[Ministry that sets people free through a Christ-centered, grace-oriented process applies “the wisdom that is from above” (James 3:17,18). Instead of relying on self-help, this overcoming life is a fruit of surrender and identification with Christ by faith (Galatians 2:20). Experiencing the Cross brings a wonderful by-product–freedom from harmful addictions! JBW]
THE OVERCOMER’S COVENANT IN CHRIST
1. I place all my trust and confidence in the Lord, I put no confidence in the flesh and I declare myself to be dependent upon God.
2. I consciously and deliberately choose to submit to God and resist the devil by denying myself, picking up my cross daily and following Jesus.
3. I choose to humble myself before the mighty hand of God in order that He may exalt me at the proper time.
4. I declare the truth that I am dead to sin, freed from it and alive to God in Christ Jesus, since I have died with Christ and was raised with Him.
5. I gladly embrace the truth that I am now a child of God who is unconditionally loved and accepted. I reject the lie that I have to perform to be accepted, and I reject my fallen and natural identity which was derived from the world.
6. I declare that sin shall no longer be master over me because I am not under the law, but under grace, and there is no more guilt or condemnation because I am spiritually alive in Christ Jesus.
7. I renounce every unrighteous use of my body and I commit myself to no longer be conformed to this world, but rather to be transformed by the renewing of my mind. I choose to believe the truth and walk in it, regardless of my feelings or circumstances.
8. I commit myself to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and choose to think upon that which is true, honorable, right, pure and lovely.
9. I commit myself to God’s great goal for my life to conform me to His image. I know that I will face many trials, but God has given me the victory and I am not a victim, but an overcomer in Christ.
10. I choose to adopt the attitude of Christ, which was to do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind. I will regard others as more important than myself, and not merely look out for my own personal interests but also the interests of others. I know that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Biblical allusions in this tenfold response to God:
1. Prov. 3:5,6; Phil. 3:3
2. James 4:7; Luke 9:23
3. James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5,6
4. Rom. 6:6-10; Eph. 4:4-7
5. John 1:12; 1 John 4:19; Eph. 1:6; 2 Cor. 5:16,17
6. Rom. 6:14; 8:1; Titus 3:5
7. Rom. 6:12,13; 12:1,2; John 8:32; Col. 2:6,7
8. 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Phil. 4:8
9. Rom. 8:29; 1 Pet. 4:12-14
10. Phil 2:1-5; Acts 20:35
From One Day at a Time, by Neil T. Anderson, Mike and Julia Quarles (Regal, 2000), 364. Used with permission. [Biblical allusions compiled by JBW]
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