Leslie Cook


The subconscious mind drives our behavior due to dysfunctions from our past.  We are creatures of experience -- meaning no matter how much a person tells us what is right, if they are not living it out themselves (our parents especially) then the behavior we see is what we accept and believe.  If you’ve been fed negative image after negative image throughout your life, no matter how you might feel about yourself consciously, the subconscious mind leads in the background, and is especially alive when we are under the influence of drugs.  Have you ever wondered why a shy and timid person becomes someone else when he/she drinks; all of those inhibitions go out the window and he/she becomes a different person and in all likelihood is showing the personality of those who raised him/her while under the influence of drugs.  There are several reasons for this.  The emotions that are invoked while experiencing the dysfunctions come to life:  anger, sadness, depression, self-hatred, self-mutilation, promiscuity, lashing out in various ways -- especially if abuse was involved.  

You probably told yourself that you would never be like your parents, but don’t be too sure.  No matter how disgusted and embarrassed you might’ve been by their behavior, whatever it was, trust me the possibility exists that you have some of those traits.  People say that the children of dysfunctional parents mirror their parents behavior because of their genes, but I don't believe this.  Remember, we take in what we see and experience.  It's no different than the obese person who was raised by parents who didn't practice decent eating habits, who introduced every fat, greasy, meal possible, on top of taking them to McDonalds every chance they got.  That pattern continues as they get older because that's all they know.  Now the way to turn this around is with "new information" -- coming to the realization that changes need to be made and making them.  Our attitudes are of the utmost importance as the following story indicates:

Two sisters were raised by alcoholic parents; one moved away as far as possible from home; the other sister remained close to home.  The sister who moved away was full of hate for her parents and as time went on she became an alcoholic herself.  The sister who remained close to her parents had a loving spirit, had Christ in her life and was able to forgive her parents -- she never became an alcoholic.  Actually she had compassion on her parents and found ways to help them.  The scenario is clearly seen through this story -- one hated, became what she hated; one loved, and was able to go on without the same problems as the other sister. 

The reason for this is because what we hate is what we become, because what we hate is what we focus on, and whatever you focus on in life you give your energy to.  That’s why Christ tells us to focus on Him and Him only.  It is through focusing on Him and not on the negative things that we can be healed.  I believe this is one of many reasons why God told us not to hate, not to allow negative emotions to overcome us because what we focus on becomes a reality for us.  Giving these negative emotions to Christ is our only answer because it is Christ who purges all things and makes us new creatures (we cannot do it without Him). 

Hebrews 4:12

12For (A)the word of God is (B)living and (C)active and sharper than any two-edged (D)sword, and piercing as far as the division of (E)soul and (F)spirit, of both joints and marrow, and (G)able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Cross references:

  1. Jer 23:29:  "Is not My word like fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a hammer which shatters a rock?; Eph 5:26: so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word; Heb 6:5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come; 1 Pet 1:23: for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

  2. Acts 7:38:  This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.

  3. 1 Thess 2:13 For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.

  4. Eph 6:17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

  5. 1 Thess 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  6. 1 Thess 5:23
  7. John 12:48;  He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.

Now, look at verse 12 and tell me what you see.  It literally says that when God's word is in you, it acts like a two-edged sword.  What does a sword do?  It cuts away what the Scriptures refer to as "dross".  I hope I'm not taking this word out of context using it this way but don't believe I am.  The word is used in Proverbs 25:4  Remove the dross from the silver, and out comes material for the silversmith; Psalms 119:119  All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes; Ezekiel 22:18-19 "Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are the copper, tin, iron and lead left inside a furnace. They are but the dross of silver.  Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'Because you have all become dross, I will gather you into Jerusalem

In Proverbs 25:4 it is said that if the dross is removed from the silver then the silversmith has material to work with.  In Psalms 119:119 the wicked are discarded like dross, and in Ezekiel 22:18-19 God deals one of the strongest definitions of dross by stating that the whole house of Israel is nothing but dross, what has been burned off the silver and left at the bottom of the furnace.   

In the dictionary the definition of "dross" is:  something that is worthless or of a low standard or quality.  So this means the "Word of God" removes out of your life all things that are worthless and are preventing you from walking in the spirit.  If you look at footnote (A) above, you will notice it says that God's word is like fire, that sanctification happens (being set apart) with the washing of water with the word, and that the word is a "seed" that is imperishable.  This seed grows by being washed with the word of God; water is synonymous with the spirit because it is the washing of the word that cleanses.  So lets look at it this way.  If the dross is not removed from your life, if you do not allow the Spirit of God, the word of God to cleanse you, then that means the dross remains and you are of no use to God.  This may seem like hard words but the truth is the truth.  There is no other remedy for sin other than through Jesus Christ.  We all are sinful creatures and have to come under the blood of Christ to be accepted by His Father.  What Jesus Christ offers us is eternal life which we can't even fathom while in this flesh body. 

Now, I hope you also noticed that it cuts on three levels, the first being your spirit according to 1 Thessalonians 5:23.  God's word starts working first in our spirits -- from the inside out.  The next thing that is affected is our soul, which is (1) the seat of your mind, (2) the seat of your emotions and (3) the seat of your will - choices, choosings, passions, desires.  These three things make up the full components of your personality, your disposition -- that’s your soul, and last but not least, your body.  There is a sermon I've listed called "Understanding the Flesh".  I believe it is in your best interest to read it because it goes into detail regarding what the pastor calls "our flesh walk".  All of us walk in the flesh until we are called by God to come to Him.  Every human being on this earth is a fleshly creature until we meet Christ but it is up to you to accept the invitation. 

It takes the Word of God (who is Jesus Christ) to heal us.  You can walk the path of the flesh or the path of the Spirit, and a lot of times even though we walk in the Spirit and try to live right, the subconscious mind pulls us back due to the experiences that we’ve had in life; we draw on those because that is what we are familiar with and that is what we know.  But not only do we operate from the subconscious mind, the subconscious mind is the one who wants the cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, heroin or whatever you are addicted to, because it uses them as a “band aid” to help deal with emotional pain.  So every time we give in to these addictions the subconscious mind is winning.  So our goal and our desire is to walk in the Spirit.  We are better people when we walk in the Spirit, we can please God when we walk in the Spirit.  Those in the flesh cannot please God and so with that new revelation and knowing that every time I have a craving it is my subconscious mind that wants to control my life and carry me down the path to destruction that has given me a better understanding and I thank God for it.

Romans 8 (New American Standard Bible) (Too many footnotes to pull in, see this version of the Bible)


 1Therefore there is now no (A)condemnation for those who are (B)in (C)Christ Jesus.

 2For (D)the law of the Spirit of life in (E)Christ Jesus (F)has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

 3For (G)what the Law could not do, (H)weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in (I)the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,

 4so that the (J)requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who (K)do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

 5For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on (L)the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, (M)the things of the Spirit.

 6(N)For the mind set on the flesh is (O)death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

 7because the mind set on the flesh is (P)hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,

 8and those who are (Q)in the flesh cannot please God.

 9However, you are not (R)in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God (S)dwells in you But (T)if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.


The end.