Your stream of consciousness is a faucet with 2 flows — H & C.

Your stream of consciousness is a faucet with 2 flows:  H & C — hell & Christ.  In most of us they flow together in a mix.

faucet hot & cold

The Bible calls the H-flow (hell-flow) “the acts of the flesh.”  It calls the C-flow (Christ-flow) “the fruit of the Spirit.

“The acts (flows) of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like . . . But the fruit (flow) of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”  Galatians 5: 19-23.

So what determines the flow in your heart, mind, and life?  Well, ultimately you do — you have the freedom to exercise your personal preference. However, there are several additional forces working to determine the flow in you:  In our society; media, peer pressure, and temptation  are continually attempting to turn up your H-flow.  If you don’t learn to resist, avoid, and overcome these factors, you’ll soon be running red-H on the road to self-destruction.

The knobs on the faucet in your stream of consciousness get rusty and are very hard to turn. Many people say that it is too hard to change them and they give in to fatalism and determinism and let the H-stream run, scorching their peace and happiness.

However, some people determine to stop burning themselves up by turning down the H-knob and turning up the C-knob.  It’s not an easy decision, because it goes against our contemporary culture and there is so much resistance to it — both externally and inside yourself.

But if you are tired of the pounding pain of persistent self-destruction, why not begin to readjust the flows in your stream of consciousness so that the H-flow is shut down and the C-flow runs all out?  (The Bible calls this repentance.)  If you have difficulty readjusting the knobs in your consciousness, don’t wimp out and quit trying.  Instead get some help! Go to a counselor, a minister, a friend, a support group, or a church that functions like a support group, and get help.  (If your bathroom faucet was stuck on H and you couldn’t get the H-flow to turn off, you wouldn’t just ignore it; you’d call a plumber!  So what’s the difference with a stuck H-flow in your heart?)

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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4 Responses to Your stream of consciousness is a faucet with 2 flows — H & C.

  1. I absolutely LOVE this analogy! It describes the choice of living or not living for Christ in terms anyone should be able to understand no matter where they are in their walk with Him. Keep writing my Brother!

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