True, we are sanctified only through the grace of our precious Lord Jesus, but..(1.) Can we honestly walk away from every temptation thrown at us so that we do not sin. (2.) Do we have ultimate strength through the Holy Spirit to turn from every temptation. The reason I'm asking is because some do not believe in once saved always saved (OSAS). Some might say, "well we have free will to walk away from temptation." (3.) Is it our free will or God's convictions that help us to walk away from temptation. I would like to turn the tables and think outside the box here. God demands us to live a holy life inside our bodies. (4.) So how perfect and holy can we really get inside our bodies. (James 2:17) (5.) Is it at all possible to avoid being dragged away into our own evil desires through prayer? (6) Are we suppose to be praying every day for sanctification inside our bodies. (7.) Is temptation and testing from different spiritual forces. (Yes it is). So with thread I would like to focus on four main ingredients...
(1.) holiness (2.) body (3.) temptation/testing (4.) perfection...wherever there is a christian walking away from temptation and sin, there is indeed persecution at every corner, either from peers or the devil. Consider yourself blessed when persecution arises. So......are we ready to fight.........for our BODIES?! Blessings. - DRS81
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship.
1 Cor 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
James 1:2-18 Trials and Temptations - 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business. 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of all he created.