Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19, 21 NKJV
One of the greatest enemies a man must overcome is the flesh. One of the giants you must seriously deal with before arriving at your promised land is the flesh. The Flesh you fail to deal with today will come back to deal with you tomorrow.
The issue of flesh must not be taken lightly, if you want to fly high, it must be seriously dealt with.
There are times you think you’ve conquered Mr flesh but not long after you begin to see Mr flesh finding expression through you. Anyone who can conquer the flesh can conquer anything.
If there’s only one Mr that you must disappoint this year, beloveth, let it be Mr flesh. The flesh you don’t deal with today can wait for you in the future after you have built your empire, after you have laboured, Mr flesh can show up anytime, anywhere to come and claim legal right over your reward. God forbid!
So it will be better to locate whatever works of the flesh that is still manifesting through you now and deal with them immediately.
How To Overcome The Flesh
- Confess it to God
2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
The first thing to do when dealing with the flesh is to confess it to God, He knows your weaknesses, He knows your secrets, He knows what you’re going through. After confessing it to God, the ask for mercy and grace.
- Feed Your spirit man
Hebrews 5:14 KJV
But strong meat 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.
As the body needs physical foods to survive, to gain muscle, to gain strength and to grow, so likewise the spirit man also needs spiritual diet to stay healthy. The spiritual controls the physical, The more you feed your spirit man with the word of God, the more the flesh is getting weaker. When you feed your spirit man with the word of God, you begin to develop divine growth and strength from the inside which has the power to subdue and tame the flesh.
- Put Your Body Under Subjection
But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel and things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit]. 1 Corinthians 9:27.
To put the body under subjection is to make your body your slave. You put it under your control. Forbidding it to have his own will. Not allowing your body to find expression. You make your body do what you want it to do, not allowing your body to do what you did not want it to do.
- Self Discipline
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful. Psalms 1:1 NKJV
Self discipline is doing what is right, either it is convenient or not. It is living your life the hard way: resisting temptations and instant gratification, in order to receive bigger and better rewards in the future.
There are always two ways of getting things done, the easy way and the hard way. Self discipline is getting it done the hard way.
Self Discipline is your guarantee for sustainable success and dominion over the flesh.
- Be Clothed With Righteousness
You have loved righteousness [You have delighted in integrity, virtue, and uprightness in purpose, thought, and action] and You have hated lawlessness (injustice and iniquity). Therefore God, [even] Your God (Godhead), has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions. Hebrews 1:9 AMPC.
To Love what God loves and to hate what God hates Is the easiest way to be clothed with righteousness. But Mr flesh doesn’t allow you to love what God loves, it only drives you to the opposite direction. You must be strictly committed to loving what God loves and hate what God hates with passion, by doing this, you’re not giving Mr flesh to have its way.
- Engage in Profitable Kingdom Service
Psalm 69:9 KJV
For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.
Service is the pathway to real significance, it is the pathways to exploit. One of the ways to deactivate the works of the flesh is to engage in kingdom services. Be totally sold out to Christ. Let the whole of Christ and kingdom services occupy your heart, by doing so, Mr flesh will begin to bow to the love of Christ that has overshadowed the whole of your entire heart.
Fasting is an ever active way to deactivate the flesh. When you fast, you don’t have physical strength to respond to the works of the flesh. It keeps your body under subjection.
- Walk in The Spirit
Galatians 5:16 KJV
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
This is one of the best ways to deal with Mr flesh, when you walk in the spirit you’re not walking by your five physical senses anymore, the spirit has taken all over you to the extent that you don’t respond to the fleshy desires again.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
The spirit is always willing but the flesh is weak. You have to make the spirit come alive by praying in the spirit always.
Romans 8:27 KJV
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Beloveth the ball is now in your court, the faster you deal with Mr flesh, the earlier you will arrive at your dominion land