Overcoming the World in Our Members (Flesh)
Paying heed to God’s teachings
In this season, the Lord is emphasizing teaching; we cannot “do” the Lord without teaching. If the Lord is teaching, then, our response should be that we are learning.
2 Peter 1:1-4, 19(KJV) Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
Without the Spirit of prophecy, there is no connection between the day when the daystar arises in the heart and the present darkness. The word of prophecy is not foretelling. The spirit of truth takes the things of Christ and shows them unto us. He shines his light to enable us to see as we are in a dark place.
There are men in our days who have attained the more sure word of prophecy. We, however, must take heed to go through the tunnel and not turn back until the daystar arises in our hearts.
God’s precious promises
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
There are promises in God that we must partake of in order to come into the promise. These promises are spiritually discerned and attained. We cannot partake of the divine nature unless we receive the exceeding great and precious promises.
When the Lord begins to talk about righteous revelation, it is because He wants to bring us into the faith. When the faith is being discussed in the epistles, perils, trials, and tribulations are always involved. The reason for our faith is to triumph over the world (1 John 5:4).
Overcoming the flesh
Satan made us custodians of the world by keeping it in our flesh; he wove the world and hid it in our flesh. However, if we can give up the world in our custody, the church in our day will arise.
Satan hid the world in our flesh but God hid His kingdom in our spirit. As long as the spirit is alive, that spirit will govern the body (Romans 8:11). The world is hidden, not just on the surface of the flesh but in the will of the flesh. In this season, the Lord wants to convert our flesh; He will totally remove the world from the flesh. The Lord is emphasizing that He will show Himself in the flesh.
Romans 8:11-13 (KJV) But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
There is a realm called “the realm of the dead”, which Jesus allowed himself to be transported to. However, God brought him out of that realm. The journey of Jesus depicted how He was raised from the region of the dead. He had been raised before he went to the cross.
What God is doing via his teachings is to raise us from the dead; to rid us of the world. The spirit is against the world in our flesh and the world is against the spirit in us. The world is a wisdom that is woven to ensure that the spirit does not ascend in us.
Except God unveils His righteousness to us, we will not be able to interpret the world. If we can be detangled from little matters (rudiments) of the world, then, the Lord can bring a higher revelation of righteousness to us and we will receive it.
Understanding God’s Will by feasting
Before we can partake of the will of God, we must eat His food. Eating is non-negotiable. Being a part of Christ is having and doing His will. If the Lord does not give us the daily bread, His will cannot be done in the earth as it is in heaven,
Psalm 103:20 (KJV) Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
The will cannot be done unless the Lord governs the place of our pleasure. Once faith becomes what defines our pleasure, then, the Lord is assured that His will can be done.
The way to discern the wisdom of the world is to understand the wisdom of God. When we obey what is being revealed to us by the Spirit of truth, we are coming into the wisdom that raised Christ (John 16:14). As we are receiving the revelation of righteousness, the world is being crumbled in us. The revelation of righteousness is the food that the soul must feed on.
Glorying in tribulations and trials
1 Corinthians 2:1-3 (KJV) And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
Our reality in Christ will not be evident unless we are broken in meekness. The Spirit of truth wants to manifest Himself; He only wants us to be determined. When we are determined to obey righteousness, the world will start losing its hold on us (1 Corinthians 3:13).
The world has sorrow (dissatisfaction). We must not be afraid of fire/tribulations (Mark 10:29-30). It is possible to see the light and decide not to enter into the light. The gospel is cross and the cross raised Christ; he began with the cross and ended on the cross.
Starving the flesh
It is not easy to transfer a reality. The will of God is righteousness revelation which starves the flesh. If we continually rejoice in the flesh, it shows we have been starving the spirit. We must seek every avenue to starve the flesh- to starve the world in the flesh. Godliness is actually a life where the world is being starved.