Bible Verse of the Day
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
1 Peter 5:8
Over the last few days we have been looking at the topic of spiritual warfare and discussing what it is and how to fight it. We continue to dig into this as we try to understand the different components the enemy uses to attack us or undermine our relationships with God and others. Today we will focus on what has been referred to as the un-holy trinity.
There are three pieces the enemy uses in his fight against us, they are underlined in the verses above. The world, the flesh and the devil, what are they and how are they used?
The world is as it sounds the world in which we live, the culture that surrounds us. It is society’s perception of what is right, true, and appropriate (politically correct). It is the ever eroding foundation of the society as it moves further away form God’s truth and into warped versions of it or plain outright contradictions to it.
The flesh is that part of us inside the tries to rise up and revolt against the new creation we are becoming, it is the old-self with our brokenness, our addictions (ways of handling life), and agreements (the lies we hold onto about ourselves and about others and our vows (this will always happen, this will never happen…).
Te devil is Satan and his emissaries, it is the fallen angeland the other angels that were cast down to earth with him. He is the accuser and the father of lies. He is the author of miscommunication and constantly reminds us of our failures and of others.
So how do you fight these?
There is so much to this answer but it simply can be summarized as:
Walk with the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), believing that the Father’s heart is good towards you and that He loves you, Believing thatcame and paid the price for our sins and the sins of others (past, present , and future), it is believing that the Holy Spirit is guiding you to God’s truth and letting Him lead.
It is learning God’s word and listening for His voice in a world that screams for attention. It is grounding ourselves in His truth of how to live, act, and respond.
It is living in grace with ourselves and with others, understanding we are all works in process that God is healing and restoring.
It is knowing that most of what we see and hear around us is influenced by the enemy. It is making all thoughts subject to Jesus so that He can filter our the lies and accusations.
This is not a complete guide to dealing with these evil elements in our lives, but it is a starting point to walking deeper in God’s love, grace, and truth.
Walk in His love, grace, and truth today. Fight hard, live free.
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