How to Overcome Temptation, Part 39 (Onward Christian Soldiers Discipleship Class #162)


Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

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.

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Our lesson today is titled “How to Overcome Temptation, Part 39”

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 looking at 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 “covetousness”. This is the second sin in a list of 12 temptations that comes from two sources — one ancient and one modern. The first source is a list that was developed by monks in the early church called “the seven deadly sins” or the “cardinal sins.” The second source is a Barna survey from 2011 which tracked the top temptations Americans admitted to struggling with.

We have already looked at 9 passages on this topic. Today, we will continue looking at 1 John 2:15-17. (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.)

1 John 2:15-17:

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

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Richard Mant said, “There is not a vice which more effectually contracts and deadens the feelings, which more completely makes a man’s affections center in himself, and excludes all others from partaking in them, than the desire of accumulating possessions. Beware, then, of the beginning of covetousness, for you know not where it will end.”

The second way in which the devil tempts us toward covetousness and taking part in the world system is through what John calls “the lust of the eyes.” We talked about the lust of the flesh and how it always desires that which is against the Spirit of God in the believer. But there is something that fuels and inflames the flesh, and that is the lust of the eyes. Our eyes are windows into our hearts and lives. Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.”

The reason why our covetous flesh rises up in us is often because of what we put before our eyes. If you are always looking at things that you do not have, cannot have, or should not have, you are only planting the seeds of covetousness in your heart. For example, looking at pornography creates lust in the heart for sexual encounters of the forbidden kind. Something as simple as “window shopping” can open the door to discontent and covetous desires for material possessions. Social media presents a unique threat as many observe others doing things and having things that are not in God’s plan for them at the time.

How do we overcome succumbing to the “lust of the eyes”? Job said he “made a covenant with his eyes” that he would not look lustfully on a young woman. The word “covenant” means a pledge or an agreement. In other words, it is within our power to control what we allow our eyes to dwell on. We know that there are fleshly desires in us that we should not fulfill as Christians. We should choose, therefore, not to look on those things that fuel our covetous flesh. Instead, we should look on those things that feed the Spirit and empower us to overcome fleshly desires.

Adelaide Plumptre wrote:

Keep thyself pure! Christ’s soldier, hear,
Through life’s loud strife, the calls rings clear.
Thy Captain speaks: His word obey;
So shall thy strength be as thy day.

Keep thyself pure! Thrice blessed he
Whose heart from taint of sin is free;
His feet shall stand where saints have trod,
He with rapt eyes shall see his God.

Keep thyself pure! For He Who died,
Himself for thy sake sanctified;
Then hear Him speaking from the skies,
And victorious over temptation rise.

O Holy Spirit, keep us pure,
Grant us Thy strength when sins allure;
Our bodies are Thy temple, Lord;
Be Thou in thought and act adored.

If you struggle with covetousness, take this passage to heart and begin to use it 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!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 9 (Onward Christian Soldiers #132)

Onward Christian Soldiers

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 9”

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 going to review what the Bible says about those sins so we can be aware of the dangers of those sins and so that we can hide those Scriptures in our hearts to use when we are tempted with those sins.

The sin that we are going to continue looking at today is the sin of “pride”. As we mentioned last week, pride is really the original sin because it is what caused Satan to lift his heart up against God and attempt to take God’s place in Heaven. Satan influences people to be proud which causes them to rebel against God and against God-ordained authority figures in their lives. We have already looked at three verses that combat this temptation. Here are three more. (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.)

Galatians 6:3 tells us of the foolishness of thinking highly of ourselves. “For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” This verse comes in the larger context of Paul’s admonishment to believers that they help one another. The previous verse reads, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” There are some people in the church who are so proud that they think they are above helping others. These people like the praise and glory that comes from being in a position of leadership, but they are not willing to serve as Jesus served. They think they are too important to bear anyone’s burdens. This verse challenges us to be humble, to remember that we are nothing and that we are no better than anyone else in the body of Christ.

James 4:6 also tells us of God’s reaction to those that are proud. “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” Pride and grace cannot co-exist. A proud person demands that God bless them because of their merits or their good deeds or their impressive gifts and capabilities. However, grace goes to those who realize they do not deserve anything from God’s hands. If we really grasp the fact that, just for one sin, we deserve Hell, we will see why we need grace. None of us are worthy of God’s blessings. Any blessings that we receive are only given to us by the grace of God. And that grace is only given to those who are humble.

