We fight in a spiritual battle 24/7 (Ephesians 6). We have examples of those who went before us who walked with God and endured many war torn times of spiritual calamity. (Hebrews 11) They have left us key combat strategies for victory. Until Jesus returns, the Word will build us up, Prayer will protect and give us strength, Worship will lift Christ up in our life, and the Spirit will help us walk faithfully, boldly, purely, in holiness and make the enemy flee from us!
In fighting temptation and surviving the battle:
You gotta flee lust like Joseph from Potiphar's wife.
Have a heart of worship and repentance like David.
Be a friend of God like father Abraham.
You gotta pray like Daniel.
You gotta fast like Nehemiah.
Expect victory like Elijah.
Be on guard, alert, and watchful like Boaz.
Do whatever it takes like Esther.
Be a person of integrity and righteousness, like Joseph of Nazareth (Jesus' earthly dad)
Lead, lean, and exalt the Father like the Lord Jesus Christ.
Be teachable like Peter.
Be unashamed and at his feet like Mary of Bethany.
Wise like John.
Bold like James.
Determined like Paul!
But you may say:
"I will try, but I may not live up to those heroes’ lives."
"I have pride like Joseph."
"I work with corrupt people like Daniel."
"I'm surrounded by idolatry like Nehemiah,
scared and feel alone like Elijah,
getting older like Boaz,
poor like Ruth,
bitter like Naomi,
compromise around people like Peter,
and deal with anger like Paul and Moses."
Those are some good observations of those guys and gal’s. I guess you can add lustful and selfish like David, and a wandering liar like Abraham, unable to speak like Moses and Jeremiah, full of unbelief like Sarah...BUT what are these people known for?!
God makes us giant slayers & truth bearers.
He makes us bold, honest, fearless mouthpieces.
He makes us faithful, righteous, HOPE givers.
We are New creations.
We are the Redeemed!
Clinging to Jesus is the key!! You can do all things in Christ! They had the Holy Spirit and so do you. Christ began the work and will be faithful to complete it. You gotta follow. Choose him first above all.
Christ be all around me!! Right?!
We are victors! Not victims!
The devil has no charge.
The blood cleanses.
We live in Christ’s righteousness!
He is Lord!!
What a beautiful truth!
"...having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all."
So today, follow Jesus. Be Holy as He is holy. Be in the Word and the Truth shall set you free...
Mike and Nereida Kendrick