You are not your body!
And so God has given life to you also who were dead by reason of your trespasses and your sins, which were once habitual to you while you walked in the ways of this world when you obeyed the commander of the spiritual powers of the air, who is still operating in those who do not respond to the truth of God. We all lived among them once, indulging in our physical cravings, and followed the impulses and imaginations of our evil nature.
But God, who is rich in mercy...
...has lifted us right out of the old life to take our place with Him in Christ Jesus in the heavens...
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion...
“I tell you the truth, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. All who have come before Me are thieves and robbers..."
For we are God's own handiwork creating us through our union with Christ for the life of goodness...
"For the desire of the Flesh fights against the Spirit, and the desire of the Spirit fights against the Flesh; and this variance tends to hinder you from doing what you want to do."
Your flesh will put you under the control of the puppet master!
But God has given you a new position far above the authority of the puppet master.
"I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you because of God's compassion, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies as a living sacrifice, devoted and well-pleasing to God. This is your reasonable service of worship."
It is reasonable because it is doable!
Feeling the desire to sin is not in itself a sin!
All temptation is momentary.
"Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?"
"The altar will become especially holy; whatever touches the altar will become holy."
For inasmuch as He has suffered Himself by being tempted, He is able to give immediate help to any that are tempted.
Christ, in the days of His flesh offered prayers and petitions, crying aloud and weeping as He pleaded to Him who could save Him from death... and was freed from His shrinking from death.
As crazy as it may sound, the time to ask God for help is when we are feeling like committing a sin!
REAL: Who Do You Think You Are? | Part Four
In this message, Founding Pastor Willie George talks about temptation and learning to run to God in the midst of our lowest moments.