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Putting Up a Good Fight
by Henry Miranda
8/10/2014 / Christian Living
James 4:7 (KJV)
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
When you have to be in a fight you must put up a good defense in order to prevent the opponent from overtaking you. A good defense is the only way to win a fight so we must learn to put up a good defense when dealing with our adversary the devil. We can learn to do this with the Scriptures, God's word; words of knowledge. In the constant battle between Christians and the devil, you must remember that in order to be successful in dealing with the devil the most important thing to do first is to submit to God.
As Christians we will constantly be in spiritual warfare throughout our Christian walk whether we like it or not. And the best way to fight the enemy is with a good battle plan. God has laid out all our weapons we need to fight and to win the battle. The way we learn to use the weapons is through the scriptures. The bible is the inspired Word of God. It is His written instructions and it answers every important question we have to make a strong defense against the enemy.
Satan loves to keep our mind blind to the gospel. To accomplish this task, he looks to our flesh; our human nature. Regardless of our culture or geography, we all have a human nature. This nature is fallen and it's in this nature that the flesh rules. Satan rules in this realm and keeps those under his influence as captives. By following the sin nature, we are bound for hell.
That is why you should study the bible to keep yourself fit and ready for anything the enemy throws against you. The bible is a living book, but some Christians have no interest in studying it, and wonder why the enemy is always coming against them. You must understand the value of bible study. It is good to establish a good steady routine. Satan loves to make Christians doubt and struggle with reality which keeps their minds off God.
Because, of our old sinful nature, our flesh will still try to find gratification. Evil is disguised so cleverly isn't it? The devil knows and does his job well! It does not always look like we are up to evil. We get carried away with life's tide of events if we are not careful to guard ourselves and look to Christ.
Once the devil takes hold of our hand he does not want to ever let go. Satan will always lead us in the wrong direction, away from God. He's a liar and a cheat! Satan will try to kill us before he has to surrender us to Jesus.
We may not choose to sin, but we might fall into sin. The bible says the result of sin in our lives is death--spiritual separation from God. We can't be fooling around with God. Either we will serve Him because we choose to or we will indulge in our sins. We can't do both; we cannot serve two masters. There is no neutrality with God. If you side with God you must man your grounds by putting on the full armor of Christ. Being a Christian may be a difficult road at times but ultimately it will be well worth it.
We must always be on guard because Satan will always try to tempt us to sin. He may do it through your flesh, or the world. He may do it with his demons. Satan seeks to exploit the minds of men and women through our flesh. A lost person (one that does not know Jesus) has only their own resources within them to resist Satan.
We must overcome the temptations that the devil throws our way in this world. This is speaking of spiritual warfare while we are resisting the temptations of the devil from the outside we must draw near to God. For only thought the strength that God provides can we overcome any temptation.
Our greatest enemy is sin. It is the sting of death, and the separation from God. We need to get sin and Satan under our feet. Our enemy Satan seeks your life to destroy you. He is the enemy of your soul and is out to devour you. You are given the authority to tread the enemy down. You are not to walk with the enemy or talk with the enemy or take the enemy in. You are to tread the enemy down, under your feet. You are to conquer that which seeks to destroy you and devour you. You have been given authority in your Spiritual warfare with your enemy.
What is the chief plan of Satan? It's to keep us ignorant about God, himself, and ourselves if he can. His main strategy is to deceive. . We must constantly be asking God in prayer to give us the necessary strength to fight the battle of faith. That is the only way to overcome Satan. Reading the scriptures and praying daily can help us gain knowledge of the powers of darkness and how to combat them.
As long as the devil can hide in darkness and convince us to unknowingly follow him, he will be eternally grateful to us. Emotional problems, addictions, passive Christians and fighting Christians are bound by the powers of Satan through deception. Our pride, and our wants and lusts are the vials that Satan hides behind to deceive us. He uses the power of the unseen to destroy us. When we are "getting into ourselves," his power is planning the next step.
There is a difference between temptation and attacks from Satan. Satan uses temptation as a scheme or plot or compulsion to get us to do evil. Satan uses many methods of attack and normally with some success. Satan's attack on us can be an overwhelming outpouring to defeat us. Satan seeks to steal, kill, destroy, deceive, distract, and do anything else he can to take us away from God. The wiles of the devil are constant. Many senses of the flesh; things we see, hear, emotions, thoughts, even physical pain, may very well may be a tool of Satan.
God has given us all the protection and weapons we need to meet any attack of the devil. The devil is able to attack us, but he cannot defeat us, we belong to Christ. We must never forget that we are covered and protected by the blood that Jesus gave when He died on the cross.
Henry Miranda earned a Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree @ Christian Leadership University. Henry Miranda is an Evangelist, Bible Teacher, Author, and Guest Speaker and with the help of the Holy Spirit has written seven life-changing books. You can contact Henry Miranda through his website: http://www.evangelize-for-jesus-ministries.com/
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