Fogbo Unit 13a
 
Victory over Temptation and Sin


  
VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION AND SIN

Table of Content by Subject
  
The source of temptation:
How to deal with temptation and sin.
Break the process, separate from evil.
Copy the Lord's victory. 
Experience the victory.
Self Test
 
Syllabus For Victory Over Temptation and Sin  
 
1. Assignment: Look up all references given, and summarize them. .
We must keep in mind that we were made to be in the image and likeness of God, therefore we are to take on His character and live by His standards, and not ours or the worlds. Remember every true Biblical Doctrine is in harmony with the nature and character of God. See what you can learn of God's hearts desire for you.

2. Assignment: For the application of what you have studied in this unit.


 
 
VICTORY OVER TEMPTATION AND SIN  

1. The source of temptation:  "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." James 1:3-15

Out of man's own heart: "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man." Math. 15:18-20

Consider: Eph. 2:2-3

Due to a sin nature: "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come." Rom.5:12-14 

Consider: Rom. 1:18-32, 3:10-23

Due to a perverted love of themselves and the world: "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:15-17  

Consider: Lust of the flesh. Mat. 5:27-28

    Lust of the eyes. Eccles. 5:10  

    The pride of life. Luke 18:10-11; Mat. 16:26
 
2. How to deal with temptation and sin.

Know the process of sin, recognize when you are in it.

Genesis 3:1" Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of 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 hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat."

Notice the Process of sin:
1. The process of sin starts with choosing to listening to the wrong authority. Vs. 1-3
2. Doubt Godís Word and integrity. Vs. 4-5
3. Look at what God forbids in His wisdom. Vs. 6a
4. Decide to have your own way. Vs. 6
 
The sin of pride [our will over God's will] opens the door to all sin. Satan always follows the same course, be quick to identify it. You can break it easily in the first step, more difficult in the second, very hard in the third, and not at all possible in the fourth.

3. Break the process, separate from evil. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Cor.6:14-18   

Consider: 1 Cor. 6:9-20, 10:6-14

Hate evil, cleave to that which is good.  "Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. "Rom. 12:9 

Consider: Prov. :16-19; Meditate on Psalms.104 and 119; Rom. 1:32 Cf.. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 1 Pet.3:11-15; 2 Pet. 2:19-22

REMEMBER: Jesus hates sin, but loves the sinner.  "For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement". Rom.5:6-11 

Consider: Luke 6:32-36

Choose your master. "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and depise the other." Math.6:24

Consider: Rom.6:10-20; Luke 9:62

Make no provision for the flesh. "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof." Rom.13:14 

Consider: Galatians 5:17

4. Copy the Lord's victory  in Matthew 4:1-11  "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 5Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 7Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 8Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him."

"The bottom line to victory is . . .

(1-2) To be led of the Spirit is to be abiding in Him as Jesus abode in the Father.  Victory over sin is assured when you are totally committed to Him and His Word. "But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence." John 14:31 

Consider: John 15:1-11; Rom. 8:14; Gal. 2:20

(3-4) Sustained by the word of God. "Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." Job 23:12

Consider: Psa. 119:10-16; Eph. 6:17

(5-7) Do not tempt God with "your rights". "Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation." Psalm 91:9-16

Please notice: There is a condition for God's care. He watches over them that make Him their refuge and habitation, when they trust and abide in Him, their care is assured. Trusting the Lord is not presumptively putting us, or the things entrusted to us, in a place of danger to see if He protects us. That is tempting the Lord. Consider: Psa. 91:1-8; Prov. 1:20-33

(8-10) Worship only the Lord thy God. (Faithfulness) "I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. Thou shalt have none other gods before me. Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."  Deut. 5:6-11

Consider: Deut. 6:12-18

(11) Experience the victory. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:7-9   

Consider: Rom. 6:6-22; 1 Cor. 10:12-13; 2 Cor. 5:14-15; Gal.2:20
 
Victory requires faith, fasting, and prayer.  "And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, 15Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. 16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. 17Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. 18And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. 19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? 20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." Matthew 17:14-21

REMEMBER: Your victories will be in direct proportion to your commitment to Christ and His Word.

The Reward of Victory: Is the resulting testimony of power of Christ living in you.  "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philp. 2:5-11

Consider: John 17:22-24

You may be sure, God always honors love and faithfulness, to Him, and His Word.
 
Self test: on Victory Over Temptation and Sin  

These questions are more than an academic quiz, they help you think through the facts you have learned, so that you can form convictions as to the will of God for your life. Remember meditation on Godís Word is the key to gaining wisdom, and only when it is applied in your life are you assured of being in the will of God and the place of His blessing.
 
Things to Consider:
Q1. What are the sources of temptation?
Q2. Can we control temptation, and what is its' cost.
Q3. How does knowing the process of sin help me fight temptation?
Q4. How does knowing God and what He has done for you motivate you to make the right choices?
Q5. Research prayer, and fasting in your concordance and Bible dictionary, and explain how prayer and fasting bring victory?
Q6. What relationship does your commitment to Christ have to do with victory over sin in your life?
 
You are now ready to look at Unit 14 The Power of Prayer.
           
May your decisions bring you the promise Romans 8:28 ď And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Ē   
Your friend in Christ Warren T. Smith


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