MAINTAINING your deliverance is your job, not the pastor’s job neither the group leader’s job. It is your job to keep what you have received.
You must be determined to maintain what God has given you, or else Satan will soon tempt you and lead you back to where you came from, if not worse…
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” (NIV).
Philippians 2: 12-13
“Therefore my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence- continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” (NIV).
The scriptures above are telling us that God puts the responsibility of the Christian walk squarely in our hands.
Somebody else cannot walk your salvation for you. Nobody will look out to see you are walking in obedience.
Ask yourself constantly: Am I walking in obedience?
You must cooperate with God as He works His purpose in your life through the Holy Spirit. Cooperate with the Holy Spirit also.
Some of the toughest temptations come after deliverance!
“Then He said to them all: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (NIV).
Here, God is speaking to you personally. You must take up His cross daily not only on Sunday.
Christ was tempted yet did not sin, so it is possible not to live without sinning. Submit to the holy spirit and He will live through you.
Temptations come daily
The question to ask yourself is : Am I following Jesus daily?
When temptation comes do not argue with Satan but run.
You have to say no to all ungodliness and worldly passions. Temptations come daily but you must say, “No!”
We do not live right only when people are seeing us, the responsibility is even more when no one is watching.
1 Cor 10:13 says,
“ No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not only let you be tempted beyond what you can bear, but when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (NIV).
No temptation is peculiar to you, but common to all Christians.
If God knew it was too much, He would not even allow it to come your way.
When Satan traps you in a room, God will open a widow for you to run out. Look at Joseph when Potiphar’s wife tempted him.
There are situations where you don’t stop to argue with Satan.
Joseph did not want to argue when Satan closed the door on him. He jumped out through the window! He did not care about the coat. It was a good coat but he left it and ran away.
To maintain your deliverance when temptation comes , do not stop argue with Satan-RUN!!!