THE CHRISTIAN CHAMPION
by Tony Alamo
When we read the Bible, we see that to avoid temptation, we must be sitting with Christ in Heavenly places, because temptations lose their power when Jesus is nigh.1 If we are that close to Jesus, we have surrendered all our life to Him.2 The benefit for doing this is absolute power over temptation.3 There isn’t anything more important than to be assured of a sinless life. If we don’t have peace because of not being close to Jesus (sitting with Him in Heavenly places by the HOLY SPIRIT), then we have no peace. We are constantly bombarded with the devil’s entire arsenal.4 It is too dangerous to gamble like this with your eternal soul.
The devil is “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2). If we are not sitting with Jesus in Heavenly places (Eph. 2:6), we are perfect targets, sitting ducks for the devil. “The wind shall carry them all away; vanity [nothingness] shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in Me [the Lord says] shall possess the land, and shall inherit MY Holy Mountain [nation, Heaven]” (Isa. 57:13). Verse 14 tells us we are to cast away everything that is a stumbling block and prepare ourselves to become saved, to be the people of the Lord.5 Eternity is forever, and that is too long to be in the Lake of Fire. To escape the Lake of Fire, we must dwell with the Most High in the high and holy place.6 He revives “the spirit of the humble, and [revives] the heart of the contrite ones” (Isa. 57:15). Being humble and contrite is giving everything up for the Lord. The Lord says in Isaiah 57:16 that He won’t contend with a person forever. He will not be angry forever if we trust in Him and abide in Him in Heavenly places, where we will have peace. Verses 20-21 states, “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”
If we’re troubled, if we have no peace, it is only because we have refused to give it all up to go to Heaven. If we don’t believe we’re going to Heaven, if we don’t know for sure we’re going to be in Heaven, then we will have no peace at all. It’s certain that if we haven’t gotten rid of our lusts, if we don’t have victory over them, we will have no lasting peace.
I know that it sounds too simple to be true, but to have peace in your soul, you must totally endure temptation. Again, this is accomplished by sitting with Jesus constantly in Heavenly places, and this is accomplished by completely surrendering your old life.7 If you want to have peace once and for all, you’ll surrender everything to Jesus for victory over temptation and sin. You will be a Christian champion in a non-Christian world. James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.”
God cares. He cares so much that He wants you to continuously sit with Him. No one in our lives has ever cared that much for our company. To think that He cares so much that He died, resurrected, and ascended into Heaven to prepare a place for us8 to, by the Spirit, be with Him while we are on earth and afterward, so our spirit, soul, and glorified body can be with Him and our loved ones forever is incredible! Why don’t you decide to live for Him? There is no profit in living for anyone or anything else. Get with Him now by saying this prayer, and you will be a Christian champion in a non-Christian world:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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The Christian Champion footnotes:
1. Rom. 8:13-14, 35-39, Gal. 5:16, Eph. 1:2-7, 17-23, 2:6-8, 3:8-12, Col. 3:1-6, James 1:12-15 return
2. Matt. 16:24-27, Mark 8:34-38, 10:21, Luke 9:23-26 return
3. Gen. 39:7-10, Psa. 17:4, 119:110, Matt. 4:1-11, I Cor. 6:18, 10:14, I Tim. 6:9-11, II Tim. 2:22, James 4:7 return
4. Gen. 3:1-13, I Cor. 7:5, I Thes. 3:5, I Pet. 5:8, I John 2:14-17 return
5. Matt. 10:37-39, 16:24-25, Mark 8:34-37, 10:29-30, Luke 9:23-25 return
6. Gal. 3:27, Eph. 1:3, 20, 2:6, 3:9-11 return
7. Eph. 2:6, I Pet. 2:9-10 return
8. Matt. 25:34, John 1:1-4, 14:2, 17:24, I Cor. 2:9, Heb. 11:16 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return