If you haven’t realized it by now, men and women are naturally sinful. Take a look around sometime and you will see selfishness, greed, sexual impurity, dissensions, and many other sins. After you have taken a peek at what others are doing, then take some time to honestly look at yourself. Are you really free from sin? Sadly, since we are all human, the truth is that no one of us can answer yes to that question. (Romans 3:23)
However, if you are a brother or sister in Christ, you also should know that Jesus has given us a way to be free from sin, through His death on Calvary. Even still, while we may be free from the consequences of sin, and while we may find Jesus ready and waiting to forgive us if we fall back into old sinful behavior, we should be striving to live as sin-free as we possibly can. That can be really hard when we all live lives that are full of temptations and trials. Is there anything we can do to live more sin-free?
YES!!! If you open up a Bible to Matthew 4 you will find the story of how Jesus responded to the temptations voiced to Him by Satan, himself. Jesus was tempted at least three times, and he had one method for dealing with the enemy and his temptations: He responded to Satan with the word of God. This was the method Jesus used to combat the enemy, and as Matthew 4:11 tells us, “The Devil left Him.” I guess Gods word is POWERFUL stuff!
We have modern ways to fight temptation that have proven useful from time to time, such as accountability partners or seeking Christian advice. But what if we’re alone and we want to have victory over our temptations NOW, while we’re alone? What is stopping us from putting Jesus’ method of temptation defense into practice in our lives? The only thing I can think of is that we simply do not know enough of God’s word to fight back when Sin is tempting us to betray our Lord.
There really isn’t much more to say. I know personally that while I have room to grow in my knowledge of scripture, God has blessed the small arsenal of passages I bring to my defense when I’m feeling weak and the enemy is coming after me. In just the past few weeks, I could not begin to count how often Phillipians 4:8 has been my shield from sin. When my mind wants to give in to impatience or anger, it has been that passage that God has brought to my attention. Even just one verse at the right time can be the difference between needing forgiveness OR growing in righteousness. Take some time to learn more of God’s word and let His wisdom keep you safe from the corruption of sin.
Written by Timothy Hegerich. Edited by Caroline Hegerich.
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!