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Armed to overcome: How you can ensure victory over sin

The key to total victory in good days and bad days is that we love Jesus more than our lusts.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having overcome in everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13

It is really possible to be armed for a victorious battleAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More against the spiritual hosts of wickedness. We can be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. We must not underestimate our strong enemyMost often when a Christian refers to his or her “enemies” they are speaking about the sin in their flesh and the temptations and lusts that arise from there. These are enemies because they tempt us to act contrary to the will of God. These can also be spiritual powers such as the spirit of the times which oppose the... More, who is Satan himself, together with his spirit powers. If we understand the seriousness, we will arm ourselves fully, so we can also be victorious in the evil day.

God will not fail us

We may think that the powers of darkness are raging against us on the evil day. However, if we are well prepared against such tasks, we can be victorious regardless of how evil the day might be.

We read about Job, “In all this Job did not sin.” He trusted in God that He would not fail him on the day of battle. What he said about God was right – which was not the case with his wife and his friends. Job was blessed with double the amount of everything he had previously owned of earthlyRefers to everything of this earth, as opposed to heavenly things. Example: Earthly treasures/heavenly treasures. The earthly things pass away (are temporal), but the heavenly things are eternal. (Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:2; 1 John 2:17)... More riches. He was able to utter these strong words of victory: “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21-22.

We must arm ourselves with faith’s assurance of victory, just as Paul did. He could say, “As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:36-37.

The key to total victory in good days and bad days is that we love Jesus more than our lustsThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More. “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been proved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12.

The armor of God

The devil attacks with cunning, so we must be fully armed if we are to resist him properly. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith . . .” “And he will flee from you.” 1 Peter 5:8-9, James 4:7.

The devil is a coward; he flees before all the weapons of light. He has come only to murder, steal, and destroy. Before we can overcome in the great, visible battles, we must overcome him in the area of vanity and proud thoughts proceeding from a carnal mind. The gospel of peace can bring these restless and selfish thoughts to rest.

The fiery darts of the evil one will be extinguished by the shield of faith.

It is rewarding to drink from the well of the Word before you lay hold of the two-edged sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith and go to battle against all manner of evil spirits.

The reward for victory is great in heaven.

This article was first published in Norwegian in BCC’s periodical “Skjulte Skatter” (“Hidden Treasures”) in October 1990, with the title “Withstand in the evil day.”
© Copyright Stiftelsen Skjulte Skatters Forlag

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