Luke 14:11 says, “For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” These words of Jesus came as He was rebuking the religious leaders of his time for always seeking positions of prominence. In first century Palestine, when a big dinner was being held by someone of importance, people who attended the dinner would try to sit as close as possible to the host. Their proximity to the host indicated their significance in society. Jesus told His followers to not abide by this social tradition. He said, “But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you.” The point for us is that we should not seek positions of glory; rather, we should be content in a low position and let God be the one who raises us up if He chooses to.

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!

Approved Unto God, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldiers #110)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

Our lesson today is titled “Approved Unto God, Part 3”

If you want to become an effective servant of God, you must not only have a working knowledge of the Bible (as we talked about last week), but you must also have daily fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Approved Unto God, Part 3 (Onward Christian Soldiers #110)”

Approved Unto God, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #109)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”


Our lesson today is titled “Approved Unto God, Part 2”

We saw last week that the first thing we must do in order to become workmen approved unto God is to gain a working knowledge of the Bible. We must read it, meditate on it, and obey it.

Begin reading God’s Word today. Start with the Gospel of John. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand it. Mark the verses that seem to speak especially to your heart. Continue reading “Approved Unto God, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldiers #109)”

Approved Unto God, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #108)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Continue reading “Approved Unto God, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #108)”

The Problem of the Ignorant Believer, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #51)

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TEXT: Acts 17:10-12

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

The Problem of the Ignorant Believer, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #51)
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I trust that over the past week, you have taken some steps to increase your Biblical knowledge. I hope that you have adopted the spirit of the believers at Ephesus as described in the book of Acts rather than the spirit of the young man named Ignorance in the book, Pilgrim’s Progress. As you will recall, Ignorance was proud, arrogant, did not have a healthy respect for the Word of God, and refused to at least consider new knowledge regarding the Christian life when it was offered to Him. In contrast, the Christians at Ephesus were humble, honest about their ignorance, and they eagerly accepted the opportunity to grow in the faith through the receiving of new knowledge.

However, a word of caution must be issued to believers today. While all of us ought to want to grow in the faith and know more about the ways of God, we must be careful how we go about gaining that knowledge. Every preacher who comes on TV or the radio is not necessarily a good source of Biblical knowledge. Every bestselling “Christian” book is not a good source of Biblical knowledge. We must be wise in how we grow in the knowledge of God.

In our passage for today, we find a group of believers who grow the right way. They had a similar spirit as the believers in Ephesus. The Bible says that Paul and Silas came to the city of Berea and preached the Gospel to the Jews in the synagogue. We read that these Jews “were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Their actions are an example for us today. Continue reading “The Problem of the Ignorant Believer, Part 2 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #51)”

The Problem of the Ignorant Believer, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #50)

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TEXT: Acts 19:1-6

1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

The Problem of the Ignorant Believer, Part 1 (Pilgrim’s Progress According to the Bible #50)

A recent survey found the following to be true:

– 60% of people believe that Satan is not a “living being”
– 58% of people believe that the Holy Spirit is not a “living entity” but “a symbol of God’s presence and power”
– 22% of people believe that Jesus was not sinless
– Many do not believe that the Ten Commandments are actually “commandments,” but are “warnings.”

Christians today lament the level of ignorance about the things of God in the world, but the statistics that I just read to you are true among people who claim to be Christians. Yes, many Christians are, sadly, ignorant about basic Christian doctrine. Many churches have failed to teach their members, and many Christian parents have failed to teach their children. Thus, we have generations of Christians who are stunted in their spiritual growth. This lack of Biblical knowledge among Christians is part of the reason for the moral decline in our society. Dr. Albert Mohler said, “How can a generation be biblically shaped in its understanding of human sexuality when it believes Sodom and Gomorrah to be a married couple? No wonder Christians show a growing tendency to compromise on the issue of homosexuality. Many who identify themselves as Christians are similarly confused about the Gospel itself. An individual who believes that ‘God helps those who help themselves’ will find salvation by grace and justification by faith to be alien concepts.”

