“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.”
Knowing the battleground where temptation thrives is one of the greatest keys to winning the battle over sin. If the believer avoids the battleground where temptation often wins, the believer will have a great chance of having victory over sin. It is not that the believer will become sinless because the believer still lives in the flesh, but winning the battle over temptation will help the believer to live a holier life which results in confidence and a victorious spirit.
In the verse above, the Apostle Paul reveals temptation’s battleground. He says, “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind…” Notice that temptation goes after the mind, and when temptation wins, it holds the mind captive. That is why Paul said in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations…” The mind is where you fight sin. The flesh cannot do what the mind has not permitted it to do; therefore, every sin which the believer commits was first imagined in the mind. If you control your mind, you will have victory over sin. There are several things you can do to stay in control of your mind so that you can have victory over temptation.
First, protect what feeds your mind. You cannot imagine something that you know nothing about. If you keep yourself from seeing things you should never see, you will never have to fight the imaginations that those things you should not see cause. One of the greatest battles you will fight is making sure that you are never in a place where you should not be, or never allow yourself to read or look at things that introduce sin to your mind. If you control what your eyes see, you will have a greater opportunity of overcoming temptation.
Second, avoid idle time alone. The sinful mind will often tempt you with thoughts you should never think. If you want to avoid thinking things you should never think, you should keep your mind busy when you are alone. Rarely does a person think of wrong things when they are busy or with other people, it is when you are alone that temptation is the greatest. Therefore, you would be wise to fill your time when you know you will be alone.
Third, submit your mind to God. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Filling your mind with God’s Word is the greatest way to submit your mind to God. When your mind is submitted to God, you will find that the Devil will not be able to tempt you with wrong.
Fourth, yield to the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16 says, “…Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” You will never be tempted to do wrong when you are controlled by the Holy Spirit. Several times throughout the day you need to yield yourself to the Holy Spirit. Regularly talk to the Holy Spirit in prayer and yield yourself to Him. You will find that sin will have no lure when you are controlled by the Holy Spirit.
Fifth, ask God for help to overcome your weakness. 1 John 2:1 says, “…And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” If you have a problem with temptation, tell Jesus your problem and ask for His Divine help. You will find that He will intercede on your behalf to help you overcome sin if you will just ask Him for His help.