VICTORY OVER TEMPTATIONS
The Christian life is a battleground and the believer must enter spiritual warfare spiritually prepared. God never planned that we live a life of defeat, but rather has enabled us to live a life of victory. This lesson is designed to help you live victoriously over the power of sin.
I. Our Enemy
A. Our enemy is_________________ (1 Peter 5:8), also called______________________(Revelation 12:9). He is constantly seeking to________________________the Christian (1 Peter 5:8).
B. Satan desires to___________________ (Luke 22:31) and also____________________ the believer. He also ____________________________the believer (1 Thessalonians 2:18).
C. Satan also uses the lust of the __________________ , and the lust of the _____________________, and the ________________________of life (1 John 2:16).
The devil will do everything he can do to keep one from trusting Christ as Savior. Once a person is saved, Satan knows that he has lost that battle. He will then focus his efforts on defeating the believer in every area of life. But, the Bible says we are not to be ignorant of his devices (2 Corinthians 2:11).
In John 8:44 the devil is called the father of all lies. He cannot do anything but lie, and there is no truth in him. Therefore it is his main tactic against us. He seeks to make us believe his lies so that we will not act in faith. It is important for believers to read the Word of God so that they know what is true. We are to use the Word as the absolute standard of truth for every single area of life. We are to believe it over what seems true and over how we feel.
A great example of the devils lying tactics in action is when he tried to tempt Jesus. We read of this in Matthew 4:1-11. Satan is referred to as “the tempter”, and he tries to challenge Jesus’ identity. His temptation comes in the form of a question, “If you be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” You see, Jesus is the Son of God, and does not need to prove Himself to Satan. Satan knew this as well. His main device was to try and get Jesus to disobey God. The important thing to note is how Jesus responded. He used the Word of God as a weapon, saying, “It is written….” In the same way, we can resist the devil by believing and affirming the Word of God in any situation.
II. Will a Christian Be Tempted?
YES! God permits and plans tests for His children. Sometimes our greatest temptations (tests) will follow our greatest blessings; so, be watchful at all times. Remember that each test prepares and strengthens us for the next test. God’s plan for our life includes tests. Compare the life of Christ in Matthew 4:1. God has made every provision in Christ to enable you to be victorious in them.
A. God permits testing to strengthen our_____________ (James 1:2-3) that it might bring ______________ and _____________________to Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:7).
B. Will God permit Satan to tempt us above what we are able? (1 Corinthians 10:13) __________.
C. It is not God’s purpose, nor does He desire for the believer to be defeated in his life (1 John 2:1). Jesus died to deliver us from the power of sin and of the devil (Colossians 1:13). However, if you try to live a victorious life in your own strength, you will fail every time. Jesus said that without Him we can do _____________________(John 15:5). But through Him, we can do ____________things! (Philippians 4:13)
III. God’s Method Of Victory
1. Prerequisites to a life of victory:
A. A full and complete surrender of your life to Jesus as Lord.
B. A full and complete surrender of your life to the person of the Holy Ghost who indwells the body of every believer (Ephesians 5:18).
C. A walk in close fellowship with Jesus through consistent church attendance, Bible study and prayer (Hebrews 10:25, John 17:17).
D. A willingness to forsake any known sin in your life (Proverbs 28:13).
E. Obedience to Christ in all things (John 14:14-15).
F. Victory itself is a gift given to us through_______________________________(1 Corinthians 15:57). Therefore, like the gift of salvation, it must be received by ____________(1 John 5:4). Salvation is received only once, but victory is received at each temptation.
G. We are commanded to ________________Satan (James 4:7)- through _______________(1 Peter 5:9).
To have and enjoy victory, we must claim it through faith by believing God’s promises. Faith is simply taking God at His Word (Romans 4:20-21). Remember, Jesus quoted Scripture each time He was tempted (Matthew 4:4-10). Many Christians fail at this. As the believer claims the promises of victory, it is the Holy Spirit’s job to make these promises a reality to his life.
H. We mortify (put to death) the deeds of body through the _____________________(Romans 8:13).
Remember the believer has two natures within him: a new one and an old one. It is the believer’s privilege and the Holy Spirit’s job to keep the new nature victorious over the old nature (Galatians 5:16-17). If you should sin, claim God’s promises of forgiveness (1 John 1:9). You will either be claiming God’s promise of forgiveness after defeat in temptation, or God’s promise of victory before temptation. In either case, you will claim one of God’s promises.
IV. Promises Of Victory
The promises of victory for His children are many. A few of them are listed below:
A. “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might ________________the works of the______________” (1 John 3:8). Read Hebrews 2:14.
B. “Who (Jesus) hath delivered us from the power of_______________________” (Colossians 1:13).
C. “…and having spoiled _________________________ and ________________, He (Jesus) made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15).
D. “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 _____________; but will with the temptation also make a way to_________________, that ye may be able to_________________it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is a wonderful promise of escape and provision. Believe it!
Remember, the devil walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8); he cannot hurt you resist him in faith and claim your victory in Christ (1 Peter 5:9).
E. First, “_____________________yourselves therefore to God” (James 4:7) Then, “_________________ the devil and he will flee from you.”(James 4:7)
A. the devil, Satan, devour
B. have, sift, hinders
C. flesh, eyes, pride
A. patience, honor, glory
C. Nothing, all
F. Jesus Christ, faith
G. Resist, faith
A. destroy, devil
C. principalities, power
D. able, escape, bear
E. submit, resist