Feeling Convicted of Sin – Romans 7: 15-25

Romans 7:

[15] For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

[16] If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.

[17] Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

[18] For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

[19] For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

[20] Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

[21] I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

[22] For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

[23] But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

[24] O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

[25] I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (KJV)

In the area of Jerusalem, a Roman named Saul took pleasure in the persecution of the early disciples of Jesus. He was living by the law of man and felt no guilt for the beatings, stoning, and all bad things he was doing to the Christians. He took pride for fulfilling the law of the unrighteous so well.

One day on the road to Damascus, Saul had a meeting with Jesus and that meeting eventually filled Saul with the hope of redemption. Saul admitted what he had been doing was wrong and confessed his sins and became a new man.

As a new man, Jesus gave Saul the new name of Paul and Paul immediately began following and living the rest of his life for Jesus.

From the Bible, we know that Paul became a very spiritual man. It is thought that he wrote 14 of the 27 books of the New Testament and yet here he is (truly a righteous man) telling us that he could not get his sin under control!

Paul wants to do what’s right but he can’t seem to do it. He wants to obey the law of the righteous, but keeps failing and is feeling hopeless and helpless at correcting his failures. It seems that no matter how hard he tries, he can’t stop sinning. In fact the more he tries, the worse he becomes.

As Saul, he had committed so many horrendous acts, yet never felt bad about any of them. In fact, he felt good.

But now that Paul is living a righteous life, he feels convicted so often and in so many ways. It’s not because he’s sinning more or living in sinful ways, it’s because he is living in a righteous (Godly) way and he feels the conviction of every sin.

Conviction is actually a good thing. God desires us to be upset when we do something that is not pleasing to him. If we didn’t squirm and feel convicted, then why would we turn to God, through Jesus, asking for forgiveness.

At this point in Paul’s life, he was attempting to fight the sin by himself. Paul was believing that in his own strength, he could defeat it.

Paul then asks “who shall deliver me?” FINALLY, he came to the conclusion that having done all he could (standing strong, trying to fight the evil himself) he needs to call on God, confess the sin and ask for forgiveness.

Without the grace and mercy of God, we can never be redeemed from the curse of sin, no matter how hard we try.

We live in a world of sin and our bodies carry sin, but we don’t have to live in evil ways. If we trust in God, confess each time we sin, thank him, speak his word and believe with faith, then God will give us the strength to overcome evil.

Heavenly Father

These verses opened my eyes to sin. I guess I have always been “trying” not to carry sin and when I fail, the enemy tells me I’m a failure.

By these verses, I can now see that as long as I love you and do my best to stay true to you, confess my sins and ask for forgiveness, you will always help me.

I am so very thankful that I now know that sin is inside each and every one of us, and that even the people that I see as “living the perfect life in Jesus” have the same daily struggles as I do.

Father, please help me to be aware of the enemy working in my life. Help me to confess right away when I know I’ve done something that is not pleasing to you. I do not want to carry that sin!

Thank you for using people like Saul (the natural person) and showing me that even people like him can be used by you and become the Paul’s of this world.

I am blessed to be your child and know that you are always there to love and strengthen me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Amen.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I give you thanks and praise.

All for your glory, Lord, all for your glory.

Amen

Temptation – Psalms 141: 3-4

Psalms 141:

[3] Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
[4] Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties. (KJV)

Apparently David was worried about what we all should be worried about, our mouths and what we may say. Words are very important and can be used for good or bad. David is asking the LORD to watch over everything he says.

He must be heading into an area of idol worshippers. He is asking to stay strong in his faith and not let anyone or any type of thing to draw him away from the LORD.

The second thing that David prayed for was to not eat of the enemies dainties. It could be that David is asking that he be made aware of what he is being offered and asking that the LORD would watch that he not eat anything that has been set out before their idols.a4c63d63

Some authors felt that perhaps the dainties could mean the sins of the people he’s visiting. The sins are so small and delicate when offered. Sometimes they slip in unseen, but once accepted they grow in their wickedness. David didn’t want to inadvertently take on the sins of others, which can happen, so quickly and quietly, when we are in other’s company.

Father in Heaven,

Please watch over me as I intermix with non Christians. Keep me covered with the armour of God. Today our foods are not blessed by other idols but the gathering and what is said and done, can also work sin into my life. Let me be on the watch that I don’t participate in any of the ways that the enemy puts in front of me.

