The Power Of Light & Dark (Part 3)
II Corinthians 4:4
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
In our world today there is a battle that is taking place under the noses of Christians and nonbeliever alike. This battle is happening in the secret places of man’s mind and in the stony places of men and women’s hearts. This battle is the battle between light and dark; good and evil. The dark one, which is satan, seeks to extinguish the lights in the hearts of man by blinding our minds with the things of this present world. This blinding makes us forget the presence of God and desire this present world.
In this series, we will discuss three questions that frequently arise when it comes to dealing with those that have been blinded or those seeking to break free from the darkness. One must ask these though provoking questions:
- How does the god of this world blind their minds?
- How does this method, of blinding, make so many so loyal to him?
- How can we escape this great deception?
- How does he enslave so many Christians?
- How can words in a book, the bible, give me victory over something that medicine, science, counseling or will power cannot?
Join us as we break the strongholds of besetting and secret sins in this new series: The Power Of Light & Dark.
III. HOW CAN WE ESCAPE THIS GREAT DECEPTION?
I once heard a story about a young successful businessman that went to a buddhist monk to ask for advice about how to achieve success for his already thriving business. He approached the wise old monk and stated, “how can I be successful in life?” The wise old monk told the young man to meet him at the beach early the next morning and ask no questions if he were to be successful. The man did just that and met him early the next morning.
The monk asked him to go out ankle deep into the water and he did. The monk asked him to go out knee deep into the water and he did. The monk asked him to go waist deep then chest deep into the rough water and the young man did. The monk asked him to go out to neck deep into the water and he did. Finally, the monk asked the young man to go into the water a little farther. At this point the young had great difficulty keeping his head above water and fought for every single breath that he took. The wise old monk said “If you fight this hard in life, as you are fighting for your next breath, then you will be successful.”
All too often, many Christians hide behind an invisible wall of so called faith but this invisible shield does NOT protect them from the attacks of the enemy. Why? Because they don’t put up a fight! In our text today, we see how we can fight the devil but we also see what method works in order to defeat the prince of darkness with the Father of Light.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
According to our text we see how we can overcome the attacks of the enemy. Let’s break this text down in order to see how we can escape satan’s great deception.
- “Submit yourselves therefore to God” – The word submit means yield or give up control to the authority of another. This is basically deferring your desire, will and energy to another. So we should give up our own power, energy and desire to God and Godly motives. How do I do that?
- Set My Heart & Mind Upon Him – Every waking moment, I need to focus my actions and behaviors upon the kingdom of heaven. This could involve consuming Godly media, reading Godly materials and making Godly friends. Reality check! What does your mind revert to when you have free time?
- Set Out To Please Him – Make every action and behavior in your life something that will glorify God. This is tough! We aren’t perfect but we can definitely strive to be perfect. It’s better to have your standards very high and miss the mark rather than having your standards low and look no different from the world.
- “Resist the devil” – The word resist means a few things but the definition that I will push is to withstand the action or effect of; to abstain from or to oppose with force veracity. This is basically resembles a victim resisting or pushing away an attacker. All too often we will pray that God helps us to overcome a sinful desire, thought or action while we remain in the midst of the temptation. We are warned to flee temptation. The bible tells us in II Timothy 2:22 “Flee also youthful lusts:but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” Searching for the word temptation in the bible reveals that we should not remain in temptation lest we fall. In fact the Lord’s prayer says “Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil”. When we get into the hour of temptation, we should seek to do the following:
- Flee – It mazes me that people will actually pray for God to help them but they refuse to help themselves. When we pray for God’s help to leave, it is simply help not a Devine removal. We can’t logically expect God to help us when we won’t even show Him that we are serious by taking the first step.
- Forsake – When I flee the scene of temptation I should NOT desire to return back to the scene of the crime! Too often we leave temptation and feel good that we didn’t sin but we secretly desire to take one more hit or one more glance at it. Yearning for the things that God told us to leave will only bring sadness and destruction. Remember Lot’s wife!
- Forget – What some Christians do when they flee and forsake their temptation and secret sins is vividly remember the actions and behaviors. You will never have a victorious and productive Christian life if you are reliving vivid memories of past sins. This will make you desire and want to return back to that lifestyle or abusive behavior.
You can have true victory over the devil and his satanic influence if you fight him in the spiritual realm by praying for God’s protection. However, prayer alone will NOT be enough! You will need to take action to ensure that your flesh does not default to following his influence. You will need to flee from the fire so that you do not get burned by the fires of sin. Then you will need to forsake this behavior! This involves setting up guard-rails or safety walls so that you do not cross over into evil going the opposite direction. Finally, you will need to forget about the accidents and events of the past and build new memories of victory. If one does not have memories of victory stored up then you will default back to the memories of defeat! This will make you demoralized and NOT want to live for God and say that the Christian life is way too hard! It really hard to live Godly, we need to follow God and leave the places where His presence isn’t. What about your life? Do you desire to escape satan’s influence like that man seeking his next breath in rough waters or are you content to slip beneath the waves and perish? The choice is yours! In tomorrow’s devotional we will talk about how and why Christians are enslaved to satan and sin. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.