Tuesday, Oct 8:
Scripture makes it clear that there is an invisible world, which is just as real as the visible world. Spirits of that invisible world constantly wage war against us, and the effects of that war have eternal implications. The goal of our enemy is not simply to annoy us; his goal is to utterly destroy us. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. [1 Pet. 5:8]
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. [Eph. 6:12]
Since our struggle is not against people or things in this world which we can see, we can only do battle against our invisible enemy by using spiritual weapons of warfare.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ [2 Cor. 10:3-5]
In short, the only way to gain victory over the enemy is to: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” [Jas. 4:7]
If that’s all there is to it, then why is submitting to God so difficult? Why is it so easy for the enemy to entice us to disobey God? The Apostle, Paul, gives us an answer in Romans 7:21-25: “It happens so regularly that it is predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set thing right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.” (The Message translation.) As Jesus said, “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” [Mt. 26:41]
Pray that the Lord would reveal His will to you and that He would give you the desire and strength to follow His will, and to overcome the drive to follow your own will.