Father I ask in the name of Jesus, that you would watch over my mouth as you did with David. The words that come out of my mouth are very powerful with the opportunity to give both life and death. I sometimes forget just how powerful my words are and unfortunately I don’t keep a close enough watch on them. Gossip, criticism and judgement are the worst offenders and cause destruction. I ask you Father to please put a door, a safeguard, on my lips. Always let my words give life

Heavenly Father I thank you in the name of Jesus that you watch over me each and every day. Allow me to listen and obey the Holy Spirit as he leads me. Help me to keep my eyes and ears open for pitfalls and may I jump over them all. Give me the strength today and everyday to live for your glory.

Thank you Father. I praise your mighty name. You are the one and only and deserve my love and devotion.

In the name of Jesus, I pray.

Amen

Temptation – 1 Corinthians 10: 12-13

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1 Corinthians 10:

[12] Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

[13] There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.(KJV)

Paul was very blunt when speaking to the Corinthians. He told them they would have troubles and temptations because they lived in a world of sin.

Anyone who thought they could overcome the temptations on their own were wrong and Paul told them they would keep having the same problems over and over again.

They needed to overcome the problem and to do that they should lean on the Lord. Not to lean on Him only in the times of trials but to continually be in prayer and have faith on a regular bases.

He continued by saying that no temptations would be unique to them, but every temptation they received were common ones.

Today is no different than it was when Paul was talking to the Corinthians. The same advise applies to us.

The enemy will bring troubles and temptations to every one of us. Sometimes we wrongly assume that since we are close to God that troubles won’t affect us. This is wrong thinking! We live in a world of sin and ALL of us will have our times of troubles.

The good news is that God won’t allow more than we can handle and God has always left a way of escape for us. We must be aware that the way of escape won’t be a swap between living in a bad situation and instantly being in a good situation. The way of escape will have its challenges also.

God is a loving Father who is suffering along with us in whatever situation we are in. We need to remember that we live in a sinful world and also that we have free will. Every choice we make puts us in a certain position and those choices determine our outcome.

The best thing we can do is to draw close to the Lord, ask for his guidance and then follow it.

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Divine Father

Thank you that you have complete control over ever situation, every temptation and absolute control over everything in Heaven and on earth.

I know that the sin of the world puts many temptations and road blocks in my way. I also know that you have allowed whatever they are, so that I can learn from them and grow.

I am thankful that your Word says a temptation that is too great for me to bear will never be placed in my way and that with you there is always a way of escape.

Your Word also says, that if I try to overcome the stumbling block on my own, then the same one will keep appearing in front of me and I am guaranteed to have to redo the lesson time and time again. I am thankful that I can come to you and ask for help and you will show me why I am not able to get past it.

I know Father that some lessons are beyond my comprehension and I can’t see or even understand why horrible and painful events are allowed by you to take place.

In the hard set of circumstances please help me to have faith that you know the why and that one day I will be given to understand. In the meantime allow me to lean on you so I can move forward.

As a Christian it gives me peace that you will never leave me alone. I know you are always standing right beside me no matter what the situation is.

May I always be close to you Father, in prayer and in faith. Let me never assume that I can be left on my own or that I can handle things by myself. I can’t!

I need you in my life on a continual basis. It is my privilege to enjoy a wonderful relationship with you.

Please Father allow me to stay close to you everyday.

In the name of your son, Jesus, I pray.

Amen

This paragraph written by J.R.Miller 1909 explains this scripture best…

“What I am doing you do not understand now. It seems to you unnecessary, perhaps even severe and unkind. You cannot see goodness and love in it. You cannot conceive how it ever can prove to have blessing in it for you. But wait—some day you will understand. Then you will find that this strange, hard thing—is really full of love.”

Temptation – Jude :24-25

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[24] Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

[25] To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (KJV)

In the days of Jude, false idols were worshipped everywhere. Jude is telling the people that there is only one true God and unlike the idols, God can help them.

Jude is telling the people that the true God has made a way for them not to fall, but be able to stand before The almighty God, faultless. This is good news for the people.

Many knew that their idols could not do anything to help them into Heaven and along comes Jude, telling them that although they are sinners, they can still have redemption, through the True God.

God sent his son Jesus to purify his children of their sins and for that reason, Jude says that they should be praising, loving, thanking and holding the Lord in high esteem because the ones who have chosen to follow God will be with him forever and ever.

Divine Father,

Even today Lord, people worship idols. Hindus believe in many gods and goddesses. Buddhists claim there is no deity. New Agers follow the belief God is inside them and they are god and the Muslims believe in a powerful but unknowable god. Christians believe in a God who is loving and approachable.

