How to Overcome Temptation, Part 16 (Onward Christian Soldiers #139)
Welcome to the Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class. I am Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society and pastor of Gospel Light House of Prayer International. The purpose of this time together is to teach young believers everything they need to know about their faith in Jesus Christ and provide them with the knowledge they need to live victorious Christian lives.
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 16”
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 21 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 final passages of Scripture that we are looking at on the topic of pride is James 4:6 and James 4:10 which read, “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble… Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.”
In this passage, James rebukes his readers for strife, covetousness, and compromise in their Christian community. He calls them adulterers and adulteresses, warmongers, and friends of the world. What is the solution to the dissolution among them? A big part of it is humility.
No Christian — and no one else for that matter — will succeed in life if they are full of pride. The reason is because, “God resisteth the proud.” The Greek word for resisteth means to stand against someone in war. Richard Trench said, “God setteth himself in battle-array against the prideful above all other sorts of sinners, as invaders of his territories, and foragers or plunderers of his chief treasures.”
The proper attitude is the attitude of humility. James tells his readers to “humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord.” This is a choice, a decision on the part of the believer. We can choose to humble ourselves before God. If we do, He will give us grace and lift us up. And there is nothing better than being lifted up by God, because when He lifts us up there is no one who can knock us down.
Frederick W. Faber wrote:
Thy home is with the humble, Lord
The simple are the best;
Thy lodging is in child-like hearts;
Thou makest there thy rest.
Dear Comforter, eternal Love,
If thou wilt stay with me,
Of lowly thoughts and simple ways,
I’ll build a house for thee.
Who made this breathing heart of mine
But thou, my Heavenly Guest?
Let no one have it, then, but thee,
And let it be thy rest.
If you struggle with pride, take this passage 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!