How to Overcome Temptation, Part 15 (Onward Christian Soldiers #138)
Our key Bible verse is 1 Corinthians 10:13:
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 15”
In this section of our Onward Christian Soldiers discipleship class, we are going to continue looking at specific temptations that are, as the Bible says, “common to man.” We are reviewing what the Bible says about these sins so we can be aware of its dangers and so that we can hide Scripture in our hearts to use when we are tempted.
The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “pride”. We have already looked at 19 verses that fight this temptation. (Remember, the text of this lesson is made available online after each class, so you can go to our website GLHOPI.com, click the “Onward Christian Soldiers” banner on the home page, and begin to learn these verses by heart throughout the week.)
The next verse that we are looking at is Romans 12:16 which says, “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.”
You have heard it said that “everybody wants to be a star.” Everybody wants to be important in the eyes of the world. In so doing, most people pursue after “high things” — things which we believe will set us head and shoulders above the crowd. We frown on the idea of ‘condescending’ or lowering ourselves to the level of those whom we perceive as insignificant. The world tells us to leave the turkeys behind and soar with the eagles. But what if God’s place for you is on the ground, ministering to the turkeys? It takes a humble person to accept and submit to such a calling.
Finally, Philippians 2:3 says, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”
This verse speaks to the motivation behind our actions. You have heard of the dilemma of someone doing a bad thing for a good reason. But, perhaps, what is far more common in the church are those who do good things for a bad reason. For example, if you are mad at a brother or sister and your idea of getting revenge is to clinch that last spot in the choir that you know they have been pursuing. That is doing something through strife. By the same token, if your motivation for going soul winning is to be honored by the church at the end of the month as the one who won the most souls to the Lord or got the most visitors to attend church, that is doing something through vainglory. You are doing it simply because you want to be lifted up above others. The command of Christ, however, is to esteem — to value, lift up, or promote — others. If you see another brother or sister striving for a goal, you ought to encourage them and cheer them on. God knows who is best fit for every position in His church. If that person is you, you will get the job or position or appointment. You don’t need to go out of your way to trip somebody else up just so your pride won’t be hurt. Think of others as better than yourself.
If you struggle with pride, take these passages to heart and begin to use them the next time you face that temptation.
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!