OVERCOMING - OUR GOAL IN LIFE
Sermon by Tom Trinka
 
 
Last time I spoke, I compared our Christian life to the Metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. We covered the fact that the 7 Days of Unleavened Bread represent the entire life time of a Christian, from the newly baptized babe in Christ, taking their first step out of spiritual Egypt through the end of ones converted life awaiting the resurrection, which is symbolized by Pentecost.

I also mentioned that the symbolism of the 7 weeks from the Wave Sheaf offering, counting up to Pentecost, are representative of the 7 Church eras, which together
form the entire “Church age” which will culminate with our Saviors return.

These 7 Church eras are defined for us in the Book of Revelations chapters 2 and 3. Each Church has specific character traits that may be applied in 3 distinct ways. First, they were specific to the 7 individual Church groups that were present at the time of John’s writing.

Secondly, they seem to also represent the predominate characteristic of the individual Church eras that have succeeded each other over the last 2 millennia.

And finally, they describe individual character traits that may be present in any individual member of the body, regardless of which Church era they are or were affiliated with, down through time. There is however, a common theme that flows through Christ’s message to all 7 Churches, and that common theme is Overcoming.

Turn with me please to the Book of Revelation, chapter 2.
Here we find that our Lord mentions overcoming in REV. 2 verses 7,11,17 and 26, as well as in REV. 3, verses 5,12 and 21.
Considering then, that overcoming is the common element in Christ’s message to His Church, I believe it is fair to say, that the Mission Statement for each individual member of God’s Church, can be summed up in that one word- to Overcome.

Back a page or two, in REV. 1.1, we find, it stated that this Book is “The Revealing of information from Jesus Christ, which God the Father gave to Him for us” So this emphasis for each and every member of God’s Church to overcome, is in fact
coming directly from our Heavenly Father.
Moreover the unity of this theme, as well as God’s Entire Plan of the Salvation of All Mankind, is summed up at the end of this book as well, by the word Overcome.

Let’s turn there, REV. 21.7
REV. 21.7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

I find it interesting how this verse is numbered. Chapter 21, which is 3x7, verse 7. And it’s in this verse that we find the English word overcome used for the 8th time, in relation to receiving salvation. And we can tie the number 8 with the 8th day, or Last Great Day after the Feast of Tabernacles, which pictures the overcoming of the entire human race, gaining victory over eternal death.

So today, since we are near the completion of our count to Pentecost [day 49], I thought that it would be appropriate to examine our Creators instructions for us which can be summed up by the term, to overcome.

So the title for the message today is OVERCOMING - OUR GOAL IN LIFE Let’s start by defining the word overcome. It is derived from the Greek word “Nikao” which means to overcome as in a battle, to conquer, to be victorious or to prevail.

Let’s turn to REV. 5 and see how the word is used in relation to Jesus Christ Himself.

REV. 5. 1-5
1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of
the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

This word prevailed in verse 5, is the same word translated overcome in Revelation chapters 2, 3 and 21. So we find here, that the requirement for salvation is the same for everyone,
including Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus prevailed or overcame His carnal nature. And we must follow His example and do likewise.
In Rev. chapters 2 and 3 Christ repeats another phrase 7 times as well, which directly ties in to the central theme of overcoming.
In Revelations Chapter 2, verses 2.9, 13, 19 and in Rev. 3.1, 8 and 15, He says 7 times “I know your works”

Brethren, what are our works? Well, using REV. 5.5, to define our Savior’s prevailing or overcoming His carnal nature. [Remember He was tempted at all points, as we are, yet was without sin- HEB. 4.15] I believe that our works can be defined as the results of our individual efforts of overcoming, both our failures and our successes.

So what Jesus is telling us in this personal letter to His Church, is that both He and our Heavenly Father know the level of effort that we are personally putting into our calling. As 1 PET. 4.17 informs us, “Judgment begins with the Body of Christ”

And as Marvin reminded us last week, reading PSM. 119.168, that All our ways are before Him. And in HEB. 4.13 we are told that “ No creature is hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must all give account” In other words, our daily life, All our thoughts and actions are being reviewed by our Creator, He Knows our works, and we are going to be held accountable for them.

