“God’s Word Says He Gives Victory Over Sin” Part 1

1 Corinthians 15:57 (NKJV)

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 God’s Word says that He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Does this mean all we have to do is pray and we won’t sin?  Not necessarily! God has promised the victory to those, who with all their hearts, are trusting only in the Lord Jesus Christ to forgive their sins and to be their Lord and Savior.  There are things we have to do in order to help us to be able to avoid temptation as well as to be victorious over the temptation.  Remember that God’s promises have conditions for us, and these conditions help us to grow in our personal relationship and walk with Jesus Christ.

This verse is also teaching us that we are to be thankful for the victory that is already ours through our personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  What a blessing it is to know that we do not have to fight Satan’s temptations alone, but that with God’s help and our obedience to the Lord and His Word, we can have the victory over temptation and sin.  We are going to learn some of the commands/conditions that God has given us to help us grow stronger in Him, so that with His help, we can avoid and/or be victorious over temptation.

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  1. Bible Study and Prayer

 Mark 1:35

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out,

and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

Remember that Jesus was living in a fleshly body so He had some limitations compared to how He has always been and will always be, and that is a Spirit. Although He had some limitations because of being in an earthly body, He was still 100% God, so He continued to commune with God, the Father and God, the Holy Spirit, not only in the early morning hours before people began getting up, but also 24/7.

Jesus Christ, Who has always been 100% God and Who always will be 100% God, needed to commune with God, the Father and God, the Holy Spirit while He was on Earth.  How much more do we, who are still sinners (although we have repented of our sins and trusted Christ to be our Lord and Savior) need to spend time with the Lord Jesus and His Holy Word so that we can grow in the knowledge of His Word (Colossians 1:10) and in our personal relationship with Him?

As we continue to grow in our knowledge and personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and His Word, and seek Him and His will FIRST in our lives, we will have His help and wisdom to learn how to avoid some temptations, as well as how to keep from falling into the temptations and sinning against Almighty God.  This does not mean that we will never sin again while on this Earth, but with God’s help, we can learn how to have more victories over various sins and temptations.  In our next devotional, we will study more about growing in our personal knowledge and relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Please read Colossians 1:9-14 to prepare your hearts for the next devotional.  Growing in knowing Christ more and more is not only commanded by God, but it is a necessity if we are going to grow in our relationship with Him to live for His glory!

Written by Martha Hutcheson 10-29-2014

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“Satan’s Tactics to Encourage Us to Sin Against Our Holy God” Part 2

Genesis 3:2-5 (NKJV)

2)  And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

3)  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said,

‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

4) Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 

5)  “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened,

and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

 What is God, the Holy Spirit Teaching Us? 

Remember from Part 1 of this devotional, that Satan’s first tactic for tempting Eve was to try to cause her to doubt WHAT God told Adam and Eve concerning what could and could not be eaten in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-17)In Genesis 3:4-5, Satan is further trying to cause Eve to doubt what God said; making it sound like God deceived Eve concerning the fruit; insinuating that God purposefully withheld information, was deceitful or lied when He told Adam and Eve that they would die if they ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  God DID NOT lie or deceive them!  After Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God, they died spiritually because of their sin against God; their fellowship and relationship with God was gone.  Being separated from God forever is the main torture of death and Hell for those who have not repented of their sins and trusted Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior!  With Adam and Eve, just like with us, God provided a way to restore their personal relationship and fellowship with Himself, but their relationship was different because Adam and Eve had become sinners. Continue reading

“Satan’s Tactics to Encourage Us to Sin Against Our Holy God” Part 1

Genesis 3:1 (NKJV)

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.

And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)

 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

What is God, the Holy Spirit Teaching Us? 2 Peter 5:8 tells us to be  vigilant (on guard, alert) because Satan is looking for people whom he can cause to trip up and sin horribly, to try to destroy their lives and break the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God, the Holy Spirit is alert and vigilant of Satan’s tactics.  If we are willing to grow in our knowledge of the Lord Jesus and His Holy Word, we can learn more about Satan’s tactics so the Holy Spirit can bring His Word and certain things to our minds to make us aware of how Satan is trying to mess us up really badly. Continue reading

“Do You Have Godly Communication Skills? Part 2

Ephesians 4:29-32  (KJV)

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,

whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” 

31) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,

be put away from you, with all malice:” 

32)  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,

even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

 What is God, the Holy Spirit Teaching Us?  God’s Word says that we are not to let corrupt communication come out of our mouths.  He gives examples of corrupt communication in verse 31.  Corruption is the opposite of God’s Holiness and His commandments.  When our conversation is corrupt, it means we are speaking the opposite of how God’s commands us to speak because we are listening to Satan’s whispering and speaking from the evilness and selfishness of our hearts (Isaiah 53:6)Continue reading

” Do You Have Godly Communication Skills? Part I”

Ephesians 4:29-32  (KJV)

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,

whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” 

31) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,

be put away from you, with all malice:” 

32)  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,

even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

 What is God, the Holy Spirit Teaching Us?  These verses are teaching us how to have godly communication skills.

(1)  According to verse 29, we are not to allow ANY CORRUPT communication to come out of our mouths; that everything we say should be seasoned with God’s grace and according to God’s will and His Word.  Notice this verse also says that everything we say should edify (build up and encourage) those to whom we are speaking. Continue reading

“Is Your Trust in the Lord Jesus Growing?”

 Proverbs 3:5-6

5) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;”
6) “In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”

 What is God, the Holy Spirit Teaching Us?  There are THREE commands and ONE promise in these two verses:

(1) Trust in the Lord Jesus with ALL your heart.  In order for your trust in the Lord to grow, you have to do the other two commands.  The more you do the other two commands, the more your trust in the Lord Jesus will grow.

(2)  Lean NOT on your own understanding.  Human understanding is mixed with sinfulness, limited and incorrect information, emotions, and desires which will lead us wrong.  For example, people tell you to “follow your heart” when it comes to making decisions.  God’s Word says in Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Only God can!  The Bible tells us to follow God’s will for our lives.  He knows and understands everything; He was tempted to sin in every possible type of sin—yet He did not sin, because He was 100% God in the flesh and was perfect (Hebrews 4:16); He has a perfect plan for every single area of our lives; and His way is ALWAYS best. Continue reading

“How to Have God’s Grace and Peace”

2 Peter 1:2

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,”

 What is God, the Holy Spirit Teaching Us?  Notice the promise God has given us: His grace and peace can be ours, but there is a condition to this promise, as with all of God’s promises.  God’s has promised that His grace is available according to what we need it to be; sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:7-10) as well as abundant (2 Corinthians 9:8), but God’s conditions have to be obeyed before we can have God’s abundant grace and peace.  One of those conditions mentioned above in 2 Peter 1:2, is that we are to grow in the knowledge of Him and His Word (Colossians 1:9-10).  The Lord Jesus has promised us His peace if we obey His conditions concerning this promise (Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:4-7).
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