If you’ve repented of your sins, been cleansed, and given your life over to the Jesus, you may think all your problems will go away. Actually, things will be heating up? But don’t be afraid! Rejoice! The ending has been written in the History Book of all history books… Jesus is the victor! Praise the Lord!
However, there are dangers and, until we go home to see Jesus, we must be prepared for the battle. You will either overcome or be overcome. Find out how to overcome evil with good…
Praise the Lord! You’ve had an encounter with Jesus… you’ve been broken by the weight of sin and goldy sorrow led you to true repentance from sin andto the Lord (2 Cor 7:10). Praise the Lord for His faithfulness and longsuffering (2 Peter 3:9) and the gift of redemption.
But what now? The battle begins!
While you were (before Jesus) blinded by the god of this world (Satan) (2 Cor 4:4), you weren’t of much interest to the wicked one. But everything has changed… you are now a soldier of Jesus Christ, and the battle lines have been drawn – but you serve a victorious King: the King above all kings, Jesus Christ, and He will lead you to victory in this battle by following His orders.
Great news! Jesus defeated death and Devil on the Cross, and with His power, you can resist Satan and win this battle, but you need to know how to fight and what weapons are needed (Eph 6). However, you can also give place the the Devil (Eph 4:27), and allow him to steal, kill, and destroy your walk with Jesus (John 10:10). DON’T GIVE PLACE TO SATAN by indulging in evil practices or thoughts. Rather:
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Temptation will be strong, but He has promised us:
There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.
(I Corinthians 10:13)
Beloved turn to God in times of temptation. Believe Him and His Word. Look for the “way to escape” in every situation… He is faithful! You are precious in the sight of the Lord, and nothing can separate you from the love of God (Ro 8:38-39). No one will pluck you from out of His hand (John 10:28-29). If you are abiding in the Lord, you are safe.
King Jesus was in all points tempted like as we are, yet He didn’t sin (Hebrews 4:14). He understands the temptations, so you can call on Him in time of need. He left as this example to follow:
For even hereunto were you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
- Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:
- Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again;
- when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judges righteously:
- Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed.
For you were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
(I Peter 2:21-25)
Yes, all who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12). But greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). So:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:
(I Peter 5:8)
Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He [Jesus] might destroy him [Satan] that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Jesus, by dying on the cross for your sins and being raised from the dead, has defeated death and destroyed the power of the Satan over you. It is by Jesus’ name and His shed blood that we can thwart the advances of Satan and be overcomers!
Don’t be overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Beloved babe in Christ, grow in strength and mature in your walk with the Lord by overcoming the wicked one.
I have written unto you, fathers, because you have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.
(I John 2:14)
Notice how they’ve overcome the wicked one: the Word of God abides in them! The Word of God is the most powerful weapon you have against Satan. Among the weapons of spiritual warfare, I urge you to arm yourself with (memorize) as much scripture as possible. Why?
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword…
Awake to righteous, and sin not! Set no wicked thing before you eyes. Break down any idol (affection of the heart) immediately. Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Draw near to the living, loving God, Jesus Christ, who “is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” (Jude 1:24)
Until we see Him face-to-face,