Brethren, I believe that this is a Fundamental Point, which we should indelibly print in our minds. Just as we would tend to work productively when your boss is watching us in your place of employment. Well likewise our BOSS is in reality, always Watching us, to see if we indeed are using our alloted time wisely.

The Parable of the Ten Virgins in Matt. 25.1-13 demonstrates the importance of overcoming. Let’s turn there. The difference between the wise and foolish virgins is in their supplies of oil. Since the oil is used to fuel the lamps to produce light, we can conclude that the oil represents our level of spiritual development. We are to let our light shine, to allow the fruit of the Spirit to be evident by our daily actions. Thus, the difference
between the virgins is in their level or quantity and quality of Spiritual fruit produced. As Jesus says repeatedly in REV. 2 and 3 "I know your works" Both groups had oil, but the foolish virgins did not have a sufficient level of spiritual growth. When the cry went out, their lamps were still burning but sputtering and about to go out. They had not properly prepared. They had not
continued to overcome. They had not endured to the end. Their oil—their good works, their level of character development, there overcoming proved insufficient for the task.

Jesus concludes the parable by emphasizing the importance of overcoming. Matt. 25.10-12 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. 11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But
he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ I find it interesting that the term buy is used in this parable.
 
We can not earn salvation, it is a gift from God. Likewise faith and all of the attributes of God’s Spirit are freely given to us by our Father. They are all gifts. So why did Jesus use the phrase buy oil?

Consider that we earn money through our physical labor. Therefore, it is through the result of our work that we are able to purchase the things we need. So in a spiritual sense then, it is through the results of our spiritual labor, that we come to acquire the spiritual character necessary for receiving salvation, thereby
gaining entrance into the Kingdom of God.

The oil in this parable, therefore may be summarized as our development of His Holy Character and therefore is the result or fruit of our individual effort of Overcoming. Continuing in verse 13, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the
hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

What Jesus is telling us in this parable, is that we must be alert and vigilant as to our own Spiritual condition, actively working to develop God’s Holy nature within us. And again, as Marvin pointed out last week, from John 12.35- Jesus instructs us to
“Walk or work while we have the light” For as this parable of the 10 virgins warns us, when the end suddenly comes, there will be no time left to acquire the things we need.

Brethren, the point that I hope to drive home today, is that Real Spiritual maturity can only occur by developing an intimate personal relationship with God, being in constant contact with Him through His Holy Spirit. As it states in ROM. 8.14, Those that are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

Please turn with me to 2 COR. 13.5
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.

God is indeed dwelling within us, therefore He knows our level of accomplishment. Our works, our level of Spiritual accomplishment can be qualified and are therefore evident by the quality and depth of our relationship with Him. So being watchful is the opposite of being Spiritually weary or lethargic in our
calling. This is why Jesus can say to the 5 foolish virgins, that He does not know them. They never made the effort and took the time to develop a deep relationship with the Father and the Son. This is a Key point to remember.

This theme of watching is repeated in LUK. 12. 35-37
35 “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36 and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.

Notice that in the next verse, Jesus makes a specific promise to those living at the end times who are watching themselves and therefore are successfully overcoming. LUK. 12.37 "Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find
watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them"
And drop to verses 42-44 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his master will make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of food in due
season? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all that he has.

Compare this blessing with the chilling judgment of the 5 foolish virgins who fail to overcome in MATT. 25.12, where the Lord emphatically states "I do not know you” and the door to the wedding is shut. Obviously watching is something very important that we must be doing. But what exactly is it that we are to be watching?

Let’s turn to LUK. 21. This chapter as you know, is a parallel chapter with Matt. 24, in which Jesus is answering the disciples question about the time of His return. So this information is specifically written for us, those in the Body of Christ, that
are living at the close of this age.

LUK. 21. 34-36
34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” This term translated “watch” in verse 36, means to be mentally awake and alert, in contrast to being in a state of spiritually drowsiness or sleep. It is similar to the terms translated watch and watching that we read in Matt. 25.13 and Luke 12.37, which mean to be on guard or to keep a careful eye on something.

In all cases the context and intent of the text is directed towards ourselves. We are to be Spiritually astute, keeping a careful eye on our Own Spiritual Condition. Understanding this then, we find that Christ’s instructions in LUK. 21.36 “To Watch therefore and to Pray Always” is in truth the Formula we must employ to
Overcome.

