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How to Gain Victory Over the Flesh

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By Rick King

How to Gain Victory Over the Flesh
By: Rick L. King
March 31, 2009

Do you know any professing Christian that does not deal with their flesh? I don’t personally know of any. Did you know that God has provided a way to overcome? Though it is a process, it is possible. This article will set you free from the bondage of the flesh.

The Bible says that they that are in the flesh cannot please God. It also says that there is none that doeth good and sinneth not. First, what is meant by the word “flesh”? Often we use the word to mean our body. We need to understand that we are a threefold being. We are a fleshly body; we have a mind, which is our will, emotions, and intellect; and we are a spirit. If the meaning of being in the flesh means being in our body, then none of us will ever please God this side of Heaven. The flesh referred to means our carnal nature. We have a spiritual nature and a carnal nature. We have a choice as to which we yield too. We are told that to whomever we yield ourself servants to obey, to them we are a servant to indeed; whether of sin unto death or obedience unto righteousness. The word righteousness means correct thinking. We must think correctly. Jesus was our example. He came to not do His own will but to do the will of the Father that sent Him. What He saw His Father do, He did. What He heard His Father say, He spoke. He laid down His life, His carnal mind or nature, and took on the Father’s. The Bible says that we are to “Let” this mind be in us, which was also in Christ Jesus. This infers that we have a choice. We can allow our mind, the devil’s mind, or God’s mind. Jesus took on God’s mind.

The scripture says that they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the lusts and passion thereof. Let’s really look at what is being said here. Notice the word “have”, it means already done, as it is past tense. So if the scripture means they that literally belong to Christ have crucified their flesh, then where are the ones which belong to Christ? All of us deal with our flesh, or our carnal nature. This would mean that none of us belong to Christ. Now, let’s look at what this is really saying. We know that the anointing breaks the yoke. Anyone that has been in God’s presence has found that the flesh or carnal nature is not a problem at that time. We are just enjoying His presence and whatever He wants to do or say. The word “Christ’s” in the Greek text actually means, “anointed”. So let’s look at the scripture again. They that are “anointed” have crucified the flesh with the lusts and passions thereof. When we are anointed or in God’s presence our flesh or carnal nature is not a problem. Paul said that he died daily. He wasn’t dying to his body; he was dying to his carnal fleshly nature. It was a process. Jesus said that He must increase and that we must decrease. We decrease as we allow God to increase. Paul told us to “walk in the spirit and not fulfill the lusts of the flesh”. We decrease by walking in the spirit. We decrease only by drawing near to God.

The church has been telling us for so long that “we” must do this or that. We must fix our self. That is so far from what God says. It is what God does, not what we do. When we were saved why did it happen? We are told that salvation was a gift, not of works so that we couldn’t boast. It was gift from God to us. After we were saved we have been taught works so often. We have been told to walk the Word in our flesh, as that is how that we will please God. God said that they that are in the flesh cannot please Him. God has never told us to walk the Word. In fact, all this is man’s attempt to be in control. When we do it, God isn’t. I realize the scripture in James says to be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer. We must look at the whole truth not just part of it. We are told that we are crucified with Christ, nevertheless we live, yet not I, but Christ liveth within me. If we are crucified then who is supposed to be living in us? It is Christ. It is what He does by the Holy Spirit through us, not what we do. Jesus was a doer of the Word that His Father spoke to Him and will do the same thing through us. We are just the vessel. It is only about what He wants to do, not what we want to do. We should not be able to do anything if we are crucified or dead. We are told to walk in the spirit, not to walk the Word! There is a major difference. One God flows through us with what He desires and with power. The other is religiousness and impresses man, but not God. Isaiah 30&31 spell this out clearly. It says in, Isa 30:1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin. Without going into this word for word, the just of the message comes out as this. We are told to not trust in Egyptians (men) or in horses (flesh). God said that if we do this that we are rebellious, as we are trusting in something other than His Spirit. There is quite a message in these two books that you may want to read. It will give you a deeper understanding of God’s view of us walking in our carnal mind and His reaction to it.

The bottom line is this. In order for us to please God, we MUST walk in the spirit. This is where our power, revelation, victory over our flesh, and our only ability to please God comes from. You may ask now so how do I do this? Actually it is quite simple. All you do is make focusing on listening and being obedient to the voice of God your first priority. You accept your limitations and faults and do not focus on them. You cannot change your self. This is God’s job, not yours. As long as you keep trying to do it, then He can’t. You surrender your will to Him, and let Him be Lord instead of you. When you can do this, you will find a new freedom. It takes the weight off of you to perform. Instead you just do what He says and He will change you on His time schedule and way. He knows already everything we do. Nothing is hidden from Him. He saved you; you didn’t save your self. He delivers you; you don’t deliver your self. Who is supposed to get the glory anyway? If you focus on the lusts of the flesh and try to change self, you will not walk in the spirit. If you stay focussed on walking in the spirit, the things of the flesh will start dropping off and will lose power over you. You will walk in His power, not yours. You then will find a freedom and victory that you probably didn’t realize was available. When God allows you to be in His presence, it is a taste of what you can actually walk in, but it requires a change of focus in us to achieve.

Scripture references used:
Romans 6:16, Romans 8:8
Ecc 7:20
1 Thes 5:23
John 3:20,John 5:19, John 5:30
Philipians 2:5
Galatians 2:20, Galatians 5:16, Galatians 5:24
Isaiah 10:27
Ephesians 2:8,9
James 1:23
Isaiah 30, Isaiah 31

Ways I have learned to walk in the spirit:

1. Be filled with the spirit with evidence by speaking in other tongues. This is my power, His power. Speaking in tongues takes you into the spirit realm and out of your carnal mind. Ephesians 5:18, Acts 1:8,
2. Learn to listen to His voice and do what He asks you to do.
3. Deny self. Just as Jesus did, He denied himself to do the Father’s will alone. Luke 9:23
4. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousnessHis will and His thoughts Mathew 6:33
5. Cast down imaginationsget His mind and knowledge 2 Cor 10:5
6. Thanksgiving.enter into His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise psalms 100:4
7. Minister to Him.when you learn to minister to Him, He will minister to you and through you Eze 44:15 (one of many verses in OT telling us to minister to Him)

Need to contact me? r_king60@hotmail.com

I am a 60 year old Born-Again spirit filled Christian, that has been saved for 30 years. Jesus found me when I was suicidal. I learned real quickly that I was powerless to be in control of my life, so I let Jesus take over. He has chosen me to be a warrior for Him. WE win, if we fight His way.

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