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The power to overcome temptations

When he died, he died once to break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus. Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Romans 6:10-14

The Apostle Paul reminded Christians in Rome that they should live their lives based on the new life they have in Christ. Once you accept Christ as Lord and Savior, you are no longer a slave of sin but a slave of Christ. This new life in Christ provided you a new sense of purpose. Your whole being becomes an instrument for God’s glory. God commands believers to stay away in every form of evil. “Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil” (1 Thess. 5:22). The death of Christ on the cross once and for all has broken the power of sin over those that surrendered their lives to Christ. It is not easy to break away from sin’s invitation. Left on your own, you do not have the capacity or the strength to resist the call of temptation. You cannot take for granted the cunning craftiness of the devil. God does not want you to tolerate sin because it cost the life of His Son Jesus Christ on the cross. Sin had caused countless lives, destroyed relationships, and resulted to unbearable pains. When you treat sin lightly you are devaluing what Christ’s death on the cross had accomplished. So do not disregard when God convicts you to remove yourself to a possibility that you might be tempted. It might be a relationship, or an ungodly influence, or an environment that scoffs at sin. You can only win over the power of sin when you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. He is the one who will help you to have the discernment to make the right decision. It is by allowing God’s word to permeate your heart and your mind that will help you overcome temptation. “Do not stifle the Holy Spirit. Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said” (1 Thess. 5:19-21).


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