpone it to two days later, etc.
The smoker might think he is in control of the situation, but the truth is, he is not. He might continue postponing it in this way for many years to come and he may never stop smoking. As we say yes to the dweller on the threshold, we give it more power and a little more power and a little more power and we might never know how powerful the dweller on the threshold, so we allow ourselves to believe that we are always in control.
THE EMBODIMENT OF THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD
My brother man and sister woman, the important question asked, who or what is the dweller on the threshold? Of course, we know that human beings are the embodiment of two aspects, and that is good and evil. So is the dweller on the threshold referring to the battle taking place between the forces of good and evil within us? Let me outline the following important points pertaining to the dweller on the threshold.
It is the arena where we are confronted by the sum total of all our past karma.
The Dweller on the threshold is the cesspool of your evil habits, evil tendencies, selfish habits, and accumulated limitations.
The dweller of the threshold is the cesspool of all your personality traits which you have not been able to conquer.
The dweller on the threshold is the cesspool of all your wrong mental attitudes, all your inherited glamour’s, all your behavioral tendencies, deep-rooted past, etc.
My brother man and sister woman, of a truth I tell you, the dweller on the threshold can equally be termed conflict between Christ and the Anti-Christ. Of a truth, I tell you, the difference between a normal person and someone who is crazy depends on the ability to control or the inability not to control the dweller on the threshold. In summation, it is your responsibility to strive to checkmate the excesses of the dweller on the threshold. Our elder brother Paul was right, the dweller on the threshold which Apostle Paul termed the carnal mind is enmity with God.