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What does it mean to get victory over sin?

What does the Bible mean when it says that we should be “more than conquerors?” To whom is it referring when it is written “to him who overcomes?”
How to overcome sin and temptation

How to overcome sin. To overcome – to get victory –  is a result of a personal battleAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More against sin in your life. But is it victory when you overcome one temptation, or is it only considered victory when you are no longer even tempted to sinTo commit sin is to consciously do something that you know goes against God’s will. This can be in word, deed, or even thought. (James 1:14-15)... More?

Look at it this way: You are fighting a warAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More against the sin in your fleshThe “flesh” is all of the sinful desires/temptations/lusts, etc. that dwell in human nature. It is the source of temptation, and nothing good dwells there. (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 7:18; Galatians 5:24; Romans 8:5) Other phrases meaning the same as the flesh include: the body of sin, sinful human nature, fallen human nature, sinful nature, fallen nature The term “flesh” can... More. But every war is made up of individual battles. Every single time you overcome a temptation to sin, you have been victorious in one battle. You’re a step closer to winning the war.

When an impure thought, or any other temptation, comes up, then you say “No!” You pray to God for strength, you use His Word as a weapon, and you overcome that temptation. That is a victory. Even if the same temptation comes right up again. It’s a new battle; it’s another opportunity for victory, and another step towards the final goal of overcoming all of the sin in your flesh.

When you overcome a temptation one day, you have overcome it. Just because you are tempted the next day to the same thing, doesn’t mean that you weren’t victorious yesterday. It’s just one more opportunity to overcome that sin, so that one day the whole of it will be completely eradicated.

What is sin?

To overcome sin:

Imagine a field full of enemies; they all look identical. It’s your job to clear this field. Each one of these enemies is like a temptation to sin. This one is a temptation to an impure thought. But you overcome it, because God’s Word gives power and strength, and there is no doubt that through Him you are stronger than your enemyMost often when a Christian refers to his or her “enemies” they are speaking about the sin in their flesh and the temptations and lusts that arise from there. These are enemies because they tempt us to act contrary to the will of God. These can also be spiritual powers such as the spirit of the times which oppose the... More! You say, “No!” And you use God’s Word as a sword to cut it down. Then you turn around and there is another enemy right there, with the same temptation. But it’s definitely a new enemy; you can see the one you just overcame there on the ground. So you do the same again. And you look around you, and what do you see? More enemiesMost often when a Christian refers to his or her “enemies” they are speaking about the sin in their flesh and the temptations and lusts that arise from there. These are enemies because they tempt us to act contrary to the will of God. These can also be spiritual powers such as the spirit of the times which oppose the... More! But you just keep going. If your sights are set on the reward, on the heavenly, rather than on what you can have here on earth, then you will find the strength to keep going; then the battle never becomes too hard. (Colossians 3:1-4)

Temptation by temptation: you aren’t finished after just one fightAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More. But just because the temptations keep coming does not mean that you are not overcoming. It just means you have a human nature – a flesh, just like every other person on earth. But you are taking down these enemies, one by one. And after awhile you stop and look behind you, and there is a field full of enemies behind you that can never tempt you again! You are making progress; you are on the way to winning the war. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Is it even possible to keep my thoughts pure?

Moment by moment you overcome sin

You can think like this about whatever sin you see in your flesh. Pride. Discouragement. Different things come up because there are depths to our flesh. You don’t see it all at once, or you wouldn’t be able to take it. It’s one field at a time: God shows you just the right amount at one time that you are able to overcome. (1 Corinthians 10:13) He makes it so that you can be saved from sin as quickly as possible, with the least amount of sufferingThe Bible often mentions suffering. Though this can refer to outward, physical suffering, in the New Covenant it mostly applies to the suffering that occurs when you deny your own sinful lusts and desires and put them to death. It is an inner suffering that occurs because your lusts are not being satisfied, rather than a physical, outward one –... More. The day will come when you stand in that field and look around you and there is not a single enemy left. You have faithfully persevered, and the field is yours! Then you will never be tempted in that area again; you have been completely victorious in that battle. Then you will thank and praise God that He has given you the help and power to wage war and that now you are free forever from that sin.

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Victory = something new

And not only are you free from sin, but you have also gained divine nature in place of sin. Each time you overcome, where your nature was previously impure, it is replaced with purity. As your human nature – sin in the flesh – is destroyed, divine nature takes its place. The virtues of Christ will replace those ugly sins. You are becoming more and more like Jesus; you are being filled more and more with the fullness of God. Your spirit is becoming more and more connected with God, and you are growing in wisdom, which will make the next field even easier to clear. You are becoming a pro. (2 Peter 1:4-8)

And then the day will come when you are perfected. When it’s all gone. When there are no fields left to clear. What a day that will be. Then you will be ready to meet Jesus, which is what you’re really fighting for. You are fighting for an eternity with Him. Then you will be worthy to be called His brother. (Romans 8:29; Hebrews 2:11)

“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God you may receive the promise.” Hebrews 10:36.

What is the result of overcoming sin?

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Christ Manifested in the Flesh

For our sakes Jesus bore our sin in His fleshThe “flesh” is all of the sinful desires/temptations/lusts, etc. that dwell in human nature. It is the source of temptation, and nothing good dwells there. (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 7:18; Galatians 5:24; Romans 8:5) Other phrases meaning the same as the flesh include: the body of sin, sinful human nature, fallen human nature, sinful nature, fallen nature The term “flesh” can... More so that all sin might be condemned there. He was willing to do it and He did do it! The significance that this has for us is immeasurable. Read more here about all that this means for all those who truly believe in Christ Jesus as the Son of God and the Son of Man.

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