Living the overcomers life – Part 2
Because only an overcomer will truly live to enjoy all of God’s promises and blessings, which in turn makes it easy to fulfil God’s original plan for Earth, the adversary who is the Devil and archenemy of mankind is fighting tooth and nail to thwart God’s Will in the life of men, standing in the way to prevent them from accessing God’s power to reign in life, by throwing trials and temptation in the way of those who are called of God, that he may cause them to sin against their Creator and become enemies of God.
Let me conclude on the write up of last week with the facts on temptation.
4. Flesh And The Spirit
The flesh and the spirit can be likened to a phone and a SIM. The flesh is the phone, while the spirit is the SIM. Both cannot function properly without the other. The spirit is the connecting chip that connects man to God and all His providence, without which a man is like a phone that has no network. Hence, it is useless, as it can’t connect to a network provider, which empowers it to function in line with the purpose of its creation. The flesh can do nothing without a functional spirit. Jesus said in the book of John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
The flesh is the biggest enemy of the spirit, as it makes it difficult for the soul of man to do the things of the spirit, which are the things of God. So, man is easily enticed to the vices of the flesh, which when lust after will lead him away from God’s presence, so far that he will be disconnected.
Gal 5:17: For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. While the spirit is the only connecting factor between a man and God, the flesh is the falling part of man, which is already dead. It died when man eat the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden and got knowledge that makes him think he can work without his Creator. All the essential needs of men provided by God is for the soul, not the flesh. But once you become spiritually careless, the flesh will hijack it all, in the bid of dragging the soul to the grave (shoel = hell) by making you do things that are contrary to the will of your Creator.
Romans 8: 6- 8 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Finally, if you must be an overcomer in life, you must overcome the flesh and its lustful desires. So, starve the flesh by denying it of what it calls for, but feed the Spirit with the word of the Lord your Creator.
Rom 8:13: For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
5. Managing Ambitions
Temptation comes easily to those who feel they were created for more and deserve to attain such in life. Unfortunately, however, they cannot be patient for God’s time… 1Ti 6:9
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. An overambitious man is an easy target for the tempter. To quell the pressure of over-ambition, you have to trust God always that He will make it happen at the right time and be contented with where you are now. Then you may make your request known to God with thanksgiving.
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