Sunday, March 3, 2013
Action Required for Battle
When Jesus died on the cross He said it is finished. Daily we are in a battle, it is a force that reckons with us to keep us from walking in all the fullness of what God has for us. We daily need to put on the full armor of God to withstand the evil of the day. When we put on the armor we put on Jesus. Jesus is the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness and gospel of peace. Our faith and salvation are in him. He is the word of God and that is what we have inscribed on our hearts and on our minds.
God has equipped us to overcome. In James 4:7-8, he shares with us the following: "submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Submit = accept or yield to a superior force (Jesus) or to the authority or will of another person (Jesus). Jesus has to be Lord over your life first and foremost.
Resist = to withstand, strive against or oppose; to withstand the action or effect of such as resist infection and resist temptation. I thought that was so interesting that they used to resist infection. Sometimes the devil throws out a few symptoms and we talk ourselves into being sick.
Cleanse = rid of something seen as unpleasant, unwanted or defiling.....like those horrible thoughts. If we believe the lies of the enemy and do not renew our minds with the word of God, we defile ourselves and the enemy comes and makes his unwanted and unpleasant presence known to us.
Sinner = one who broke the law and has not repented (turned from his/her sinful way). Jesus fulfilled the law and nailed it to the cross, however, we are to cleanse ourself from the repetitive sinful nature by renewing our minds to the truth and resisting the devil who is tempting us. We may not always be successful and when we fail we do have an advocate in heaven who will cleanse us by receiving His finished work of the cross.
Purify = remove contaminates from; make ceremonially clean; cleanse our soul; to rid of impurities; cleanse; to rid of foreign and objectionable elements; to free from guilt or moral or ceremonial blemish; to clear imperfection. Jesus is the one who purifies us through His blood. He also desires for us to take action to let Him prune for us those areas where we defile ourselves and bring ourselves back into guilt and condemnation. When we see our blemish or unpure way, it can keep us from walking in all the fullness of what God has for us. He has given us His Holy Spirit to give us power to overcome. We are to ask for the power to overcome. He has also given us people in the body where we can confess our sins and seek to have prayers of agreement to be healed and delivered from these actions.
Double Minded = wavering or undecided in our minds. One day we believe God, but the next day we do not. We see our circumstances and they haven't changed. We can become double-minded. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, things unseen. We have to rely and trust that God is faithful. That He is trustworthy. Sometimes that is a process. During trials, we see our weaknesses and lack of faith. However, God tells us if we use what He has given us, He will prevail. Faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. God's word is true. Sometimes it takes a while to get to the point of renewing our minds to believe. However, if you continue you will presevere and be victorious.
God desires for us to walk in victory. He is there ready and waiting for us to turn and draw nigh to Him and He will draw nigh to us. May the God of all peace give you the ability to overcome and resist the devil today!