HOW TO BENEFIT FROM THE NEW LIFE IN CHRIST…. OVERCOMING TEMPTATION 2

 

New Life in Christ course 3

 

How to Overcome Temptation

 

In our last lesson we learned of the mighty weapon of prayer which God has placed in our hands. Through prayer, the child of God can conquer all things. But there is one thing which takes the weapon of prayer out of our hands. What is it? It is SIN.

When we are yielding to sin, God will not hear our prayers. Satan knows this, and this is one reason why he works so hard at tempting Christians to sin.

by God's grace, we can overcome temptation

Every Christian must learn how to overcome temptation, because we will be tempted. But, by God’s grace, we can overcome temptation. In this lesson we are going to learn how to do this. First, let us answer some questions about sin and temptation.

Can Satan make us sin? No, he cannot. Satan can tempt us to sin, but he cannot make us sin.

Is temptation sin? No, it is not. The Lord Jesus was tempted, and we know that He did not sin. The Bible says that He was “in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

We need to be clear on this point—TEMPTATION IS NOT SIN. Satan likes to condemn Christians even when they have not sinned. He likes to make them feel guilty for having been tempted by some sin, but it is not a sin to be tempted.

When does sin come in? Sin comes in when we say “yes” to the temptation. We sin when we give in to temptation.

The Bible speaks of some sins which are outward sins, and it speaks of other sins which are inward sins.

By outward sins, we mean such sins as cursing, lying, stealing, immorality, drunkenness, murder. No Christian should be guilty of these sins. If these sins are still in a person’s life, there is no evidence that he has been born again.

But, sad to say, Christians, as well as unsaved people, are guilty of inward sins. By inward sins we mean such sins as pride, jealousy, envy, selfishness, unforgiveness, hatred, lust. These are the secret sins which the eye of man cannot see. But God sees them, and they are hateful in His sight. We must learn how to have victory over them.

Every Christian has a besetting sin. This is the sin that you are most tempted with. Satan knows your weakest point, and this is where he tempts you most. To have victory over this sin and the other sins in your life, you must learn how to overcome temptation.

 

Overcoming Temptation

To overcome temptation, you must do four things:

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 these four things.

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Count on Your Death with Christ

As Christians, you and I have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness where sin reigns. How were we delivered? 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 to the Father who has…delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” Colossians 1:12,13

the Father who has...delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love

What does this mean?

It 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 yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:11

Since we have been delivered from sin’s authority, sin has no right to rule over us. We don’t have to obey sin any longer.

How do we obtain our freedom from serving sin? By claiming it! The Bible says,

“Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.” Romans 6:12

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.

We have our discharge!

As believers, we have our discharge from serving sin. The Bible says, “He who has died is freed from sin” —he has his discharge.

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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Count on Christ’s Life in You

Temptation comes to us, not only from Satan, but also from within us. The Bible says,

“each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”
James 1:14

We have within us something which is always trying to pull us down into sin. The Bible calls it “the law of sin which is in our members.”

What is a “law”? A law is something that happens over and over. For instance, we speak of”the law of gravity.” What do we mean by this? We mean that there is a force that always causes an object to fall to the ground when it is released. No matter where you go, this happens; so we call it “the law of gravity.”

We have within us a sin principle which is always trying to pull us down into sin

We have within us a sin principle which is always trying to pull us down into sin. This is why the Bible calls it “the law of sin.”

Can we overcome the law of sin by our own efforts? No, we cannot. God must deliver us from sin’s power.

How Does God Deliver Us?

God delivers us by giving us Christ. His life overcomes the law of sin and death in us.

Let us think about the law of gravity again. We know that the law of gravity is always operating. It holds us fast to the ground. We cannot fly without some mechanical device.

But birds fly. Does this mean that the law of gravity does not operate on them? No, the law of gravity pulls them downward just as it does us. But birds have a kind of life that overcomes the law of gravity. The “law” of a bird’s life is to fly.

Christ's life overcomes the law of sin and death

Now let us come back to our situation. We have”the law of sin in our members,” but we also have Christ living in us, and there is a “law” to His life. The law of Christ’s life is to overcome sin. His life always triumphs over sin. And His life in us overcomes the law of sin and death.

