Good morning brothers (and sisters who have joined the Freedom Fighter blog). We have been working together on developing a plan for dealing with the temptation that comes into our lives.
The first two steps are 1) Identify your area of temptation/weakness, and 2) What does the Bible have to say about your area of temptation/weakness?
Today I want to encourage you with strategy #3 – Use the Weaponry that has been provided for you in Scripture to resist and battle temptation.
No one ever said that it was going to be easy. I think we are seeing that the battle lines have been drawn in the world context we are living. Satan and his minions seem to be attacking Christians around the globe. What I am not suggesting is to give credit to the enemy for every trial and struggle you are facing. This is not about giving him more credit than he deserves. BUT WE ARE ALSO NOT TO BE IGNORANT of his devices.
Please consider these two passages of Scripture:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[c]against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— Ephesians 6:10-19
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. 2 Corinthians 10:3-6
There is so much that I could say about these two passages. But I want to encourage you to dig a little deeper yourself. Can I be bold enough to suggest that we together should memorize these two passages?
The Lord has provided these weapons for us. They are not just to sit on the shelf. I noted that He asks us to put on the whole armor of God, but I don’t see any place where he says after we put it on, it’s okay to take it off?
If you’d like to do further study on this, I suggest you grab a copy of William Gurnall’s work on The Complete Christian Armor. It’s a great study. You can get it from Amazon and there is even a devotional based on his study.
Now I’d love to hear from you. Share with me what the Holy Spirit teaches you from this passage. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put on the whole armor today. Use the weaponry God has already provided as we battle temptation. Live in Victory, brothers.
Written by Dr. Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: He has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grand kids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Daily Quote: “O the naughty heart of man that love the wages of unrighteousness that the devil promises, but fears not the wrath of God.” – William Gurnall
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which isfrom the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith. – Philippians 3:9