Romans 7:14-25 states, “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
Everyone struggles with sin. Paul, who was arguably the greatest evangelist of all time, wrote this scripture. Even he struggled with that daily battle between good and evil.
The scriptures above make it evident that there is a very real battle going on inside of each of us. That battle is being waged between our spirit and the evil one. Each day brings forth new challenges and temptations and it is never easy to stand against the attacks Satan brings. However, there is a formula that we can follow and be successful in fending of these attacks.
Ephesians 6:10-18 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Yes, you must suit up in your armor every day in order to fend of Satan’s attacks. Suiting up means standing on the truth and trusting in Gods redemptive and restoring powers. John 8:36 says, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
We must live like the free people we are. If you have a relationship with Christ you have been set free and you have everything you need to be successful in this life. He gives you the power to suit up that armor and stand firm. He gives you the wisdom and the courage to always do the right thing in the face of temptation. And it is He that gives you forgiveness through His grace and mercy when you fall.
So stand up with your head held high and your suit of armor shining in the Son. And finally know this, Romans 8:37 says, “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
You have victory over sin through Jesus.
God bless and have a great day in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is a pastor and missionary with 3in1 Ministries.