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August 12, 2014

Conquering the Enemy Within

“For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, Lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.”   

Psalm 125:3 (NKJV)

Abraham Lincoln once said, “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide.” You can apply that personally as well. A Pogo comic strip put it like this, “We have met the enemy, and he is us!” We are our worst critic and our worst enemy at times. If you are a Christ follower, you face three lethal enemies daily. They are sin, self and Satan. Theologians will refer to them as the world, the flesh and the devil. The good news is that the Bible assures the believer in 1 John 4:4 (NKJV) that, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Will-power alone is not enough. We need God’s power. However, with the will, we can choose to put God first, to yield our bodies, minds and souls to His control. Romans 8:13-14 tells us how. It says, For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” (AMPL)

We all fight a battle within. Conquering the enemy within is possible through our union with Christ. He is the powerful ally we turn to. He conquered death, hell and the grave at the cross! “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world!” Someone once described the battle within like two pit bulls fighting for domination. Which one will win? The one you feed. Feed your soul with the Word of God. It’s the Sword of the Spirit! The victory is yours, and the battle is the Lord’s! He’s already won it! Because we live in a fallen world and are born with a sinful nature, we will fight this battle within until Jesus comes again. Yet, we are not defenseless. He has not left us to fight alone. Choose to follow Christ and be led by His Spirit. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 NIV)