Today’s Daily Med: Satanic temptation delivers turmoil to the embattled, but Godly examination delivers peace to the entombed.
“Friends, the battle between good and evil is bigger than you and bigger than me,” Steve Curington explains in his book Preparing for Peace: Overcoming Strife through the Peace of the Hid-N-Life. He continues that in order to win true peace, one must understand “the primary tool that the devil uses to disrupt our peace and place us in battles and ultimately in bondage.”
The famous tool that Satan throws in our pathway, and he even placed it in front of Jesus when He walked the earth, is turmoil while using the technique of temptation. The devil’s purpose to using this technique holds obvious standards – to knock us out of the playing field. The thing we need to remember, however, is he cannot do anything without permission. God allows us to be tempted.
I know my natural reaction to temptation is the desire to get as far away from it as I can. Why allow yourself to even have it present if it could make me fall? I don’t even want to deal with it. My natural reaction, nevertheless, is wrong. I should not desire to avoid it but to endure it. Through these temptations, God actually examines us and our strength. Through enduring a temptation, it makes us stronger.
For example, my cigarette addiction ended about four and a half years ago. In order to quit such a controlling stronghold, temptations were inevitable. If only one could truly quit and never crave another puff, life would be perfect. However, life doesn’t work that way. The temptation exists in a strong way. When I walked down the street, I saw people lighting up their Marlboros and the smell was like a sweet savor to me. At the beginning, I gave into the temptation a few times, but this time I didn’t let myself give up. Eventually, the temptation lost some of its power over me. I found myself resisting it more. Eventually, I overcame the temptation and held no desire to possess a cancer stick between my lips.
One problem with spiritual warfare is that people do not understand the battle. Curington defines what true warfare is. “Many people tend to think that warfare is about killing people. No! It’s not. It’s about territory. It’s almost always about capturing land. There may be a hatred that would lead one to kill his enemy, but most every country that has gone to war has done so to either conquer, set free, take back, or triumph in the possession of another country’s claim to territory. This is the devil’s goal.” The devil is after the territory of our hearts. If he succeeds, we are not fruitful for the Lord, and that could cost others their opportunity for salvation.
Most Christians today do not consider their walks with the Lord in battle terminology, yet the Bible tells us it is. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says, “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” In Ephesians 6, it talks all about the armour of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 6:7 talks about the armour of righteousness.
By not acknowledging the battle terminology and warfare, Christians are not prepared for the battles that launch. They crumble and even find themselves as casualties. They often are taken prisoners of war.
“God’s Battlefield technique for restoring serenity to the warfare that the devil wages on our mind is to turn those tumultuous temptations into Spirit-led examinations.”
Temptations, like trials, are a tool for victory and strength in life. We can embrace it and use it for God’s glory, we can hide from it and not grow, or we can give in to it and become a prisoner of war. What choice will you make?
Today’s Meds were used by permission of Reformer’s Unanimous International.
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All rights reserved. Permission obtained to use Steve Curington’s Preparing for Peace: Overcoming Strife through the Peace of the Hid-N-Life as a part of this blog by Reformer’s Unanimous International.