The Diving Method of
Edited from the writings of
Seeley D Kinne
There is to be a practical application of the principles
of overcoming in our daily lives. Wrought out by the working
of the power God, overcoming begins with the recreation of
Man, in his natural state, has within him a great variety
of ups and downs, extremes, and weaknesses of character. For
those who are redeemed and have fully committed their lives
to the Lord, these tendencies must be dealt with. Only then
can we abide in the anointing and power of God and become
a vessel sanctified and meet for Divine use.
These character variations occur in every part of the human
makeup. No faculty of man seems so warped from its proper
action as is his will, especially in its proper attitude toward
God. This has been one of Satan's master strokes. The basis
of this Satanic attack is to make it appear that God's requirements
are unreasonable, and that God is a tyrant.
Any fair minded person can be satisfied through a candid
examination of the facts of individual and national history
that God is truly benevolent and has the welfare of man at
heart. Rather, Satan himself is the awful tyrant and enemy
of all good.
At the very heart of the Divine method of producing overcomers
is the cross. To the unenlightened, the cross may seem cruel,
but to those who are the called, it is the wisdom and power
"But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross
of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified
unto me, and I unto the world" Gal 6:14.
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and
the word of their testimony; and they loved not their
lives unto the death" Rev 12:11.
"By the blood of the Lamb" means that we are to
rely on no merit of our own, but only in the perfect sacrifice
of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus totally overcame Satan in our
behalf, our triumph is complete. This puts us in an attitude
before the accuser that leaves him nothing to charge against.
There are two planes, or realms in which the redeemed may
live. The first is the carnal, flesh realm. The second is
the heavenly, Spirit realm. Since we were born into the natural
earth plane, our tendencies are toward that plane. A great
transformation is necessary if we are to live and operate
on the Spirit plane. The name of this process is crucifixion.
This crucifixion is a death and burial process, as described
in Romans 6, which is the destruction of sin. There is also
to be a facing of the cross of Christ in our daily walk. Herein
is the process by which the Lord recreates our character,
which frees us from the natural realm, and lifts us into the
Spirit realm. In these processes, He frees us from our strengths
and weaknesses, the spots and blemishes of our nature, and
gives us a heavenly character.
If we desire to become an overcomer, becoming a part of the
Bride of Christ, we must enter the school of the Holy Spirit
and come under His teachings, dealings, and control. Here,
under the light of the Holy Spirit, we will face our self
in thorough examination. No one can see in any other way his
faults and earthward tendencies. With fan, refiner's fire,
fuller's soap, chastening, these are His methods in dealing
"But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall
stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire,
and like fullers' soap: And he shall sit as a refiner and
purifier of silver" Mal 3:2-3a.
"Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge
floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will
burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire" Matt 3:12
"My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord,
nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the
Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son
whom he receiveth" Heb 12:5b-6.
There is need of this crucifying processes in each of our
lives. When we see our need, we should earnestly present ourselves
to the Lord to be entered as His disciple in "The School
of Christ," of which the Holy Spirit is Principal and
If we are careful to listen, the Holy Spirit will show us
how to apply the cross to all carnal tendencies, going deeper
and deeper, until one after another are eliminated. At first
it will be painful and hard to bear, but if we persevere,
we will begin to glory in the cross.
All our carnal attitudes and ways will be transformed into
the attitudes of Jesus Christ and we will experience the great
joy and delight of living untrammeled in the Spirit realm.
Our liberty and attainment will be boundless as all barriers
are swept away.
Then, along with the Apostle Paul, we will be able to testify,
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet
not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live
in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved
me, and gave himself for me" Gal 2:20.