Against Every Temptation
yourselves unto God, . . . and your members as instruments of righteousness
unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you. Rom. 6:13, 14.
There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of
men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. . . . His grace alone can
enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature.
value of the sacrifice required for our redemption reveals the fact that sin
is a tremendous evil. Through sin the whole human organism is deranged, the
mind is perverted, the imagination corrupted. Sin has degraded the faculties
of the soul. Temptations from without find an answering chord within the heart,
and the feet turn imperceptibly toward evil. As the sacrifice in our behalf
was complete, so our restoration from the defilement of sin is to be complete.
There is no act of wickedness that the law will excuse; there is no unrighteousness
that will escape its condemnation. The life of Christ was a perfect fulfillment
of every precept of the law. He said; "I have kept my Father's commandments."
John 15:10. His life is our standard of obedience and service.
presents the same temptations that he presented to Christ, offering us the
kingdoms of the world in return for our allegiance. But upon him who looks
to Jesus as the author and finisher of his faith, Satan's temptations have
no power. He cannot cause to sin the one who will accept by faith the virtues
of Him who was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin.
of sin is the act of the soul itself. True, we have no power to free ourselves
from Satan's control; but when we desire to be set free from sin, and in our
great need cry out for a power out of and above ourselves, the powers of the
soul are imbued with the divine energy of the Holy Spirit, and they obey the
dictates of the will in fulfilling the will of God.
have a people zealous of good works, standing firm amid the pollutions of
this degenerate age. There will be a people who hold so fast to the divine
strength that they will be proof against every temptation.
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