Graceful Truth — Overcoming Sin

WHAT TAKES US AWAY FROM GOD

Bill Elliff Overcoming Sin

The most tragic chapters of our lives are filled with the stories of anything and everything that removes us from God. The simple word for this tragedy is “sin.” But there is a word that precedes that sin: “temptation.” If we are return to intimacy with God and the invaluable joy of His presence, we must understand how this occurs. The origin of sin in the history of creation is fascinating and incredibly revealing in one of the first chapters of human history. Genesis, Chapter 3 is one of the most instructive passages about humanity in the whole Bible for...

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THE SORROW WE NEED

Bill Elliff Overcoming Sin Revival

We are too flippant in our day. If is far too easy for us to sin repeatedly, bringing reproach upon the Name of Christ and opportunity for the enemy, and go on as if nothing had happened. We are so calloused by the repetition of our sin and the ever-presentness of sin around us that we are de-sensitized slowly, yet profoundly. And our spiritual lives and effectiveness suffer more than we know because of it. Not David. He writes in Psalm 38 as a man in deep sorrow and repentance. ""Your arrows have sunk deep into me and Your hand...

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The Anatomy of Continual, Harbored Sin

Bill Elliff Overcoming Sin

I have watched many people, often professing believers, who have entered into serious sin—often moral sins that you would not think they would commit. How does this happen? There is a pattern which we would be wise to study and understand. David shows us this pattern in Psalm 36. Transgression (like an oracle) speaks to the wicked deep in his heart. There is no fear or dread of God before his eyes. For he flatters and deceives himself in his own eyes that his iniquity will not be found out and be hated. The words of his mouth are wrong and...

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Understanding How You Will Be Tempted Today

Bill Elliff Overcoming Sin

Understanding How You Will Be Tempted Today

Temptation is not sin, but it is the foyer. Sin finds its genesis there and it’s appropriate that the beginning chapters of Genesis give the foundational illustration of how temptation and sin occurs. To be unaware about a deadly poisonous snake, aggressively approaching you every day would be deadly. Why would you not give daily attention to Satan’s temptations and your responses? Satan brings a crafty temptation to doubt God's Word. Now the serpent was more crafty ... and he said to the woman, ""Indeed, has God said ..."" (Genesis 3:1) Satan lies to us about the effects of sin,...

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Obedience follows Value and Freedom follows Obedience

Bill Elliff Overcoming Sin

We do what we want to do. To think otherwise is to play a mind game that locks us into a cycle of habitual disobedience. ""I can't do that,"" is an excuse. The reality is this; by the grace of God, and our willingness to obey, and dependence upon the Spirit, we can do anything the Lord commands in His word. The problem is this: We don't think it's valuable. OBEDIENCE follows VALUE. What we value, we do. The Psalmist illustrates this: ""Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul observes them."" (Psalm 119:129) The Psalmist loves God's word, believing it's...

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