How to Overcome Temptation

How to Overcome Temptation

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How to Overcome Temptation

Sometimes we may be tempted to think that because of our past, those who know us will never take our testimony seriously. The truth, however, is that there is no story as powerful as a 'before and after' story. It can be a simple statement such as, 'once I was blind but now I see' or 'I used to be depressed and now I'm joyful.' What is your story? What has the Lord done in your life this year? If you have experienced Him, don't be silent with your testimony. 

Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all (1 Timothy 4:15 NKJV). One of the problems that some Christians have bemoaned is the disparity between their personal experiences and the message of the Gospel that they “believe” and even preach. How do you preach healings and miracles as the works of God, and then get sick; or preach about financial prosperity, and are in deep financial difficulties? It shows that there’s a missing link. Some may think the solution to this is intense prayer and fasting so they can “clean” up their lives and get rid of whatever may be hindering their “blessing.” “Perhaps, if I try to be a better Christian, things might change for good,” they’d say. But that’s not it; the Lord never asked us to try to be good or better; He already made us His righteousness. 

It’s not about what you’ve done or didn’t do; it’s about Christ and your understanding, and appropriation of His substitutionary work to, and in your personal life. You can live your whole life preaching the Gospel, without really knowing what it is. For example, as popular as John 3:16 is, a scripture many people quote by heart, they’ve never had a grasp of the power and reality of those words. It says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Many see this scripture as a promise, but it’s a law; a sovereign declaration of the Almighty God, that anybody who believes in Jesus Christ, is separated, or severed from perishing; from suffering. It doesn’t end at that: such a person has everlasting life. Everlasting means imperishable, indestructible and incorruptible. That’s the life you’ve received. 

How can anyone understand, and be aware of this kind of truth and live an ordinary life? You couldn’t know this and be a victim in life; it’s impossible! Meditate on the realities of the Gospel. It’ll make you think, talk and walk differently; your life will be an expression and manifestation of the message and blessings of the Gospel.

I walk in the reality of all that the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ accomplished for me. I have eternal life; the imperishable, indestructible and incorruptible life of God, and it’s at work in every fibre of my being, keeping me in divine health, and warding off everything that’s inconsistent with the provisions of the Gospel. Blessed be God!

1 John 5:11-12 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. 

1 Peter 2:9 AMPC But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own [a]purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

"Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you." And he departed and began to proclaim in Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and all marveled." Mark 5:19-20. What a wonderful Lord we have.

He takes lives that have been rendered useless by abuse and neglect and turns them into instruments of His grace.
•  He frees us from the stigma of our past
•  He makes us a witness of His grace
•  He makes our lives useful and profitable

 He took a raving, self-destructive mad man who hid in tombs and turned him into a disciple and an ambassador. That is something to talk and shout about. When we experience God's compassion and grace, we inherit a responsibility to tell others about what the Lord has done for us.

ne for you? Why don't you testify to your friends and family what the Lord has done for you throughout this year? Why don't you praise the Lord before your work colleagues? Lord, help me to make Your grace through my testimonies. Mark 5:1-20
                                     
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