Saturday, March 28, 2015

By the Word of God

"The prince of this world cometh," said Jesus, "and hath nothing in Me."  John 14:30  There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan's sophistry.  He did not consent to sin.  Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation.  So it may be with us.  Christ's humanity was united with divinity;  He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  And He came to make us partakers of the divine nature.  So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us.  God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to perfection character.

And how is this accomplished, Christ has show us.  By what means did He overcome in the conflict with Satan?  By the word of God.  Only by the word could He resist temptation.  "It is written," He said.  And unto us are given "exceeding great and precious promises" that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."  2 Peter 1:4.  Every promise in God's word is ours.  "By every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God" are we to live.  When assailed by temptation, look not to circumstances or to the weakness of self, but to the power of the word.  All its strength is yours.  "Thy word," says the psalmist, "have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee."  "By the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer."  Psalm 119:11; 17:4.

(This was short but the message is so powerful that I am willing to shorten it.  We need to contemplate this message and memorize the promises in scripture and then we will have the same means of overcoming Satan as Jesus had in the wilderness.  I believe it's time to be an overcomer, how about you?  I'm tired of being overcome and want to be victorious over each temptation that Satan puts in my way.  I am memorizing scripture that I can throw in Satan's face when he tries to cause me to stumble.  It really does work.  Try it, it just might be the means of a new life for you.  Grandma Joan)  Thoughts were at the end of chapter 12, of the Desire of Ages.

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