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Struggling with Temptation?

“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptations to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure it” (1 Cor 10:13; NLT). As Christians we are still tempted to sin (James 1:1:4). When we became a Christian only our spirit was made new (John 3:3, 5-8), our souls and bodies (1 Thess 5:23) were not renewed. Temptation does not come from God (James 1:13). Our unrenewed soul can respond to its own evil desires and be tempted to sin (James 1:14-15) and satan will tempt us as well (Matt 4:1-10; Gen 3:1-5). We need to renew our minds (Rom 12:2) and discipline our bodies (1 Cor 9:27). The apostle Paul described the struggle both he and we face between our renewed inner man or spirit and our flesh, our body and soul (Rom 7:15-25). However, he follows that discussion with the marvelous victory statement in Romans 8:2 (NLT), “And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” The power of the Holy Spirit within us brings life to our spirits that were dead in sin, power to enable us to walk in victory (Acts 1:8), direction to recognize and counter sin (Rom 8:16; 9:1) and power to change and become more like Christ (Rom 8:11; Gal 5:22-23)! We need to allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Let’s get in the word and see how God can keep us from temptation and lead us in victory. Finally, Jesus through His sacrifice and victory won forgiveness for us (Col 1:14), never forget that.

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