Friday, July 12, 2013

We are more than conquerors
By Dustin L Dyer

The old saying, "what goes in must come out" remains true in several ways. The world we live in powered by the enemy, "satan" wants to compress you into itself. It matters not what group, race, religion or whatever you belong to, the world's influence over you is undeniable. But to establish a relationship with God means to develop a heart like His, God's heart transcends this world, it is beyond the range and the limits of this world. We without Him cannot know His heart and we without Him cannot transcend past this world. It takes discipline, prayer, and self-control, it takes staying in His Word daily and turning away from the things of the world. No we cannot be perfect, but with the knowledge of God and a relationship with Him we gain the knowledge we need to deal with our failures, our vices, and our points of struggle and how to overcome them. But like the old saying, what we take in is what we produce outwardly to the rest of the world. As believers we can choose to be set apart, we can become an example of God's Love for His glory not ours. People of the world watch us, they want to see just how genuine we are, they wait for us to mess up. They must realize that being a believer doesn't make you perfect, it makes you humble, it makes you love even when you are hated. It's a lot like the cycle of the butterfly, it's a transformation into something beautiful. The world is what it is, it's a spiritual battleground but the core of the battle is not the world, the core of the battle is inside all our individual minds. Our mind is where the struggle begins. We must conquer ourselves, we must die to ourselves to live for God. Things that take us away from God we must remove from our lives, we must do a spiritual house cleaning . The question is how much are we willing to surrender in order to Love God. It takes baby steps every day, it takes prayer, it takes staying in the Word to grow us, to transform us. What we take in is what comes out of us.
Paul says it best in Romans 8,

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

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