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Overcoming temptation, and achieving victory should be the birthright of every Christian, not a birth defect! but few experience victory and the more abundant life that God intends? Why? Because few understand the challenges faced in overcoming sin and fighting temptation, most have a limited understanding of the divine provisions provided for that overcoming, and few understand the process whereby God brings about transformation. Just using the word transformation makes many people uncomfortable. The same is true of Peter's call to believers to be holy. But God desire His children to experience more abundant, overcoming lives, and His provision for their transformation is without question. You will learn about overcoming sin and understanding temptation in the information and links found on this page. Also look for help in the practical Christianity section.
T. Austin-Sparks Dan Augsburger Daniel Bourdeau S L Brengle Fenelon
Charles Finney S D Gordon
F. J. Huegel Mead MacGuire J. Gregory Mantle Walter Marshall L. E. Maxwell
James McConkey F B Meyer H. C. G. Moule Andrew Murray Ruth Paxson
Arthur Pink J. C. Ryle Hannah Whithall Smith Hudson Taylor
Gerhard Tersteegen Major Ian Thomas Charles Trumbull Unknown Christian
Henry Venn Thomas Watson Octavius Winslow Ellen White
Basic Christianity: Next Step: Surrender to God Foreign Books
Sin Maintaining the Life Faith Feelings Indwelling Christ Salvation
Consecration Surrender Temptation Spiritual Growth
Overcoming Sin & Victory Overcoming for Children Dying to Self
Unpardonable Sin Sanctification / Christian Perfection / Holiness
Dangers of Victorious Life
Overcoming Temptation & Experiencing Victory
Are you interested in experiencing God's transforming power? Be encouraged, you have neither the wisdom or the strength to overcome—you are utterly unable; But Jesus has both! He said, "Without Me ye can do nothing," but with Him you can do ALL things.
The following materials will help you in that quest.
Organized by Subject
Anonymous: Turn Your Life Over to God
"What," thought he at length, "is it to be a Christian? How shall I begin?" "To be a Christian," he said, "is to love God, and to live to please Him. This I know I have not done. I have been a diligent student; but it was because I was interested in my studies, and was ambitious to excel. I have come to college in hope of fitting myself for distinction in life. Alas! I have not thought of God in all this; I have not cared to please Him; I have not asked His will. This was all wrong. Of course, therefore, if I would be a Christian, I must entirely change my life in this respect. I must begin to act as God would have me; I must begin by doing the first thing I have to do, to please him...." (Read more about the first step)
James McConkey: Surrender Your Life to God
"God would not only have us yield all that we are to His service, but all that we have to His keeping. He would have His yielded children at perfect rest and peace concerning all the varied interests of their lives. He would have them “anxious in nothing;” “casting all their care upon Him;” “kept in perfect peace” because they trust in Him. Essential to this is committal. For perfect peace requires perfect committal. He cannot prove his ability to perfectly keep that which we have not perfectly committed! ..." (Read the rest of this wonderful sermon)
Ellen White: Unreserved Surrender
"Christ's call to sacrifice and unreserved surrender means crucifixion of self. In order to obey it, we must have unquestioning faith in Him as the perfect example, and a clear realization that we are to represent Him to the world. The characters of those who work for Christ are to be conformed to His character. They are to work in His lines; they are to live His life. His call to unreserved surrender is to be to them supreme. They are to allow no earthly tie or interest to prevent them from giving Him the homage of their hearts and the service of their lives. Earnestly and untiringly they are to labor with God to save perishing souls from the power of the tempter." (Read the rest of this short article on surrender that was published in 1908)
J. C. Ryle: "Sin" (Taken from his book Holiness)
This is the first chapter of his book and is foundational everything appearing in later chapters. I have assigned this book as reading to the students in my classes because of the clear scriptural teaching provided on the subject on sin. I don't agree with everything he says, so read with discernment. He lived in the 1800s. Holiness was a reaction to what he viewed as very passive and inadequate understandings of victory being promoted by the holiness movements of his time.
