Your New Master – 30 Days to Victory over Temptation

Day 2

How will you win the battle over sin and temptation?  Through Jesus Christ your Lord!

Romans 7:25“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.”

Before salvation, you were a slave to sin and a child of the devil.  Praise God that salvation through faith in Christ made you free from sin and a child of God!  You have a new Master now.  

The word “Lord” means supreme master.  In this verse, the word literally means “controller.”  

Jesus can be your Saviour, but not your Lord.  He asked the people in Luke 6:46, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”  To be saved, you must confess Him as Lord acknowledging that is His position as the Son of God.  But do you live like He is your Lord?  Do you seek His will, ask His preferences, and submit to His way when you don’t agree?

Many professing Christians call Jesus Lord but live contrary to His Word.  Even committed Christians will obey in some areas and live how they choose in others.  My friend, either (more…)

Temptation – Every Christian’s Battle

Day One

Every Christian must face the reality of temptation.

Romans 7:24  “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?”

 You will face temptation in this world until your salvation is completed.  Let me explain.  When you were born again, God saved you to the uttermost.  You will never be more saved than you were at the moment you trusted Christ.  Nevertheless, full salvation takes place in three parts:

  1. Salvation – Past – Saved from the penalty of sin.  
  2. Sanctification – Present – Saved from the power of sin.  
  3. Glorification – Future – Saved from the presence of sin.

Learning these three words will help us understand temptation and how to fight it.

Salvation

Many incredible things happened when you put your trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour.  Your sins were forgiven.  You were born into the family of God.  You were sealed with the Holy Spirit. Your place in Heaven was reserved.  Your eternal inheritance was reserved.  This list of God’s goodness toward us through salvation is far too extensive for us to list here.

At salvation, you were saved from the penalty of sin, but your redeemed soul still lives in a fleshly body that has sinful desires.  You have two natures battling for control.  That’s why we (more…)

JUST SAY NO to Temptation 30 Day Devotional

30 Days to Victory

Temptation is a reality in every Christian’s life.  Learn how to overcome it with God’s Word in this 30-day devotional journey.

I have something exciting to announce.

Every morning for the next 30 days I will post a Bible truth that empowers us to say NO to temptation.  This devotional style series will give 30 Bible Truths that will change the way you think about and respond to fleshly desires.

Summer is a time of increased temptation for many.  Over my 20+ years of ministry, I’ve witnessed many Christians succumb to temptations during that summer that they would have never considered any other time of the year.

Let’s decide together that we will finish the summer spiritually stronger than when be started it.

Will you join us for the journey?

See you tomorrow!

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Spiritual Decisions That Don’t Fail

Making a spiritual decision is great. Keeping it is better. Make decisions that don’t fail using these three tips.

As I write this, I am in the chapel before an evening service of New England Baptist Teen Camp. God has been working mightily. Friendships of a lifetime have begun. Happy memories have been made. Powerful sermons have been heard. The altar has been full after every message as tender hearts surrender to God. Several people have been born again. Hundreds of life-changing choices have been made.

I am thankful to God for every decision made this week. Imagine the wave of change that would take place if every decision took root and bore the fruit of righteousness!

However, as an experienced youth worker, I am saddened to know that many of the decisions will not stick. I’m not being cynical. I believe that the decisions were from God. I heard God’s power in the messages. I felt the same Holy Spirit conviction. I saw the tears of repentance.

Nevertheless, the statistics are undeniable. Many decisions will not last past 60 days. Some people will fall into the old sins before they walk in the door to their home.

How can this be? How can God move so powerfully, on a heart with no lasting fruit? (more…)