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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 21 (Onward Christian Soldiers #144)

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 21”

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 “covetousness”. We have already looked at four verses on this topic. Today, we delve more deeply into one of the passages that we looked at previously and see what more it can tell us about fighting the temptation of covetousness or wickedly desiring what others have. (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 Timothy 6:3-11:

3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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Dr. Warren Wiersbe said, “To warn Timothy — and us — about the dangers of covetous, Paul shared that wealth does not bring contentment. The word contentment means ‘an inner sufficiency that keeps us at peace in spite of outward circumstances.’ Paul used this same word later. ‘For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.’ True contentment comes from godliness in the heart, not wealth in the hand. A person who depends on material things for peace and assurance will never be satisfied, for material things have a way of losing their appeal. It is the wealthy people, not the poor people, who go to psychiatrists and who are more apt to try to commit suicide.”

In this passage, Paul does not provide a warning against riches, but a warning against the desire to be rich. He is writing to the young pastor Timothy, letting him know that, although he may live of the Gospel, his purpose is not to get rich. A pastor’s desire ought to be wrapped up in the Gospel, not gaining personal wealth. But this command goes for everybody. Life is dangerous for all those who love money.

John MacArthur said the warning about loving money “applies directly in this context to those who are teachers, but also applies to every believer as a general rule. True preachers must avoid the money-love of false teachers, as must all Christians. Like a gun, there is nothing inherently wrong with money. But like a gun, money can be used for good and evil purposes. Thus, the issue is not money, but one’s attitude toward it. The sin in view is the sin of greed. One of the danger signs of loving money is that those who love money are more concerned with making it than with honesty, or giving a quality effort. Believers must first pursue truth and excellence, for which money may be the reward.”

While many saints in the Bible, such as Abraham, David, and Solomon, were extremely rich, their real desire was for God — honoring Him, serving Him, and obeying Him. For them, the riches were a byproduct. In fact, God may have allowed them to be rich because He knew that wealth would not cause them to go astray.

The desire for wealth, the “love of money,” causes people to do many sinful things that they would not otherwise do. Think of prostitution, bribery, embezzling, theft, sexual exploitation, deception, even murder. People do all of these things for money. So, there is no wonder that Paul says these people are “pierced through with many sorrows.” The Bible says, “the wages of sin is death.” In this life, pain and suffering is a result of sin. When we allow the desire for riches to take over in our lives and it causes us to sin, we can expect the wages of sin as a result.

Not only does the desire for wealth lead people into all kinds of sin, but it causes them to stray from the faith. If your main goal is to make more money, whether you are rich or poor, you will be drawn away from Jesus Christ. Our main goal should be a closer relationship with Jesus and humble service to Him and to His church. We ought to allow nothing to get in the way of that.

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!

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How to Overcome Temptation, Part 20 (Onward Christian Soldiers #143)

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.

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How Not to Walk, Part 23 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #269)

spiritual-warfare


A series of homilies on Ephesians.

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

TEXT: Ephesians 4:30-31:

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

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A.W. Tozer said, “One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If you want a new personality, I’ll tell you this: the only way to get it is to have a prayer life. You can’t pray and be unclean; you can’t pray and hold a grudge; you can’t pray and have bitterness. We blame the devil so much, but many of us sabotage our own prayer lives.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “After his salvation, Peter Cartwright was given an “exhorter’s license” by the Methodist Church, recognizing the fact that he was already traveling and preaching to small groups. The next year, the presiding Methodist elder gave him permission to form a circuit of churches in a new region of Kentucky. Cartwright protested, claiming that he was uneducated and an immature Christian. But at length, Cartwright accepted the challenge and told God that he would go preach in a house, and if one soul were converted, it was evidence that he was called to evangelism. That evening the greatest professing infidel in the area was present to hear him preach. Cartwright read for his text, “Trust ye in the Lord for ever, for in the Lord Jehovah, is everlasting strength”. The infidel was soundly converted, joined the church, and became a leader in the church meeting in that house.”

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The third sin that Paul says a Christian should stay away from because it grieves the Holy Spirit is anger. A few verses earlier, he talked about not letting the sun go down on our wrath. The reason why is because when we keep putting off dealing with issues that cause us to become angry, we set in motion an eventual blow-up that will leave devastation, and sometimes death, in its wake. A lady once came to Billy Sunday and tried to rationalize her angry outbursts. She said, “There’s nothing wrong with losing my temper. I blow up, and then it’s all over. “So does a shotgun,” Sunday replied, “and look at the damage it leaves behind!”

The Greek word for anger is “orge.” It differs from wrath in that wrath is often short-lived — it flares up and then dies down. Anger is long-lasting. William Barclay writes that the Greeks “described orge as anger which has become habitual. It is anger which has become inveterate — having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change. It is slow-burning anger which refuses to be pacified and nurses its wrath to keep it warm.”