Maintaining the Life
L. E. Maxwell: "Fact, Faith, Feeling"
James McConkey: Commit Your Life to God
James McConkey: The Sure Shepherd
F B Meyer: "Fact, Faith, Feeling"
F B Meyer: The Blessed Life of Trust
J. C. Ryle: "Thirst Relieved"
Henry Venn: "Thoughts on a Weak Faith"
E. White: Faith & Acceptance
Hannah Whithall Smith: The Problematic Nature of Our Transient Feelings
"Self-absorption is always a temptation to young people, and if their religion is of a sort to add to this self-absorption, I feel that it is a serious mistake. If I had my way, the whole subject of feelings and emotions in the religious life would be absolutely ignored. Feelings there will be, doubtless, but they must not be in the least depended on, nor in any sense taken as the test or gauge of one’s religion. They ought to be left out of the calculation entirely. You may feel good or you may feel bad, but neither the good feeling nor the bad feeling affects the real thing." (Read more of Hannah's thinking on this subject)
J. C. Ryle
J. C. Ryle: Assurance (From Holiness)
"None are so likely to maintain a watchful guard over hearts and lives as those who know the comfort of living in near communion with God. They feel their privilege, and will fear losing it. They will dread falling from their high estate, and marring their own comforts, by bringing clouds between themselves and Christ. He that goes on a journey with little money about him takes little thought of danger, and cares little how late he travels. He, on the contrary, that carries gold and jewels will be a cautious traveller. He will look well to his roads, his house, and his company, and run no risks. The fixed stars are those that tremble most. The man that most fully enjoys the light of God’s reconciled countenance, will be a man tremblingly afraid of losing its blessed consolations, and jealously fearful of doing anything to grieve the Holy Ghost." (Read Ryle's Assurance)
Farai Mangengwa | The Prodigal Son
Brother Farai shared this wonderful sermon at the Adventist Student Association of New Zealand Convention in Wellington, NZ on June 6, 2008. The sound is a bit distorted but you will forget about the sound quality as you come face to face with yourself in this sermon.
Jonathan Edwards: His Dedication to God
Here is a portion of his dedication: "I have this morning told Him that I did take Him for my whole portion and felicity, looking on nothing else as any part of my happiness, nor acting as if it were; and His law for the constant rule of my obedience; and would fight with all my might against the world, the flesh, and the devil, to the end of my life...." (Read the rest of his dedication)
S. D. Gordon: "Not My Crutches"
"She was in the last pew alone. She listened, and she said: "I wish I could give something, but I can't. I haven't got even a copper."
And a very soft voice inside said: "There are your crutches! "Oh! her crutches! She could not give her crutches. "Yea," the strangely quiet voice said: "You can, and if you did they would learn about the Lord Jesus yonder. He has done so much for you. Somebody will learn about Him. It will mean so much when they hear it. Give your crutches! " "No, no! "she said passionately.
Rosalind Goforth: Surrenders Her Children
Dan Augsburger: Overcoming Temptation
John Newton: Spiritual Growth
"Unbelief is a great sin. If the devil were to tempt you to some open notorious crime, you would be startled at it! But when he tempts you to disbelieve the promises of God, you hug it as your infirmity, whereas you should consider it as a great sin, and must pray against it." (Read the rest of the article)
Mead MacGuire: Laws of Growth and Sanctification
"When a man receives Christ by faith, he is “as a child born unto the kingdom of God.” In the Scriptures he is spoken of as a “babe in Christ.” Means have been provided by which he is to grow up into the full stature of manhood in Christ. This does not mean that he is growing into holiness, but rather in holiness. “The believer does not get disentangled from the sin gradually. He breaks with it in Christ once for all; he is placed by a decisive act of the will in the sphere of perfect holiness; and it is within it that the gradual renewing of the personal life goes forward. This second gospel paradox, sanctification by faith, rests on the first, justification by faith.” - The Way of Deliverance, page 10. As we seek to appropriate day by day the blessings that are in Christ for us, there is a constant growth and expansion of the spiritual powers. The capacity to see and feel and understand the things of God is constantly increased...." Read more of Mead MacGuire's Law of Growth
J. C. Ryle: Spiritual Growth (From Holiness)
