7 Steps to be an Overcomer

The following information is from notes I wrote down whilst listening to this sermon by John Ogwyn. These are practical steps that can be applied in every day life; steps that will foster genuine spiritual growth if practiced.

The steps are given in the third chapter of the Epistle of Paul to the Church at Colosse.

  1. Set your affection on the things which are above (Colossians 3:2). Our focus must be on developing spiritual maturity, God’s holy and righteous character, that we may be counted worthy to enter His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33).  We cannot let go of things we love. If we love this world we will not be able to let go of it, and God says this world is passing away (1 John 2:15-17). Therefore, we must learn to love the right things, and learn to stop loving the wrong things and come out of this world (Revelation 18:4).

  1. Put the old man completely to death (Colossians 3:5). We crucified the old man with Christ at baptism, and we are to come up out of that watery grave in newness of life (Romans 6). There is an old story of a Native American Chief who tells the story of how within each man and woman there are two wolves at war with each other; one is good, the other evil. The old Chief’s grandson wants to know which wolf wins the battle, and the wise old grandfather tells his grandson, “The wolf you feed is the one who wins”. This is a remarkable analogy for the Christian, for the Christian has a similar war raging within himself (Romans 7). Likewise, the man who is fed is the man who will win. To put the old man to death one must starve the old man by not partaking of the things of this world… get rid of TV, rotten music, video games, books… ANYTHING that is contrary to God’s Way of Life.

  2. Be proactive in stopping bad habits and behaviors (Colossians 3:8). Learn to be proactive rather than reactive. Replace bad language with praise. Replace anger, wrath and malice with self evaluation. Learn to let God fight your battles, for He has perfect wisdom, and we too easily misunderstand things, especially with Satan there to push our buttons.

  3. Jesus Christ is the Standard! Put on Jesus Christ, i.e. the new man (Colossians 3:10). Jesus Christ said it is better and happier to give, to be generous, to serve (Acts 20:35).

  4. Truly forgive others (Colossians 3:13). The very first group of people Jesus Christ instructed His disciples to pray for was their enemies (Matthew 5:44). Thus, if we forgive our enemies, we will forgive all and thus receive God’s forgiveness, as well as the peace that comes by not being burdened with resentments, and grudges.

  5. Maintain an attitude of gratitude; always be thankful (Colossians 3:15). Part of being grateful is humbling one’s self. Sometimes we must make an extra effort to be grateful. Something that helps me personally is I try to remember to consciously think of three things to be grateful for every day. On occasion I write out a complete gratitude list. We must always give thanks and praise to our Great and Awesome God!

  6. In step 2 we learn that we must starve the old man by not partaking of the things of this world. Step 7 is the other half of step 2: we must be filled with God’s Word (Colossians 3:16). We must feed on Christ by fervent daily Bible study, bolstered with prayer, meditation and fasting (John 6:53-63; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 3:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Matthew 6:16-18). To be filled, we must feed on God’s Word at least three times a day, just like physical food, hungering and thirsting for righteousness (Matthew 5:6).

If we do these things in sincerity and a genuine desire to please our Father in Heaven, we will overcome. We will truly be overcomers!

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