2 Corinthians 10:3-6 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”
As I was growing up, there was a slogan adopted by the previous generation – “If it feels good, do it!” It was centered and focused on the sensual and shunned having to take responsibility for their actions.
But, whether or not one generation defines it, embraces it, or allows it; that philosophy originated with Adam and Eve in the garden. The choice presented to them by the devil was whether or not they wanted God to be their God, or to step in His place and make their own decisions.
Every carnal choice comes with its consequences. It is the law of sowing and reaping.
Galatians 6:7-9 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Our enemy knows this principle and uses it to lure us away.
We feel a verse or two of Bible reading and a few minutes in prayer satisfy our duty or Christian requirement. God has another principle by which we are to live.
2 Corinthians 9:6 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”
When you and I sow to our pride, we will reap sorrow, rejection, and unfulfilled desires. Sowing to our flesh will devastate our relationships, ruin our testimony, and moral character. Sowing to obtain favor of man will leave us empty. Sowing to gain financial success will only bring heartache.
The fight today is for control of your desires.
We have a principle in our faith-based addiction program, RU Recovery:
“You cannot fight fleshly temptations with fleshly weapons”
God’s Word reminds us – “…(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)”
When my trust is in the might and power of God’s strength, I am more than a conqueror!
When I trust in my flesh, it is only a matter of time before I fall.
Today’s technology has brought before our eyes and assaulted our ears with every shiny thing under the sun. It has made things evil and wicked so easily accessible. Our need as children of God is to keep our hearts with all diligence – it is paramount.
I must meet with God every day. I must communicate on a level that energizes my spirit; fills me with His Spirit and prepares me for whatever and whomever I will meet. God knows my schedule. He knows who I will meet, and what I will face.
Satan may have a full frontal assault ready and waiting around the corner, and I would walk right into it unknowingly. But being in submission to His Spirit and in subjection, I can listen and obey to the saving of my soul.
The devil is not just after you. He is after you and all that will be affected by your fall.
We see it all the time and much more frequently.
Is it because the devil is gaining strength? Is he stronger now somehow?
I believe he has always been a powerful foe and his strength has not changed.
What has changed is God’s children and our apathy toward the things that would aid in fighting this battle.
In Ephesians 6, I have armor given me to stand. I have been commanded to do all that I can to stand.
In Isaiah 54, I have the promise of victory against my enemies.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.”
The faithfulness of God and His watch care over me is eternal.
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
When you find the waves of temptation too strong, know that there is a way out.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
With God on our side, how can we fail?
Romans 8:31 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
As children of God, we have been saved to succeed.
Romans 8:37-39 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Take His promises with you today. Write them down and meditate on them. There is no problem that you and God cannot handle. Then, see and testify of His goodness to all who will listen!
Psalm 34:1-3 “A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.”