BONDAGE BREAKER !
What then is the meaning of Romans chapter 6 ? … and how does this apply to the “born again” Christian ?
People often say that Christians are no better than anybody else because they sin just as much….. but it does NOT have to be this way !!
The born again Christian has the POWER to overcome sin in his/her life IF they will utilize it CONTINUOUSLY.
This is the main difference between the true Christians and the rest of mankind…. UNTIL a person is “born again” they are under sin and cannot overcome it on their own…. but after the indwelling of the Holy Spirit they have the POWER to overcome ANYTHING !!
So why do we have such pathetic Christians walking around the place….. scarcely recognizable or no different at all from the unrighteous mankind ?
1. Possibly they have never been instructed into the spiritual realities of how to overcome and obtain the victory
2. Maybe they know they could get the victory but don’t want it for some reason
My friends you are spirit, soul and body…… at the bottom end are those people whose fleshly body controls everything they do (they are victims of their flesh)….. on a slightly higher plane comes the Yoga practitioners and TM and the other practices that elevate the mind to control the body (these are the soulish ones)….. finally at the top we find the spiritual ones …. but this is only a very small percentage of humankind….. and they are always either GODLY or DEVILISH… there can be no in-between here because their human spirit is either linked to the Holy Spirit or to the Demonic.
How can REAL Christians ignore Romans Chapter 6 ????
They have the POWER to overcome ANYTHING….. but prefer to go on sinning ?
because it’s easier than going forward with GOD ?
Evaluate your life today and make some decisions about your future…. Jesus Christ can set you FREE….. the real question is do you want to be free ?….. I am NOT saying that it is easy to break free because it calls for FAITH and CONTINUOUS COMMITMENT for the rest of your life….. but it IS POSSIBLE !
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