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Compare the law of sin to the law of gravity!

As believers, we are to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Romans 6:11 (RSV)
“So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” 

It is one thing to say that we are dead to sin. It is quite a different matter to experience it. Yet this is precisely what God wants us to do on a continuing basis.

We can do this by picturing the law of sin as the law of gravity and the law of the Spirit as the principle of aerodynamics.

For example, picture an eagle soaring in the air. If that eagle folded in its wings, it would begin falling to the ground because the law of gravity would take over. Law is a law because it always operates the same way under the same conditions.

All that the eagle must do to stop falling is to stretch out its wings. The air rushing over its wings sets up a new force. It is the principle of aerodynamics. This principle is greater than the law of gravity. It does not annihilate the law of gravity; it overcomes it.

If we stop meditating on God’s Word in the face of temptation, we will begin to fall. Falling is a very real experience. It does not take very many seconds to be defeated.

How can we overcome the law of sin? Decisiveness will be needed!

Decisiveness vs. Double-mindedness
“The ability to finalize difficult decisions based on the will and ways of God.” (IBLP) James 1:5-8

Even though the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death, the application of God’s Word must take place.

Romans 8:2 (RSV) 
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free from the law of sin and death.”

James 1:22 (AMP) 
“But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth].” 

Hebrews 4:2 (NKJV) 
“For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

How do we overcome the law of sin? Decisiveness will be needed!

Decisiveness vs. Double-mindedness
“The ability to finalize difficult decisions based on the will and ways of God.” (IBLP) James 1:5-8

God designed the eagle to soar in the air and God designed Christians to copy Him, Ephesians 5:1, and follow the steps of His Son, 1 Peter 2:21, and not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good, Romans 12:21. (Overcome not overtaken

As we read, meditate and apply God’s Word, (or we can say, weaving God’s Word into our thoughts) we will soar above the power of temptations.

Satan wants us to believe that when we start falling, there is nothing that we can do but surrender to the temptation. 

However, all we need to do is to stretch out those spiritual wings by quoting portions of scripture related to the temptation with the application!

Then, in a few moments, the temptation will lose its power and appeal, and we will once again soar above temptation.  In this way, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus lifts us up above the law of sin and death. (See Romans 8:2.)

If we are soaring in the victories of Jesus, (Which He provided) we can help those who are falling.

Why it is fruitless to pray for victory:

One of Satan’s tricks is to get us to pray for victory while we are falling into temptation. The prayer is not very effective because it is not based on Scriptural truth. 

God does not want us to pray for victory. He wants us to enter into the victory that He has already provided in Christ. We are part of Christ’s victory when we died and rose again with Him. (See Romans 6 and Colossians 3:1)

Why we must meditate on God’s Word the moment that we are tempted: Decisiveness will be needed!

Decisiveness vs. Double-mindedness
“The ability to finalize difficult decisions based on the will and ways of God.” (IBLP) James 1:5-8 

Just as the eagle has only a few seconds to stretch out its wings before falling to the ground, so we have only a few moments to visualize God’s Word related to the temptation before we fall into temptation.

Therefore, the memorization of God’s Word is vital. If we have God’s Word committed to memory, we will have immediate access to God’s Word.  

Also, we will be able to meditate on His Word anywhere at any time with no written material and with no electronic devices.

Keep this portion of God's Word in mind.

Psalm 17:4-5 (NKJV) 
“Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer. 5 Uphold my steps in Your paths, That my footsteps may not slip.”

It would be wise to know the word of His lips!

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Original source: Rebuilders Guide Pages 24-25 ©Institute in Basic Life Principles. Used with permission. 

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The vertebrae of a person’s back are made of individual segments that allow the spine to bend likewise with the palm tree.

Taking this into consideration we need spiritual segments in our life so we can bend in a storm that is against our Jesus attitude. As a believer, we need spiritual segments enabling us to bend when the storms of life hit.

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