What is the cross? It is the crucifixion of the flesh. Christ went to the cross willingly. He told God, “Not my will, but thine be done.” Christ, as a man, in the flesh, submitting His will to the Father, went to the cross willingly and laid down His own life for our salvation. He crucified His flesh with a spirit of love for us.
What is the resurrection? It is God’s Spirit, the Spirit of Love (for God is love), overcoming the flesh! All flesh was defeated by the Spirit of Love, which God poured out with all great and glorious power to help us! Every element of the flesh and its work and consequences was defeated by the power of God’s love! All sin, sickness, poverty, offense, destruction, darkness, evil, every weakness you can imagine (envy, strife, greed, gluttony, selfish motives, oppressions of every kind) was defeated by the power of God by the resurrection of Christ. The cross gave way to the resurrection! Death succumbed to life! Hate disappeared in Love!
This is how Christ conquered flesh when He walked on this earth! Every day, as a man, Christ had to choose to let the love of God conquer His will, guide His path, and direct His actions. Remember, the Holy Spirit was not dispensed until the Day of Pentecost! Christ had to walk allowing the love of God to rule in Him.
We talk so much about how we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be overcomers in this world, because, yes, God has made us overcomers by His Spirit! We know the Scriptures. “Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world.” “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” I am “more than a conqueror through Christ…” I have the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwelling in me. Yes! This is all true! But…what is that power. It is the Spirit of Love, God’s Spirit, which is the resurrection power! It is God’s love spread abroad in our hearts! That is what defeated death, hell, and the grave at the resurrection! That is the spirit which give us all power to walk in the Holy Spirit!
Practically, how do we tap into that great power that God has placed in us to overcome every obstacle we face? We crucify our flesh – every day, all day! When I say flesh, I mean any action motivated by thoughts or emotions displeasing to God, any action motivated by emotions counter to the love of God. You know what it means to walk by your flesh. It means taking advantage of others, greed, strife, taking offense, envy, choosing to be offended, unforgiveness, dishonesty, retaliation, uncontrolled anger. The list is endless. We crucify those fleshly forces the same way Christ did. We choose to apply God’s love to every situation. Sometimes, it’s called sacrifice. Sometimes it’s called obedience. Sometimes it’s called trust. Sometimes it’s called giving. Sometimes it’s called patience. Sometimes it’s called peace, or humility, or gentleness, or compassion, or mercy. It is ALWAYS called the love of God shed abroad in our hearts! We choose to apply His love, directed by the Holy Spirit revealing God’s will to our hearts, to every situation we face and let His love have a perfect work in our lives. When we weigh our choices against the love of God and line them up in the best way we know how, with His help, we will ALWAYS walk in His overcoming power. This is how His greatness overcomes our weakness. This is how we become more than conquerors over the pain and problems of this world. This is how we unleash our faith to believe He will make His promises come true in our lives. This is how His almighty, undefeatable, resurrection power is unleashed in us!
So dear friends, choose to let the Spirit of God’s love dwelling in you, guide your thoughts and actions, crucifying the deeds of the flesh, and you will walk in His Resurrection Life!
If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life and desire to, pray this: Dear God, I believe that Jesus is your Son, that He died on the cross for me and was resurrected for my redemption. I choose to make Jesus the Lord of my life. I thank you for forgiving me and for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. I thank You that I am Your child, that You are my Father, and that You have great things planned for me.