Paul tells us in Ephesians 6 that as a true follower of Christ, we are at war. He describes not only the battle but the armor we should be equipped with. Just like everything else, it’s not something God is going to do FOR us. It is a choice that we have to make on a daily basis. If we properly equip ourselves it is easier to fight off the attacks from the enemy.
There are things that I battle with, sometimes on a daily basis, that I didn’t struggle with before. One of those things is the regret for my past choices and lifestyle. No matter how many times I remind myself that I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) the enemy tries to show me otherwise. In the heat of that particular battle thoughts of not being worthy run strong. Thoughts of God not wanting, or not being able to, use me for His Kingdom. Thoughts that I am too tainted from my past. Even though I know those are false accusations, the enemy still tries to use them.
Those unworthy thoughts also cause me to struggle, at times, with speaking up or stepping out. I know those of you that know me might think otherwise, that I am very outspoken and verbal. It is a fight almost every time to overcome the thoughts the devil sends to try and keep me quiet.
So I say all of that in transparency to those of you that may struggle with the same things. I can’t speak for anyone else, only for myself. I have learned that if I enter in a conversation unprepared I freeze up. If I don’t allow the Holy Spirit to lead me the fear of my past will control the situation and one of two things will happen. I will either keep silent on a topic or I will say the wrong things.
There are some of us the devil wants to keep quiet. There are some of us that the enemy knows, if left unchecked, will make a huge impact for God’s Kingdom. The way he does that is through fear and intimidation. Using our emotions and feelings against us.
I have learned that I truly am nothing without Christ. I will accomplish nothing for His Kingdom without the Holy Spirit guiding me. But I can’t follow the Spirit while in the fleshly mindset. Fear, worry and regret are of the flesh. When I allow myself to be affected by those things I lose sight of His Kingdom.
We allow the devil to fool us into thinking that going to church, when we have time, is all that is needed. To think that daily prayer and reading God’s Word is only for the priest, the pastor or anyone in “leadership”. When we fall into that trap we are unprepared and not suited up for the battle. We end up walking in our own strength which leads to destruction. We get drug into all of the worldly problems from racism to politics. Being consumed by things other than God’s Kingdom.
It is our own personal responsibility to grow closer to God. It should be a desire that is strong inside us to want to be closer to God today than we were yesterday. The hard truth is that if the desire to grow closer to Christ isn’t burning inside you, you might want to reevaluate your salvation. To have Jesus in your heart is life changing but it isn’t easy. Paul compared it to running a race and being a soldier. There is action required on our part. Salvation isn’t a free pass.
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