Every Christian must be committed to a Biblical foundation for his life. This can only be done if we take the time to read and study the Bible and learn from Christian teachers. We do not want to be ignorant Christians. In his classic story, Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan introduces us to a character named Ignorance. He comes from the country of Conceit, and he embarks on a journey to the Celestial City. Please listen as I read a portion of his discussion with Christian and Hopeful as they walk on the straight and narrow way:

And I slept and dreamed again, and saw the same two pilgrims going down the Mountains along the highway toward the Celestial City. Now a little below these Mountains on the left-hand side lies the country of Conceit, and from it originates a little crooked lane along which pilgrims walk since it enters into the straight way. Therefore here they met a very brisk lad named Ignorance.

So Christian asked him, “From where have you come? And where are you going?”

Ignorance said, “Sir, I was born in the country that lies on our left-hand side, and I am going to the Celestial City.”

Christian said, “But how do you imagine that you shall gain entrance at the gate? Will you not encounter some difficulty there?”

Ignorance said, “Just as other good people have gained entrance there, so will I.”

Christian replied, “But what acceptable qualification can you show at the gate so that it will be opened for you to enter?”

Ignorance said, “I know my Lord’s will and I have lived a good life; I have repaid every man to whom I was in debt; I frequently pray, fast, pay tithes, and give alms to the poor, and have forsaken the land of my birth so that I might arrive as a pilgrim.”

Christian said, “But you did not enter in at the Wicket-gate, that is at the commencement of this straight way. Rather you came in here by means of that crooked lane, and therefore I fear, whatever you may think about yourself, that when the day of final reckoning [judgment] comes, you will be accused of being a thief and a robber instead of qualifying as a legitimate entrant for the City.”

Ignorance said, “Gentlemen, you are utter strangers to me; I do not know you, so be content to follow your religion and I will be content to follow mine. I do hope that all will be well. And as for the gate that you talk about, all the world knows that it is a great distance away from our country. I cannot imagine that any man in our regions knows anything about the way to it. Furthermore, there is no need for them to be concerned about it since we have, as you can plainly see, a fine, pleasant, green lane that leads from our country down into the way right here.”

Four things we notice about Ignorance are that: (1) Contrary to Scripture, he believes he is a good person. (2) He is depending on his good works to get him into the Celestial City. (3) He has no real interest in the gospel; he just wants it for what he can get out of it — going to Heaven. (4) He is ignorant, and when he is informed of his ignorance, he shrugs it off, showing that he has no real desire to grow in the faith.

The attitude of this young man stands in contrast to the Ephesian believers described in our passage today. The Bible tells us that Paul came to Ephesus and “found certain disciples.” Now something about these disciples concerned Paul so much so that he was led to ask them, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” Paul did not sense the Holy Spirit among these believers, and that troubled him since they claimed to believe in Jesus. These disciples replied, “We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.”

Apparently, these believers knew something about Jesus. They knew enough to decide to become His disciples. But, they did not know the whole story. They were ignorant. We find out why from their answer to Paul’s next question. Paul asks, “Unto what then were ye baptized?” The Ephesian Christians answer, “Unto John’s baptism.” Now, we see their problem, as Paul states, was that “John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”

The Ephesian believers had taken hold of the teachings of John the Baptist, and they were baptized under that knowledge. However, John only preached up until the time that Jesus Christ came on the scene. John preached of the coming Messiah, not the Messiah who came, was crucified for the sins of the world, was buried, and rose from the dead. John called on people to repent of their sins in preparation for the coming Savior; he did not call on people to trust Christ who had paid for sin and made it possible for people to be forgiven of their sins. The Ephesian Christians had some of the story, but not all of it. They were doing the best they could with the knowledge they had, but they were ignorant.

In contrast to the young man named Ignorance in Pilgrim’s Progress, these believers were willing to admit their ignorance. When they were told about the Holy Spirit, they readily said that they had never heard of Him. When Paul pointed out their error, they were eager to learn and receive the new knowledge and experience that God had in store for them. The Bible says, “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”

By being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit, these young disciples of Christ experienced a tremendous growth spurt. They graduated from their limited knowledge and experience into the knowledge of salvation through Christ and the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit in their lives. By listening to and taking heed to Paul’s message, they grew older in the Lord.

God does not intend for us to remain ‘babes in Christ.’ He does not want us to stay ignorant young believers who never progress into the greater things that God has in store. As C.S. Lewis would say, we ought to always be moving “further up and further in” to the knowledge and experience of God through the hearing of the Word, through the study of the word, and through our interactions with other believers. More than ever, our world needs mature Christians who are prepared to do battle for God in an increasingly hostile society. We cannot afford to be ignorant Christians.

