If you think you are a Super Christian, and Satan can’t influence or touch you, then you are an idiot, and are set for a huge FALL!
Romans 7:18 “for I know that in me that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not”
Most Christians think that when a person comes to Christ, the Lord gives them an extra strong willpower. Consequently, they now have, they think, the power to say “No!” to sin.
None of that is correct!
It may come as a shock and a surprise to most Christians, but the Devil can easily override the willpower of a person. The only “willpower” that the Lord gives a person is the will to say “Yes!” to Christ, which is, in fact, very important.
This means that the worst sinner in the world, one totally bound by alcohol or drugs, who cannot say “No!” to those vices, can, if he so desires, say “Yes!” to Christ.
It is the same principle with the Believer.
The Lord doesn’t really give the Believer the capacity to say “No!” to sin, because we are “dead to sin.” A dead man doesn’t say anything. In this “newness of life,” however, we are given the capacity to say “Yes!” to Christ and His Way, which is the Way of the Cross. That is where the will of man begins and ends.
The Believer does not overcome by willpower; he overcomes by Faith. This means, as we have repeatedly stated, Faith in Christ and what He did for us on the Cross (Galatians 6:14).
If one studies the life of the Apostle Paul, one must come to the conclusion that he was a man with a strong constitution. I personally believe Paul had extremely strong willpower; however, he very clearly states in Romans 7:18 that he had the will to live the life he knew he ought to live, but “how to perform that which is good he found not.” His will power, in other words, simply was not good enough. And neither is yours!
Law, as a barrier to the will, excites it; and the consciousness of sin thereby awakened produces in the Presence of God a conscience under sentence of death. Thus, the Commandment ordained unto life becomes, in fact, the instrument of death. “This do and you shall live” became death to man because his sinful nature refused to obey; and in so refusing his own conscience, it condemned him to death.
Thus, the Law was holy and each of its Commandments just and good, but it condemned to death all who failed to render to it a perfect obedience, as condemn it must! Such is the effect of Divine Law upon man’s carnal nature; the rest of this Seventh Chapter illustrates the doctrine by showing how fruitless is the effort of the “old man” to live as the “new man.” There is simply no such thing as moral evolution, i.e., self cannot control self; the flesh cannot control the flesh.
If you, as a Believer, are trying to live for God by any means other than Faith in Christ and what HE did for you on the Cross, no matter how hard you try, YOU will find yourself sinking deeper and deeper into the morass of sin. That means the situation will become worse and worse.
There is no victory in “trying harder.” There is victory only in Christ and what HE did for you on the Cross!
What did Jesus do on the Cross? He defeated Satan and “Spoiled the Principalities and Powers”!
You Can NOT battle the Enemy in your flesh. It MUST be done in Jesus’ name and His Shed Blood, and by the Word of God! You must have the Armour of God to defect the onslaught of Satan and his minions!
If you go to the store to buy Meat, don't run to the Milk section or the Junk Food aisle looking for it!!
The Meat Section is the True Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Milk Section is likened to those who will not preach on sin and Hell, just a feel good message, the Social gospel.
The Junk Food Isle is the outright false doctrine AKA the prosperity gospel, name it and claim it, the Hebraic Roots movement and other false teachings!!
Feasting on just Milk and Junk will eventually cause you great harm, you can count on it!!
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