BY: DAVID L WALKER – JULY 2004
In Genesis 4, we read where Cain and Able both brought sacrifices to the Lord. Cain brought from the ground [which God had cursed in Genesis 3:17] what he had produced by his own hand, and “Able brought from the first lamb of one of his sheep. He killed it and gave the best parts of it as an offering to the Lord. The Lord was pleased with Able and his offering. Cain became furious and he scowled in anger. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why that scowl on your face? If you had done the right thing, you would be smiling. But because you have done evil, sin is crouching at your door. It wants to rule you, but you must overcome it.” [Genesis 4:4-7 TEV]
We can see here where if we don’t control sin or its nature, it can rule over us instead of us ruling over it. Abel had learned this lesson and was abiding in the will of the Father. The Lord gave the wisdom to overcome to Cain, but he wasn’t willing to accept it. He wanted to be in control. Therefore, “Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out in the fields.’ Cain turned on his brother and killed him. The Lord asked Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ He answered, ‘I don’t know. Am I supposed to take care of my brother?’ Then the Lord said, ‘Why have you done this terrible thing? Your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground like a voice calling for revenge. You are placed under a curse and can no longer farm the soil. It has soaked up your brother’s blood as if it had opened its mouth to receive it when you killed him. If you try to grow crops the soil will not produce anything – will be a homeless wandered on the earth.’“ [Genesis 4:9-12 TEV].
see here is that God was not only talking about physical dirt, but He was also
talking about the dirt of his vessel.
Sin had over powered Cain’s dirt and soiled it with the very blood of
his brother. No matter what he did from
that point on, his dirt could not produce a crop. It had absolutely become unmanageable and
defiled. It is the same with us
today. We were born without life in our
soil. We were born homeless wanderers on
the earth. Born outside the
He called out to Saul on the road to
God has given us these verses, Genesis 4:4·7, 9·12, as an example for us to overcome. Through Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection, He has removed the blood stains from the soil. Now I have to become an overcomer and keep this sin nature from ever ruling over me again. I have to become an overcomer, as my example, Jesus Christ was for me.
So how do we overcome? First of all we realize the meaning of Romans 6:6 KJV, "Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that hence· forth we should not serve sin." and Galatians 2:20 KJV, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me." The Bible never tells us to be crucified, it informs us only that we "were crucified." We do not have to be crucified as individuals, we have been crucified together with Christ. He took our flesh to the cross with His. When we realize we were crucified with Christ, we realize we are already overcomers. He paid the price to buy back our blood stained soil. Romans 6: 8·18 says, "Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves Unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and :your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteous• ness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness."
So how do we overcome? In Colossians 3:I-5a KJV it says, "If ye then be risen with. Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear, with him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;" The answer is to die to self. We will never change our flesh or flesh nature. No matter what we do or how we do it, the flesh will never change. John 3:6 KJV says, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." What's born of the flesh is and always will be flesh. We cannot fight sin and win. As we fight and try to overcome sin, another crop in another area is produced. So how do we overcome? We pick up our cross daily and we put our hands on the plow. We purpose in our heart to walk, count on and depend on the Holy Spirit to direct our born again spirit man. As long as our spirit man is getting his daily manna and it is applied to our life, he will overcome.
The flesh has to be put to death. You ask how is this possible? "Put to death," the traits or deeds of the flesh, the things that have been there since childhood. Most of us think these things are part of our character and they are, but it’s because of ignorance to the tactics of darkness. It’s due to our association to the world. As our spirit man receives life and begins to grow, he realizes the need to separate. Therefore, the dying process starts. If I’m trying to quit smoking, I don’t need to run around with a bunch of smokers. If I’m dealing with lust in my life, I need to refrain from things that would excite that spirit in me. In doing this, I’m saying, “No,” to my flesh and beginning the first steps of overcoming.
It is like a child that seems to always want a piece of candy or a cookie fifteen minutes before supper. As a parent and teacher we say, “No, this will spoil your supper.” It’s the same way with our flesh, when it asks to lust or get angry, upset, frustrated, etc., we now, as sons of God, born of the Spirit, say, “No, this will spoil my righteous soil and spoil my supper with the Lamb.” In most cases these are spirits behind each trait of the flesh. If we would remove the power of the enemy from behind these deeds of the flesh it is easy to overcome. We do this by calling these spirits to our mind, binding them and casting them out in the name of Jesus. Never cast out a spirit of any kind without filling that door back with the Holy Spirit and something of life and light. Then seal that door with the Blood of the Lamb. For example, if I knew I had a problem with anger, I would say, "I call forth the spirit of anger to my mind in the name of Jesus. (II Cor.10:5). I bind you and command you to leave in the name of Jesus. (Matt. 16: 19). I command you to never return to my mind again. Holy Spirit, love, peace and joy, I ask you to fill this door (Luke 11:24-26), and I seal this door with the Blood of the Lamb."
Then I would speak death to my flesh in this area. The flesh inside this body that has a desire to get angry. "I speak death to you and as you die, I ask the Holy Spirit to fill that void along with love, peace and joy. I seal it and cover it with the Blood of the Lamb. Lord Jesus, renew my mind in this area that used to get angry and fill it with the mind of Christ, in This area. The flesh inside this body that has a desire to get angry. “I speak death to you and as you die, I ask the Holy Spirit to fill that void along with love peace and joy. I seal it and cover it with the Blood of the Lamb. Lord Jesus, renew my mind in this area that used to get angry and fill it with the mind of Christ, in Jesus’ name.”
You now have begun the process of mortifying the deed of your flesh and overcoming. To remain an overcomer you must continue to tell it, “no,” when it tries to return. Like the child who wants a cookie before supper.
The deeds of the flesh are listed in I Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:1-21; Ephesians 5:1-8 and Colossians 3:1-10. In Websters Dictionary the word overcome means: To be victorious over: To master: To get the better of: To gain the superiority.
To overcome is to realize I cannot do it. It takes the power of the living God, living inside of me to make me an overcomer. It’s His power behind my words that makes the darkness leave. Without Him, I’m still blood stained soil, a homeless wanderer with no hope. With Him as my head, the Lord and God of my life, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” [Philippians 4:13]. Let’s start saying, “No,” to our flesh and watch the Lord’s power make us overcomers.
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