We learned this week in our What to Wear...from this day forward study that at the center of SIN is "I" or "self". When we follow through with our selfish desires, we sin.
Being in Christ means we have become a new creation. (Read 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Old things pass away and all things become new.
As a new creation, our old nature is now in conflict with the new nature. In other words, the flesh is battling the Spirit take-over. The new nature moving in is not welcomed by the old nature which is moving out.
This Spiritual take-over is a process of removing "self" and replacing it with Christ!
I like to think of it as a vowel swap from "I" to "O";
S-I-N to S-O-N!
When the new nature moves in this begins our spiritual journey; our walk with Christ.
As we walk this journey, we will have to do battle every day. To win these battles, we have to be fully armed with the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-20) These battles are not against people, but against the forces of Satan. Any time we are not covered, the enemy can move into that area of weakness. If we are not strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10), then the old nature can creep back in and do the
vowel swap; "O" for "I". Although our salvation cannot be stripped away,
we can appear to have lost it, by living in defeat.
When we are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, we can defeat the enemy! We do not have to swap vowels! We can rest in the SON!
You see, Jesus Christ has already won THE battle over Satan! So, because we're in Christ, we have the same power inside of us to defeat sin in our daily lives.
The goal of a Christian is to live his or her life to bring glory to God. That means we strive to live a sin-less life. Not that we will ever be perfect on this side of heaven, but we can sin less and less as the "I" moves out and the "O" moves in.
More Christ means more joy. More peace. More faith. More trust.
More of the full life here on earth!
Who is winning the battle for your heart?
As we continue this study, we will be identifying the armor that will protect us from Satan's schemes. The more we know Christ, the more we can stand against the evil one. But we have to know What to Wear...from this day forward!
Until next week...