Overcoming Temptation and Sin

"He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us...."

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Our Condition
Isa 64:6 “We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”

Rom 7: 18 “I know that in me (that is in my flesh) nothing good dwells.”

Job 14:4 “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? No one.”

Jer 13: 23 “Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.”

God’s Remedy for Our Condition
Rom 5: 1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Rom 6: 6 “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him.”

Rom 7: 24 “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Gal 6: 14 “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”

Mead MacGuire:
“It is hard for those who are slaves to sin and evil habits they have long sought to overcome, to believe that by simply accepting Christ and yielding to Him they instantly receive a new nature, and power enabling them to live a new life. Yet this is true, and countless thousands have experienced this mighty miracle.” Mead MacGuire, The Life of Victory, (Frederick, MD: Amazing Facts, 1988), p. 64.

“Man of himself not only has no life, but he has no peace, no victory, no faith, no righteousness, nor any other attribute of God. The Father gathered up all the blessings of infinite love, and bestowed them upon us in the precious gift of His Son. Nothing has been withheld. All is embraced and included in the one great gift.... Is it not strange that everywhere men are praying and pleading for what has already been graciously given? They pray for peace, but the Father answers, ‘I have already bestowed My peace upon you in Christ. Receive Him, and you have all peace.’ Men pray for life, and the reply is the same, ‘I have given you eternal life. It is in My Son. Receive Him, and you have life.’ Men cry to God for victory, and the answer is, ‘There is no victory for humanity except in the Victor....’ Why do men struggle and fight to obtain what comes as a gift in Christ! They talk of victory on this point and victory on that point, when if they would only believe it, Christ is the victory on every point.... How many there are who have given all to God! They have made a full surrender to Him and desire only to do His will. Yet they are often filled with disappointment because of conscious lack and failure. The secret of this failure is here disclosed. They have given all, but they have not taken all.” Mead MacGuire, The Life of Victory, (Frederick, MD: Amazing Facts, 1988), p. 102-104.

F B Meyer:
“If you want overcoming power, get the Overcomer to come and fill you, and the thing is done. Do not talk about it, but about Him; it is not an influence, it is Christ Himself.” F B Meyer, Some Secrets of Christian Living, (Grand Rapids: Francis Asbury Press, 1985), p. 82.

Andrew Murray:
Jesus got this divine life by depending absolutely upon the Father all His life long, depending upon Him even down into death. Jesus got that life in the full glory of the Spirit to be poured out, by giving Himself up in obedience and surrender to God alone, and allowing God even in the grave to work out His mighty power; and that very Christ will live out His life in you and me. Oh, the mystery! Oh, the glory! And oh, the Divine certainty. Jesus Christ means to live out that life in you and me.” Andrew Murray, The Master’s Indwelling, (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H Revell,1896 )

Ellen White:
“Since we are sinful, unholy, we cannot perfectly obey a holy law. We have no righteousness of our own with which to meet the claims of the law of God. But Christ has made a way of escape for us. He lived on earth amid trials and temptations such as we have to meet. He lived a sinless life. He died for us, and now He offers to take our sins and give us His righteousness. If you give yourself to Him, and accept Him as your Saviour, then, sinful as your life may have been, for His sake you are accounted righteous. Christ’s character stands in place of your character, and you are accepted before God just as if you had not sinned.” Ellen White, Steps to Christ, p. 62.

“You cannot atone for your past sins, you cannot change your heart, and make yourself holy. But God promises to do all this for you through Christ.” Ellen White, Steps to Christ, p. 51.

“The Christian life is a battle and a march. But the victory to be gained is not won by human power. The field of conflict is the domain of the heart. The battle which we have to fight—the greatest battle ever fought by man—is the surrender of self (dying of self) to the will of God, the yielding of the heart to the sovereignty of love.” Ellen White, Mount of Blessing, p. 203.

“By faith you became Christ’s, and by faith you are to grow up in Him,—by giving and taking. You are to give all,—your heart, your will, your service,—give yourself to Him to obey all His requirements; and you must take all,—Christ, the fullness of all blessing, to abide in your heart, to be your strength, your righteousness, your everlasting helper,—to give you power to obey.” Ellen White, Steps to Christ, p. 70.

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