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If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you briefly how you can be saved from your sins and be guaranteed a home in Heaven with God today.

First, please understand that you are a sinner, just as I am, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve eternal punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell. That is the bad news.

But here is the good news. John 3:16 says “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.”

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 today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to 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! Congratulations 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.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

A New Master, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldier #81)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Our key Bible passage today is Romans 6:6: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

Our lesson today is titled “A New Master, Part 2”

In our last lesson, we began addressing the topic of Self. Because man is sinful, he is naturally self-centered. The devil influences man to make Self the master of his life. This fleshly self-centeredness manifests itself in many ways, including: Self-love, Self-pride, Self-pity, Self-seeking, Self-righteousness, Self-justification, Self-consciousness, and Self-will.

Now we come to a very important question. How can we be delivered from the rule of Self? First, let us see what God did about our self-life. Because our self-life was so hateful to God, He crucified us with Christ.

How can we be crucified with Christ? Consider this illustration: Let’s take a piece of paper and cut out a little man, and then take the little paper man and put him in a book. The little man is now in the book. Suppose we place the book on a table. Where is the little man? He is also on the table because he is in the book. Suppose we put the book on the floor. Where is the little man now? He is on the floor. Suppose we place the book on top of a piano. Where is the little man now? He is on the piano.

When God saved us He put us in Christ on the cross. What happened to Christ happened also to us because we were in Christ. When He was crucified, we were crucified with Him; when He died, we died with Him, and when He rose again, we rose again with Him. The Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ.” What was true of the Apostle Paul is true of every Christian. Christ died for us, and we died with Him.

Why did God crucify us with Christ? He crucified us with Christ SO THAT WE MIGHT NO LONGER BE RULED BY SELF. Romans 6:6 says, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”

God not only dealt with our self-life, but He also gave us a new Master. Our new Master is Christ. He has come to live in our heart, and He is Lord of our life. Romans 14:9 says, “For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.” When Christ rules as King in our heart, the Holy Spirit produces His life in us. The Bible tells us how His life manifests itself in Galatians 5:22-23: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (self-control).”

Now we come back to the question: How can I be delivered from the rule of Self? Three steps are necessary if we want to have victory over Self.

1. We must deny Self.

If we want to follow the Lord, we must take Self off the throne of our heart. We must make the choice that we will no longer be ruled by Self. It must be “Not I, but Christ.” The Lord Jesus said, “If any man will come after Me, let him DENY HIMSELF….”

2. We must count on our standing in Christ.

God put us in Christ on the cross. When He was crucified, we were crucified with Him. This is our standing in Christ, and we must count on it. The Bible says, “reckon yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” To “reckon” means to count on a fact. Are we counting on the fact that we were crucified with Christ? If so, then let us put our signature to this statement: “I have been crucified with Christ.”

3. We must surrender to Christ.

Christ is our new Master. We must live for Him and not for ourselves. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For the love of Christ constraineth us [or controls us]; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

Our surrender to the Lord Jesus is a once-for-all giving of ourselves to Him followed by a daily giving of ourselves to Him. Daily, we must say “No” to Self and “Yes” to the Lord Jesus. Jesus Christ said, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross DAILY, and follow me.”

That is the choice we must make if we want to live with Christ as our Master — the King on the throne of our hearts.

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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!

A New Master, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldier #80)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Our key Bible passage today is Romans 8:7: “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”

Our lesson today is titled “A New Master, Part 1”

Lucifer was the wisest and most beautiful angel ever created, but sin changed him into Satan, the enemy of God and the enemy of man. Sin separated Adam and Eve from their loving Creator. And sin turned men who were created in the image of God into slaves of sin and Satan.

Because He hates sin so much, God wants us to be delivered from its power. In our last lesson we learned that, in Christ, we have been delivered from the kingdom of darkness. Sin has no right to reign over us, because we are no longer in the kingdom where sin reigns. Continue reading “A New Master, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldier #80)”

A New Kingdom, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldier #79)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers

Romans 6:1-2: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

In our last lesson we began talking about sin in the life of the Christian. We reviewed how we were born into Adam’s sinful race under the influence of the kingdom of darkness, and how that through the death and resurrection of Christ we were born again into the family of God and have been placed in the kingdom of light.
Continue reading “A New Kingdom, Part 2 (Onward Christian Soldier #79)”