This morning my thoughts go to keeping our mind, spirit, soul and body away from all forms of evil/sin, or you might say, anything that would take us away from our relationship with the Lord.
What breaks our relationship or fellowship with Christ? SIN! Temptation through our Sinful Nature – BE AWARE!
- Romans 8:6-8 If your sinful nature controls your mind, there is death. But if the Holy Spirit controls your mind, there is life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.
Three SINS that God hates are found in Galatians 5:19. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results:
- sexual immorality (adultery – fornication),
- impure thoughts (uncleanness),
- eagerness for lustful pleasure (lasciviousness)
Here are other SINS that God hates, stated in Galatians 5:20-21 – Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God:
- participation in demonic activities (witchcraft),
- hostility (hatred), quarreling (variance),
- jealousy (emulations),
- outbursts of anger (wrath – strife),
- selfish ambition, divisions (sedition’s),
- the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group (heresies),
- envy, drunkenness, wild parties (reveling), and other kinds of sin.
The solution to our sinful urges lies in acknowledging that the power of sin was nullified (or put to death) by Jesus’ death.
The believer must live by faith. Faith in the finished work of the cross. Do you believe? As a born again believer, Christ is in us and Christ will flow through us as a spirit filled believer.
As a believer, there will be No place for sin. Through faith there is victory. Our desires will not be for the things and pleasures of the world.
Romans 6:11-14 So you should consider yourselves dead to sin and able to live for the glory of God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to its lustful desires. Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you are no longer subject to the law, which enslaves you to sin. Instead, you are free by God’s grace.
We must live under the control of the Holy Spirit as stated in Galatians 5:16, So I advise you to live according to your new life in the Holy Spirit. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
This is a moment-by-moment dependence in faith on the Holy Spirit’s power. We must choose by an act of will to benefit from what God has for us.
Temptation is by Satan. Who is Satan? Satan is –“the adversary”, “the devil” or “the accuser”.
The work of Satan in the unbeliever:
- He binds their minds. (2 Cor 4:4)
- He takes the Word of God from their hearts. (Luke 8:12)
- He controls them. (Acts 13:8)
In regards to the Christian:
- Satan may accuse them (Rev 12:10)
- Devour their testimony for Christ (1 Peter 5:8)
- Deceive them (2 Cor 11:14)
- Hinder their work (1 Thes 2:18)
- Tempt them to immorality (1 Cor 7:5)
The Christian must recognize Satan’s power and deception, to adhere steadfast to the faith, resist Satan openly and not to give him any opportunities.
The Christian must be a growing Christian who will become an aggressively and compassionate witness to the lost, in order to snatch them from Satan’s control.
God uses the believer, the Christian life through the power of the Holy Spirit to bring the lost to Himself.
- (Acts 26:18) “to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.”
Believers can respond to temptation by Satan with confidence.
- “For we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:28-39)
Isn’t it good to know that God is a loving Father? I thank God for His Love, and the love of His Son Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit who is leading and guiding us into ALL TRUTH!
We are redeemed and by faith I live in the knowledge of Christ.
As always, love in Christ Jesus,