T.G.I.F. It’s another wonderful day, a day of double blessings I call it. This is your day.

You will succeed. I stand to let you know that your wildest dream can still come to pass. I speak to myself too when I talk like this. We can learn to overcome that great mountain, the albatross of our progress, learn to overcome that sin that easily besets us. Jesus was asked a question in John 6:28-29 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent'”

There are a lot of us Christians who want to know how to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil so we could “do the work of God” but we keep wobbling and stumbling. We often overlook the fact that whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith I John 5:4 that it is with “the shield of faith that we are to use to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Ephesians. 6:16  We ask, “why am I overcome by sin? Why can’t I get above its power? Why am I the slave of my ‘crazy’ temperament, appetites and passions and the sport of the devil?” We look all around us for the cause of all this spiritual wretchedness and death.

When I talk about sin, I mean it in all its ramifications. All disobedience is sin. Your heart attitude as well as the contents of Galatians 5:19-21 19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God”

(Now, inheriting the kingdom is another subject for another day) Sometimes we think we have discovered the answer because we failed to perform one duty, and at another time it’s the neglect of another duty. “I have not been praying enough or reading my bible enough or may be not been attending church activities enough” Sometimes we imagine we have found the cause of our wretchedness to be that we have yielded to one sin or the other. So we put forth efforts in this direction and patch up “our righteousness” on one side, while we make a tear on the opposite. So we spend years running around in circles, making dams of sand across the wild current of our own corruptions. Instead of believing God at once in “…purifying their (our) hearts by faith Acts 15:9, We are engaged in trying to stop the overflow of its corrupt and bitter waters.

“Why do I sin?” We ask; and looking around for the cause, we go back to the same conclusion: “It is because I neglect such and such a duty!” “But how shall I get rid of sin?” Usual answer: “By doing my duty, that is by ceasing from sin.” Now the real question should be: Why do we neglect our duty? Why do we commit sin at all? Yes, we can blame the fallen nature all we want but, hay! Jesus gave us victory over sin as well didn’t he? So, where is the foundation of all this mischief? It brings us back to the real question: How are we to overcome this corrupt nature, this wickedness (because that is what it is), and our sinful habits? Simple, the answer is, BY FAITH AND FAITH ALONE. Hallelujah! It is Faith, in the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Faith in believing God in what He says. That is the foundation. No work of the law has the least tendency to overcome our sins, but rather they harden the soul in self-righteousness and unbelief. And our righteousness is nothing but “…filthy rags” Isaiah 64:6 before God. The word translated “filthy” here is the Hebrew word `ed pronounced (ayd) meaning a rag soiled by a woman’s monthly menstrual flux. That is how messed up our righteousness appears before God.

The great and fundamental sin which is at the foundation of all other sin is unbelief. The first thing to do is to give that up then believe the Word of God. There is no breaking away from one sin without this. for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Romans. 14:23 Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Hebrews. 11:6 So we see that the backslider and convicted Christian, when agonizing to overcome sin, will almost always try to use the works of the law to obtain faith. We will fast and pray and read and struggle and outwardly reform, and thus endeavor to obtain grace. But all this is in vain and wrong if it’s not faith in the word of God from the a broken humbled Heart. So you ask, “Are you saying we should not fast and pray and read and struggle to do our part? Shall we do nothing but sit down in cheap security and inaction?” I answer: You must do all that God commands you to do; but begin where He tells you to begin, and do it in the manner in which He commands you to do it. That is in the exercise of that faith that worketh by love Galatians. 5:6 Purify your hearts by faith. Believe, and I mean believe not understand, believe in the Son of God! I John 5:10

The first element of saving faith is realizing the truth of the Bible. But this alone is not saving faith, for Satan also realizes the truth of the Bible and trembles. James 2:19 But a second element in saving faith is the agreement of the heart (or will) to the truth believed by the mind. It is a cordial trust or resting of the mind in those truths, and yielding up the whole being to their influence. Now it is easy to see that without the consent of the will, (which is within your jurisdiction) there can be nothing but an outward “obedience” to God. Works of law may be performed without faith, that is, we may serve from fear “I don’t want to end up in hell” or hope or some selfish motive (prosperity in whatever form), but without the confidence (Faith) that works by love, obedience from the heart is naturally impossible.

When we attempt to “purchase” (that is what works is in this case Acts 8:20) the favor of God, instead of accepting Grace as His sovereign gift, we not just nullify the power of God in our lives but we trash the finished work of Jesus on the cross of Calvary.  To give any other answer to anyone in unbelief, and to tell him to perform any work with the expectation that by it he can obtain faith, is to confirm and galvanize him in self-righteousness, to prolong his rebellion, to lead him to settle down in a consolidated self-righteous (which is like filthy rags before God) hope that produces in the end, discouragement and blasphemy.

Why so? Simple, repentance, faith, love, and every other holy exercise both imply and proceed from faith – without confidence in the character and requirements of God, it is impossible to repent. For repentance is to heartily justify God and condemn ourselves. So it is equally impossible to exercise an abiding trusting love in God without faith in His word. Submission to God implies the exercise of total confidence in God and in His requirements.

Faith is the only exercise that receives Christ with all His powerfully sanctifying influences into the heart. The Bible everywhere represents the sanctified soul as being under the influence of an indwelling Christ. Now the exercise of faith is an opening of the door by which Christ is received to reign in the heart. If this is so, the proper direction plainly is to do that which receives Christ. If this is done, all else will be done. If this is neglected, all else will be neglected, of course!

You see why the Church does not appear to be sanctified. We overlook the office and necessity of faith in His word as that which alone can produce acceptable obedience to God. We are often engaged in efforts to obtain faith by works, instead of first exercising that faith which will produce within us a clean heart. And in this way we seek in vain for sanctification. (Which is part of what we got when we became born again) We often see Christians bustling about with outward efforts and works – fasting and praying, giving and doing and struggling – and after all this, they do not have the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law.” Galatians. 5:22-23

There are four groups: (1) Love, the Christian grace which works out the whole law. (2) Joy and Peace, which are the normal state of the Christian. (3) The Grace which relate to others, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, fidelity (faith), meekness. (4) The last fruit looks to oneself, Temperance, or Self-Control. It implies not only abstinence from injurious drinks and food, but control of the temper, the tongue, the desires, the passion for money or power.

These are the FRUIT of the Spirit. In singular term FRUIT. That is because they emanate from one source –THE SPIRIT. In total submission to the will of God, implicit FAITH in His word, trusting in all that the word provides, not trying to “help” the Holy Spirit do His work.

In simple conclusion, overcoming sin is to trust God with everything in you. I mean TRUST God, for when you trust Him you are at rest. Sin was nailed to the cross of Calvary as well. When Jesus resurrected, He came up with the newness of everything for us. Once we can stand on the word of God in FAITH, (for that is all it takes) the ability to resist sin will no more be an effort. You will stop struggling just like Paul realized at the tail end of his ministry. Romans. 7. We trust that Jesus already gave us victory over sin, we should not waste time on how to overcome sin but rather on how we can “shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” 1Peter2:9. Jesus says “my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” Matthew 11:30 Concentrate on righteousness, the nature of God in you that you got at your salvation. Live the life. No doubt you will fall sometimes but the Psalmist tells me that “…a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again” Proverbs 24:16. It is not a crime when you fall but you must stand up again. Do not get into a pity party or on a guilt trip. There is provision for you to do better. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. 1 John1: 9 “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace”. Romans. 6:14

Jesus made these pronouncements “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world 1 John 4:4

Did you get that? “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” That is why you must overcome and at the same time you have OVERCOME

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