Being an Overcomer
dove of peace lands on our shoulder. When we look at the dove, it flies away.” Focus on humble, child- like obedience to God, not on your own achieve- ments. The closer you come to God, the more you will sense your own weakness and imperfection,
compared to Christ’s infinite majesty.
The other extreme is this: It is dangerous for you to say that you cannot put away your cherished sins. Whether it be appetite, temper, or whatever,— in the enabling strength of Christ, you can and you must conquer it! If you will follow the recipe for vic- tory given in this book, it can and it will be done.
The best way to deal with sin is to turn from it and crowd it out. Turn from it, by asking Jesus to take it away as soon as the tempting thought enters your mind. Crowd it out, by spending your time walking with Jesus and living to help everyone around you. By immediately turning from it and steadily crowding it out, sin withers on the vine.
But, in your own strength, you cannot push it out. In this life, you will never be strong enough to push sin out. Satan, who is far stronger, can push harder than you can. So run to Jesus and stay by His side. Only then are you safe.
A powerful aid in resisting temptation, having a clear mind, and remaining close to Christ is to eat moderately of good food, obtain proper rest, and regularly exercise outdoors. Do not overeat. Avoid meat, grease, sugary food, junk food. Indigestion confuses the mind and invites temptations. No to- bacco, hard drugs, or alcohol. You have given your body to Christ.
Beware of becoming so busy (even in doing good things), that you do not take time to keep talking