"When I speak of “growth in grace” I only mean increase in the degree, size, strength, vigour, and power of the graces which the Holy Spirit plants in a believer’s heart. I hold that every one of those graces admits of growth, progress, and increase. I hold that repentance, faith, hope, love, humility, zeal, courage, and the like, may be little or great, strong or weak, vigorous or feeble, and may vary greatly in the same man at different periods of his life. When I speak of a man “growing in grace,” I mean simply this—that1 his sense of sin is becoming deeper, his faith stronger, his hope brighter, his love more extensive, his spiritual-mindedness more marked. He feels more of the power of godliness in his own heart. He manifests more of it in his life. He is going on from strength to strength, from faith to faith, and from grace to grace. I leave it to others to describe such a man’s condition by any words they please. For myself I think the truest and best account of him is this—he is “growing in grace.” Read More
J. C. Ryle: Christ is All
Harriet Beecher Stowe: How To Live On Christ
" How, then, shall a Christian bear fruit? By efforts and struggles to obtain that which is freely given; by meditations on watchfulness, on prayer, on action, on temptation, and on dangers? No, there must be a full concentration of the thoughts and affections on Christ; a complete surrender of the whole being to him; a constant looking to him for grace. Christians in whom these dispositions are once firmly fixed, go on calmly as the sleeping infant borne in the arms of its mother. Christ reminds them of every duty in its time and place—reproves them for every error—counsels them in every difficulty, excites them to every needful activity. In spiritual, as in temporal matters, they take no thought for the morrow—for they know that Christ will be as accessible tomorrow as to-day, and that time imposes no barrier on his love. ..." Read more of Stowe's How To Live On Christ...
E. White: Growing Up Into Christ
"The plants and flowers grow not by their own care or anxiety or effort, but by receiving that which God has furnished to minister to their life. The child cannot, by any anxiety or power of its own, add to its stature. No more can you, by anxiety or effort of yourself, secure spiritual growth. The plant, the child, grows by receiving from its surroundings that which ministers to its life --air, sunshine, and food. What these gifts of nature are to animal and plant, such is Christ to those who trust in Him. He is their "everlasting light," "a sun and shield." Isaiah 60:19; Psalm 84:11...." Read More
E. White: Spiritual Growth In Grace
"Before the believer is held out the wonderful possibility of being like Christ, obedient to all the principles of the law. But of himself man is utterly unable to reach this condition. The holiness that God’s word declares he must have before he can be saved is the result of the working of divine grace as he bows in submission to the discipline and restraining influences of the Spirit of truth. Man’s obedience can be made perfect only by the incense of Christ’s righteousness, which fills with divine fragrance every act of obedience. The part of the Christian is to persevere in overcoming every fault. Constantly he is to pray to the Saviour to heal the disorders of his sin-sick soul. He has not the wisdom or the strength to overcome; these belong to the Lord, and He bestows them on those who in humiliation and contrition seek Him for help...." Read More
Overcoming Sin and Victory
Dan Augsburger: The More Abundant Life (Sermon Series)
Dan Augsburger: Overcoming Sin and Fighting Temptation
Dan Augsburger: Jacob's Transformation MP3
Dan Augsburger: Leah-Hope For Needy Hearts MP3
Dan Augsburger: Lot-Understanding the Wandering Heart MP3
S L Brengle: How To Keep Holiness
F J Huegel: Christ's Victory Our Victory
J. Gregory Mantle: Beyond Humiliation: The Way of the Cross
Walter Marshall: Gospel Mystery of Sanctification (Ch. 12, "Holiness Through Faith")
L. E. Maxwell: The Secret of Victory Over Sin
Meade Macguire: Christian Victory Now
James McConkey: The Ministry of Suffering
H. C. G. Moule: Christ and Sanctification
Andrew Murray: That God May Be All In All
Frank Phillips: His Robe Or Mine (Book)
Frank Phillips: Justified Walk (9 Sermon WOP Series)
Frank Phillips: Righteousness By Faith
Frank Phillips: The Branch and the Vine
Sanctification, Christian Perfection and Holiness
I have in my possession a book that reviews five different understandings of sanctification, including the Wesley, Reformed, Pentecostal, Keswick and Augustinian-Dispensational Perspective. Needless to say numerous books have been written on the subject, the most famous, perhaps being Wesley's Plain Account of Christian Perfection. Where lies the truth on this subject? What is meant by perfection? Is such a thing even possible? I believe God can bring about a sanctifying work of perfection through His power, and I will add articles and chapters on the subject from time to time.
