Victory over Sin by Janet Ljutich

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Victory over Sin by Janet Ljutich

Janet told us that she had done an Internet search on the subject of victory over sin, and the worksheet she is sharing with us came off the Internet.

The worksheet she got off the Internet was in four columns:

1. My Specific Unbiblical Thoughts, Words, Actions (Matt 7:1-5)
2. “Put Off” and Biblical References (Ephesians 4:22-23; Colossians 3:5-9)
3. “Put On” and Biblical References (Ephesians 4:23-24; Colossians 3:10-17)
4. My Plan not to Repeat this Sin and to Respond Biblically Instead (Titus 2:12)

Janet said she was in a wilderness valley, trying to be true.  This journey for her started a year ago, and she asked God to remove her flesh.  She wanted to walk in the Spirit and work for Him (God).  It is a process.  Sin is caused by a root of bitterness, and it goes to the core of our being.  We can overcome, resist anger, etc.  But when we see negative fruit we know we need to walk more carefully.  God’s timing is perfect.  There is no reason to stumble or stay down, and with God’s help we can always stay victorious.

We looked over the worksheet.

1. My Specific Unbiblical Thoughts, Words, Actions Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged.  For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

We look at ourselves with a Godly standard, not a standard of men.  God will convict us in our hearts about a specific sin.  We are called to judge people, but we can’t judge if we are not in right standing in the area we are judging.

2. Put Off and Bible References. We need to put off thoughts, words, and actions that are not Godly.  We need to find Bible verses to support what we are trying to change.  We can’t change from our own ideas, for our own ideas won’t work as well as God’s Word. Colossians 3:5-9  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, God repeats the words “put off” many times, that shows how important it is to God for us to put off these undesirable traits.  God realizes that we have things that cause us to stumble, and we need to ask God to help us learn how to go forward in this.  Ephesians 4:22-25 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore, putting away lying, “ Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. Philippians 2:3  Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

3. “Put On” and Biblical References.  When we put off something we need to replace it, put on something that God wants for us. Ephesians 4:23-24 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness Colossians 3:10-17 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

We need to redeem those things that we no longer want – and the best way to do that is to substitute positive attributes for those negatives.

4. My Plan not to Repeat This Sin and to Respond Biblically Instead. Titus 2:12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

We need to plan. God loves us and wants us to give all of us to Him.  He will love us no matter what we do, but He loves us enough to want us to change for the best.
We want to put away those things not pleasing to God.  Ephesians 4:25-32  Therefore, putting away lying, “ Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.  Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

How to keep your faith up and resist sin – to work toward completeness in him.

We need to have a contingency plan about how to apply these Scriptures to our lives.  We want to be perfect and complete in Him.  Hebrews 12:2looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

In Greek, the word for finisher is “Teleiotes” and it means a (state of) completeness/perfection.

1. Recognize the danger signals.

Avoid putting yourself in the path of sin.  Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; We want to make sure we are not stumbling ourselves or causing someone else to stumble.  We need to examine what happened, what happened before, and your reaction after.  When we understand ourselves we can then apply Scriptures to make changes.

Flee from all evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Avoid all triggers/stumbling blocks that can start you down the road to sin.  Matthew 18:7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes! We are not making other people stumble.  

Offences will come, for the righteous, but we DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE OFFENSE.

Ask God’s help immediately. Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. So often we get into a situation BEFORE we ask for help.  We get our mouth going, and then realize that five minutes previously we should have been praying. Jesus walked on earth the same way we do, and He never sinned.  It is possible. How do we do this?  James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

3. Generate movement NOW! Not in any direction, but in a biblical direction.

James 4:17  Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

We know when we are sinning, we justify and rationalize what we are doing – to our husband, kids, dad, wives.  We are sons and daughters of God.

Isaiah 55:8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

Not having any specific biblical alternatives can lead you onto another path of sin.

Matthew 12:43-45 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”

Neil Anderson has a list of who we are in Christ (see list in categories).  When we put off an old behavior it leaves a void and we need to replace that with the law of substitution.  Scripturally we want to align with the Word of God.

4. Recall Scriptures you have memorized. Actions begin in the mind.

Psalm 119:9-11 How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, but his heart is not with you.”

The Word of the Lord is true.  There is power in the Word, in His Word.  It will set us free.

Isaiah 55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;  it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

5. Implement specific biblical put-offs and put-ons (while renewing the mind)  That is the worksheet mentioned above.

6. Seek God’s strength for today. Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Don’t look back at past failures or ahead to what we might perceive as future failures. Deal with each day. Feel peace.  Thank God for the moment and stand in the Scriptures.

Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Know that it is not who I was before or the unknown future, but who I am now that matters.  We create in our circumstances by what we are saying to ourselves in our minds.

We have God’s grace to handle situations when we need it.  Hebrews 4:15-16 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

God’s grace is sufficient for us.

7. Solicit help from believers if necessary.

Galatians 6:2  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

In this day we are in constant attacks against our marriages, against the saints.  The devil wants to stop us in our tracks.  The devil knows our weaknesses.  If we are not proactive we may not be victorious. We find as we fall pray to our weaknesses that the joy goes, and than we start looking at situations negatively instead of the way we should.  We need to speak his word forth.  God knows our thoughts, but we still need to speak out loud.  We need to be thankful for the things He is going to do for us in the future.  We walk by faith and not by sight, so call those things which be not as though they are.

Seek the support and prayers of other believers.  Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Prearrange to call someone if you need help. We need people in place that we can call.  Reach out and call them.  Edify each other.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

1 John 3:16-19 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.

Janet told a story about picking up a hitchhiker at a time when she was wondering about God herself. The hitchhiker’s name was also Janet.  In ministering to her, the woman told Janet that she was going to give up on God, that she wasn’t sure God loved her.  Janet heard herself say, “Janet, God loves you.” And realized that God had arranged it so that she not only gave encouragement to the hitchhiker, but also to herself.

8.  Start doing the loving and responsible thing (regardless of your feelings). We develop self control, it isn’t rules and regulations, but over all that the Holy Spirit helps us to do the loving and responsible thing.

Galatians 5:22-25  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.

John 14:15, 21 “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (21) “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Become Complete:

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Become complete. Be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

This lesson was a blessing for those who attended.  I know it sure blessed me.

Praying you have a wonderful day!

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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