This is the fourth post on this series, if you haven't read the last three posts you should go read it. The last three posts are the foundation that build to this and the others that will be included on this series. Victory over sin is not a matter of how well you can fight temptation or how much revelation you have.
Yes, in Christianity today, when it comes to dealing with sin we have two groups. The first group involve people who think they can overcome sin by their will power, and the second group believe if they can just get enough revelation they will suddenly begin to live in victory over sin, at least to a degree because grace will cover the rest. The second group treat the battle with sin passively, because grace is already there for them so it doesn't really matter.
"For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers." (Rom 8:29).
Well, we are predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ and Christ cannot sin. He has given us his Spirit of holiness to bring us to conformity to his victorious life. And if you have any fellow with this Spirit of holiness then you will be striving to walk in that victory over sin. However, the way to walk in this victory is not by battling with sin and trying to build your volition and make your will strong enough to finally defeat sin.
The truth is that the victory has already been one. We are not called to attain a victory of our own, but to walk in the victory Christ have already won for us. And how do we walk in this victory? By abiding, by fixing your eyes on Jesus and the victory he has won for you. In the previous posts I explained that we abide by fixing our eyes, and when we fix our eyes then our hearts become flooded with the reality of Christ. It is one thing to have revelation, it is another thing to learn to abide in it. This is why those that rely merely on revelation will not be able to walk in real victory. It is not enough to have the revelation, you must also learn to abide in it, to fix your eyes on it, and guard your heart.
"Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." (Pro 4:23).
Everything you do flows from your heart, so when your heart is flooded with Christ you will end up doing Christ. Temptation comes through the lust of the eyes.
"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." (James 1:14-15).
When something is presented to your eyes (either your physical eyes or your mind's eyes), lust is then conceived and when that lust is allow to grow it will result in sin. The temptation came because your eyes is made to look upon something that arose the carnal desire or urges of the flesh. The best way to quench this temptation is taking your eyes and fixing it on Christ, and let the reality in Christ so flood your heart that it causes righteousness to flow out of it.
"Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest," (Heb 4:11).
The only thing that makes this difficult is the inability of us Christian to take dominion over our eyes and bring it to rest on Christ. Our labor is not the labor to defeat sin, but the labor to rest our eyes on Christ. If we can build ourselves to be able to to exercise authority over our eyes and cause it to rest on Christ then we would be flooded with so much light, and walking in victory over sin.
The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!" (Matt 6:22).
If only your eyes can be single, if it can just stay fixed on Christ, that is all you need to walk in victory over sin. You can train your eyes to stay fix on Christ, you can become so used to fixing your eyes on Christ that no matter what is presented to your eyes, if it is not Christ your eyes will not be able to stay or even look upon it. Your eyes will instinctively repel from anything that is not Christ, it just cannot bear to look at it.
"Your eyes is too pure to behold evil, and cannot look at iniquity." (Hab 1:13).
That is your Father, and you have His nature in you. As a child you can grow into that nature, you can come to a place where your eyes cannot behold iniquity, it just cannot stand it, it is too repulsive to your eyes. Once perversion is presented to your eyes, your eyes immediately repel and stay fix on Christ. In that way your eyes is always filled with light, flooding your entire body with light and causing you to live above sin.