Summary: This message teaches Christians how to use the Word of God to conquer Temptation.
Part one of this series is about finding out how God gives Christians power over sin. God has delivered Christians from the works of Satan that they should not obey them. Part one discussed how Satan does not have any power over Christ, and if Satan does not have power over Christ and Christ lives in Christians, then Satan has no power over Christians (2 Cor. 5:17).
This message will show the point I’m making In the next several verses of Rom. Chapter 6:11-14.There are three words to keep in mind:
Look at verse 11) (New King James Version Translation). “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Likewise means to “know”. It means having acquired knowledge about a particular subject. For example college students go to school, receive a degree and seek employment based on the knowledge they have. The Apostle Paul is saying, in order for Christians to understand verses Rom. 6:11-14, they must know or have knowledge of the meaning of the first 10 verses and what they mean (see Part one of Power over sin series to understand verses Rom. 6:1-10).
Christians must know that Jesus delivered them from sin. Christians can’t just say they know about Jesus. Christians must know without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus delivered them from sin. In other words Christians must have a PhD in knowing that Jesus is real. Christians must have a Master’s degree in knowing that Jesus delivered them. Christians must know that Jesus died one Friday, rose on the third day (Sunday) went to heaven sprinkled His own blood on the Mercy Seat in the Heavenly Holy of Holies just for them.
Christians must know that it’s by the power of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of them that God can conquer any thing that Satan can throw their way. This message is going to deal with the doubts that Christians have about their own salvation. Christians doubt their salvation because of the sins they commit. Some might ask the question, “Well if I’m born again, then why do I still sin against God? Doubts start in the mind. Let’s look at Luke 6:45 “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”.
People are what they speak, it could be said that people are what they think, but people can stop the thoughts in the thinking process before they say them. Speaking comes from thinking. Before people speak words the must think them first. If people are thinking wrong then their speaking will be wrong. This concept goes for Christians as well. The word heart from Luke 6:45 can be translated and used interchangeably with spirit or mind. Because of the context of scripture the word mind will be used. So a good man out of the treasure of his mind brings forth that which is good, and an evil man out of the treasure of his mind, brings forth that which is evil, for from the abundance of the mind the mouth speaks.
Everything begins with a thought first then the speaking comes. For example, a married man can’t say that he woke up one morning and committed adultery by accident. He can’t look at the other woman and say. “Who are you? How did you get in my bed? No, it did not happen that way. One day he saw the woman and thought in his mind that he must have her, and then he acted on that thought. So Christians can’t blame the Devil for their sins. Satan and his fallen angels just plant the seed, but Christians can say for from the abundance of the heart (mind) the mouth speaks. The question now is what’s in Christian’s hearts (minds). Christians must put in their minds the Word of God. People say what they mean and mean what they say.
For example: If I said something to hurt my wife and later I began to feel bad about what I said. I should not go to my wife and say “I did not mean what I said”. If I did not mean what I said, I would have never said what I said. The reason I said what I said was because it was on the inside of me in the first place. People are not going to say anything that’s not in them. What I should have said to my wife was, “Forgive me for saying what I said”.
It’s just like people who love to use profanity. People who use profanity use it because it’s in them to use it. People, who love to tell people off, do so because it’s in them. This process started in childhood. Children learn from other people whether it’s from television, radio, or just watching and listening to their parents, children learn from other people.