Wednesday, 17 August 2011 09:12
The greatest enemy that wars with the Christian is, of course, the devil himself. The devil is out to effect the Christian. He knows well that the child of God is a dangerous enemy to his cause. He made every effort to temp 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 the world and the flesh. The Bible teaches that the world is at war with the spiritually minded Christian. Worldliness is a mood, a tempo, an attitude of the soul that peers out horizontally upon life. Its head is never lifted upward in recognition of God. Its gaze is manward-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.
First, the Bible warn us, “Do not love the world or the things of the world” (1John 2:15). and again, “friendship with the world is enmity with God” (James 4:4). thus, we Christians find ourselves in daily conflict with the world around us. But we are not to yield an inch.
Second, 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” (Eph.6:12)
The flesh is at war with the Christian. The world “Flesh” is the biblical word for our old nature, the nature of sin. The apostle Peter, who knew a great deal about the struggle with the flesh, said “Beloved, I beg yo as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshy lusts which war against the soul” (1 Peter 2:11). The flesh is the enemy within, the spiritual infiltrator. And so, as Christians we find that our greatest conflict is often within ourselves.
Scriptures teaches we are not to love the world and that we are to make no provision for the flesh. The old nature cannot please God. However, Scripture does give great hope for us in this conflict. Victory can be obtained. We are to yield completely and surrender ourselves to God so that we can by faith conder the old nature dead unto sin but alive to God (Romans 6:11).
Scripture also teaches us how to deal with the evil. If we stand up and resist the devil, he will flee from us. We are not to give any place to him. The Bible says, “submit to God” (James 4:7). The Bible also promises that if we have fully submitted ourselves to Jesus Christ, then we can resist the devil, and he will flee from us. The devil will tremble when we pray. He will be defeated when we quote or read a passage or Scripture to him.
But we can resist the devil only when we submit ourselves to God. In relation to the world, the Bible says, “This is the victory that overcomes the world-our faith” (1John 5:4). In relation to the flesh, it says, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
Never disregard the power of the devil.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY AND HONOR.
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