Morning Devotion: Questions and Answers

Question: Can I have victory over sin? Answer: Absolutely, yes.

To have victory over sin we must understand what sin is. Sin is anything that goes against, violates or is against the will of God as described in the word of God.

What does the word of God say about the issues you are facing today? What does the word of God tell us about life and how to live it? There are blessing and curses with doing or not doing the will of God. The blessings are in the doing.

James 1:25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Revelation 22:14  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

There are three avenues of defeat that the Christian needs to be aware of. Those three enemies are the world, the flesh and the devil.

We will look at the first, the world. When we speak of the world, we are speaking of the world’s systems not necessarily the physical world.

Colossians 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

That word rudiments means principles or philosophies of the world. One example is the sexual revolution that started in the sixties; look and see what it has morphed into.  

1 John 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

These are all worldly principles and philosophies that the world has embraced. Let’s look at them individually.

The lust of the flesh, is the desire to consume.

This is the will to satisfy the desires of the heart, to please the belly. Man will go to great lengths to satisfy himself. This is covetousness.

The lust of the eyes, is the desire to posses.

How many times have people taken what does not belong to them because of the desire to posses? How many countries have been ruined; how many businesses have been ruined; how many lives have been ruined because of this one desire to posses? The direction of this world is moving simply so others can posses.

Exodus 20:17 tells us, “Thou shalt not covet…”

Psalms 10:3  For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

The pride of life, is the desire to attract.

This is also covetousness, for one desire the applaud and praise and of others. Men will go to great lengths to show himself intelligent, or wealthy or display his possessions and even his own body simply to attract others.  

How can you get past the covetousness of the world?

Set your affection on something more important and more rewarding. Set you affection on Christ.

Colossians 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

The first step is to know the Lord Jesus Christ as you personal Saviour. Then it is a matter of loving and seeking Him on a daily basis.

Matthew 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook