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Maranatha Emanuel!
James 1:13-15:
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
Sin Cycle
  1. Distraction (drawn away)
  2. Seduction (enticed)
  3. Conception (conceived)
  4. Action (brings forth sin)
  5. Death/Destruction (brings forth death)
Principle #1: You are at war with the old man
References
[computer software] . Franklin, TN: Equipping Ministries Foundation. (Original work published 1890)
Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.
Strong, J.
Meyers, R. (2005). e-Sword.
Romans 7:14-25:
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that
it is
good. Now then it is no more
I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but
how
to perform that which
is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Principle #2: You cannot win this fight alone
James 4:1-10 (emphasis added):
From whence
come
wars and fightings among you?
come they
not hence,
even
of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume
it
upon your
lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the Scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the
proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse
your
hands,
ye
sinners; and purify
ye
double minded.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and
 your
hearts,
your
joy to
heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift
Principle #3: God always provides a way of escape if we will take it
Psalm 91:3:
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
and
from
the noisome pestilence.
Psalm 119:110:
The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy
Psalm 124:7:
Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the
snare is broken, and we are escaped.
2 Timothy 2:26:
And
that
they may recover themselves out of the snare of the
devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
Mark 1:35:
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out,
and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Observation #1: Saying the Scripture and doing the Scripture are not the same
Romans 2:13:
For not the hearers of the law
are
just before God, but the doers
of the law shall be justified.
James 1:22:
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your
own selves.
Ephesians 6:10-18 (bold added):
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places
. Wherefore take
unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always
with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Observation #2: Learning the ways of the world will one day ensnare us
Proverbs 22:25:
Lest thou learn his ways, and get a snare to thy soul.
Zechariah 1:4:
Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have
cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and
from
your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor harken unto me, saith the LORD.
James 4:4:
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the
world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Observation #3: Doublemindedness will result in failure
James 1:8:
A double minded man
is
unstable in all his ways.
James 4:8:
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse
your
hands,
ye
sinners; and purify
your
hearts,
ye
double minded.
Romans 8:7:
Because the carnal mind
is
enmity against God: for it is not subject
to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Breaking the Five Cycles of Sin
1. Distraction
(drawn away - exelko - drag forth (Strong's G1828));
Fighting in the distraction phase is the best place to defeat sin/enemy. The best way to do that is to defeat the attack before it starts by memorizing Scripture, meditating on His Word, having planned a way to avoid the places, times, and things that attract us, and starting the day dedicated to Him.
Psalm 5:3:
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will
I direct
my prayer
Psalm 143:8:
Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do
I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.
Mark 1:35:
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out,
and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Romans 6:6:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with
him
, that the body
of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Psalm 119:11:
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Romans 13:11-14 (bold added):
And that, knowing the time, that now
it is
high time to awake out of sleep: for now
is
our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at
hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and
make not provision for the flesh
to
fulfil
the lusts
thereof
.
2. Seduction
(enticed - deleazo - to entrap, allure, beguile (Strong's G1185));
1 John 2:15-16 (emphasis added):
Love not the world, neither the things
that are
in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. For all
that
is
in the world, the lust of flesh, and the
lust of the eyes
, and the pride of life,
is not of the Father, but is of the world.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (emphasis added):
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not,war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare
strongholds;) [2]
are
carnal, but mighty [1]
through God
to the pulling down of
Casting down imaginations
, and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God, and [3]
bringing into captivity every thought
to the obedience of Christ
; And having in a readiness to [4]
revenge all
disobedience
, when your obedience is fulfilled.
3. Conception
(conceived - syllambano - clasp, seize, conceive, catch, take
(Strong's G4815));
Fighting in the conception phase usually means you have ignored the promptings of the Holy Spirit and are totally focused on carrying out your sin. Know that you are choosing to love sin and the pride of life has taken over. You are too proud or too conceited to think that this act will hurt you. You must humble yourself before God and man. If you always find yourself in this stage, you need an accountability partner.
Micah 2:1-3:
Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take
them
by violence; and houses, and take
them
away: so they
oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time
is
evil.
Psalm 73:6:
Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth
them
as
a garment.
Proverbs 11:2:
When
pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowely
is
wisdom.
Proverbs 16:18:
Pride
goeth
before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 29:23:
A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the
humble in spirit.
2 Chronicles 32:26:
Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his
heart,
both
he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD
came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.
James 4:6:
Be he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud,
but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:10:
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1 Peter 5:5-6:
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all
you
proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
4. Action
(bringeth forth sin - tikto-hamartia - bear, be born, bring forth, be
delivered, be in travail (Strong's G5088; sin (Strong's G266));
Fighting in the action phase means you are too late. You have rejected prompts and verses and seared your conscience. You have begun to
build a stronghold
in your life. You must break down the stronghold.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (emphasis added):
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of
our warfare
are
not carnal, but mighty [1]
through God
to the pulling [2]
down of
strongholds
;) Casting down imaginiations, and every high thing that exalteth itself
against the knowledge of God, and [3]
bringing into captivity every thought to the
obedience of Christ
; And having in a readiness to [4]
revenge all disobedience
,
when your obedience is fulfilled.
Esther 4:16:
Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast
ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which
is
not according to the
law: and if perish, I perish.
Isaiah 58:6:
Is
not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of
wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
Mark 2:18-20:
And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
1 John 1:9:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our
sins, and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 32:5:
I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I
said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
James 5:16:
Confess
your
faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye
may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Confession: Accountability Partner
5. Death/Destruction
(bringeth forth death - apokueo-thanatos - to breed forth,
beget, bring forth (Strong's G616); death (Strong's G2288));
Fighting in the death phase can only mean that you must be revived. At this point, you must be the one to die to your carnal self. You must yield your members to God rather than to the flesh.
1 Corinthians 15:31:
I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our
Lord, I die daily.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27:
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they
do it
to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I
therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring
it
into subjection: lest that by any means, when I
have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
Romans 6
Fighting in the seduction phase means you are already starting to imagine the pleasure of the sin. The
lust of the eyes
has taken over.
you up.
precepts.
of
be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the
unto thee, and will look up.