Let’s face it, we all deal with sin. Its unstoppable, the desires, passions of the flesh. We are always at war, not with flesh and blood “but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Eph 6:12
HOWEVER HOLY WE MAY BE, WE CARRY WITH US, WHEREVER WE GO “SIN THAT DWELLS WITHIN” A FORCE THAT PAUL IN GALATIANS 5:17 “FOR THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH ARE AGAINST THE SPIRIT, AND THE DESIRES OF THE SPIRIT ARE AGAINST THE FLESH, FOR THESE ARE OPPOSED TO EACH OTHER, TO KEEP YOU FROM DOING THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO.
20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
THIS DANGER WE ARE UP AGAINST IS NOT A DANGER AHEAD OR BEHIND BUT WITHIN.
ITS WITHIN US.
IT’S WITH US:
- AT WORK
- AT HOME
- IN PUBLIC
- IN PRIVATE
- AT MIDNIGHT AND AT NOON
HOW DO WE “FIGHT” THIS WAR FROM WITHIN?
THE WAR INSIDE OF US MEANS THAT WE ARE REAL AND THAT THE WAR IS REAL.
OUR TESTIMONY OF WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY DONE IN OUR LIVES PROVES TO US AND THOSE AROUND US THAT:
- DEVIL IS REAL
- HIS MISSION IS TO STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY
Paul spoke about this in 1 Peter 5:8 “ Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
– HE IS OUR ENEMY AND WE ARE HIS ENEMY.
-A FIGHT OF GOOD VS. EVIL
-LIGHT VS. DARK
FOR WE DO NOT WRESTLE AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD BUT AGAINST THE DARKNESS, AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES…”
A while back I had been asking God, what am I doing wrong? Why is this struggle getting worse? He had gave me a vision of me on a battlefield, with enemies all around me, I had no weapons. All I had was a white flag. The Lord was in front of me the whole time but the instant I raised the white flag, He made all my enemies scatter!
- When all seems hopeless, raise your white flag
- In the midst of temptation, raise your white flag
- When you don’t know what to do or say, raise your white flag
What does the white flag represent? Surrender.
John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”