First let me do a quick introduction.
So you have been born again, you are a new creation, risen with Christ, seated with Christ right now, and blameless in His sight, why because you are baptised and immersed in Him and hidden in Him, He has become your brand new perfect life.
So you who are one with Christ through being baptised and born again in Him, Him in you and you in Him. However you are also in this sinful flesh, this body of death called your old life, your battle is like the Children of Israel to take the promised land, and Lazarus to remove His death clothes.
God said I put before you blessing and cursing, life and death, He said choose Life. You are here to choose life, He always knew you would be born in sin, and before he even started to lay the foundation of the earth He chose you in Christ to be blameless in His sight.
The reason why you are on earth is to get a soul, a soul that chooses life in the midst of temptation to choose death. He put a second tree in the garden and it was the knowledge of good and evil, this is the reason why we are here to get that knowledge and choose life.
Did God plan for us to fail and eat the fruit? No, however Adam and Eve were so innocent, they didn’t know evil so they never knew the devil was evil. They would have been totally naive towards evil. Did God know that they would fall? Yes, many scriptures say that God chose us in Christ before He even started to make the physical creation.
So the purpose is to overcome evil, not because we have to or we will go to hell, but being free enough to be allowed to sin, (grace), and still say, “no I choose life”. Paul said, “all things are lawful to me but not all things are helpful”.
So how do you overcome evil if you are already perfect and blameless in Him? Because that is in the spiritual realm and you also exist in a body in a physical realm. In this realm you are placed in mud, mud full of snakes and ladders, living mud, sinful flesh.
So your old life is like Lazarus’s death clothes, the bandages that were wrapped around Him when He was placed in the tomb. This life is your tomb and your old sin and the flesh’s desire to sin are your bandages.
In the midst of all this sin, imaginations, temptations and knowledge of evil we are to choose life, its your free will to choose.
You get this opportunity to get a soul that chooses life every time you face temptation. Every time you want to be offended, have outbursts of wrath, be contentious, unloving, moody, grumpy, angry, murderous, practice sorcery, be manipulative, disobedient. Every time you desire to trespass on someones life, abuse or take advantage of the weak or innocent, have selfish ambition, pride, vanity, or be envious or jealous. Every time you are lustful, lewd, perverted, unclean, practice fornication or adultery. Everytime you lie, are idolatrous, drunken, caught in revelries and heresies.
Paul said in the last days people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy. Without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, — having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
Your Flesh is your battleground.
Paul says be transformed in the spirit of your mind. Ephesians 4:23. What is that? Is it my spirit? no, it is whatever is encoded in your neurons and brain cells. They were all encoded through what you have seen, done, experienced, imagined, heard or even been tempted with and pondered. These encodings in neurons produce a mindset, perspectives, attitudes, and add up to the spirit of your mind. For example if you are extremely bitter because of a huge offence, the spirit of your mind will have a spirit of bitterness or at the very least an attitude and desire to be bitter. Every other thought and attitude will add up to the full flavour of the spirit of your mind. So your battleground is the spirit of your mind.
Your aim is to make all thoughts, Christ, to cast down imaginations, and to insert the mind of Christ, which is in you already, the born again you, you who are brand new and have the mind of Christ. You must remember that is only in the spiritual realm, you are one with Him in the spiritual realm, He is your life and you are hidden in Him. This flesh walk is your battleground.
How do you overcome? By removing the power of the sin within. How? Revelations 12:11. By the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and you love your life not unto the death. Remove the slavery to sin, the slavery to choosing death rather than life, pride rather than humility, wrath rather than gentleness etc… by the blood of the Lamb.
What does the blood do? It protects the firstborn from judgement and death. Your body and soul were your firstborn. The blood remove the enemies foothold by removing their authority. How? by making you blameless, because He took the blame and paid the full cost of the blame. The blood of Jesus cries greater things than Abel’s blood, it cries out that you are blameless. Also another way to view this is: because you are hidden in Him now and He is blameless, you are blameless in His life. You are untouchable!
Now because you are blameless kick the enemy out, invite in the Holy Spirit, into each temptation. Flush out the spirits of this world!
You may say but I have the Holy Spirit, yes but that is in the spiritual realm, in fact you are one with Him, but in the flesh you are walking in whatever the spirit of your mind is, which can be the Holy Spirit or a filthy evil ugly spirit of sin. Like John says, you say you love God but you hate your brother or sister, He goes on to call that one a liar.
You’re on earth to choose life, life is love and light, and faith, hope and love. You will get to heaven and be the better for being on earth, you now know good and evil, know the results of evil and you choose life and shun evil from the heart.
Remove your death clothes Lazarus, take the land you Children of Israel, choose life, remove the slavery to sin, be filled with all the fulness of God, till you come to the full stature of Christ, to Him who is the Alpha and Omega, the Almighty.
Even though you are perfect in the spiritual realm in Christ, your battleground is to make yourself perfect in the flesh, not for salvation but for maturity. You are here to become like your Father God, He always chooses life, for in Him there is no darkness. Can the enemy find place in you? Then choose life!
Work with the blood of Jesus to remove the embedded sin that is in your physical brain and heart, remove the enemies power, by removing the blame and their right to stay and make you their slave, then you will experience true freedom from sin.