We are to be Watching Ourselves- giving careful attention to our Overcoming and to be Praying Always. But let’s clarify a subtle, yet very important point. In LUK. 21. 36, Jesus is not instructing us to pray specifically to be considered worthy to escape the coming Tribulation. Rather He is telling us to be in continual
communication with Him and the Father, by training our minds to be in tune with His Spirit within us.

1 COR. 2.16 Informs us, that we have been given the mind of Christ. And as I quoted earlier from ROM. 8.14 “Those that are in tune with God’s Spirit, in tune with the “Mind of Christ” are considered by the Father to be His children. They are the “sons of God.

We all have come to understand that the nature mind is naturally tuned into the god of this world, the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that compels disobedience to God’s way of life. In short, the carnal mind is hostile to Godliness.

ROM. 8.8-14 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in
you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life
because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who
raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His
Spirit who dwells in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the
flesh.
13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to
death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
Let’s consider the warning Paul is giving us in verse 13. If we continue to allow
our carnal mind to influence and guide our lives - We Will Die!
There is no middle road to salvation. We either fully devote our lives to living in
complete harmony with God or we WILL fall short of the mark that God requires
of us.
Remember Lot’s Wife! We can not be half-hearted about coming out of sin.
Let’s continue reading in ROM. 8, drop down to verses 26-29
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we
should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with
groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because
it makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to
those who are the called according to His purpose.
29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of
His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
So we find that the key to developing God’s mind and His nature, is to train our
mind to continually be in tune with God’s Spirit. If we learn to do that, then as we
just read in verse 28 we can have the faith and confidence that everything will
work out in the end.
I recall reading that Mr Armstrong was quoted as saying, “that he always tried to
be conscience of the fact that, he was always in God’s presence”
Mr. A. was mindful of the fact that God was watching him. As we just read in verse
27, God searches our hearts through the presence of His Spirit which is residing
within us. All our hairs are counted, He knows us better than we know ourselves.
And that’s the Key Point that we covered earlier, God knows our works. He is
watching over us and is therefore also assessing our Spiritual commitment and
level of growth.
Let me read a quote from a Oct. 1957 Good News personal from Mr. Armstrong.
Quoting from the article-
“You must go to a private place, alone with God and have long talks with Him-
Every Day. Unburden your heart to Him. Take all your problems, your interests
and your plans to Him. Talk over Everything with Him, continually.
Then, even when going about your work- when walking down the street- when
driving in your car, whatever and wherever you are, talk with God as you work, or
drive or walk along. Go to a private place, and kneel down on both knees in prayer
as often as you can, at least once every day. But talk with God continuallythroughout
each and every day. Pray without ceasing!
My Friends, these are words we must learn to live by. I believe the key to it all, is
understanding that when God instructs us to pray always or to pray without
ceasing- He is simply telling us to allow His Spirit, which in essence is His mind,
to guide us continually. The more we are in tune with the Holy Spirit, the more we
will think and act like Jesus Christ.
As it states in PHIL. 2.5 “ Let this mind be in you, that was also in Christ Jesus”
Let’s now turn to 1 KINGS 19.
I find this to be a very curious chapter of the bible.
Recall that Elijah, had just finished witnessing to the Israelites in a most powerful
way, by having a contest with the 450 prophets of Baal. Elijah prayed and fire
came down from heaven and consumed Elijah’s sacrifice.
Then he had the 450 priests of Baal executed. Then Elijah prayed to God again and
had the 3 1/2 year drought lifted from the nation of Israel. So God uses Elijah to
perform all of these powerful miracles.
But then, when Elijah realizes that Jezebel sought to kill him, he suddenly seems to
lose all his faith and runs like a scared rabbit. What happens to this seemingly great
prophet, that he would suddenly become so disheartened?
In 1 KINGS 19.4, Elijah even prays that God would kill him. Then in verses 5-8
we find an angel awakens Elijah and provides a meal for him that by another
miracle sustains him for 40 days, as he is instructed to travel to the mountain of
God in Horeb.
Let’s pick up the story in verse 9. 1 KINGS 19. 9-13
9 And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the
word of the LORD came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here,
Elijah?”
Notice this passage carefully. God asks Elijah what are you doing here? Which is
in itself a curious question to ask. After all God instructed Elijah through the angel
to go there. In modern language it seems God is asking Elijah, what’s the problem
