Summary: Third in this series based on The Navigators’ "Lessons on Assurance." By the way, I came to Christ through the Nav ministry in college, and these five lessons in this series were the first things I learned as a baby believer.
Cool Things We Can Count On from God’s Word
#3 – The Guarantee of Victory Over Temptation
This last week I finally decided to get my glasses fixed. They weren’t broken, but I had been bothered from the beginning about the fact that the temple pieces were too long.
When the glasses came in, they just bent the temple pieces down and back. But I felt like they made me look like a real dorkoid.
So I finally got fed up and went to the place where I got them and asked if smaller temple pieces could be ordered for them.
It turns out that nope – one size fits all, which is one of the great fallacies of Western culture.
Have you ever seen one of those “one size fits all” hats on someone with a small head? The back of that cap sticks out about 4 inches, and it just doesn’t look cool at all, right? How do you think I know that?
Anyway, the lady says that they can’t order new temple pieces. BUT, she could do something about the ones I’ve got.
So she went in back and performed some surgery on my glasses, and guess what? They turned out great.
I asked what I owed, and she said, “Nothing – satisfaction is always guaranteed.”
That made me pretty happy, as you can probably guess.
But what struck me about what she said was this: the guarantee had always existed – I just didn’t know about it.
And because I didn’t know about it, I couldn’t take advantage of it.
Sometimes people can go their whole Christian life and not know about the great guarantees in God’s Word.
And the one we’re going to talk about today is a huge one.
We’re three weeks into a series entitled, “Cool Things You Can Count On From God’s Word.”
We’ve already looked at the guarantee of heaven for those who possess Christ, and the guarantee of answered prayer as we approach the Father in Christ’s name, counting on the merits of Jesus to gain an audience with the Father.
Today we’re looking at the guarantee of victory over temptation to sin.
You know, so many Christians walk through life feeling frustrated and defeated. And the devil loves that. The devil loves seeing Christians with their heads hanging, never feeling like they can get a handle on whatever they’re doing.
But the Bible is very clear that we can live in victory over sin.
Now, there are some really great brothers and sisters in Christ who will tell you that we sin every day in thought, word, and deed. And depending on how they define the word, “sin,” they may be right.
So just to make sure that you understand what I’m going to be addressing today, I want to define sin as “deliberately disobeying a known law of God.”
You know it’s wrong and you do it anyway.
We miss the mark sometimes, and sometimes we sin unintentionally and unknowingly. That’s not what I’m talking about.
I’m talking about doing something you know is wrong or not doing something you know is right.
This is so important because, as I mentioned, there are plenty of people who feel that they can never overcome the sin in their lives.
They resonate with the words of Paul in Romans 7, where Paul says –