Part 5: Victory Over Temptation

brnEphesians 18b-23 NIV “His holy people (19) and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength (20) he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, (21) far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (22) And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, (23) which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

As Christians it is important to understand that God calls us HIS HOLY PEOPLE. Anywhere we go in scripture it will all go back to holiness. There is no lack of teaching on the holiness of God in the Church as a whole but a severe lack of teaching when it comes to us being and walking holy.

1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; (16) for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy””.

2 Timothy 1:9a “He has saved us and called us to a holy life – …”

We need to have a mindset change, holiness is not a burden but a relief. We look at the Ten Commandments and think of don’t, don’t, don’t, let’s take a fresh look,

Have no other Gods – You don’t need the gods of Egypt, you don’t need multiple gods one for crops, family, money, health, I am he only God you need I will take care of everything.

Don’t make a graven image – Keep your eyes on me (pillar of fire and a cloud), I know where you need to go keep your eyes on me and you will reach your destiny, if you get your eyes on other things you will be lead to destruction instead of destiny.

Don’t misuse my name – This was not an ego trip, but a protection for them, when we misuse God’s name (which is more than cursing), it is to use in a way that does not bring BLESSING or ENCOURAGEMENT, but anger and condemnation.

Honor the Sabbath – Jesus said the Sabbath Day is for man, not man for the Sabbath, this means God wants us to rest, Hebrews four says a rest remains for the children of God but we must choose to enter in.

Honor your father and mother so that you will have a long life and all will go well with you.

Don’t kill – I will vindicate you, don’t vindicate yourself. I will protect you.

Don’t commit adultery – be satisfied with the spouse I chose for you, no one is better.
Don’t steal – I provide all your needs according to my riches in glory, what do you need to steal?

Don’t give false testimony or covet – Be truthful for everything in the end will be as it needs to be. Don’t covet because I give you everything you need and if you walk obediently before me I’ll give you the desire of your heart.

That’s a little bit of a different way of looking at it isn’t it, it puts God in a whole new perspective.

Part of changing the way we see ourselves and seeing ourselves as holy is noticing what Ephesians 1:21 says FAR ABOVE – ALL – rule, and authority, power, and dominion, and every name…

Scripture says we are seated with Christ (now) in the heavenly realms. Jesus gave us authority over all power of the enemy in His name.

When it says far above all the enemy that mans us, not just Jesus. We are far above sin, we are far above temptation, we are far above everything the enemy can throw at us, WE ARE HOLY and the devil, sin, demons, and temptation are DEFEATED.

We need to see it that way, the devil, who is defeated has nothing on us, the only way we sin is if we choose to.

Monday we talked about how sanctification is the act of the Holy Spirit that eradicates the sin nature and fills us fully with the Holy Spirit and the life of love. We need to see ourselves in that place when we receive the fullness of the Spirit.

We need to see ourselves far above sin and temptation.

1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

With every temptation there is a way out so the temptation does not become the act of sin. What is that way out?

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NKJV “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. (4) For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, (5) casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,”

The reason why most don’t defeat temptation is because the enemy has convinced us that temptation (thought) is the same thing as sin (acting on the thought). Temptation is not sin.

James 1:14-15 NIV “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. (15) Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” – Temptation is not sin, but following through with temptation leads to sin and sin brings forth death.

We will get to death in a moment, but one last thought on escaping temptation, we always cry out to God after sin, “oh God I’m sorry, I repent, forgive me, help me to never do that again”. We need to make a conscience choice to cry out to God during the temptation and not after.

The devil has so many convinced that temptation is sin that we feel we cant cry out to God in temptation, that is a lie and we must recognize it as such.

On sin bringing forth death, lets go back to Genesis.

God speaking in Genesis 2:17 NIV “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” In Genesis three they ate the fruit, but Adam lived another 930 years. The death God was speaking of is spiritual death, that is the same death James was speaking of.

I want to bring up something here, I believe God can and will heal physical sickness and disease here on the earth, while some die of sickness, I don’t believe you must be sick to die. With that being said, I want to say this, I believe the greatest scheme of the enemy has been to get us focused on our physical bodies.

Some in the church have so focused on the message of physical healing and neglected to teach the importance of the spiritual healing that comes at sanctification.

The truth is anything physical or outwardly we receive is based on our holy walk before God.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2 NIV “IF you FULLY OBEY the LORD your God and carefully follow ALL his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth. (2) All these BLESSINGS will come on you and accompany you IF YOU OBEY the LORD your God:”

Matthew 6:33 AMP “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.”

3 John 2 NKJV “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”

Notice Blessing comes only after full obedience.

All the things of life overtake us after seeking His Kingdom and being and doing like Him.

Our prosperity and health is dependent upon how much our soul prospers.

To get our minds on receiving THE BLESSING of God without walking in holy obedience is not going to happen. No one can “name it and claim it” without being in right standing with God.

I believe in BLESSING but I also believe that is the thing the enemy has got the eyes of many in the church on, they know BLESSING scriptures but they don’t know the holiness scriptures and holiness always precedes BLESSING.

God said to Abraham walk before me and be blameless, He says the same things to us.

Let’s get our focus back on holiness, lets live, walk, act, and talk rightly before God and others and THE BLESSING will manifest.

The truth is THE BLESSING is first a spiritual BLESSING and secondly a physical one.

We started this study with …”BLESSED in the heavenly realms with every SPIRITUAL BLESSING in Christ…”

The moment we get our eyes off the spiritual and on the physical is the moment we lose THE BLESSING.

Don’t lose it, stay focused on God, stay focused on holiness, that is how we overcome temptation.

We must understand it is not a fight against sin, Jesus won that, our fight is against temptation, and we can win it just as Jesus defeated sin.

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About Casey D. Bell

Casey is an ordained minister in the Church of God and has a passion to see generations come together for the cause of Christ. Casey teaches strongly in the areas of faith, healing, applying God's Word to our everyday life, and the benefits of understanding our Jewish roots.
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