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The Good Fight

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One thing Christians not always taught nor modeled thoroughly enough it this - fighting!

Are you tired of the torments of sin? Sin is indeed a terrible thing. And the thing about the devil is - he plays hardball. Once you are down and defeated - he doesn't stop tormenting you with sin.

His sickening plan of action is to get you and me and everyone else in bondage to a particular sin - and that will make us nervous, guilty, worried, spiritually anxious, embarrassed to be in God's presence, depressed and more - which leads us BACK to the overwhelming and sick need for the participation in the sin that made us a spiritual wreck in the first place. It's a spiritual addiction. And it keeps many Christians in a vicious cycle and useless for God. And that's exactly where the devil wants us to be.

When Christians cry out to God about their sin - most of the time, and I can't speak for you, but most of the time - we ask for his deliverance from it. "Take this desire away, God!" And we don't look for any other answer or use any of our spiritual armor.

1 Corinthians 10:13 - " No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."

You see, God KNEW when he had the Apostle Paul write this down that you, personally, and me, personally would be struggling one day. He knew that we would be "down for the count", crawling like that proverbial dog "back to his vomit", and wallowing in filth crying to be free. And so he did what only Almighty God can do. He will NEVER allow you or me to undergo a temptation that is unconquerable. And he provides a way of escape.

If you are in a bad place right now and the devil has you convinced that God isn't listening nor does he care - know this, it's all a lie. And also, ours isn't a physical battle. It's never a physical battle even if the sin involves the physical. Sin is a spiritual battle. Ephesians 6:12-13 - "We don't wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, ect....." You HAVE to fight this from a spiritual standpoint. The flesh is too weak. And "fight" is the key word.

What is that proverbial way of escape? Well, a large part of it is this: Psalm 119:11 "I will hide your words in my heart so that I won't sin against you."

If you don't hear anything else I say, hear this: Jesus Christ - who IS God and who is the SON of God recited scripture three times [Deuteronomy] when he was tempted in the wilderness. And in the Garden of Gethsemene, where he was in agony to the "point of death" he said and questioned going to the cross THREE TIMES, he urged his followers to Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation." Matthew 26

And when dying on the cross, he quoted scripture from Psalms 22:1 to God. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"

At the lowest points of his life on this earth - scripture was the weapon/tool that Jesus reached for.

We must do the three things that Jesus did.

[1] Have scripture committed to memory, to the heart, to the tongue, and to the mind. Let that scripture be your way of escape AHEAD of time - not AFTER the fact. It must transform you. What scriptures? Seek that for yourself.

[2] You MUST "watch". Peter said to "Be sober (spiritually alert and watchful). The devil is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8. You must be on the OFFENSIVE here. Be watchful and alert for the people, things, and events that lure you into temptation.

[3] You must pray. And not after the fact of sin. And not in a defeated plea for God to just "make it go away". The devil, on this earth, ISN'T going to go away. And you, armed with scripture, prayer, a watchful spirit, faith, and trust, must fight.

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