Whoever you are, whatever your struggles and temptations may be, you can overcome sin. For “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). All you need to do is appreciate and act upon what already belongs to you in the person of Jesus Christ.
You are assured success in whatever battle you may be combating, not because you are sufficient for the combat-you can never be! —but because there are enormously powerful supplies at your fingertips, in Christ (2 Peter 1:4).
Satan from the beginning of time stated that it is impossible for people to obey God. The fall of our first parents, he charged upon the Creator, leading men to look upon God as the biographer of sin, and pain, and death.
Jesus came to live among men to uncover Satan’s lie. As one of us He was to give a pattern of obedience. For this He took upon Himself our nature, and passed through our experiences. “In all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren” (Heb. 2:17).
If we had to tolerate anything which Jesus did not endure, then upon this point Satan would exemplify the power of God as inadequate for us. Therefore, Jesus was “in all points tempted like as we are” (Heb. 4:15). He endured every trial to which we are subject. And He used no power that is not freely offered to us (Luke 10:19).
As man, He met temptation, and overcame in the power given Him from God. “God with us” (Matthew 1:23) is the guarantee of our freedom from sin, the guarantee of our power to obey the law of heaven. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).
Jesus’ life attests that it is possible for us also to obey the law of God. “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). When the heavenly commands are truly followed, the Lord makes Himself responsible for the victory. In Christ there is power to accomplish every duty and power to repel temptation. In Him there is grace for daily growth and courage for battles, passion for service (1 John 5:4).
By His life and His death, Christ has accomplished victory over sin. Through His victory the government of God stands justified. Satan’s charges are negated, and his character revealed. The same victory that Christ gained is available to all that claim it by faith. The Lord promises that we can overcome sin that we can be “saved to the uttermost” (Hebrews 7:25), be “more than conqueror” (Romans 8:37), and “always triumph” (2 Corinthians 2:14).
In His service,