Thanks for all the responses to my last blog with a bit of a whiny plea for evidence that there are people out there. The concensus seemed to be that it would be fine for me to do a aural post but that it would be good to keep up the blogs. In fact I intend to basically take my blog and also put it on the post for busy people who have little time to read.
When tempted to do wrong, we often make the mistake of just trying not to do the wrong thing. Sin gains its power from promising to meet a genuine God given need in a quick, easy, no-cost way. If you don’t meet the need in a sinful way, the need still exists and will create and ever growing vacuum. You must push out the negative with an opposite.
Can you imagine a good outcome to a sword fight in which the enemy gets to jab and slice and the defendant is not allowed to thrust back; is just limited to defending himself? When we feel burdened, or accused, or afraid, or inferior etc. it is important to realize this is never of the Lord. First look at the situation that is the basis for the enemies attack. Are you being led to take on God’s part of the task? Are you attaching your worth or security to the outcome or the perfection of your response? Then cast your cares back on him; he really does care for you. When the devil says you are worthless, hopeless and powerless; reply with a resounding YES YES I can see your point BUT GOD seems to think I am infinitely valuable, secure and powerful, able to do all thing through him. SO DEVIL TAKE IT UP WITH GOD he doesn’t agree with you.
Then MAKE HIM PAY. Having parried with truth it is time to thrust back. “Just for that devil, I will pray for my pastor, for my family one by one out loud and by name, (the devil can’t tell what you are thinking so to make him wish he hadn’t attacked, pray out loud) I will praise the Lord for the following things———-, I will write a letter (or text) of encouragement to someone who needs it and pray for them, I will memorize a verse and repeat it out loud. I will write a song or pick up a hymnbook and sing out loud.
Martin Luther suffered bouts of depression and would write hymns such as A might Fortress is Our God then sing it at the devil and obtain relief. When depressed, Charles Spurgeon would read the psalms and write out the things God gave him out of them and share the writings with others.
Be creative and look for ways to take a glass of cold water to thirsty people.
When sin abounds grace even more abounds. When tempted God will not let me be tested to the point of sin but will pour out even more grace to attack the enemy. The picture to keep in mind is of someone holed up in an attacked city and their gates will crumble and the attackers will invade. It is the gates of hell that will not be able to withstand our attack. He is the on cowering in the city and God and his people are on the attack. Remind the devil that you belong to Jesus and are paid for by Jesus’ blood and you are not afraid of death because you only fear the one who GETS THE LAST WORD on you and the devil.
If you find that the devil backs off and you have less doubt and fear and self contempt. Then press the advantage and keep up the attack.