I Corinthians 9:27, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection”
After you are saved, even for many years, Satan will still bring sinful thoughts, feelings, ideas, and pressure; your unsaved body will want to over ride the Spirit of God. The addicted sin to smoke, drink, masturbate, etc; the pressure for sinful pleasures will come back in an overwhelming manner; the tendency to get angry, lie, drink, fight, or to do other sinful stuffs will come back; the people with sinful activities will still come back to you. Sometime the pressure will be so heavy as if you can’t survive it. Satan will say, “Look, don’t pretend, this thing is part of you and your salvation in Jesus can’t stop it. You can’t stop doing this thing, even if you don’t do it now, what about tomorrow, next week, and next month? Just give in and God will understand.”
My dear, that is the deception of pit of hell to make you feel helpless as if you can’t overcome sin. When next the pressure to commit sin comes again, you know what to do? DON’T GIVE IN! The pressure and the feeling will not last, it will vanish. And you know what? Every victory over a temptation to sin gives you strength to overcome the next one, and you become stronger, but every falling into temptation makes you weaker to overcome another one. Solution is not to surrender to such sinful pressure once or again, the solution is to hold it, never give in.
Paul the Apostle, after many years of salvation, said, “I discipline my body and bring it into subjection” 1 Corinthians 9:27. It is a continuous thing as Satan continuously brings temptations.
Your salvation in Christ does not automatically end the notions and temptations of sin within or without, it only gives grace and strength to overcome, and that’s what makes difference between a sinner and a saved person – overcoming sinful notions within and temptations without by the grace of God and strength of Holy Spirit. And we can only get the grace and strength by daily Bible reading, prayer for God’s grace and daily watchfulness to walk in the Spirit.
Genuine Salvation is the foundation to overcome sin and Satan, DAILY grace of God through prayer and Bible is the strength, and watchfulness, self control that is self discipline to refuse, reject and deny is the solution!
Titus 2:11, 12
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.
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