The Quiet Time and VICTORY Over Sin
This is a continuation of my previous article, “How to Overcome Temptation”
Did you ever notice how the smallest things to us may actually be some of the biggest things to God? How about those little “white lies” we tell in order to get through the day, or the internal sins we commit without having any feeling of regret about them? David writes is Psalm 119:133: “Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me”. Are we conquered by iniquity? Are we letting small sins get in the way of our relationship with God? Having a good Quiet Time is one of the keys to a personal victory over sin. Please read through these verses before continuing on through this article:
Romans 7:15-25 – Click “More” to open the entire passage
In those verses we have a view of confidence from Paul, but also a view of the humanity that is sin. We have Paul reminding us that sin will have no control over us because we are under the Grace of God, but then in the next chapter he is explains his own battles to control his body and his mind from sinning and the war the dwells within each of us.
- We can get Victory over Wickedness – Hebrews 12:1
We all have our own sets of sins that weigh us down on a daily basis. These sins are called “besetting sins”. They are things we constantly struggle to avoid, yet we seem to continually fall into them; it seems as though we can never get ahead, and if we do, we fall back into them at some point. The Devil knows our weaknesses better than we do, and he knows what to put before us or what trials to place in our lives so that we resort to our old ways (our besetting sins) in hopes to find relief from the path ahead of us.
We need to remember the Word of God when these besetting sins are before us. First of all, God will never allow Satan to tempt us with something that we cannot resolve and escape from: 1 Corinthians 10:13. When we find ourselves tempted, we need to dive into the word and fight that sin with the two edged sword that is the Bible: Hebrews 4:12, Psalms 119:9-11.
We can get Victory over Worldliness: Romans 12:1-2, 1 John 2:15-17, James 4:4
Here are some practical ideas on how we can get victory over worldliness:
- Make no provisions for the Flesh: Romans 13:14
- Substitute something good for something bad
- Quote scripture just as Jesus did: Luke 4:1-14
- Pray, meditate, and trust God for Victory
3. We can get Victory over our Weights: 1 Thessalonians 5:22
Weights are not necessarily a sin, but rather things we say or do that hinders our ability to be a testimony for Christ. These things must be laid aside so that we may benefit those around us: 1 Corinthians 8:9.
Lets examine a passage of Scripture to better understand how that only (quiet) time with Christ can give us Victory over sin, simply because HE conquered it:
Hebrews 9:23-28 is the passage, here is the jist of the context:
Verse 26: We have been saved from the Penalties of sin through Justification
Verse 24: We are being saved from the Power of sin through Sanctification
Verse 28: We shall be saved from the Presence of sin through Glorification
Friends, it’s a long road and a tough journey to conquer sin, but the greatest thing to know is that Christ already has conquered sin on our behalf! Now it is up to us to follow him (Matthew 4:19) and to heed His words and commandments so that no sins (1 Thessalonians 4:1-7) get in the way of the relationship we can have with Christ. There are many sins, commandments, laws, and just plain truths we ought to follow as Christians; the list is inexhaustible really. But the important thing is not to be flustered or upset when we sin, rather we need to look to the Cross and follow the Man who died upon it so that we may be redeemed in His eyes, our own eyes, and those around us who need our leadership in order to strengthen their own lives in Christ Jesus.