Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:00
In spite of the fact that we have come to Christ, the miserable bent toward sin is ever-present to drag us down. War has been declared. The devil is out to defeat the Christian. He well knows that the child of God is a dangerous enemy to his cause. He made every effort to tempt and defeat Christ, and today the devil concentrates on Christ’s followers.
Satan is the commander-in-chief of the powers of evil, and his main attack is launched against those who have taken sides with Christ and righteousness. The devil harasses, accuses, tempts, deceives and lies in his dealings with Christians. He works through his allies the “world” and the “flesh”.
Billy Graham describes “worldliness” as a mood, a tempo, an attitude of the soul that peers out horizontally – never Godward. Its materialistic sensual view of life that centers its attention on the lower appetites and desires, completely blind to the things of the spirit. In this kind of world, God is not just denied, He is forgotten. (Enemies of our soul – Billy Graham)
The Bible warns us, “Do not love the world or the things of the world” (1 John 2:15). And again, “friendship with the world is hostility with God” (James 4:4). Thus, we Christian find ourselves in daily conflict with the world around us.
The flesh is at war with the Christian. The word “flesh” is the biblical word for our old nature, the nature of sin. The flesh is the enemy within, the spiritual infiltrator. That is why we find that our greatest conflict is often within ourselves. The Bible says, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12)
But victory can be obtained. Scripture teaches that we are not to love the world and that we are to make no provision for the flesh. If we stand up and resist the devil he will flee from us. But we can resist the devil only when we submit ourselves to God. We must declare our full dependence on Him and trust Him first and foremost. “Submit to God” (James 4:7), and it promises that if we have fully submitted ourselves then we can resist the devil.
In relation to the world, the Bible says, “this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith” (1 John 5:4). In relation to the flesh, it says, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16). Satan will be defeated when we quote or read a passage of Scripture to him. And the devil has no defense against prayer. He trembles when we pray. TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY
By Bro. Paeng Santos
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