Elijah? Then Elijah reply’s in verse 10.
10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God of hosts; for the
children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed
Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.”
11 Then God said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the LORD.” And
behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains
and broke the rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the
wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake;
12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the
fire a still small voice.
13 So it was, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went
out and stood in the entrance of the cave. Suddenly a voice came to him, and said,
“What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Notice, that after Elijah experiences the hurricane force wind, the earthquake and
the fire, that he finds God in the still small voice. And then God repeats the same
question again that He asked Elijah in verse 9. What seems to be the problem
Elijah?
I ask you Brethren, what are we to learn from these verses? I have thought about it
for sometime. I believe the lesson to be learned from Elijah’s experience in quite
profound.
Elijah allowed the trials of his life to overwhelm and side track his relationship
with God. Once he lost touch with God’s Spirit, he lost faith and became fearful.
The trials of life, such as what Elijah describes in verse 10 are symbolized by the
strong wind, earthquake and the fire.
However, the lesson to be learned, is that God often communicates to us through
the still small voice, of His Spirit working in our mind. We must strive to be in tune
with that “still small voice” inside us or we too may be overwhelmed by the trials
of life, lose faith and become distraught.
Consider another powerful example. When God liberated the nation of Israel from
bondage in Egypt, God did all the fighting for them, didn’t He? Not one Israelite
had to physically fight for his or her own physical salvation. God did all the
fighting for them. All they had to do was Obey Him and follow the cloud and the
pillar of fire.
I ask you, might our spiritual battles of overcoming the spirit of this world, and
overcoming our own carnal nature be easier if we do the same thing that Israel did?
Simply walk with God, being led by His Spirit on our journey from Egypt to
Mount Zion.
DEUT. 1.25-26 Starting in the last half of verse 25
‘It is a good land which the LORD our God is giving us.’
26 “Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the
LORD your God;
Drop to verses 29-32
29 “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. 30 The LORD your
God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in
Egypt before your eyes,
31 and in the wilderness where you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a
man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ 32
Yet, for all that, you did not believe the LORD your God.
EX. 19.3-6
3 And Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain,
saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel:
4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings
and brought you to Myself.
5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then
you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.
6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the
words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
Brethren, it seems that Israel’s lack of faith stemmed from there failure to keep in
mind all that God had done for them. Israel simply Took God for Granted, and
dismissed His authority over their lives. Therefore they failed in there calling to be
a kingdom of priests and God’s holy nation, as was Gods Covenant promise to
them.
Brethren, God is offering us the same Covenant promises. To be His Royal
Priesthood and His Holy Spiritual nation. The question is, are we fully committed
to living by Every word of God? Do we truly Love God with All our Heart, Mind,
Soul and Being? Or are we also taking our calling far to lightly?
Are we taking the most precious gift in the Universe, God’s Holy Spirit dwelling
within us for Granted?
We must be 100% resolved and dedicated to completing our spiritual
transformation, to become Holy as He is Holy. It’s an all or nothing proposition
that we have entered into, with our Creator.
So what is the Crux of the matter? How do we fully comply to God’s will in our
lives?
Let’s try and sum up overcoming in simple, practical everyday terms.
Since the day we were born, satan, as the prince of the power of the air has
influenced our minds. We might honestly say that before our baptism, our minds
were molded in the image of our god. The god of this world, satan the devil.
That’s why the carnal mind is hostile to God.
But our Father has called us to be transformed in His Image. Into the Image and
likeness of God, through the Gift of the Holy Spirit that God has given us.
As Mr. Armstrong used to explain it. Our minds are like a radio. We are naturally
tuned into the spirit of this world. Therefore, what we must all learn to master is
the Reprograming of our minds radio to Gods station. To His Holy and Righteous
channel. And to Keep it Tuned There.
We must simply learn to keep our minds programed to God’s channel, all the time.
To be in continual contact with God, through His Spirit. To praying without
ceasing.
In a nutshell, we must diligently train our minds to be in tune with God’s Spirit on
a continual basis throughout each and every day.
HEB. 1.3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His
person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by
Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
I want to focus on the phrase “ the express image” It is translated from a single
Greek word, which literally means “a stamping tool” It literally describes the
impression that a seal leaves when it is stamped into wax.
Interestingly, it is from this same Greek word, from which the English word
Character is derived.
What this verse is implying then, is that Jesus Christ is the exact impression of His
Father’s being, just as a mark is the exact impression of a seal.
Jesus Himself supported this fact when He stated that “I and the Father were
one” [John 10.30]
However, in order for the seal to make an exact impression, it must make full and
firm contact with the wax, or more appropriately in this analogy, we might say, that
the seal must make full and firm contact with the Clay.
Taking this analogy a step further then, we can conclude that in order to be molded
in the Image of God, that we as the Clay, must remain in continual contact with
Him. Our human mind must be firmly and fully in contact with God’s mind
through the Holy Spirit continually.
Only then can God stamp the image of His character on us. We must remain
consciously in His presence at all times, in order to have His character traits fully
transposed unto us. That I believe is what Mr. Armstrong was trying to convey in
that Good News article, when he stated he always tried to be mindful of God’s
presence in his life.
So in reality, what we learn from this verse in Hebrews, is that Godly character is
created by our conscious effort and determined desire to be in continual contact
with Him. We become like God by dwelling with Him-- through the Spirit in our
minds.
GAL. 5.16-25
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these
are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. [Penalty]
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication,
uncleanness, lewdness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish
ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you
beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things
will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and
desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Brethren, Fruit can only be produced if it is securely fastened too and nourished by
the tree.
Likewise, by learning to be Continually Conscious Of, In Touch With and Led By
God’s Spirit Dwelling Within Us, we will naturally be developing the attributes of
His Spirit.
As we covered earlier- The natural result of being mentally in God’s presence is
the transposition of God’s character to us, resulting in the Fruit of the Spirit being
reflected in our daily lives.
A physical example of this fact is found in EX. 34 verse 29. Where it is recorded
that Moses face shined with the Glory of God, after he was in God’s presence on
Mt. Sinai for 40 days. And because of the Glory of God that radiated from Moses
face, he wore a veil whenever he was in the presence of the Israelites.
And we can tie in this thought with what is recorded in 2 COR. 3.17-18
Let’s turn there.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit
of the Lord.
Notice what is stated in verse 18. We are transformed into the image of God,
though the presence of His Spirit, if we actively employ the Spirit of the Lord into
our daily lives.
One more scripture. GEN. 4.6-7
6 So the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance
fallen?
7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the
door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
I want to focus on the phrase “sin lies at the door” As is often the case with the
words of the Lord, this phrase can be applied several ways. The word “lies” can be
more precisely translated “crouches”
God said sin crouches like a lion, ready to spring on it’s unsuspecting prey. The
prey is unsuspecting because it is not watching carefully. The door, I believe can be
thought of in two ways. As either the “door of your mind” or the “door or entrance
into God’s presence”
The two thoughts are thus inter-related and mutually reinforcing. Sin begins in the
mind, and if we remain in a sinful state, we remain separated from our Creator.
Understanding this then, we find God’s instruction to Cain is the same instruction
that He gives to us. We must be consciously mindful of our thoughts. Guarding the
door of our mind, by employing God’s Spirit to direct our thoughts and our actions.
In other words we must Overcome. We must conquer or rule over our sinful carnal
mind, as it states in verse 7. And if we do that, then God tells us we will be
excepted by Him.
So in summation.
Our life in Christ must result in our overcoming the natural tendencies of our
carnal mind. And we can only accomplish that by being in Continual Conscious
Contact with God. Paraphrased as “praying always” or “praying without ceasing”
We must thrive to be in tune with that “still small voice” - His Spirit dwelling
within us-
And thereby developing a complete reliance on God’s Spirit, to lead and direct
ALL of our thoughts and actions each and every day.
Those that are led by the Spirit of God- Those are the Children of God.
Let’s close by reading REV. 21.7 again.
He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be
My son.
My friends- Let’s all take full advantage of every day the our Heavenly Father
gives us, to fulfill His will in our lives. Let’s work while we have the light.
Let’s all employ the formula given us in His word. To Continually Watch and Pray
And thereby - Overcome!
Thomas C. Trinka
May 30, 2009
 
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