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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Overcoming Sin And Temptation: Short and Powerful Guide 2018

OVERCOMING TEMPTATION

Overcoming Temptation

Is overcoming sin and temptation possible? This is one question that most children of God ask. But is overcoming temptation really possible?

You can't help birds flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building their nests in your hair'. This saying expresses two facts about temptation. Everyone will be tempted. And that leads us to the big question, is it possible to overcome temptation?

Now, Temptation is a universal experience, no member of the human race is exempted from temptation.

The bible says in (Romans 3:23) ''for all have sinned'' which necessarily implies that all have been tempted and all will be tempted. No man then is in a position to choose whether he will be tempted or not, this means that it is not wrong to be tempted but it is wrong to yield to temptation.

It is necessary to grab this important fact. Our Lord Christ Himself was severally tempted, not only at the beginning but throughout his ministry, yet He was complete without sin.  (Matthew 16:23, 22:18, Luke 22:28)

All humans will surely be tempted, but we can overcome temptation through Him (Jesus) 'that hath been in all point tempted as we are yet without sin. ( Hebrews 4:15).


How then can we overcome temptation?

Here are a few ways that will help in overcoming temptation and sin.

*WATCH AND PRAY

Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation (Mark 13:33-37). Jesus pointed out to us the need for constant watchfulness and alertness if we are to overcome temptation.

His Apostles took note and developed his teaching on this point. 'Be sober, Be watchful: Your adversary the devil, as roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). In the same way, the Apostle Paul warns us against the wiles of the devil, giving this as the reason why Christians should put on the whole Armour of God (Ephesians 6:2)

Many people fall victims to temptation just because they have become too 'Cocksure' not realizing that we are not fighting against flesh and blood. Therefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he falls. The word of God is capable of a much wider application. 

And what I say unto you I say unto all 'Watch and pray'(Mark 13:37). So also in the Lord's prayer, we are taught to ask 'Deliver us from evil'. And thus, it is through prayer that we acquire the strength and grace of God to overcome temptation (Exodus 17:2).

It's important in prayer not to concentrate one's attention upon sin. Your mind should be totally focused on God, and your attention should be directed in prayer to the positive grace or virtue needed, and not upon the sin you wish to overcome.

It always wrong to concentrate on sin. How? Well, For example, do not say 'O Lord deliver me from my bad temper, but rather 'O Lord give me thy Holy Spirit and especially His fruits of patience, self-control, and Peace.



 *LOOK UNTO JESUS

Looking at a very practical point. We all are tempted, what they should be done in our moment of temptation. One thing is very clear, it's a mistake to concentrate on the evil that is tempting us in order to fight it.

The way to overcome temptation is not fighting evil. In order to fight evil, the attention has to be concentrated upon, and the more we concentrate fighting evil within ourselves, the more we are enslaved by it. People fail to overcome temptation not because they don't try to, but because they try it the wrong way.

The right thing to do is to redirect our attention looking nowhere else, but 'Looking unto Jesus'. The true function of this is directing our attention to Jesus, and when this is done, evil loses its appeal, and we will be enforced with His grace and power.

It is wrong that all spiritual progress be preoccupied with oneself. Rather in times of temptation, we must establish the discipline of looking away from self to our Redeemer in His holiness and power. (Hebrew 12:2).



*VICTORY THROUGH THE CROSS

But why then must we look unto the cross? Well, this takes us to the heart of the Gospel, 'Christ died for our sin' and this makes the difference to the way Christians must be saved. Calvary was a battlefield, where our Lord Jesus fought with all the hosts of darkness on the cross, and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them (Col 2:15).

The cross is a complete victory, and triumph and the power of evil have been defeated and overthrown. Christians then are not to struggle to win a victory over evil, if that was the case, then Christ died for nothing.(Galatians 2:21). And now Christians are to portray a victory already won. The reason for our defeat is that we do not believe, we do not receive, we do not trust.

We need to receive Jesus and trust in His redeeming blood and by discipline, abide in Him at all time, looking unto Jesus in times of temptation. 'For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world' (1 John 5:4).

A story has it that a warrior went into battle and fought with a ferocity that no one could resist, killing masses of the enemies. Eventually, he met with one stronger than himself, and in the struggle, his head was cut off; but he kept on fighting that even when his head was cut off, his body was still fighting. This way, he killed several more soldiers until someone shouted out to him 'look your head's off '. at that point, he collapsed and died.

The head of Sin has been cut off on Calvary by the Son of God, but the evil goes on injuring and killing people because they don't tell him so. Sin has no power except to unbelievers. Christians must lift up their eyes to the cross and see the word 'Conquer' so as to win every temptation. 


*ACCEPTING JESUS

The scripture (Matthew 12:43-45) says  'But when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through dry places in search of rest, but it does not find any. Then it says I will go back to my house from which I came out. And when it arrives, it finds the place unoccupied, swept, put in order, and decorated. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and make their home there. And the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first. 

In this description, it shows a human heart which has undergone cleaning and is subsequently left clean but empty. Unless a man invites new tenants into his house, the old demon will return with seven others. John the Baptist had cast out certain evils and demons, but they had refused to accept Jesus positively, by inviting Him into their empty heart, nor had they responded to his purpose.

Evil can never be driven out by a direct attempt to elude it, but by taking in the good which is the power of a new affection. 

Grow yourself with the word meditating and reading the scripture, accepting Jesus into your life to occupy and stay, creating no room for evil demons and so on, will help in overcoming temptation. 
           


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