Victorious in the hour of temptation Basilea Schlink
In a person’s life satan has a goal to keep us from salvation. When we come to salvation, the strategy of the devil changes, now his goal is to make us ineffective for God in this world. Temptation is his weapon, but we can turn that around and be victorious. The path to that victory will not look like we would expect it, but there is a way to victory.
James 1:13-15 Let no one say when he is tempted, I am being tempted by God ; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death.
(Psalms 138:6-8) For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.
(James 4:6-7) But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
God calls you to humble yourself before Him, that is, to submit yourself in body, soul, and mind, to His authority. That means that your actions, your words, your thoughts, and most importantly your heart attitude are to all be in subjection to God's will. Knowing God's will means knowing His Word since He has revealed His will to His people through His written Word. The first and greatest step, therefore, in submitting yourself to God is knowing His Word. Although He does not give you specific instruction for every circumstance or situation in your life, God reveals His will for how He wants you to live your life in a general sense. By knowing the element of God's will for your actions, words, and thoughts as He has revealed it in His Word, the momentum created in your life carries you into and through the specific circumstances that are not revealed.
Submission is defined by the world today as an act or attitude that is stifling, repressive, and oppressive. According to his character, the enemy has taken the truth and convinced the world and, unfortunately, many believers that it means the opposite. To submit yourself to God frees you from the influence of sin and its author. It opens to you the full extent and purpose of the power God has placed within you through His Holy Spirit.
4 Keys to being victorious over temptation.
1: I am willing to suffer. Suffering brings glory.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. 18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Ephesians 3:13 Therefore I ask you not to lose heart at my tribulations on your behalf, for they are your glory.
Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
1 Peter 4:13 But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.
1 Peter 1:6-8In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,7so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
2: I can wait for God’s timing, His help will never come too late
The tempter always offers IMMEDIATE assistance in the transformation of our depressing situation. but when we say, “I can wait for God’s timing, His help never comes too late.” we defeat the enemy with trust.
Help me to be willing to remain “in need” and to trust You.
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
Psalm 33:20 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.
Isaiah 8:17And I will wait for the LORD who is hiding His face from the house of Jacob; I will even look eagerly for Him.
18Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.
3: My Father will take care of me. No one takes care of me like my Father.
When we are filled with longing/desire for something the enemy finds it easy to entrap us, but the enemy will flee when we are prepared to commit the desire to the Lord, our lives will be saying “My Father takes care of me, no one provides for me as well and at such a perfect moment as My Father ”
1 Cor. 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
4: Be willing to fight. Be prepared to let loving God, cost you wounds and tears.
Only he who fights will overcome. Temptations will come, but a crown of victory awaits those who fight by faith and trust in God.
Revelation insight into Matthew Chapter 11:11,12
11 Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.”
Keep reading from Matt. 11
Discuss what it doesn’t mean.
The violent with their ‘self-life.’ Merciless with my ‘self’ and merciful to others.
“Love is not blind, it sees more not less, but because it sees more it is willing to see less.” A Jewish teacher named Julius Gordon.
Col. 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions.
Philippians 2:29 Receive him then in the Lord with all joy, and hold men like him in high regard; 30because he came close to death for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was deficient in your service to me.
Hebrews 12: 3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. 4You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin; 5and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD,
NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;
6FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES. 7It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? 8But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. 9Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live? 10For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, So that we may share His holiness. 11All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. 12Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. 14Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled;
Hosea 14:1 Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God,
For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
One of satan’s tricks is to commit forgery. When we fail, stumble, or fall satan sends a letter pretending to be God, telling us that he has had enough and cannot forgive and heal anymore–wrong. Confess the fault to God and a trusted friend, get up and move on.