Method: When Jesus was being tempted to sin, and to break his fast etc… he went to the scripture for strength. When you are in a temptation mood, or an urging of addiction, study these passages. Focus on how we should live and also read and visualize what Christ endured (in the red text) so that we could be forgiven. Meditate on the words here until the temptation subsides.
Realizing that you have a King who sees you at all times, helps to keep you on track and to live effectively in his kingdom.
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin (James 4:17).
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness (1 Peter 2:24).
For if we keep on deliberately sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who set aside the law of Moses died without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has trampled underfoot (neglected) the Son of God, and has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant which sanctified him, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people”. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:26-31).
You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay. And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved (Hebrews 10: 35-39).
Then he released for them Barabbas, and having Jesus beaten and flogged, delivered him to be crucified (Matthew 27:26).
We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment. How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation (Hebrews 2:1-3)?
Hebrews 12:4, “In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will weed out of his Kingdom all causes of sin and law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:41-42).
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him (Mark 10:34).
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (Matthew 7:21-23).
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21).
But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).
1 John 3:9-10:
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple (1 Corinthians 3:16).
- And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).
Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him (Matthew 26:67).
For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted (Hebrews 2:18).
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).
No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him (1 John 3:6).
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God (1 John 3:9).
…and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed… And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and they spit on him and and struck his head head. (Matthew 27:29,30).
But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. (James 1:14-15).
Do not present your body to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your body to God as instruments for righteousness (Romans 6:13).
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1).
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).
By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it ( Romans 6:2)?
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).
“Everything is permissible for me”–but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food”–but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body (1 Corinthians 6 :12-13).
Word of Revelation
“The word of the Lord came to me saying: “There will be a special feast prepared on ‘The Day’ of the Lord.
Priests, stop sinning and hold yourselves to high standards.
Your lust and greed will consume you, and you will be part of the burnt offering. Those found doing wickedness will be burned with hellfire. They will find their place in the fire, and this will be an acceptable offering.”
I awoke feeling thankful I have another chance to do better, and I awoke grateful that I had not died and had to stand before him in shame like some will. And I awoke grateful that he came to me. We must live as if Jesus was to return or if I was to stand before him at any moment. This life is fleeting, we are here today, gone tomorrow and we will stand before the one who judges. He will judge his people (Hebrews 10:30).
Just as we often see that there has to be a burnt offering before the Lord, we see that is what will take place. The reprobate who are of the body of Christ will be part of the burnt offering. Jesus was an offering for our sins, the slain lamb. Those who live in sin will be part of the burnt offering.
But as for us who serve the King, we will do as Paul said, and present our bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God.
Remember Leviticus 23:19,
“And you shall offer one male goat for a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old as a sacrifice of peace offerings.”
Jesus was a lamb, offered as a peace offering, when he returns he will separate “Sheeps from goats”. The sheep offered their life as a living sacrifice (we are called to do that). The goats are those who will be a sin offering and burned.
Verse 20: “The priest is to wave the two lambs before the LORD as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the LORD”
We are a sacred offering if we set aside greed, lust, and sin. Other wise we will be the burned offering.
As Numbers 8:11 shows, …..”