Since the fall of Adam and Eve, man lost the ability to have control over himself. The Devil has been capitalizing on this weakness of man to put him in a perpetual bondage.
Apostle Paul lamented in Romans 7:18 saying:
“For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”
What a frustrating situation for one to know what is right and still not be able to manage to carry it out! No wonder the Bible calls it a sin (James 4:17).
The missing piece between man’s knowledge and action is nothing but Jesus. Since this great fall of man from glory, sin gained mastery over man and made him its slave. But as Christians, we do have the greater one living in us (1 John 4:4, Colossians 1:27) and strengthening us to stand up and say no to temptation (Romans 8:2, 1 John 3:9, 2 Timothy 1:7, Galatians 5:22-23).
The same Paul who lamented in Romans 7:18 has been able to take advantage of the greater one dwelling in him to put his body under subjection and make it his slave (1 Corinthians 6:12, 9:27).
Brethren for us to have mastery over temptation of any kind, we need to embrace the grace of God that offers salvation to all people because it is the only thing that teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in this present age (Titus 2:11-12).
The month of September is
Praise be to God in the highest!
Let us take advantage of what we have to say no to what God says no to and say yes to what God says yes to. We have all it takes to do it.