While the same word is used to describe God’s long-running anger against sin and evil, Christians are called to “put away” anger. Anger ought not to be a habit of life for us. To use God’s question to Jonah, “Doest thou well to be angry?” Jonah wanted to control things. He hated the heathen Ninevites and wanted to see them punished by God. He got bitter and upset when they repented and God spared them.

Often, that is what our anger amounts to. We want to have our own way. And when things do not go our way, we get angry — at God or at other people. God is saying to us, ‘What do you have to be angry about? I’m in control. Even if someone wrongs you or does something to offend you, remember that I am in control. Nothing happens without My knowledge.’ If we learn to submit to the Holy Spirit and remember that God is in charge of every situation, we can let go of our anger and trust God to work out all of our circumstances according to His will.

Robert Wayne Atkins wrote:

While it’s not a sin to become angry or mad,
to remain that way is exceedingly bad.

The best way to deal with anger is to forgive and forget.
Force yourself to calm down before the sun has set.

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 18 (Onward Christian Soldiers #141)


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 18”

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 “covetousness”. We have already looked at one verse on this topic. Let’s look at the following verses and see what they can tell us about fighting the temptation of covetousness or wickedly desiring what others have. (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.)

In Luke 12:15 Jesus said, “And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

The Bible Exposition Commentary says, “Rabbis were expected to help settle legal matters, but Jesus refused to get involved. Why? Because He knew that no answer He gave would solve the real problem, which was covetousness in the hearts of the two brothers.As long as both men were greedy, no settlement would be satisfactory. Their greatest need was to have their hearts changed. Like too many people today, they wanted Jesus to serve them but not to save them. Covetousness is an unquenchable thirst for getting more and more of something we think we need in order to be truly satisfied. It may be a thirst for money or the things that money can buy, or even a thirst for position and power. Jesus made it clear that true life does not depend on an abundance of possessions. He did not deny that we have certain basic needs. He only affirmed that we will not make life richer by acquiring more of these things. Mark Twain once defined “civilization” as “a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities,” and he was right. In fact, many Christians are infected with covetousness and do not know it. They think that Paul’s admonition in 1 Timothy 6 applies only to the “rich and famous.” Measured by the living standards of the rest of the world, most believers in America are indeed wealthy people.”

The world tells us that success and fulfillment is measured by how much you get — how much money, how many possessions, how much acclaim. But as many people who have gained worldly success can attest to, those possessions are not the measure of life. Jesus tells us plainly that the abundance of material possessions you have have nothing to do with living a life that has meaning. Therefore, it is unwise to be covetous — to desire things that others have and to waste your life trying to get them.

Kittie L. Suffield put it this way in her song, “Little Is Much When God Is In It”:

In the harvest field now ripened
There’s a work for all to do;
Hark! the voice of God is calling,
To the harvest calling you.

In the mad rush of the broad way,
In the hurry and the strife,
Tell of Jesus’ love and mercy,
Give to them the Word of Life.

Little is much when God is in it!
Labor not for wealth or fame;
There’s a crown, and you can win it,
If you go in Jesus’ name.

If you struggle with covetousness, 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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 17 (Onward Christian Soldiers #140)

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 17”

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 begin looking at today is the sin of “covetousness”. As you know, we are going through 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. (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.)

Let’s look at the following verses and see what they can tell us about fighting the temptation of covetousness or wickedly desiring what others have.

Hebrews 13:5 reads, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Covetousness is the “intense and selfish desire for something that one does not have.” In the Old Testament law, this was called covetousness. God told the Jews not to covet another person’s spouse, their livestock, their crops, or their homes. Covetousness or covetousness shows a lack of trust that what God has allowed you to have is best for you at that time. That is why the writer of Hebrews commands us to be “content with such things” as we have. God’s people ought not to always be striving for more material things. The main reason why is not because God does not want us to have those things, but because we have so much more through Jesus Christ. The things that you covet, the things that you are covetousnessy for can all be taken away. But not Christ — He is always with us. He is all we need. And he will never leave us nor forsake us.

If you struggle with covetousness, 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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 16 (Onward Christian Soldiers #139)

Onward Christian Soldiers


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!

How to Overcome Temptation, Part 14 (Onward Christian Soldiers #137)

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 14”

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”. Charles Spurgeon said, “There is nothing into which the heart of man so easily falls as pride, and yet there is no more vice which is more frequently, more emphatically, and more eloquently condemned in Scripture. Pride is a thing which should be unnatural to us, for we have nothing to be proud of.”

We have already looked at 18 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.)

1. Romans 12:3 says, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Most people have a higher view of themselves than is warranted. We think proudly of ourselves and less of others. The Christian, however, is to think soberly about himself. He is to think of himself according to the measure of faith he has through Christ. That is where our value lies — in Christ. What does God say about all people in general? He says that we are sinners, that there are none among us that do good, that we have all like sheep gone astray. The only good thing that is found in us is what has been done by Christ. We do not deserve to be made righteous by God, but because of His grace, He has made us rightoeus through Christ. And that should not make us proud, but humble.

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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!

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