Sin. We don’t really like to talk about that word very much, yet we deal with it all the time. When we are assailed by temptation, what should we do? We’re in a battle, and it’s a fight God means for us to win. How? One blog certainly can’t cover the whole topic, but here are five important elements of our battle plan.
Remember that we have the bigger gun. God has given us self-discipline and a way out of temptation. The Holy Spirit wants to give us victory over sin.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. 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 that you can endure it (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Shoot to kill. We have powerful ammunition, the strength of Christ in us and his authority to rebuke our Enemy. It may feel weird to say something like, “Satan, in the name of Jesus, I rebuke you and I turn my back on your temptations!” but it works.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
Keep shooting until the enemy is gone. In a war, we wouldn’t fire just one shot and then give up. Prayer is powerful ammunition, but only if we use it and keep praying until the temptation subsides.
The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16).
Don’t entertain the enemy. We’ve been warned to stay out of situations that encourage us to sin, to zero out any input that leads us to sinful actions or sinful thoughts.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2b).
Never fight alone. We’re more successful in the battle against sin when we fight alongside an accountability partner, someone who commits to mutual transparency, prayer and a continued partnership in the fight for godliness.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed (James 5:16a).
Fight to win! We can win against sin though our Lord.
…that we should no longer be slaves to sin (Romans 6:6b, but actually the whole chapter).