The Bible says,

“The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2

This is wonderful, but there is one condition which we must meet if we want Christ’s life to overcome sin in us: We must trust Him to do this. We are going to learn more about this in our next lesson.

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Arm Yourself with the Word of God

Take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God

We have already learned about the mighty weapon of prayer which God has given us. But God has given us another weapon to use against Satan. This weapon is the Word of God. The Bible says,

“Take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17

When the Lord Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, He used this weapon to defeat Satan. Three times Satan tempted the Lord Jesus, and three times Jesus answered him with the Word of God.

The Lord Jesus used exactly the right verse to meet each temptation of Satan. When Satan tried to get Jesus to worship him by offering Him all the kingdoms of this world, Jesus did not quote the 23rd Psalm to him. This is a beautiful passage of Scripture, but it was not the weapon to use against that temptation. Instead Jesus said, “Get behind me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.'”

The Lord Jesus defeated Satan because He had memorized the Word of God, and He knew how to use it. Do you see why it is so important for you to memorize Scripture? You must arm yourself with the Word of God.

Here are some victory verses. Learn what they mean. Memorize them. Use them against Satan.

bullet“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

God’s Word is the truth. When you know the truth about sin, Satan, and temptation, you can be set free from their power over you.

bullet“Sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14

Sin shall not continue to rule over you. Why? Because you are “under grace,” where God’s mighty power works in your behalf. Christ lives in you. He will enable you to overcome sin’s power.

bullet“Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7b

Learn to resist Satan. Resist him with the Word of God. Resist Him in Jesus’ name. Resist him in the victory of Calvary. Remind him that he is defeated and tell him to leave you alone.

bullet“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

Jesus Christ is the One who is in you. Satan is the one who is “in the world.” This verse says that Jesus Christ who is in you is greater than Satan who is in the world.

bullet“For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Tim. 1:7

The spirit of fear is from Satan. Don’t accept it! God does not give us the spirit of fear; instead, He gives us the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

bullet“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6

If you are God’s child, God has begun a good work in you. He will continue that work until the day you go to meet Him. You can count on this.

bullet“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13

The Lord Jesus gives me strength to do whatever He wants me to do. Why? Because He lives in me, and He is the One who does it.

bullet“Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” Eph. 6:10

We are not to be strong in ourselves but we are to be strong in the Lord. This means that we are to count on Him and His mighty power to give us victory.

bullet“What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

Child of God, God is for you. You can be sure of this because He says so. Since God is for you, it doesn’t matter who is against you.

bullet“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God…” Romans 8:28

Some things taken by themselves may not seem good to us, but we know God is working all things together for the good of the person who truly loves Him. We can know this because God says so.

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Make No Provision for the Flesh

To overcome temptation, you must not make any provision for the flesh. This means that you must not do things or get into situations that make it easy for you to sin. The Bible says,

“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfil its lusts.” Romans 13:14

Here are some suggestions that will help you overcome temptation.

Avoid friends and companions who lead you to do wrong things. Learn how to say “NO!”The Bible says, “My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.” (Proverbs 1:10)

Be careful of what you look at. You cannot help seeing some evil things, but it is the second look that leads to sin.

Guard your thought life. A clean mind is priceless. You cannot have a clean mind if you read dirty magazines and look at dirty shows.

Don’t allow evil thoughts to remain in your mind. You may not be able to keep Satan from putting an evil thought into your mind, but you can reject it immediately. As someone has said, “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.”

Fill your mind with God’s Word. The Bible says, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11)

This is what Joseph did when he was tempted by an evil woman.

Know your weak points. Guard these areas of your life especially. One of the best ways to handle sexual temptation is to run from it. This is what Joseph did when he was tempted by an evil woman.

Don’t go to any place you wouldn’t want to be in when Jesus comes.

Don’t do anything that you would not want to be doing when Jesus comes.

Confess sin immediately. Don’t remain in defeat.

Look to the Lord to deliver you from temptation. The psalmist said, “My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net.” (Psalm 25:15)

Don’t be deceived by Satan. The Bible says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.” If it is not from God and in God’s way, it is sin. Recognize it as such and refuse it.

 

God’s Wonderful Promise

God is faithful

God has given us a wonderful promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13. Every Christian should memorize this verse:

“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.”

