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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #125)

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Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 2”

In our last lesson, we began looking at the reality of temptation and how to overcome it according to the Word of God. We learned that Satan cannot make us sin, however, he will try to influence us to sin in order to hinder us in our walk with the Lord. Because we can reject the devil’s tempting suggestions, Rick Warren said, “Every temptation is an opportunity to do good.”

We also mentioned four things that we must do in order to overcome temptation.

1. Count on your death with Christ.
2. Count on Christ’s life in you.
3. Arm yourself with the Word of God.
4. Make no provision for the flesh.

Let us consider the first of these four things.

— Count on Your Death with Christ

As Christians, you and I have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness where sin reigns. We were delivered by our death with Christ. God put us in Christ on the cross. When Christ died, we died with Him; when He was buried, we were buried with Him; when He rose again, we rose again with Him. The Bible says, “Giving thanks unto the Father, Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”

This means that, in Christ, we have been set free from the kingdom of darkness where sin reigns. We are no longer under the authority of sin. This is a great fact, and we are to count on it. The Bible says, “Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Since we have been delivered from sin’s authority and power sin has no right to rule over us. We don’t have to obey sin any longer. The Bible says, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”

Let us think of a young man who enlists in the army. He is under the authority of the army. He has to work hard and obey his superior officer. The years pass by, and one day he receives his discharge from the army.

Later on that same day, he meets his superior officer and the officer says to him, “Joe, I want you to go back and sweep out the barracks and clean and polish the guns.” Joe turns to him and says respectfully, “No more of that for me, sir.” The officer says, “What do you mean, Joe? For four years now you have been obeying my orders. Why do you say, ‘No more of that for me’?”

“Because,” says Joe, “I have my discharge.” Joe counted on the fact that he had his discharge and claimed his freedom from military service.

As believers, we have our discharge from serving sin. The Bible says, “He who has died is freed from sin.” God says to you, “You have your discharge from serving sin. Now, count on this fact and claim your freedom. Don’t let sin reign over you any longer.”

You must obey God. When sin comes to you, say to it, “I recognize your presence and your pull, but I refuse to obey you. On the basis of God’s clear Word, I count myself dead to you through Jesus Christ my Lord. You shall not rule over me.”

This is taking God at His word. This breaks the power of sin in your life.

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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!