What is overcoming the world, the flesh and the devil ?
These are the things that shape what we do, how we think and act…. and these are the things that draw us away from God.
The WORLD…. both people and things (like possessions) and the enjoyment of same…. we must be careful to discipline ourselves in the enjoyment of hobbies to make sure that they do not displace other responsibilities and priorities….. and we must monitor our interaction with people to see they are not corrupting us…. spend time with people who know the Lord and can encourage Christian living rather than those who will draw us away from God.
The FLESH…. this is the aspect of our own personality…. the desires of our own body for ease and comfort…. and sexual desires ….. as above, morally neutral desires have to be disciplined so they do not displace spiritual priorities…. and sinful desires have to be overcome and defeated.
The DEVIL….. all evil spirits will use both the world and the desires of the flesh to DEFEAT the purposes of God in your life….. this is how they operate…. they are powerless to affect you except through your own desires…. you give them power in your life, when you follow through on their promptings….. the more you resist and refuse to give in then the less they will be able to influence you…. how do you know whether any particular desire is just your own flesh or the demonic ??…… words like OBSESSION and irresistible COMPULSION usually signify that a person is coming under the influence of demons….. God gave us free will and we can resist the flesh if we choose to…. when people have “irresistible” compulsions and obsessions that they cannot “help themselves” is usually a sign that demons have the “upper hand” in controlling their lives.
Revelation 12:11 – tells us we overcome the Devil by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony (Jesus overcame the devil by quoting the Bible at him (Matthew 4:1 – 11)…. and that will work for us as well)
1 John 5:4 – tells us that our faith is what overcomes the world
Galatians 5:16 – tells us to walk in the Spirit and we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh