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.
- Bible Study and Prayer
“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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