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9 Ways To Win The Battle – Part 5
9/17/2013

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)

We are looking at a devotional series titled, 9-Ways To Win The Battle.  We are looking at ways to win the battles against the enemy’s temptations, this world’s distractions, and strongholds of sin within our lives.   It’s those times when the enemy can get us to take our eyes off of God, and put them on something else—things distracting us, taking our time, resources, and causing strongholds in our Christian walk.

Today we will be looking at the seventh way to win the battles with temptations, distractions, and strongholds—and it is—

7.            We Need to Love the things of God (Ps. 119:15, 127; Rev. 15:3)

We will not truly hate evil until we love the things of God.  Our flesh loves the things of this world and wants to be conformed to this world, and our regenerated spirit is in opposition to these things.  Our spirit needs to be fed the things of God, such as His Word, the worshiping of Him as our Lord, and the fellowship of other believers if we are truly to be transformed (See Rom. 12:1-2).

Loving the things of God will happen when we finally decide to love everything about God—including His will for our lives.  It is when we begin to trust His plan rather than relying on our own, or worrying about the future.  It is when we decide to go “all in,” doing things His way instead of taking short cuts or willfully sinning. 

The first thing we need to know is this; we cannot begin to love the things of God until we are able to receive the things of God.  And we cannot receive the things of God unless we are born again—saved.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)

We must have the Spirit of God living in us if we are going to receive and understand God’s Word (1 Cor. 2:11).  Even when we have the Spirit living in us, we can become fixated on the challenging issues we face rather than God.  When this happens the issue will become more important than God’s will and way for handling it.  It is imperative for us to seek the Lord’s will in everything we do, regardless of our feelings. 

Truth is, we might not see God’s plan clearly, but we must never stop trusting in Him.  He is in control ALL of the time!  There will be challenging things we have to face in our life—things we would rather not face—but these things are all used as a part of God’s perfect plan.  As we do our part in trusting God and being obedient to His will, we will find we will be able to resist the enemy’s temptation to doubt or be fearful.  Think about it this way, we have placed our faith in Him as our Savior for our Spiritual lives, why would we stop trusting Him with our physical lives? 

I want to encourage you today to make a stand in your belief—trust God with every facet of your life.  Don’t give into the temptation to doubt, to fear, to worry, or to become anxiety ridden.  Walk with confidence—confidence properly placed in God.  Let’s let Him be the Lord of our life.

STUDY QUESTION: What great promise are we given in Romans 8:28 for those who love God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God with everything?  Do you love the things of God, such as His Word, worshipping Him, and spending time in prayer with Him.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s give the best we have to the things of God, and be committed to spending time in His Word, and in worshipping Him.  The way we can practically do this is to put others first— serving them selflessly, loving them unconditionally, all while praising God for what He has done; what He is doing, and seeking Him to ask what He wants to do in our life.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for overseeing our lives.  Thank You for transforming our lives.  Thank You for giving us a new heart and the promise of eternity.  Show us everything You want us to learn and know today Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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