Proverbs 16:32 – He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
The highest evidence that one can show that they are a true Christian is bearing the fruit of self-control. Those who can stand unmoved amidst the storms of temptations are one of God’s heroes. To govern our spirit is to keep self under strict discipline to the principles of our Lord and Saviour; to resist evil; to regulate every word and deed by God’s great standard of righteousness, which is found in only those who are after the Spirit and not the flesh.
Romans 8:3-8 – For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
He who has learned to rule his spirit through the power of God, it is they who will rise above the insults of others, the rejects we receive in the world, the annoyances that come from every direction, the temptations that surround every living saint of God, to which we are daily exposed to, and these will cease to cast a gloom over his spirit, but will rather find peace and joy amidst the test that surround every Christ.
The human machinery, the temple body, it is a most important medium through which the mind, the heart and the soul are developed for the up building of Christian character. The adversary of souls “Satan”, it is he and his temptations that stand before all, it is he that is causing the world, the weak ones to walk away from God by yielding to whatever Satan is offering. The physical powers of those living in the world today are clearly showing and displaying the signs of death. The world is clearly sinking deeper into corruption as they pass into the field the sin loving pleasures of the world that works in those the character of rebellion.
The world has gone so far astray from the will of God that they cannot see clearly what they have become through their sinful and rebellious ways. The sins of the world are filling up the cup of God’s wrath. Soon it will reach unto heaven and God will remember their iniquities. God will not strive with men much longer.
Genesis 6:3 – And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man…
The day will come when the probation on the world will close and all will be judged according to their works.
Revelation 20:12 – And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Every individual must work out their own salvation with fear and trembling.
Philippians 2:12 – work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
We must all fight to overcome the world and reform from our sinful lives and prepare for the Lord’s arrival. We must allow Christ to fill our lives with His righteousness and change our filthy garments. We must be brought into subjection to the higher powers of the being so to have the seal of approval for God. If the Spirit of God is abiding in our lives, we shall overcome the world and show through our works in establishing the righteousness of Christ, who did no sin (1 Peter 2:22), that we are overcomers who are walking as Christ walked (1 John 2:6) and overcame (John 16:33).
1 John 2:6 – He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
1 Peter 2:22 – Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
John 16:33 – In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
While we are walking through valley of the shadow of death where these evil temptations are set before us to be a stumbling block, where these evil agencies continue to prepare snares for all seeking to enter into heaven, we must remember the works of CHRIST and do all we can to depart from evil, or the works of evil, the principles of Satan will show that he is gaining victory over every soul that is constantly yielding to his delusions. Satan’s character will be seen in the lives of those that allow themselves to behold him daily. He will set up his hellish banner in the lives of those who allow him and make no effort to fight back. Satan’s purpose is to establish his throne of rebellion in our lives. We Christians must fight the good fight of faith if we expect to lay hold of eternal life. We must govern passions. We must have self control. We must die daily from self and give to Christ all our mind, heart and soul.
Mark 12:30 – And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.
John 14:15 – If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Matthew 19:17 – if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
1 John 2:3-4 – And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
2 John 1:6 – And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.
Satan is the father of sin and he does not want us to walk in the path of righteousness. Those who are walking on the path of christian character and walking on the path of obedience to the laws of God will prove that Christ is writing His laws in our minds and hearts.
Hebrews 10:16-17 – This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Satan loves to see sin build up in our lives because he knows that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23), but when we choose to not yield to the temptations and fall not into sin, then it is visible evidence to those around us that the gift of God [is] abiding in our life and that the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord will be our reward. When we decide to be men and women who desire the heart of God, Christians who are after God’s heart, our fruits will display kindness towards others, unbelievable love that the world has never seen, which will bring peace to our very lives and good health where we will prosper as the sons and daughters of God, having all the intellectual powers that will sustain our desires to the very end to please God supremely and not self. Our physical stamina will bear the marks of our heavenly King, which it is HE that is standing before us in a sinful world who is giving us the power to conquer because those who understand Scripture realize we can do nothing apart from God. We cannot be overcomers unless the powers of heaven are residing in our lives.
John 15:5 – for without me ye can do nothing.
The length of life surely depends upon our obedience to God. We will either be blessed for obeying Him or cursed if we do not obey Him (Deuteronomy 11:26-27). We cannot serve sin and be blessed of the Lord. If we are dead to sin, then we are crucified with Christ.
Romans 6:6-7 – Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with [him], that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Through our obedience to God’s laws, a Christian will be perfectly furnished with good works and will stand as a conqueror of himself under His mighty King of kings. We must be conquerors of our own inclinations, conquerors over bad principalities and conquerors against the powers of this world “the rulers of the darkness of this world,” and of “spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).
The same spirit which had abide with the sons and daughters of God throughout this world’s history can abide with all who desire to be the sons and daughters of God today. Till this day, God is still striving with mankind and is calling all to repentance. He is the Same yesterday, today and tomorrow. God does not change (Malachi 3:6 – For I [am] the LORD, I change not…). He still continues to wink at our times of ignorance (Acts 17:30), but commands all to repent during His hour of grace and mercy. It is not His desire that any of us should miss out on eternal life. God wants us to be healed from sin and cry-out to Him for deliverance. He wants to set us free from the bondage of sin where Satan has the world captive. Christ is ready to heal all our backsliding and have mercy on our unrighteous works towards the law of God.
Hosea14:4 – I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
Hebrews 8:12 – For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Isaiah 1:18-20 – Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].