Never Play Fair!
Look at those verses again. How do they say to bring your senses in line? First by becoming skillful in the word of righteousness, and second, by reason of use, or practice. You have to practice walking in the things of the Spirit. Practice walking by faith. Practice walking in love. Practice, practice, practice! At first, your flesh will rebel against it. Since its not been trained that way, it will be contrary for a while. Some people dont realize that, therefore, they get discouraged when they stumble around and fall the first few times they try to walk by the Spirit in some area. Dont be that way. Keep practicing. Pick out someone who is difficult to love and start practicing on him. If you strike out the first time, dont worry about it. There are more than three strikes in this game. You just keep swinging until you hit. Someone once asked me, Dont you ever have any failures? No, I dont…because I dont play nine-inning games. I play until I win. I will have a lot of opportunities to fail if I receive failure. My shortcomings are many. Ive fallen on my face many times. But I dont count that as failure. I just count that as practice. But when I win, praise God, thats for real! But Brother Copeland, thats not playing fair. You show me in the Word of God where it says we have to play fair with the devil. I dont play fair with him. I go in with a stacked deck. I go in with the Name of Jesus thats above every name. Theres nothing fair about that. But thats OK, because the devil is already whipped. We dont have to play fair with him anymore, we just go in and exercise the victory. Ezra 4-5; James 5 I train myself to win as I practice walking in the things of the spirit. Hebrews 5:13-14
Scripture Study: Hebrews 5:12-14