We have got to get serious about the things of God..
In my article, ‘Rescuing Subtly‘, I touched on getting the right balance between the things of God and the things of the world. Let me be clear, I am not talking about a 55 / 45 split in favour of the things of God or even a 60 / 40 split. I am talking about tipping the balance overwhelmingly in favour of the things of God, so that the things of the world have no impact on your life. For many Christians, the scales of their lives are tipped in completely the opposite direction. They go to church on a Sunday – in many cases for a short, one hour service – and the rest of the week they are immersed in the things of the world. The result being, that the things of God have little to no impact on their lives. This should not be! We have got to get serious about the things of God, if we ever want to receive what God has for us.
If you are a weak Christian you are extremely vulnerable to the devil’s attacks.
There are those that think that if they don’t get too actively involved in Christianity, the devil will pretty much leave them alone – that is foolish thinking! There is a saying, “Evil preys on the weak, because it fears the strong“, this is very true. The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:8, “The devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack” (Contemporary English Version); lions don’t usually hunt the strong, they search out the weak, those that will be easy victims. If you are a weak Christian, far from being safe, you are extremely vulnerable to the devil’s attacks – you are an easy target for him. Yes, the devil does attack strong Christians, but the stronger you become in Christ, the less the devil will risk attacking you. The bottom line is he doesn’t like getting beaten, and if you hit him with the Word of God every time he attacks you, he will back off for awhile. After Jesus had rebuked all the devil’s attacks in the wilderness, Luke 4:13 in the Easy to Read Version tells us, “The devil……went away to wait until a better time“, in other words, he went off to lick his wounds.
We need to know the Word of God and be ready to use it like a sword.
We can be just as effective as Jesus in resisting the devil’s attacks, whether they come in the form of temptations, or other attacks, but we need to know the Word of God and be ready to use it like a sword. Jesus made learning the Word a priority, which is why He was able to use it so effectively. That sort of effectiveness in defending yourself does not come from merely attending church once a week. How effective would a soldier be, if he only trained for one or two hours a week? He would be totally useless in a battle! God has great things planned for us, but they are not going to happen until we get serious. Hebrews 12:1 says, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us” – pause to think about how much time you spend on Facebook, how much time you spend on secular TV, how much time you spend listening to secular music, etc. Mark 4:19 in The Living Bible warns about spending too much time on the things of the world, “All too quickly the attractions of this world and the delights of wealth, and the search for success and lure of nice things come in and crowd out God’s message from their hearts, so that no crop is produced“. God will give you wealth, He will give you nice things, but the key is keeping your attention focused on God – “Remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the power to become rich” (Deuteronomy 8:18, Good News Translation).
Surrender to God.
If an armed man wishes to surrender, he needs to do two things. Firstly, he needs to put down whatever is in his hands, and secondly he needs to put his hands up. Allow God to minister to you and show you the things that you need to put down, the weights that are holding you back and then lift your hands and praise Him. Surrender to God and allow Him to bless you with a life beyond your wildest dreams, but which also is highly effective in advancing the Kingdom of God.
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