By Justin Vanriper (@reformed_reloaded) Nov. 14, 2022
Part of living the Christian life is fighting the war between the flesh and the spirit. Day in and day out we are tempted to fall into sin, to do that which God hates, and not to do that which God loves. This is war, and like it or not, you’ve been enlisted.
So, the question becomes, how do we go to war with that which is spiritual? What things can you do in your everyday life that will bring you success on the battlefield? Well, step one is something we’ve talked about before, and that is, to put on the whole armor of God, as described in Ephesians 6:
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.”Practically speaking though, what does this look like? Well, the single most important step is to be in the Word, day in and day out. The scriptures transform the Christian, and if we aren’t living in it, then we are living in the world.
Secondly, prayer. Paul tells us in 1st Thessalonians 5 to pray without ceasing. Bring your struggles, your sins, your temptations before the throne of grace, and He promises to see us through it.
Third, remember that you do not serve a God who cannot relate to you. Hebrews 2:18 says “For because he himself (Christ) has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
Christian, we are at war, but God has given us the tools we need to have victory over our temptations. And, as with any war, we won’t win every battle, but remember that when you do fall, you have the freedom to get back up, in Christ. 1 John 1:9 reminds us that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Forgiveness is found in Christ, and we can carry on because of it.
Soli Deo Gloria