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Lesson Ten: Dealing with Sin 

How do I overcome sin in my life?  
Every man, woman, boy, and girl has three very real enemies of their soul: the world, the flesh, and the devil. These enemies
are constantly collaborating to rob the believer of his joy and Christian testimony and neutralize his service to God. The way
this is accomplished is through sin. Sin is what the Lord Jesus Christ went to Calvary to deal with, but we must continuously
appropriate His cross-work in order to enjoy victory over our sin. The purpose of this lesson is to show you what sin is, how to
have victory over it, and what you stand to lose when you give into temptation.  
I.    What is Sin?  
       The following passages provide us with a good definition of sin. You will notice that the definition gets broader and broader. 
       A.    Sin is the transgression of God’s law (1 John 3:4). 
       B.     Sin is anything that is not right (1 John 5:17).  
       C.    Sin is anything you know to do that you fail to carry out (James 4:17). 
       D.    Sin includes foolish thoughts (Proverbs 24:9).  
       E.     Sin is anything done apart from faith (Romans 14:23).  
II.    Why Do I Sin?  
       Within our very nature we have a disposition toward sin (Romans 7:18, 21). However, we do not HAVE to 
       sin (John 8:11, 1 Corinthians 15:34, 1 John 2:1). Sin is the result of our being drawn into temptation by our own
       lusts (James 1:13-15). This temptation comes in three forms (1 John 2:15-16).  
       A.    The lust of the flesh – This is what Eve faced when she saw that the tree was “good for food” 
               (Genesis 3:6). Jesus Christ was tempted in the same way to turn stones in to bread (Matthew 4:3).  
       B.     The lust of the eyes – This is what confronted Eve when she saw that the tree was “pleasant to the eyes” (Genesis 3:6).
               The Lord Jesus Christ was tempted when the Devil caused all the kingdoms of this world to pass before his eyes
               (Matthew 4:8).  
       C.    The pride of life – This is what tempted Eve when she thought that the tree was “desired to make one wise” (Genesis 3:6).
               Likewise, Christ was tempted to cast Himself down from the pinnacle of temple (Matthew 4:6).  
        In each of these areas Eve gave in. On the other hand, in each of these areas Jesus Christ resisted the devil’s temptation setting
        an example for us (Hebrews 4:15-16).  
III.   How Does God Deal with My Sin? 
        A.    God has dealt with your sin by judging it in Christ on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21). This affords us judicial forgiveness
                for all of our sins – past, present, and future (Colossians 2:13, 1 John 2:l2).  
        B.     While your sin will not force you out of God’s family, He will deal with you as a loving father deals with his
                 son, by chastening you (Hebrews 12:5-11).  
        C.    All of our actions have consequences. Even though you may confess and forsake your sin, God will still allow you to
                reap what you have sown (Galatians 6:7-8).  
IV.    What Do I Stand To Lose Because of My Sin?  
         While you cannot lose your eternal life, there are things that you may forfeit because of continued disobedience to God’s word.  
         A.    You can lose your joy (Psalm 51:12). 
         B.     You can lost your testimony (Genesis 19:14). 
         C.    You can lose your rewards (2 John 8). 
         D.    You can lose your health (1 Corinthians 11:30). 
         E.     You can lose your life (1 Corinthians 11:30). 
V.     How Can I Overcome Sin?  
         A.    Be honest with God about your sin. Take responsibility for your actions and confess your
                 sins (1 Corinthians 11:31-32, Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 1:9). 
         B.     Don’t put yourself in a situation that you know will lend itself to temptation (Matthew 6:13, Romans 13:14).  
         C.    Don’t allow sinful thoughts to control your mind (2 Corinthians 10:5).  
         D.    Walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).  
         E.     Yield your members to Christ, reckoning yourself dead unto sin, but alive unto God (Romans 6:11-13).  
         F.     Meditate in the word of God (Psalm 119:9, 11, 2 Corinthians 7:1). Do you remember Christ’s method of
                  overcoming the Devil’s temptation?  
         G.    Ask the Lord for the help you need (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15-16).  
         H.    When you are tempted, take God’s way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).  
          I.       Learn to hate the sin that so easily besets you (Proverbs 8:13, Psalm 119:104).  
          J.      Make an effort to revenge all disobedience and make restitution for your past sins (2 Corinthians 7:10-11, 10:6).  
          K.    Separate yourself from worldly influences (2 Corinthians 6:14-18) and separate yourself unto the things
                  of God (Romans 1:1, Ephesians 4:28, 1 Corinthians 16:15).