Those of us who are Christians are blessed with you, a loving Father, who is with us at all times. You know exactly what is happening in our lives and how we behave each day. That means you know of our goodness and of our sins all the time. There is nothing we can hide from you.

You loved us so much that you sent your one and only son Jesus to the earth as a man in human form to walk among us. Because Jesus willingly died and shed his blood to cleanse us from our sins, we can be saved. Our job is to believe Jesus is your son and confess our sins, then we become your children and our names are written in the Lambs Book of Life. 

For this honour, it is our pleasure to glorify and praise you forever and ever. You are the one and only true God, worthy of our worship and so we will worship you, for all time.

In the name of your precious Son and my Lord and Saviour, I pray.

Amen

Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be your name.

Temptation – James 4:

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Hi – sorry for any inconvenience but I noticed this morning that when putting notes on my blog yesterday that I had missed a few important scriptures. I have therefore deleted the first copy and am replacing it with the following.

James 4:

[7] Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (KJV)

Also used the following scripture within the message below…

Matthew 4:1-11

Matthew 17:14-21

Mark 9:38-40

Acts 19:13-16

1 John 4:4

Philippians 4:13

Psalm 138:3

Psalm 118: 24

Luke 10:19

Luke 10:20

Genesis 1:3

James 4:7 tells us that in order to have authority over the enemy, we must submit to God. We must give ourselves to God, as our Father, by accepting Jesus as our saviour, thereby becoming a part of the Lords family.

We are told to place our lives in His hands and rely on him fully in all situations.

We are also told in this scripture that we must flee from the enemy. That means we are not to stand there and take the lies that satan tries to tell us. Our Father has given us the authority to overcome the enemy.

By standing strong in him and using the Word of God (scriptures from the Bible) we can fight the devil and come out winners.

When I became a Christian 8 years ago, I felt satan closing in on me like never before. I felt lonely because I was the only one of my family and friends that believed in Jesus.

As time went on and I grew in the Lord I felt persecuted because people made fun of my beliefs and challenged me with questions I couldn’t answer.

I was called a prude because I started to change and wouldn’t do things that I had previously done. Examples: using the Lords name in vain, or accepting a DVD that was illegally copied, telling a clerk that she had given me too much change instead of saying ‘wow bonus’.

There are far too many differences to list here but the enemy apparently didn’t like the good changes he was seeing in me, so he came down hard. Being so new to the faith in God, I fell under the persecution of others and felt lonely and left out.

I even started to wonder if “this God thing” was worth the aggravation I was receiving.

Thankfully, God, my Father knew my heart and had other plans for me.

I was reading my Bible one day and I read the following scripture…

Matthew 4:

[1] Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
[2] And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
[3] And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
[4] But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
[5] Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
[6] And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
[7] Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
[8] Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
[9] And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
[10] Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
[11] Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (KJV)

These verses opened my eyes. If Jesus was tempted by satan and he is part of the Trinity, then of course satan is going to temp me as well. Satan would be assuming that I would be much weaker than Jesus.

Two other scriptures gave me more insight:

Matthew 17: says

[14] And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,
[15] Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.
[16] And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
[17] Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
[18] And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
[19] Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
[20] And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
[21] Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

And Mark 9:

[38] And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
[39] But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
[40] For he that is not against us is on our part.

These verses tell us that we have been given the authority over demons, even in ailments caused by the enemy.

Acts 19:

[13] Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
[14] And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
[15] And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
[16] And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

These verses show that not just anyone can call on the name of Jesus. Even priests tried but we’re not successful. In order to call on Jesus for anything, we need to have a good relationship with him.

Having God as our Father, Jesus as our Saviour and the Holy Spirit living in and directing us on a daily bases gives us the authority we need to overcome the enemy.

Faith in God and using that faith wisely in Jesus’ name is a gift that has been left for all believers in Jesus. Without them, the enemy will just laugh at us.

We are not to feel superior to others nor use our gifts to show off. We are to fast and to pray in the Name of Jesus to help the person or situation.

By these scriptures, I was led to see that Jesus used the WORDS of God to defeat the enemy. If it worked for Jesus then I could use Gods words as well and they would be just as powerful for me as they were for Jesus.

I decided to search the Bible for scriptures that I can use when I feel heavy or overcome by satan. The following scriptures stood out for me and I use them over and over again.

1 John 4:

[4] Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (KJV)

Philippians 4:

[13] I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV)

Psalm 138:

[3] In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. (KJV)

Psalm 118:2

[24] This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (KJV)

I am so very blessed that God has allowed to have authority over satan but I must remember that the authority only works because I am a Christian.