What does this verse say? It says that other people are tempted with the same things that tempt you. “But God is faithful.” This means that you can count on Him to do what He says He will do. What does God promise here? He promises that He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to bear. He promises to make a way of escape for you, so that you don’t have to sin.

You can have victory over every temptation. God says, “Sin shall not have dominion over you.” Remember these four things:

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.

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THE BASIC THREE DIFFERENT KINDS OF TEMPTATIONS HUMANS WITNESS AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM

 

Temptation is a desire to do something especially that which is wrong. And because of its nature of being wrong this clearly reflects that temptations only come from Satan or the devil. Because they are the paths of the devil that why when we pray we say “lead us not into temptation” (Matthew 6vs.13) but I always do find great joy as James goes on to say “my brethren count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptation”(James 1vs.2).

In this article we are going to try and bring out a deeper understanding of what temptation is so that as a Christian you know it when it comes your way. The basis of today’s teachings shall be from the book of Luke 4 vs. 1 – 12 of the story of Jesus’s temptation. In this story we will find out all the three types of temptations we as Christians shall face. These are the ones in which Christ comforts us saying I have also fought the world and they are as follows:

LUST OF FLESH: these are temptations set out to attack the body’s desire that is what your flesh needs. An example of this from the scripture is when the devil says to Jesus “if you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread”. Here the devil realized that Jesus had not eaten for a long time and the closet thing he would need is food (bread). When temptations of lust of flesh come they push on what your body is in desperate need of such as food, sex and thrills.

LUST OF THE EYES: one thing which the devil knows is that you are a soul with a body and that this is the time whereby the Lord seeks those who worship him in spirit and truth. With this in mind he will work on weakening your spirit/soul through the lust of the eyes. These are the desires of the mind which delight the eyes. The devil used this on Jesus when he took him to a high place and revealed to him the kingdoms of the world and saying “I will give you the glory of these kingdoms and authority over them”. Examples include clothes, money and entertainment.

PRIDE OF LIFE: this is when the devil tries to push in a position that you have to prove that you are a real child of God that is putting God to test. This is best revealed in the scripture when the devil asks Jesus to jump off a off and see if the angels would catch him. The devil will be igniting a spirit for you to crave for things such as recognition, praise and power.

The above are the three types of temptations we may face in the course of our journey as Christians.

To be continued……….. 

BE INSPIRED TODAY… IGNITE YOUR PASSION.

 

Inspiration doesn’t interrupt you; it’s something that has to be pursued. We all must feed our minds and make conscious choices about how we direct our thoughts, energy, and focus; otherwise, the demands, negativity and inevitable distractions of the day will take over.

To do this effectively, we need a system—a daily ritual that will ensure we’re taking control of our focus,
learning new tools and proven strategies to make a difference, and taking action to create momentum and
produce results.

 

 

 

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Tips for Attaining Your Life Goals

 

I don’t know what you want. I don’t even know who you are, nor do I want to pretend to. But there are ten laws you should live by to govern the things that you want in life. We do things for different reasons. Some people just “are”. Other people are more Machiavellian, and do things to acquire other things. And most people do things, because they “feel” a certain way emotionally about them. Acting deliberately can significantly impact the things that happen in your life, and the lives of the people around you, making you a better lover, friend, partner. Here are some tips to guide you in attaining your life goals.
 
Build Your Connections
We aren’t in a race against the machine. Everything – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, exists to make us more human, to bring us closer together. Businesses and innovations and even academia starts with observing human behaviour, and the relationships that are forged. They are all reliant on human interaction. Observe the people you study, and the people that you trust with the same fervour. Surround yourself with people that’re doing the things that you hope to do. Have people support, invest, criticise and work on your dreams. The more independent connections you have, the stronger you become. Make a new one everyday. Have active, and meaningful relationships with every important connection that you make. Nurture them, like pets. Ultimately, becoming the social equivalent of a computer router, knowing people across a vast array of social, cultural, professional and economic circles, and being able to introduce people in one circle, to people in another. The introductions you make are the currency of the wealth you create.
 
