Scripture is clear that every believer wages a daily war against sin and the schemes of Satan. For many of the men and women we work with that battle is waged out in the open and it’s “in-your-face.” For a lot of believers, the battle is a lot more hidden and behind the scenes. Regardless of whether your struggle is with pride, selfishness, laziness, drugs, alcohol, or lust, Scripture gives clear direction about how to prepare to battle sin (Ephesians 6:10-18).
The thing we have to remember is that the battle is fierce and it’s consistent. When things seem to be going well it’s so easy to get lazy in preparing for that daily battle. We begin to think we have things under control or we convince ourselves that the sins we struggle with really aren’t that big of deal. That’s when we’re most vulnerable and open to the attacks and schemes of Satan.
On Wednesday we posted a video of Tim Dial sharing a little bit about what’s been going on in his life recently. Just the other day Tim mentioned that he can see another battle coming. The anniversary of his mother’s death is coming up and he’s dealing with some uncertainty about his future housing and employment plans. Tim knows that he has made bad decisions in the past when he’s gotten down, frustrated, and anxious. It’s wise of him to see the battle coming and begin making preparations for how he’s going to face this struggle. The most important thing we can do is rest in the fact that Christ has won the battle for us, we’re his children, and he’s given us His Spirit, His Word, and His church to help us stand firm in the faith.
Why is it so easy for us to disengage from the battle? Pride? Laziness? We’d love to hear your thoughts.