Overcoming the world
Text: 1Cor. 6,10; Gal. 5;
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are contrary the one to the other; that ye may not do the things that ye would. Gal. 5:16,17;
Afterward talk about this
Discuss the steps you might take to live above the world and cast your focus on heaven.
Things to do before the next time
Get rid off all idols, anything stand between you and total obedience to God or taking the place of God in your life cast it out or cut it off.
Meditate on this verses 1Cor. 13;
Write down all things and character in your life that was taking the place of God and how you seperate yourself from them in not more than three pages.
Overcoming the World is sometimes very difficult for Christian who aspire for material things, this character has no boundary sometimes is present in the life of even the head or most dedicated christian as we see in the life of Balaam in the book Numbers 22:7-13; Balak want him to curse Israel for him so that he could defeat them because he has heard what they did to their adversary, so Balaam was a soothsayer that was tested that who ever he bless is bless but this gift have source which is God and gift remain famous because he has always ask permission from God before any request irrespective of who is involve but when he allows the lust of this world controlled his conscience, his way was preserved before God whom he feared and the Angel who stopped him and finally he advertise the fall of God people, as a result his prayer of dying the death of the Righteous was not answer because he die the death of the slain in battle so his righteous deed was counted for evil, as a result he lost his perfect gift of authority, this should serve as a lesson to the Church that we should not lost after the treasure of this world which those that lust where destroy by it.
Christian should be steadfast against the world because those who loved the world or the treasure in it find themselves fighting against God as in Rom. 6:19; “ I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity in my flesh: for as ye presented your members `as’ servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity, even so now present your members `as’ servants to righteousness unto sanctification.” For christian to successfully fight the world he should yield his body to Christ as a perfect example of our true christian nature who put sin to death in his flesh as Christ likewise put the flesh to death, by destroying him who has the power of death through the law, to overcome the world we need to posess the fruit of the spirit as in Gal. 5; the fruit that can not be overshadow by the world is the fruit of the spirit, this are Christian character that cannot be equal with any other as its written in the book of 1John 2:1- 15; “1 My little children, these things write I unto you that ye may not sin. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:2 and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world.3 And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;5 but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him:6 he that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk even as he walked.7 Beloved, no new commandment write I unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning: the old commandment is the word which ye heard.8 Again, a new commandment write I unto you, which thing is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shineth.9 He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now.10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.11 But he that hateth his brother is in the darkness, and walketh in the darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.12 I write unto you, `my’ little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye know him who is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the evil one. I have written unto you, little children, because ye know the Father.14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye know him who is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the evil one.15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.“ For christian to effectively live above the world he must let love control our conduct, this is not in words but in did because perfect love casteth away fear, because the world is ruled by fear of the future, fear of what I will live on and fear of tomorrow. This give rise to all sort of evil did, parent wanting to heap treasure for their children because of the fear of tomorrow when they don’t know who will be after them,either wise or a fool, they labour for food yet they have never enough, they make wealth by robbing the poor and orphan but their soul never had enough, all their live is filled with want in the mist of many therefore they are always asking and never thankful, their life is ruled by proud, envy and jealousy which make their way a trap for the righteous, the only way to overcome is possesion and manifestation of the fruit of the Spirit,will make you live the life of Christ on earth, this is what it means to walk in the Spirit, by walking you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, the fruit are not gift so they don’t come automatic but rather it come as a result of regenerated heart which have the understanding of the finished work of Chirst and the willingness to carry his cross and follow him to calvary to die with him, the same way he did, not choosing their own part, those who have deny themselves not counting what they own as theirs like the Apostle, holding on to the faith that equality can be achieve in the body of Christ.
Spend a minute to change the world
Pray for the churches that God should shift their focus from the world to himself and that he should destroy every spirit of self.