Give
The best kept secret of building relationships is “giving”. Far too often to we connect ourselves with people because we want one thing, or another from them. In the beginning, we find ourselves asking for help from them. And it’s really the biggest mistake we can make when making new relationships. One should remember that the person you’re knocking on may not want to be treated like a microwave. Build relationships by being prepared to help other people, to support their dreams, and their problems, and to give. Or you’ll find that most friendships you make are short-lived, or don’t matter much at all. Respect, and make some attempt to understand them. Don’t go too far to display your talents or possessions, instead, do more by displaying your bond with them, to them. And they will defend you in everything. You truly see how beautiful people are when you give.
 
Listen
The best way to understand people is to listen to them. You’d really be surprised by how much you understand, just by listening to a person. The things they don’t say are often more obvious than the things they do say. I know your life is fabulous, and you are doing great and impressive things, I know you’re about to change the world. I know your parents built the Eiffel. But you’re here to make connections. Let other people talk. Give other people the priority. Never make too much noise. Listen with passion, and with patience. Once you listen to a person, you will have their attention, and once you have their attention, you will build great relationships. Everyone has something interesting, and different, to say.
 
Be Yourself
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken”. I really love this quote by Oscar Wilde. It was most certainly intended to be funny, but also contains a much deeper message. One of the most important for living well, in general. Everyone wants to become a leader, but becoming a leader is mostly about becoming yourself. People like Kanye are great. But you are no Kanye. Perhaps you’re great too, howeverI, if you look and dress like Kanye, you’re really doing nothing new. No one will care if you’re a “second Kanye”. You shouldn’t act, or look like him, you’re who you are. You’re what you do. You’re how you perceive the world. Always be authentic to who you are. A friend of mine once said, “we are all mirror reflections of each other, if I break mine, you’re broken too from my vantage point”. There’s never, ever going to be a reason to change your inner soul, or your core beliefs and philosophies.
 
Drive Everything You Do With Passion
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world” ~Harriet Tubman.
 
A lot of people are driven by money, and a lot of them will surely end up making it. A lot of people are driven by popularity, and one way or another they usually end up popular. When you’re driven by competition, you’ll eventually beat your competition. Being driven by passion, and happiness has become so secondary, where things like money, and popularity, and rich husbands should be.
 
Take enough time to engage, and meet your soul. Your substance. Your situation in life is always different from others. Find your passion. Find the things you love doing. Run experiments on your hobbies. Spend some time observing yourself. Once you find the things you love, and once you have the passion to do it everything else will come (including the rich husband, maybe).
 
Read
There’s so much information in the world. We’re almost being overwhelmed with the sheer volume of information we have access to. Every year, there’s hundreds of great books being published. Truly amazing reads. We’re living in such an exciting epoch. If you can read a single great book a week, your life will change dramatically within a year. And yet, some are vehemently against reading, and people that read. In some circles, searching for knowledge is deemed “uncool”, and “shallow”.
 
Regardless of what’s cool, read avidly, and rigorously. Talk to clever people. Share what you learn, perhaps by writing about it. Try to say goodbye to your ego, and to the status quo. Have insightful conversations. There’s nothing more beautiful than the worlds you visit within a book, and sharing it with people that have their own worlds they visit. It’s almost like you’re sharing universes.
 
Make 90 day goals
Everyone has a sort of goal. “I want to marry a rich husband before I’m 30″ (a laughable, but strangely common goal), “I want to buy a car”, or “I want to start a business”. But we never set a timeframe for them. And we sometimes find that we end up with the same goals we have this year, as we do five years from now. A goal is a great, and exciting thing to have, but without a sort of deadline, it’s really just empty words. Your goals will never make your beautiful, or rich, or powerful, but meeting them will. Attach a 90 day deadline, and make actionable plans, and achieve them. They don’t have to be anything elaborate. They could be as simple as “In 90 days, I plan to jog every morning”. Be cruel to maintain them, and uncompromising, and ruthless, and your word to yourself will become your bond.
 
Think Freely
Don’t stick to your ideas, and your work, and your religion, and your tribe, and your foods, and your opinions. Be open to new things! Understand why a thing is good, or bad, or better, or different. Live by a certain quality, and put a dent in everything you do. Observe everything. If you aren’t able to think freely, if you aren’t open to new things, your current kingdom will come crashing down, and the only people that will ever hear about it, are those in your narrow niche that think like you do.
 
