The Enemy

OUR ENEMIES:

The Flesh

The War against our Sinful Nature – The Bible teaches that, until heaven, we will be in a fight against our sinful nature (or flesh): “The old sinful nature loves to do evil, which is just the opposite from what the Holy Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are opposite from what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, and your choices are never free from this conflict.” (Gal. 5:17) A military leader once commented, “We have met the enemy and he is us!” This also is true in this Great War! Satan and his demonic forces are not near as destructive to fulfilling our God-given purpose than our own evil choices. Satan is not our master! Lives dominated by sin will destroy the effectiveness of the Church. The Church must fight to win the battle against the sinful lifestyles of our men and our leadership. During these days, possibly the last days, many believe that the Church will embrace righteousness, but fires of purification will be painful. Our King desires that we become more like him – obedient and holy! We are not implying in this writing that we can be totally freed from all sin this side of heaven – we will need “the blood of the Lamb” on a daily basis. But we can be freed from a life dominated by sin as we become more like Christ.

“We have to recognize that sin is a fact of life, not just a shortcoming. Sin is blatant mutiny against God, and either sin or God must die in my life. The New Testament brings us right down to this one issue – if sin rules in me, God’s life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. There is nothing more fundamental than that…. It is the only explanation of why Jesus Christ came to earth, and it is the explanation of the grief and sorrow of life.” Oswald Chambers, My Utmost, June 23

“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it the whole army of evil desires at war within you?” (James 4:1)

“Temptation comes from the lure of our own evil desires. These evil desires lead to evil actions, and evil actions lead to death.” (James 1:14-16)

“And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)

“...because of the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev. 12:11)

“Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her. Don’t wander down her wayward path. For she has been the ruin of many; numerous men have been her victims…. Her bedroom is the den of death.” (Pr. 7:24-27)

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