V= Vigilance: 1 Peter 5:8 – (Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour). Romans 13:14 – (But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof). Be watchful and on guard.
I = Imagine the Consequences: Ecclesiastes. 8:11-13 – (Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.)
C = Cry out to God: Psalm 34:6 (This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles); Jeremiah 33:3 (Call unto me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you know not). Cry out when tempted, after you fail, and throughout the day.
T = Take thoughts into captivity: 2 Cor. 10:3-5 (For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh, ……Casting down [suppressing] imaginations [thoughts], and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ). Temptation comes like the serpent in the garden. If not dealt with immediately, Thoughts become desires, which turn into actions, which produce habits, that become your life.
O = Omnipresence of God: Genesis 39:7-9 (…. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?) His omnipresence means He sees it all, His omniscience means He knows it all, and His omnipotence means… He’s big enough to deal with us when we sin as children. Psalm 139:2 (You know my sitting down and getting up, you understand my thought afar off.)
R = Rely on the Scriptures: Psalm 119:11 (Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against you.) Memorize, meditate God’s word. Meditate in Heb means to “chew the cud”. The Word is a sword…an offensive weapon with which to resist the devil and fight against him.
Y = Yield to the Spirit: Romans 8:13 (For if you live after the flesh, you shall die; but if you through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, you shall live.) Whatever God says to do, we must obey, in order to have His power over sin in this world. There you have it V.I.C.T.O.R.Y. If you Make up and put your mind into VICTORY through your HOPE in Him and Who he is, “you will always win.”