Jonathan Edwards: True Religion in the Life of David Brainerd
This very helpful article lists four key indicators of spirituality in the life of David Brainerd.
What Is Christian Perfection
Daniel Bourdeau: Holiness
Anonymous: Holiness: A Possible Experience
"There is in our nature a capacity for holiness. Power to effect it is not ours, but a capacity to receive it is in us. No force of will, no high, full resolve, no earnest struggling alone can secure it, but we can be the subjects of it. We cannot produce it, but can possess it. Our capacity for holiness is original and inherent. Sin has alienated us from God and reigned over us, but our receptivity of holiness it has not destroyed. Our mind is carnal, but it can be renewed."
Arthur Pink: Beauty of Holiness
“'O worship the Lord—in the beauty of holiness.' This is the only kind of beauty which the Lord cares for in our devotions. 'Godliness is to the soul, as the light is to the world—to illumine and adorn it. It is not greatness which sets us off before God—but godliness' (Thomas Watson). Ornate architecture and expensive apparel—God has no delight in. It is the loveliness of inward purity and outward sanctity, which pleases the thrice Holy One. Sincerity of heart, fervor of spirit, reverence of demeanor, the exercise of faith, the outgoings of love, are some of the elements which comprise the “beauty of holiness” in our worship."
Hudson Taylor: Ribband of Blue (Sermon on Numbers 15)
"It commences with instructions concerning the burnt-offering, the sacriﬁce in performing a vow, and the free-will offering. It was not to be supposed that any one might present his sacriﬁce to GOD according to his own thought and plan. If it were to be acceptable - a sweet savor unto the LORD - it must be an offering in every respect such as GOD had appointed. We cannot become acceptable to GOD in ways of our own devising; from beginning to end it must be, “Not my will, but Thine, be done.” (Read the entire sermon)
E. White: True Sanctification
"Sanctification is not the work of a moment, an hour, a day, but of a lifetime. It is not gained by a happy flight of feeling, but is the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for Christ." (Read the rest of this excerpt from Acts of the Apostles.)
Dangers of the Victorious Life
Many dangers come with this life. As a result several writers included chapters on the dangers and how to meet them. Here are four such chapters compiled on one page.
Unknown Christian & Charles Trumbull: Dangers of the Victorious Life
Unpardonable Sin (Sinning Against the Holy Spirit)
Is there such a thing as a sin that cannot be pardoned? What does it mean to sin against the Holy Spirit? This question is often raised by new believers who fear they have too greviously sinned against God to be pardoned. If a person worries about committing such a sin, it is obvious such a sin was not committed. As the following suggests, the unpardonable sin is the sin against the Holy Spirit, whcih occurs when one willfully chooses to go against the clear, convicting promptings of God's Spirit, until the Spirit no longer seeks to communicate.
E. White: The Unpardonable Sin
"It is not God that blinds the eyes of men or hardens their hearts. He sends them light to correct their errors, and to lead them in safe paths; it is by the rejection of this light that the eyes are blinded and the heart hardened. Often the process is gradual, and almost imperceptible. Light comes to the soul through God’s word, through His servants, or by the direct agency of His Spirit; but when one ray of light is disregarded, there is a partial benumbing of the spiritual perceptions, and the second revealing of light is less clearly discerned. So the darkness increases, until it is night in the soul. Thus it had been with these Jewish leaders. They were convinced that a divine power attended Christ, but in order to resist the truth, they attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan. In doing this they deliberately chose deception; they yielded themselves to Satan, and henceforth they were controlled by his power." Read more about the unpardonable sin...
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T. Austin Sparks
T. Austin-Sparks was born in London, England in 1888 and was educated in both England and Scotland. At the age of 25 he was ordained as a pastor. A crisis caused him to leave the denomination with which he was affiliated and he dropped the title of "Reverend." Based in Honor Oak, London, he published a bi-monthly magazine called "A Witness and A Testimony" from 1923 until his death in 1971. He spoke little of himself, preferring to focus all attention on Christ.
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