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9 Ways To Win The Battle – Part 1
9/11/2013

Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NKJV)

We’ve all experienced spiritual warfare as followers of Jesus Christ, and we will continue to fight various battles until we see Jesus face-to-face.  Satan understands our security in Christ, but he loves to diminish our ability to be used by the Lord, and he loves to tempt us to give him a reason to mock the transforming power of God in the way we live.  With this said, I would like to look at nine ways to win this war against the enemy's temptations, distractions, and strongholds. The first thing we must do to win this war on temptations, distractions, and strongholds is,

1.            We need to make Jesus our Lord (Lk. 6:46; Rom. 6:5-14).

We may have made a profession of faith in Jesus and accepted Him as our Savior, but we need to make Him Lord of our life!  This means we need to make a commitment to submitting to Him, and to follow Him instead of simply doing what we feel like doing—those things pleasing to the flesh.

“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?" Luke 6:46 (NKJV)

When we accepted Jesus’ payment for our sin, we gave our life to Him—lock, stock and barrel!  We don’t own our lives anymore—God does! (1 Cor 6:19-20)  And since He owns us, we ought to be talking (praying) to Him constantly and asking Him, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” (cf. Acts 9:6)  We must purpose within our heart to stop obsessing about all the things we want, and focus instead on looking for opportunities to be used by God. 

This leads us into the second thing we must do to win the battles against the enemy’s temptations, distractions and strongholds—

2.            We need to Repent (turn around) (Acts 2:38)

We need to stop doing those things we used to do before giving our life to Christ—we need to put off those evil deeds.  We are told this in Ephesians, chapter 4.

if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-24 (NKJV)

We must continually remember, we are not in bondage to sin anymore! (Rom 6:6-7)  God has given us a complete solution to those things we find ourselves addicted to.  This is what is required.

·      We need to make Jesus our Lord and Savior and purpose to do “His will” (Luke 6:46)

·      We need to come to God humbly, confess and declare our heart to repent of our sin (cf. Luke 13:3)

·      We need to die to sin, and purpose not to let it reign in our mortal body (Rom. 6:11-12)

·      Present the members of our body as instruments of righteousness unto God (Rom. 6:13)

When we repent we will be staring face-to-face into God’s Grace—because this is where His grace meets us—at the point where we repent and turn around.

As unbelievers, we were once in bondage to sin, but as believers, we are regenerated and we now have God’s power within our lives—but we must identify with this truth and remind ourselves, “I am not the old man anymore; I am a new creation in Christ Jesus—the old things have passed away, and all things have become new” (2 Cor 5:17).

STUDY QUESTION: According to Ephesians 4:21-24, what are we to put off as Christians, and what are we to put on?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you putting off the old ways of doing things, and putting on the new nature in Christ Jesus?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s make it a point to repent today of anything non-glorifying to God. 

LET'S PRAY:  Father, thank You for Your love and mercy.  Thank You for Your patience, and kindness.  Help us to see if there is any area within our lives where we are not allowing Your Lordship.  Help us to see the need to lay these areas at Your feet, and to surrender our will to You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 


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