Jesus Christ modeled the true Christian life for us two thousand years ago, and the great I AM personally empowers Christians to live it now, moment by moment, via the indwelling Holy Spirit deep within.
The only power on earth or in heaven which can stop a Christian from being perfect as God is perfect is his own natural/fallen self, his outer man – no person or circumstance can effectually stop him except himself by way of his own will. Christ overcame Satan, and neither he nor any other demon can stop a Christian of themselves – the Christian must open the door to demonic influences and allow them access by sinning. Obviously, if no supernatural beings can stop a Christian without the Christian giving them access, then no natural person can stop a Christian from being perfect as God is perfect either.
Yes, it is God’s design that the only force in all of heaven and earth which can arrest Him from operating in and through a Christian is that Christian’s own will – that is, what remains of that Christian’s sinful/”soulish” nature – his outer man.
Christians overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony, the testimony being behavior which demonstrates that we do not love our natural/”soulish” lives so much as to shrink from their death (Revelation 12:11). We overcome what remains of our outer selves by fixing our eyes not on them or our trying circumstances, but on our new true selves united in spirit with the glorified Lord, Christ Jesus, indwelling the very core of our beings (2 Cor. 4:17-18; 5:17).
By grace through faith in Christ alone, we overcome our natural/”soulish” selves, the outer man. Overcoming in Christ is never overcoming the persons God sends our way that the sinful nature finds offensive, but is overcoming through the indwelling Holy Spirit our own outer man so offended – all such persons are simply instruments in the hands of the sovereign Lord!
We fight grace far more than we realize when we focus on ourselves and not Christ, from whom and through whom are all things, including circumstances (see Romans 11:36, Colossians 1:17).
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer… Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
So very much love in Christ, your sister deanna
Written February 25, 2015