Work Hard
Coupled with your will power, and your strong desire, you really, simply need to work exceedingly hard to get to where you want to be. Successful book authors, and thieving civil servants alike all work hard.
 
There are more unsuccessful talented people out there, than there are not. All because they don’t put the extra effort in. Being talented alone would never ensure your success. Being stupid, and having a small idea could make all the difference if one worked really hard. Try to be the best “hard working person” in your environment, and everyone will know that whether or not you put in the time, or effort, you always get the job done. Hard work pays off.
 
Love
Simply put, love’s really just the greatest thing in there is. To quote a friend of mine, “love is dope”. It’s the purest, most rawest, of innocent blessings one could have. The only thing that makes you more human than you are. It’s what helps you realise the truth, and discover yourself. It’s what connects and binds your soul to your body.
 
Sometimes, reality becomes difficult, and skewed, and cruel. You can’t simply find anyone to hold your hand and give you the love you need when in some pitfall. Don’t let this stop you from loving other people. No one knows about the struggles you’ve faced, or the challenges you’ve overcome. As you suffer, you know the harshness of reality, and should have an innate desire to never let it happen to anyone else. Talk, and listen to people. Understand, and love them. There’s beauty in everyone. Perhaps not the physical, dreamy lipped, thin eyed sort of beauty, but I can confidently say that there’s a beauty to everyone I’ve ever engaged. Learn how to love, just for the sake of loving, even if they don’t deserve it. They’ll never forget it, or you. Even if they end up hating you.
 
“Have stubborn faith in your ability to win the future, live your passion, and love relentlessly. Stay in your truth, and demand excellence. There’s a process, trust in yourself.

How Much Happiness Can Money Buy?

 
How much money does it take to make you happy?

 
Probably a lot of it. The more the better, right?
 
As a rule, the answer is yes, but there is a threshold: $75,000. According to research by Princeton Professors Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton,money makes us happy, up to $75,000. Beyond that, the effect of money on happiness depends on how happiness is defined.
 
When happiness is defined as overall satisfaction with life, money continues to raise happiness — beyond that threshold. But when happiness is defined as the satisfaction from day-to-day life, more money doesn’t raise happiness.
 
What can explain this?
 
Here are three plausible explanations:
 
1.   With more money usually come more headaches. If you make more money by expanding your small business, for instance, you’ll be facing a lot of day-to-day problems that you must solve. And though you may hire people to help you out, you may still have to make all the important decisions – and they could keep you up in the middle of the night.
 
2.   The prosperity that comes with more money is not by itself a cure-all against an ill-led life, and may be a source of dangerous foolishness, as Aeschylus warned centuries ago. Money is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for the good life, for happiness and wisdom.
 
3.   While money can certainly buy a lot of goodies that make us happy, it cannot buy true friendship, the reciprocal attachment that fills the need for affiliation. Friendship cannot be acquired in the market place, but must be nurtured and treasured in relations imbued with trust and amity. No amount of wealth, status, or power can adequately compensate for a life devoid of genuine friends.
 
The Bottom line: More money may be the necessary, but not the sufficient condition for happiness, measured by the satisfaction that may be derived from daily living.

Rules for Happiness

 

 
 
1. Adopt Happy People Habits
Look on the bright side, be grateful, exercise, eat well, invest in deep friendships and be authentic.

 
2. Embrace Good Stress 
Sometimes short-term stress, for example appearing on a panel at Stanford, can be a good thing. Embrace it and don’t let the fear overcome you. Remember Yoda: Fear is the path to the dark side.

 
3. Find Meaning in Your Life
Be a generous giver and do what makes you feel good (i.e. philanthropy, volunteering, giving back). Give the gift of an experience not things.

 
4. Be Creative
Don’t opt out of creativity.  Nurture your small creative successes and you will have better ideas, confidence, tenacity and less insecurity.

 
5. Don’t expect to be happy all the time
Happiness ebbs and flows through the day, through the months and years. It’s OK to wallow for a while.

Finally, for parents: how to make your kids happy? Let them fail sometimes. The panel was unanimous on this one: being a helicopter parent, insisting on “everyone is a winner” can be counterproductive. Plunge them into new environments, give them challenges, and they will learn resilience and be happier in the long run.