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An overcomer in your own life

You are called to rule over sin, not the other way round. But how?

The Bible has a message for you who want to be an overcomer in your own life. You are called to rule over sin, and not to let it rule over you. This is possible if you fightAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More in the right way.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13.

In the Bible you can read a lot about battle—a spiritual battleAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More between the evil and the good. Here Christian life is described as a warAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More being waged inside me—a battle against the sin that dwells in me. There I use spiritual weapons, as described in Ephesians 6:10-17.

The strategy to overcome the sin that wants to come up in me is simple, but still requires everything from me. If I come to God with empty hands, thoroughly tired of my own reactions, thoughts and lusts—then I am in the right position to receive help.

It’s a huge help to name my enemies—and admit what the real problem is. Maybe I’m plagued by jealousy, and these thoughts chafe away inside me. God knows me, and already knows about it, but I need to acknowledge it for myself and God in order to be able to fight it properly. With focused and well-aimed blows, I fight much better. “I will have victory over jealousy, and I won’t give in until all jealous thoughts are dead and buried!”

The right attitude of mind and the goal in my sights

I have a great advantage if I arm myself with the same mind as Joseph had when Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him. “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Genesis 39:9.

If I have that attitude of mind, I won’t be swayed. When an impure thought comes up, and I really want to explore it further, I strike a blow instead: No! I won’t fail God! When I feel jealousy spreading through my body, and self-righteousness is clamouring for attention… No! I know this isn’t from God, but it is the sin in me that wants power. But the thought is “put to deathIs to overcome the temptations to sin that arise when our lusts and desires draw us to react in ways we know to be evil (i.e. pride, hatred, evil-speaking, envy etc.) It is the act of denying those thoughts and refusing to agree with them. The lust to sin is not only suppressed, but it actually dies. (Romans 8:13; Colossians... More,” and I have won. I didn’t sin.

It’s only a short sufferingThe Bible often mentions suffering. Though this can refer to outward, physical suffering, in the New Covenant it mostly applies to the suffering that occurs when you deny your own sinful lusts and desires and put them to death. It is an inner suffering that occurs because your lusts are not being satisfied, rather than a physical, outward one –... More, compared to the eternal glory awaiting one of God’s warriors.

But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10.

Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” Philippians 3:8.

In faith and confidence in God

David, the shepherd, didn’t seem to be a warrior. He’d been out in the fields all his young life, looking after the sheep. Nevertheless, he overcame Goliath, even though Goliath was so much bigger and stronger than he was, seen with human eyes and logic. David was superior because he fought in full faith and confidence in God’s help and power, instead of trusting that he would overcome Goliath in his own shrewdness and strength.

Even if my battle is not against physical enemiesMost often when a Christian refers to his or her “enemies” they are speaking about the sin in their flesh and the temptations and lusts that arise from there. These are enemies because they tempt us to act contrary to the will of God. These can also be spiritual powers such as the spirit of the times which oppose the... More, I can think about David when I feel that the temptation and the battle I’m facing is so great that I can barely see past it. When my personal “Goliath”, such as discouragement, envy or any other sin, is standing there mocking me and wants to make me discouraged. Then I need to remember whom I have with me in the battle; One who is standing ready with an army of angels behind me.

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.

Goliath falls again

When I believe in God with my whole heart, I can go to battle against sin in the spirit of faith. Even if the enemyMost often when a Christian refers to his or her “enemies” they are speaking about the sin in their flesh and the temptations and lusts that arise from there. These are enemies because they tempt us to act contrary to the will of God. These can also be spiritual powers such as the spirit of the times which oppose the... More is big and strong, I know that God’s power is stronger. That’s why I can fight, certain of victory, without fear or discouragement. Goliath falls again. I am an overcomer in my own life, and every sin that wants to come up meets a warrior—ready for battle.

I’m still tempted to sinTo commit sin is to consciously do something that you know goes against God’s will. This can be in word, deed, or even thought. (James 1:14-15)... More, to follow my own lustsThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More. But by God’s help and a decided mind I can rule over them, and not the other way round.

The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face.” Deuteronomy 28:7.

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