The first step needed to walk victoriously in the abundant life God has given us is to remember, remember, remember, that we are redeemed. Sin is no longer our master.
In the end, the battle is fought on the grounds of FAITH: do we believe that Jesus did all for us, that He will manifest His righteousness in us despite all apparent evidence to the contrary?
As long as we try to tackle sinfulness by focusing solely on the sinful acts, rather than the lusts that produce them, we will live in frustration. The only way to stop a weed from sprouting is to kill it at the root. God provided us with the best (and only) sin killer available to man: His Word. God’s Word of truth will transform us inwardly so that our very desires will change. And when the root of a sin is gone, the sin goes with it: No root no sin, no problem.
As long as we focus and God and His Word, as long as we depend on Him and not ourselves, as long as we keep close to Him, we have ALL we need to live faithfully: we will not be moved.
God not only promises us a way out of every temptation, He also offers us rest. Not just for our souls, and not someday in the future – but right now and for our very flesh, even that part of us that constantly fights Him. “My flesh also shall rest in hope.”
The enemy knows our weaknesses, and we need to be aware of them as well, because that is exactly where he will strike time after time… When we fail to use the armor of God we become ineffective soldiers for God…
…in spite of our utter hopelessness to be as good as God intended us to be, His strength and grace and love overshadow every distraction and weakness with a light that will nourish and guide us all of our days if we dare to walk in it. Even when the Enemy has us so shortsighted that we stumble at every step, God’s arms are still there: still holding us up…
It is crucial for every child of God to realize that satan is always on the prowl to destroy the testimony of Christians by throwing temptations into their path. The devil knows our weaknesses sometimes better than we even do! And, He will keep hitting on those areas of our life to try and make us stumble.
We CAN overcome sin by continually submitting our will to God’s authority, by studying, memorizing and frequently contemplating God’s Word, so that it can transform us by replacing our human desires with Godly desires. Then God’s will and God’s plan will consummate in us to produce righteousness to the Glory of God.
We keep fighting temptation, because intensely hot and intensively corrosive environments are necessary to produce true diamonds and true saints.