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Dealing with Temptation

None of us is strong enough to overcome temptation in our own strength, but God will give us the strength; see Philippians 4:13. I can do all this through him who gives me strength (NIV).  1 Corinthians 10:13 states: "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able; but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it" (NKJV). 

Note that it is God who provides the way of escape. Talk to the Lord many times a day, asking for His help. Read your Bible and fill your mind with thoughts from His Word. The Word of God will have a purifying effect on your life; see Psalm 119:11.

The old sinful lifestyle must now be replaced with the new life in Christ. This requires the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to replace the old habits with new ones. Avoid companionship with those that influence you to indulge in sinful activities. Make a list of those activities and habits you want changed. Set some positive goals for your life, and with God's strength go after them. Take the initiative and seek the counsel of a gospel-teaching pastor or other dedicated Christian worker. 

Psalm 119

A Pledge...

9 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.
 10 With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
 12 Blessed are You, O LORD! Teach me Your statutes.
 13 With my lips I have declared All the judgments of Your mouth.
 14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.
 15 I will meditate on Your precepts, And contemplate Your ways.
 16 I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. 

 A Request to our Lord...

 33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, And I shall keep it to the end.
 34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
 35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it.
 36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness.
 37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,  And revive me in Your way.[a]
 38 Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You.
 39 Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments are good.
 40 Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me in Your righteousness. 

  1. Bondage of Sin
  2. John 9:41
    Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remains.
    John 9:40-41 (in Context) John 9 (Whole Chapter)

Jesus provided this: Romans 8: 1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

  1. Hebrews 2:15
    and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
    Hebrews 2:14-16 (in Context) Hebrews 2 (Whole Chapter

Jesus provided this: 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together

  1. Romans 8:21
    because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Jesus provided this: Romans 8  11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you

  1. Romans 8:20-22 (in Context) Romans 8 (Whole Chapter)

  1. John 8:34
    Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
    John 8:33-35 (in Context) John 8 (Whole Chapter)

Jesus provided this: Romans 8  12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

  1. James 1:15
    Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.
    James 1:14-16 (in Context) James 1 (Whole Chapter)

Jesus provided this: Romans 8: 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh

  1. Numbers 15:22
    [ Laws Concerning Unintentional Sin ] ‘If you sin unintentionally, and do not observe all these commandments which the LORD has spoken to Moses—
    Numbers 15:21-23 (in Context) Numbers 15 (Whole Chapter)

  1. Romans 7:8
    But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the lawsin was dead.
    Romans 7:7-9 (in Context) Romans 7 (Whole Chapter)

Colossians 1   NIV This message is the same today as at the time when the Apostle Paul wrote it about A.D. 60 

10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 

11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 

12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 

14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 

Touchstones from the above.. Live a Worthy Life Please Him in every way Bearing Fruit Growing in the Knowledge of God Being strengthened with power from His glorious might Receive great endurance and patience Giving Joyful Thanks to our Father, because He qualified us to share in the inhereitance of His Holy people in the Kingdom of Light (Heaven) He rescued us from the Dominion of darkness He brought us into HIS Kingdom by HIS SON JESUS Jesus HIS Son Loves us, in Whom we have Redemption and received the forgiveness of sins.