Luke 10: says

[19] Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (KJV)

This verse assures me that I have the same authority that Jesus had over the enemy. Satan and all of his minions power is nothing compared to the authority that I have in the name of Jesus Christ.

But I must remember to stay strong in the Lord and not get conceited by this authority because then I would be working outside of God’s grace.

Luke 10: reminds us…

[20] Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. (KJV)

Heavenly Father

Thank you that my name is written in the Lambs book of life. Please allow me to always remember that the only way I have authority over satan is through the name of Jesus!

Thank you Father that early in my walk with you, you taught me that the Word of God has authority. From Genesis 1:3 I saw the power in the spoken word “and God SAID”. Yes Lord, everything was created by your Word.

Yes, your word is full of power and through Jesus, I have access to it. Thank you Lord because I use it on a daily basis. I believe that the enemy sends out his scouts, just to test the waters and if they see any kind of weakness, they will call in the troops.

That is why everyday I confess my sins to you and then put on the armour of God. I know that your words are my weapons and they can defeat the enemy easily as long as I stand strong.

Thank you Father, that you are with me and watching over me each and every day. Thank you Jesus for the work you did on the cross, and thank you Holy Spirit for living with me, reminding me of the words of God.

Thank you for helping me to stand strong against the enemies and that on the days his scouts find a leak you send out your warriors to fight them off and the Holy Spirit reminds me of your Words.

I know Lord that prayer is important, so allow me to pray continuously every day.

In the blessed name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

Temptation – 2 Peter 2:

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2 Peter 2:

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: (KJV)

Peter is telling the people that God can deliver the godly (Christians) from any temptations. Lot (as an example) had been living in a place full of sin for many years. God saw that Lot was living a godly life even though he was surrounded by evil temptations daily. Because Lot was his child, living a life for the Lord, God saved him just before Sodom was destroyed.

Peter is telling the people that God knows exactly who the unjust (sinful) people are and he has prepared a place of judgement for them at Jesus’ second coming. A place where they will be judged on everything they did during their lifetimes and then will receive their eternal punishment.

Divine Lord,

Thank you Father that you can see inside our hearts. In a case (for example) like Lot who was living in a sinful city for so many years. It may have been assumed that Lot was just like everyone else. But you Lord obviously looked inside his heart and saw that he had been living in turmoil all those years. You were able to see the trueness in Lot and you delivered him from the temptations that he had faced each and every day.

On the other hand, you were also able to see the sin in all of the other people living in Sodom. You could look into their hearts and see the darkness. Those unjust people must go before God on Judgement Day and will receive punishment for the way they lived on earth.

This is a hard scripture for an unsaved person to understand. Many will say “but I’ve been good. I’ve done really great things for others. Surely I am getting into heaven! I am not a person who does really bad things.”

They know they have done small questionable things over their lifetime but feel those sins were not enough to be punished eternally for. They don’t realize that you Father will not be in the presence of any sin at all.

People can’t (or won’t) believe that there is only one way into heaven and that is through the belief of your Son, Jesus Christ. Everyone must go through Jesus to get rid of sins. He died on the cross just for that purpose… To take away every persons sin.

It’s a free gift offered by God through Jesus. All a person has to do is reach out and accept the gift given.

Thank you Father for delivering me out of temptation. Thank you that as you draw me closer to you, I am gaining love and faith. As I grow more in love and faith, I am learning how, with your help, to turn away from the temptations of the enemy. The more I love you, the closer I become to you and the stronger I become in you, the more able I am to resist the enemy.

Thank you Father that you give each and every person the same offer you made to me…that is, to become your child. The people who refuse to listen are well aware that at some point in time (Christians know the time as the second coming of Jesus) they will be judged and will fall short. These non-believers all understand (even if they refuse to believe it) that there will be a punishment to pay. I pray for these people Lord.

I pray their ears are opened, their eyes see, their hearts love. I pray that something or someone touches their souls in someway that they will turn from the darkness and see your beautiful light.

I thank you Father that you are kind and loving and yet you are just. You cannot be in the presence of sin therefore no sinner can be allowed into Heaven.

Many people believe that you will save them at the end of their lives, but the enemy is spreading those false lies. This verse we are reading now is just one of the many Biblical scriptures that speaks the Word of God and confirms that the unjust will be punished.

May the unsaved person who is reading this right now, be touched by you Father and when you ask if they want to become your child, I pray they will respond with a “yes”!

Thank you Father that you are patient and are waiting as long as you can for all sinners to turn to you. You are a wonderful, blessed Father and I give you thanks and praise your mighty name.

I pray in the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Amen