1 Corinthians 10:13 – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so you can stand up under it. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – A key word in this verse that can easily be missed is also. First off God has given us the ability to simply resist temptation. And while we do not need it, He also has given us a backup plan. With every temptation He will provide a way of escape.
My Advice – Do not think that your temptations are special. They are common. Others have escaped them and you can too. God doubly blesses with the ability to resist as well as a means of escape.
1 Corinthians 1:8 – He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We rely on our own strength too much to combat temptation. We are not strong enough in our own strength, but more than strong enough if we rely on God’s strength.
My Advice – Do not think that you are too weak to resist temptation, too weak to be obedient. God will keep you strong if you ask Him too.
Romans 7:18, 24, 25 – I know that nothing good lives in me, that is my sinful nature. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! (NIV 1984)
My Musings – We have a sin nature, but we do not have to be slaves to it. God has rescued us from it through His Son’s death and resurrection.
My Advice – Do not let your sin nature rule over you. God has rescued you from it. That is the truth, straight from God’s Word. Satan lies to you, like he lies to us all, that we cannot overcome our sin nature so we might as well accept it.
John 17:15 – “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – We do not have to live secluded lives just because the world is a dark place. God has given us protection so that the darkness will not overcome us. Rather He sends us out into the world so that we can help dispel the darkness.
My Advice – Live a life that reflects Christ. Be noticeably different from those around you because you have Jesus as Savior.
INTRODUCTION – YOU MEAN IT MAY NOT BE WRONG…
If It Isn’t Clear? – I go even further back than that. Ten years after The Great War, as we used to call it. Before we knew enough to number them. You miss that kind of action, sir? No, I miss that kind of clarity. (Wabash/Houseman and Higgins/Robertson – Three Days of the Condor)
If You Don’t Get Caught? – Boy, what is it with you people? You think not getting caught in a lie is the same thing as telling the truth? (Turner/Redford – Three Days of the Condor)
If It’s A Gray Area? – You are such a boy scout. You see everything in black and white. No, no, no! Not black and white Ritter, right and wrong! (Ritter and Ryan/Ford – Clear and Present Danger)
If… – What are some other ways that we Continue reading “Whatever Happened to Right & Wrong?”
Ephesians 6:12-14 – For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark-world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms, Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, (NIV 1978)
Preparing To Do Battle
- Why is it important to know our enemy (“not against flesh and blood“) when choosing our weapons?
- What is so important about using all (“full”) the armor?
- Are there instances where it is all right to give a little ground (i.e. to not “stand your ground”) in order to make greater gains in the long run? Why (or why not)?
- What happens when we go into battle with the wrong weapons (don’t take a knife to a gunfight and don’t fight spiritual battles with worldly weapons)?
All Dressed Up But Not Ready To Fight. Unless . . .
Ephesians 6:8 – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. (NIV 1984)
- What role does praying “in the Spirit” play? Why isn’t the “full armor” complete without it?
- We have on the full armor. Our prayer life is dynamic. What happens if we are not “alert“?
Follow The Battle Plan
- God is our ultimate power source (“be strong in the Lord”).
- We need to be in full armor.
- Willingly giving ground is not an option.
- Prayer is vital to our preparedness.
- If we are not alert, all our preparations will be compromised.
- Don’t let the heat of the battle cause us to lose sight of why we are fighting in the first place.
The Battle Is The Lord’s
1 Samuel 16:47 – “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give all of you into our hands.” (NIV 1978)
My Musing – The advantage or victory is not always to the best prepared, the best equipped or the strongest. With God behind you, success is assured even without these “advantages.”
My Advice – Do not rely too heavily on learning, or wealth or strength or privilege or position to get ahead in life. Make sure you are going the way that God is taking you. He is more than an equalizer, He is the ensurer.