God’s Word is full of wonderful promises for victory over sin.
8. According to Peter, what are the promises in God’s Word able to do?
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter 1:4)
By claiming the promises of God, taking God at His Word, “You said that you would do this and I am believing in Your Word”, we can become partakers of the divine nature. What is this divine nature? 1 John 4:8 “God is Love”
We can begin to love the way God loves, to overcome the temptations for selfishness, pride, self indulgences, and love others the way we love ourselves.
As we hide God’s promises in our hearts, we hold the keys that help us overcome temptation.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalms 119:11)
The promises of Scripture are the key to escaping temptation! When hid in the heart, and mixed with faith-sin’s power is broken (FAST -Survival Kit Tacking Temptation p5)
9. How many times do you think God is willing to forgive you?
“Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
So long as we are willing to repent, truly repent, God is willing and waiting to forgive us. The risk comes if we intentionally continue to sin. Our conscience gets dulled to the voice of the Holy Spirit and we loose sense of the fact that we are doing wrong and we no longer realise our need to repent. God does not force Himself upon us. He respects our choices. Let us always turn to God and repent straight away and ask Him to give us a spirit of repentance if we do not feel sorry for our sins. He is right there waiting to forgive us.
10. What will God ultimately empower you to do?
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 1:24)
God has promised that if we completely rely and trust in Him, He can help us overcome temptation and keep us from falling into sin. This is not something we can do ourselves and any attempt to keep ourselves from sinning will ultimately fail. We can do no part of the matter but surrender our will to Christ and keep our focus on Him, even this we need His Holy Spirit to help us do.
“Is there some sin in your life causing guilt? frustration? despair? Don’t give up! Victory is possible through Christ, and in God’s perfect timing and in His own gentle way, He will reveal to you what you need to know to overcome. For now, be honest, confess your sin to God, and repent. Then lay hold on God’s Word-both His promise to forgive and His promise to cleanse. Both are crucial if you want to survive! Are you willing to press forward with undimmed courage in your personal battle with temptation?” (FAST-Survival Kit Tacking Temptation p6)
The more we follow Christ and become like Him in our lives, the more beautifully God can shine through us and show a world lost in darkness and sin, what His character is really like. Satan has made the world doubt God’s goodness but you and I can let His love shine our of our hearts and lives and show the world that God truly is LOVE.