Overcome Adam first, to overcome this world
Matthew 19:21 -
Jesus said unto him, If thou wouldest be perfect, go, sell that which thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
In this world man has been creating things and doing great wonders in technology, science, infrastructure, architecture, art etc. When we look behind we see from where to where man has reached and are amazed!
But when the truth is revealed to us by the Spirit of God; the whole story changes. What we see now is the other side of the coin, foolishness, vanity, rebellion etc. in all that man has been doing.
When God created man Adam in His image, he was a wonder and the great thing is even at that time he was not perfect. When God created creation at every stage when God created He said 'it is good' but when God created man He stepped back and looking at all things and then said 'it is good'.
In all creation of God created man was the only thing which was not perfect, even though he was the only thing made in His image yet the heart of man was not perfect. Man by eating the fruit of 'Good and Bad' was looking for imperfection, the bad in other things.
God did not make man perfect because God wanted man to become perfect and remain perfect forever. God knew man would fail the test and therefore had written history before it happened. He made available the Sacrifice even before man sinned and set things to bring man to perfection.
The plan of God for man is even greater than what man had, is having and would ever have. But to receive this man needs to overcome his inner-man / heart. He needs to know that, all what God created is perfect, he need to rely on God and not to rely on what man has created. Things like money, shelter, food, security etc., man worries about everyday but does not realize that all his needs have been provided by God when He created this world. It is only due to sin man has been struggling in this world and this creation is against him. Now that the sacrifice has been made to handle sin, we need now overcome that nature of Adam in us.
Man since long has been struggling against overcoming this world, trying hard to given up pleasures of this world and failing every time because the approach has been wrong.
For us now to overcome this world we need to first overcome our thinking and our understanding. We need to get the Truth in us and overcome the fruit 'Good and Bad' which Adam and Eve ate. We need to overcome the 'Adam' in us first. If we manage to do that then we will have no problems in overcoming this world or the pleasures of this world. Sin will have no hold on us.
God also knew from the start that it will not be possible for man alone to do this, so He made available His Spirit as a helper. The Helper is the only One who will reveal the Truth to us and help us overcome. This testimony of overcoming in man will then make man perfect and maintain that perfectness forever.
With the help of the Helper we will surely not have problems like the rich young man had, to whom Jesus spoke these words.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord God, You are an Awesome God. In your wisdom You created and set all things perfect, by your Spirit You set all things right. You have great inheritance for man but You want to make sure man is mature to handle it. Lord by your Spirit make your children to sons, mature them and glorify Yourself in them...
We make this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 17-18, 21, 25, 27-31
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind: and God saw that it was good.
17 And God set them in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
21 And God created the great sea-monsters, and every living creature that moveth, wherewith the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind: and God saw that it was good.
25 And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the ground after its kind: and God saw that it was good.
27 And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28 And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food:
30 and to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the heavens, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for food: and it was so.
31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
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