In dealing with temptation you must be awaken to the reality of who you are in Christ. In the Christ you are begotten of God, you have His nature and you cannot stand sin. You hate sin, that is just the way you are. The devil can only lure you into doing something you find desirable. You as a child of God do not find sin desirable and you can never desire or even look at sin.
"You who have purer eyes than to gaze upon evil, and who cannot look on perversity," (Hab 1:13).
God cannot look upon evil or perversion, His eyes are too pure for such. He is your father and you have His nature, therefore your eyes is also as pure as His eyes. Your eyes is so pure that you cannot behold evil or any kind of perversion. Believe it, this is who you are, you hate sin and you cannot stand it. You must strive to enter this reality, the nature is already inside you, and all you have to do is stir it up.
"Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands." (2Tim 1:6).
You are meant to stir up that which God has put into you. When it is stirred up it can grow into a wild fire and consume you — yes, you would be overtaken by the nature of God. By "stirring it up", I do not mean you should enter into another work, but that you should rest on that which God has put in you. God has put in you an hatred for sin, all He is asking is that you rest on that reality. As you practice resting on this reality it would be stirred up, you would become more and more awaken to it.
"You who love the Lord, hate evil!" (Psa 97:10).
You love righteousness, and you hate sin. God has made you this way, He has given you these attitudes, and now you must rest in it. Don't try to produce a love for righteousness, or an hatred for sin by your efforts, that would be going back into works. It is already in you, no need to go produce any other thing. Just rest, that is all you are to do in the Christ. These two things are important; you must learn to rest in a passionate desire for righteousness, and an hatred for sin.
"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God." (1John 3:9).
Those born of God cannot sin, for they are born into Christ and sin does not exist in Christ. Its there, it's clear in scripture, it is the truth. Why do you doubt it, do you think God is a lier?
"For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (2Cor 5:21).
You cannot sin, in fact you are God's righteousness. How dear you call yourself a sinner, are you saying God's righteousness is sinful? Are you saying the Most Holy One has a sinful righteousness? If you are the righteousness of the Most Holy then you are the purest of the purest. You are so righteous that it is impossible for you to sin. This is God's word and as long as you are a believer you must believe it — you must trust, rest and rely on it. You cannot overcome temptation until you come to embrace and rest on this truth.
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." (Rom 1:17).
The real you is the righteousness of God, the real you cannot sin, and this real you will be revealed (manifest) when you have enough faith in this truth. The more faith you have in this truth, the more you are able to manifest the real you — the one that is the righteousness of God, the one born of God and incapable of committing sin. You do not commit sin because you are too sinful, rather you commit sin because you do not have enough faith in who you are in Christ. You do not fall into temptation because you are too weak, rather you fall into temptation because you refuse to believe in who you are in Christ. You cannot commit sin until you believe that you can commit sin. Yes, it takes faith to commit sin. Over the years, the devil had made you believe that you are a sinner and it is normal for you to sin. The more you hold on to this belief is the more you keep falling into temptation. Now you are no longer a child of darkness but a child of the light, your beliefs must change. You must reject the belief that the devil has given you and you must accept the one in Christ.
Conclusion: Spend time pressing in to see this truth. The moment you see, you would be able to enter into the reality. Whenever you face temptation remember these things;
- you don't like sin, in fact you hate it, you cannot stand it, and you would not even allow yourself think of it, much less do it.
- you cannot sin, you don't know how, you have never sinned before and you can never sin
This is the reality in the Christ, believe it, see it, and enter into it. Do not try to produce these things by your works; don't try to make yourself hate sin, and don't try to make yourself incapable of committing sin, for you already hate sin and you just don't have the ability to commit sin, all you have to do is believe and rest in this truth.
Whenever the devil comes with his temptation tell the devil that you cannot sin, you don't know how to sin, you died. The person that used to sin is now dead, he is gone, you can no longer sin. Say to the devil, "I'm sorry, I just don't know how to commit that sin, it is not in me to do that, I'm not just wired that way. Oh, and one more thing, I hate it, I don't know why but I can't stand it, it is just who I am, I can't even bear to think of it much less do it." Stand strong in who you are, remain standing in the truth and the devil will always fail.
The devil can only succeed if he can move you away from the truth. The only way he can make you sin is if he succeed in making you believe that you want that sin and that you actually have the ability to commit the sin. For as long as you refuse to believe these things, you cannot yield to the devil. Hold on to the truth, refuse to believe anything other thing than the reality in Christ. Keep your stand, it is a fight of faith. Look forward to the day when you will like Paul declare, "I have fought the good fight [of faith], I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2Tim4:7).
This post is an extract from my upcoming book, "The Sabbath".
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