When I look around the many churches I have been in; I do not see believers who are looking for a way into sin. I see Christians who are looking for a way out of sin, even though they may be caught up deeply in sin at the moment. If that is you, your Heavenly Father still loves you. If your faith is in Jesus, you are saved, period. Salvation is all about God’s promise to us and He wants us to keep our faith in His promise of eternal life. He wants us to not give up hope or faith in His promises, to live from faith to faith, no matter what this world and the enemy throws at us. We do not fulfill His promise, He fulfills His promise.
In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, Titus 1:2 NAS
Defeat Temptation and Walk in Victory
A believer is no longer under the letter of the law but under grace where sin is not being counted or imputed to their account.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Rom 6:14 NAS
The letter of the law is no longer our teacher unto godliness. Grace and the knowledge of the truth are our teachers unto godliness.
This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. Titus 1:2 NLT
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, Titus 2:11-12 ESV
Under grace, walking by the Spirit “Love” (Rom 13:8-10, Gal 5:14) and not the letter of the law (2 Cor 3:6), we do not minister, nor is there, condemnation or death when we fail. But, we know, the temptation to sin will come. We also know that walking in sin is contradictory to walking in love. We also know for a fact that God tempts no one.
Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. James 1:13 NAS
Therefore, if we sense a strong temptation, we know for certain it is not from God. We know it is from the enemy and that Satan never has our best interests in mind with any temptation.
I started to write this study one day when I had a strong temptation to do something that I know God would prefer that I not do. I also know that I am under grace and not the letter of the law. Therefore, if I give in to temptation, God is not going to condemn me for doing so. For a moment, I kind of gave myself permission to give in to this very strong and sudden temptation. That is when it hit me, I know for certain this temptation is not from God. As soon as I thought about this truth, the temptation lost its power and fizzled out within seconds. It was the thought of listening to Satan that turned me away from the temptation.
Therefore, I am suggesting that the next time you are tempted to do something you know God would not want you to do. First understand that if you do it or not, if your faith is in Christ, your righteous standing with God in Christ will not change. You are under grace where sin is not imputed and not the letter of the law that brings death.
But, I want you to ask yourself, why would Satan be tempting me? He knows God is not counting my sins against me. So, what is in it for him?
Then, think about who you will be listening to if you do give in to the temptation. You will be listening to and obeying Satan. Now, ask yourself, do I want to obey Satan? I think the obvious answer is NO, for any person who has faith in Christ.
That said, if you resist, or give in, know that God loves you still.
If you do give in, God already knew you would, and Jesus paid for that sin on the cross too. Jesus promised us in John 3:18 that there is no condemnation for you Christian. Your Spirit’s righteousness is from God by faith and you cannot lose it when your dead flesh sins. All you need to do is believe Jesus. Once you are firmly established in the truth that you can never be condemned and have eternal life for certain, the fruits of the Spirit will grow in your life and replace any sin.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. John 5:24 NAS
If you feel any condemnation, it is coming from Satan’s lies. He wants you to think you are still under the Old Covenant law of Moses when the Bible is very clear you are not. You are under grace and called and qualified to walk by and minister the Spirit that brings life and not the letter of the law that brings death (2 Cor3:6). The way to show Satan that you really believe God’s word is to declare your righteousness in Christ when you fail.
The people will declare, "The LORD is the source of all my righteousness and strength." And all who were angry with him will come to him and be ashamed. Isa 45:24 NLT
Declare: “I Am the Righteousness of God in Christ!”
This truth should be your daily declaration. It takes little faith to declare when you are doing everything right. But it takes an unwavering strong faith in Christ to declare when you fail. Declare it repeatedly right amid your failures and see God do a miracle in your life. The more you declare this in the midst of failure, the stronger your faith will become in God’s promises and you will begin to see the truth that you are declaring manifest even in your dead flesh in this world.
If Satan tries to twist the truth, like he often does, tempting you and suggesting you should freely sin because you are under grace and not the law. Stop and think about who is tempting you and who you will be obeying if you listen. Do you really want to listen to and obey Satan?Many more New Covenant Bible Studies HERE. Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20