Once you become a Christian, you are in a war. Your spirit will be fighting against your old sinful desires. Sin is relentless. It will come at you in all sorts of ways. It will come through your actions, thoughts, things you see or hear, temptation. The best way to do this is to realize what you have to help you fight.
You have fellow Christians who are fighting the war with you. Some are actively fighting. Learn from them. Let them come alongside you and fight with you. Let them mentor you. Let them disciple you and train you. This war will last a lot longer than you and I will be alive. Become discipled. Make disciples that make disciples. Be part of the Disciple cycle.
The truth is on your side. The Gospel of Christ. Let it penetrate you to the core of your soul. Let it pierce you and cut out what does not conform you to the image of Christ. Let it influence you in thoughts and actions.
Ephesians 6:10-18 lists out your armor that is designed for your protection.
- The belt of truth
- breastplate of righteousness
- shoes for your feet so that you can run with the message of the Gospel
- the shield of faith
- the helmet of salvation
There is only one offensive weapon. The sword. The Word of God. In 2011, I like to think of that as a gun. Pull the trigger! Cut down sin before it gets a hold on you.
Do not hesitate. Do not become comfortable. Comfortable leads to complacency. Laziness has no place in a fight. Pull the trigger!
Verse 12 of Ephesians 6 says, “For we do not wrestle against 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.”
We are in a war. Go hard or go home! Peace comes when Jesus comes to set up the new Jerusalem. Until then, fight. Make war. Pull the trigger!