“Put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious] So stand firm and hold your ground!” (Ephesians 6:13; 14, AMP)
My dear child, it is me, Malia. I am praying for you… As a believer, you should know that you need to be watchful against the enemy within and without. You need to be alert against any weakness of your flesh, and any possible attack from the outside, coming from the prince of this world. Like a watchman doing his job, you are alert against any movement of the enemy while it is still far away. In Medicine, it is said: ‘prevention is better than cure’. In the same way, in spiritual warfare, thru the Word of God and prayer, preparing for a possible attack during the time of peace, is half the victory. Put on your whole armor of God provided for you and stand your ground! For Jesus’ sake! You can do it!
Remember that we are all tempted. At the beginning of His public ministry, our Lord Himself was tempted by the devil for forty days. Temptation, therefore, is not sin. But submitting to the devil during the times of temptation, that is sin! The unbeliever cannot fight sin. He lives in sin. Sin is his normal ‘habitat’. Do not make close friends with foolish unbelievers! They are losers! Their house is on fire and they sleep happily. What a dangerous way to live… But the believer hates, detects and fights sin until there is a clear victory! This process is called ‘sanctification’. It is done by the power of the Holy Spirit and thru the knowledge and application of the Word of God. This is how you grow spiritually! You should desire and pay the price for spiritual maturity, when not only that you trust God, but that God trusts you! Don’t you want that God will trust you, with His power, or with His money? I do! This is godly prosperity without sorrow attached to it! Praise the Lord!
As a child of God, once you commit sin, you need to confront it. I am not talking only about the visible sins of the body (like fornication) but about other sins of the mind. For example: doubt, laziness, lying, impure imaginations, selfishness, fear of the future, or cowardice. Do not excuse sin! Do not tolerate backsliding! Do not be sorry for the devil! Do not make it easier for yourself to live in the flesh! Sin is criminal! Jesus died on the Cross for your sins. Once you repent of sin, do not stop until you are refilled with the Holy Spirit. This is how your peace is restored and your power is increased! Pray always! Love prayer ministry and intercession! Redeem the time thru the study of God’s Word and prayer! Time ‘wasted’ in prayer is never ‘wasted’! It yields great profit!
This is a reminder: Sin desires you; it is deceitful and deadly. Sin hardens the heart. After some time, unrepentant sin will paralyze your emotions. You will not feel guilty when committing sin. This is a terrible situation. Wake up! The devil is a coward! Sin has a way of creeping into our lives. It is as a frog in the kettle: if you drop a frog in a kettle of boiling water it will jump out immediately in reaction to the pain. But, if you put the frog in water that is room temperature and slowly heat the water, the frog will remain in the kettle until it is boiled to death. Paul understood that we all are vulnerable to becoming the frog in the kettle. Therefore, he commanded us, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
To fight against sin is a form of worship, a way of giving glory to God, who sent Jesus to die for our sins! Die to sin! If sin is big or small, die to it! From the position of eternal victory gained at the Cross, die to sin! By faith, the power of the Cross is released for you! I hope you know that a dead man does not steal! A dead man does not lust sexually! A dead man does not covet another’s property! Be dead to sin and alive to Christ, by the power of His resurrection! This is the holy ‘formula’ for all success in your Christian life! As people see your spiritual progress, they will be challenged to follow Jesus too! Mentor them by your words and by your deeds! Have the mind of Christ! Think like Jesus! Behave like Jesus! Speak like Jesus! Love like Jesus! For the glory of our Father in heaven! And now, let us supply heaven with praise! Jesus is Lord! Glory! Halleluiah!
“Stand up, stand up for Jesus,You soldiers of the Cross;Lift high His royal banner,It must not suffer loss.From victory unto victoryHis army shall He lead,Till every foe is vanquished,And Christ is Lord indeed!”
(By C. B. Robertson)
(Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh)