When becoming a Christian you decided to become a child of God and to live according His statutes. You have put your old life aside and made the decision to take on an other life, one in accordance to God’s Law.
According to 1 John 5:4,
“Whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”
The word overcome implies a struggle, getting over something. that what is not easy, that what tempts us, that what can bring us from our position and get us on the wrong path. Also having the wrong ideas like Peter had, can make us being called ourselves an adversary or satan.
Human race is a weak one. And men are for sure not the strongest of the humans. In many religions that is taken in consideration. In some Muslim cultures it goes so far that they say women have to hide their contours and faces for men, because otherwise they would tempt them too much and man is not able to be counted for his deeds in such instances.
In our western culture you would think men and women would respect each other. But still too often we hear stories of men going too far and taking women as a subject or just an object to be used. The previous posting is a good example of this.
It can well be when a man sees a woman that his mind goes off dreaming and fantasying. The same for women, when they see certain men, they also can have their thoughts going into fantasy world. In such circumstances it is important that we know how far we can have our thoughts linger away. For sure our physical reactions may not bring the other person in shyness or quandary.
Being confronted with ‘toppling thoughts’ we should come to our senses and remember the lesson about the eyes and fornication. We may look at the other sex, but how and how long we look in which way makes a difference
We’re faced with an adversary whom we must overcome. Our adversary is identified in 1 John 2:14 as the wicked one:
“I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.”
John went on in the next verses to say:
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. . . . For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:15-17).
You may not be victorious over every temptation every time, but you’ll make progress in gaining more victories and losing less battles as you grow stronger in Christ and in the power of the abiding Word of God.
Preceding article: Part of a great team but also of gender discrimination
- Because men choose to go their own way
- Epicurus’ Problem of Evil
- Satan the evil within
- What others think about the tree of knowledge of good and evil
- Object of first woe
- Gainsayers In Apostolic Days
- A look at materialism
- Material gain to honour God
- Summermonths and consumerism
- Savouring pictorial entertainment
- Belonging to or being judged by
- Male domination and tyranny giving opportunities to defile the Name of God
- Temptation in matrimony
- Subcutaneous power for humanity 2 1950-2010 Post war generations
- The Cares of Life
- A love not exempting us from trials
- When the wind blows hard on a tree
- The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places
- Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked
- It continues to be a never ending, exhausting battle for survival.
- Signs of the Last Days
- Salvation and Righteousness
- Hebraic Roots Bible 1 Corinthians 6:15-20 – Flee fornication and be joined to our Master
- Nazarene Commentary 1 Corinthians 6:15-20 – Flee from Immorality