If you were to sit and think about it for any time, could you count the number of enemies you have or had in your lifetime? Three, four, a dozen or more? Of course as Believers we would certainly count the devil as an enemy. Spiritual adversaries, worldly antagonist, all these could have a place on the list of ‘enemies’. Not saying we should hold grudges or be unforgiving, nothing like that, because sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, others will make an enemy out of you.
Now, with all this in mind, who would you say is your ‘greatest’ enemy? I’m going to take a wild guess and say that most of you would not even consider that YOU are possibly your greatest enemy. I speak concerning the spiritual realm. As a born-again Believer, I find those things I want to accomplish in my life for the glory of God don’t always get done because I am my own worst enemy.
Where is this coming from you might ask? I am speaking of the constant spiritual battles believers face every day of their life…the war between the flesh (self) and the Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s desire is for us to be transformed to live and look like the Lord Jesus. However, my flesh has a whole different agenda. The Holy Spirit speaks to the new life in Christ and calls me to read His word and fellowship in prayer. The fleshly desires in me say, not now, you can do that later, there are more important things to do first. The desire in me to see others come to Christ pulls one way; but the flesh side says you could be rejected, they don’t really want to hear that, go and see them later. Bottom line here is much of those reasons are fleshly laziness.
Paul had the same problems we have today. Read Romans 7:14-15 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will (Spirit) to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate (flesh), that I do.” Sound familiar?
As we have also been studying in Ephesians, we see the battle for supremacy in our Christian walk. ‘Old Man’ flesh fights for control over the Spiritual ‘New Man’ in us. Be encouraged however…for these battles for dominance can be won every day. The Lord would never tell us to walk, act, or think in a certain way unless He knew we would have the power to do so. The Old Man is defeated the moment you say yes to Jesus as your Savior. It is simply the flesh part of us that doesn’t want to give up the things that satisfy our lusts, nor is it willing to give in to the Lordship of Christ in our lives. Well I say…that’s just “TOO BAD”! Jesus has told us we are victorious in Him, and that the Holy Spirit is constantly with us, strengthening us, upholding us by His mighty power. And so, when you face these battles, remember these few closing points for daily victory:
1) Start the day with Jesus in Prayer and Study of His Word. It doesn’t have to be hours, just simply ‘connect’ with God before you leave for the day.
2) Take a look in the mirror and remind yourself that you are a new creation in Christ and you now belong to Him. Spiritually put on “The New Man”.
3) Remember the devil is a defeated foe and he only looks for the weak, the lazy and the lame. Determine you will not be one of those. Draw your strength from the Holy Spirit.
4) Lastly, walk in fellowship with Jesus throughout the day, staying in close contact with Him by prayer and filling of the Holy Spirit.
I guarantee based on God’s sovereign Word, you can live victorious and stay encouraged in your Christian walk.