Overcome Your Flesh
One time a fellow came up to me and said, “Brother Copeland, I’ll tell you what my problem is. It’s my flesh.”
I said, “Well, overcome it.”
“But, you don’t understand!”
“No, but Jesus does,” I answered. “And He said He’s already overcome the world. So go get in the Word, pray, believe God and walk away from that problem. The power is within you to do it.”
Suddenly it hit him what I was saying. He stopped being hung up on the problem and started focusing on the answer.
That’s what you need to do. Quit seeing yourself defeated by your flesh and start seeing yourself like the Word says you are—raised up together with Jesus and seated with Him in heavenly places! (See Ephesians 2:6.) Get your perspective on things from that heavenly position with Him.
Meditate in the Word and give your spirit man something to grow on. As 1 Peter 2:2 says, desire the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow. Then move on to the “strong meat [of the Word which] belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14).
Bring your spirit man into ascendancy over your mind and your body. You’ll still have to fight the fight of faith to keep them in line. But if you’re walking in the spirit, you’ll win every time. With a healthy, Word-controlled, obedient body, you’ll be glad you did.
Speak the Word
“I overcome the flesh by seeing myself as the Word says I am—raised up together with Jesus and seated with Him in heavenly places.” (Ephesians 2:6)
Scripture Study: Ephesians 2:1-7