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November 10, 2019
Today while the United States is involved in a physical war in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran, we are just as involved, but in a spiritual war instead. Our wars are subtle.
Before we proceed, we need to put on the armor of God, Ephesians 6: 10-18.
Ephesians 2: 1-3 describes our nature before we came to Christ. NLT, “1 Once you were dead, doomed forever because of your many sins. 2 You used to live just like the rest of the world, full of sin, obeying Satan, the mighty prince of the power of the air. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. 3 All of us used to live that way, following the passions and desires of our evil nature. We were born with an evil nature, and we were under God's anger just like everyone else.”
Before we became Christians, our very nature was sin, and the result of our sin was death (separation from God). As such we served ourselves and Satan as a matter of course.
But at salvation God changed our very essence; we became partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1: 4, NLT, “And by that same mighty power, he has given us all of his rich and wonderful promises. He has promised that you will escape the decadence all around you caused by evil desires and that you will share in his divine nature.” We are no longer in the flesh; we are in Christ. Amen!
We are new creatures. NLT, “What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5: 17). In the face of Satan’s accusations that we are no different, we must believe and live in harmony with the fact that we are eternally different in Christ. With the Holy Spirit’s help, the Christian’s “practice” will align more with his or her position day by day (Philippians 1: 6).
The New Testament refers to the person you were before you received Christ as your old self (“old man” in the KJV). At salvation your old self, which was motivated to live independently of God and was therefore characterized by sin, died (Romans 6: 6, “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, that we should no longer be slaves to sin”), and your new self, motivated by your new identity in Christ and characterized by dependence on God, came to life (Galatians 2: 20, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”).
Your old self had to die in order to sever your relationship with sin which dominated it. Since your old self has been crucified and buried with Christ, you no longer need to sin (1 John 2: 1, ”My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One”).
YOU SIN WHEN YOU CHOOSE TO ACT INDEPENDENTLY OF GOD.
Resisting the devil in your life is your responsibility based on the authority you possess in Christ.