Do you need Victory over some besetting sin in your life? I do, without elaborating on my sin, I would like to say that God does give us the Victory if we truly, truly want it. We have to want it more than anything else. God has to be first in our lives and shouldn't He be? What else should come before Him? I can't think of anything I would want to place before God, but we do it even when we wouldn't think of doing it. Like our appetite. Does that ring a bell with anyone? It sure does with me and when we abuse our bodies by eating between meals and keeping our stomach working all the time or whether we are putting the wrong things in our bodies that harm us and cause disease. We are breaking the sixth commandment that says, 'Thou shalt not kill.' Because we are wounding our bodies and causing disease or weakness which inevitably will cause our death. Does that sound reasonable? It does to me and when I actually realized what I was doing to myself, it was easier to give it to God and let Him deal with it by giving us the Victory over it. It sounds simple but giving up something that we have indulged in for years is not that simple because we have an adversary that doesn't want us to put God first in our life.
Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Galatians 5:16 "I say then, Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh."
1 John 5:4 "For whatever is born of God overcometh the world, and this is the Victory that has overcome the world--our faith."
Do you need power over the adversary, Satan? Then you have it, read the next text.
James 4:7 "Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you." Do you want him to flee from you, then resist him, God has promised that he will flee from you. When you are tempted and you will be, resist him, offer up a prayer for strength to do just that. God does hear and answers our prayers according to His will and it surely is His will that we resist the devil and get Victory over our evil habits. It is always His will to forgive when we ask and to give us the strength to be overcomers in His name.
When Jesus was in Gethsemane He was resisting the devil unto blood. The Bible says that He sweat great drops of blood, when he was resisting the idea that Satan planted in His head that He didn't have to go through this crucifixion ordeal. Of course Satan didn't want Him to, because that would give all men the power to overcome Him like Jesus was doing. Satan lost the battle and he can lose the battle over our lives too if we just resist him. We are not asked to resist unto blood, we are just asked to resist him.
When we are ingrained in a habit for years, it is not always our desire to give it up but when we see what we are giving up when we give up sinful habits, eternal life with Jesus, it makes it a lot easier to give up anything that interferes with eternal life. Wouldn't you agree? So let's gird up our strength by letting Christ fight our battles for us and it is His will to do this, and WE WILL HAVE THE VICTORY over any besetting sin in our lives. VICTORY IS YOURS. Grandma Joan