Although this may not be a popular topic, I’m keeping it real. No matter who you are or how long you have been a believer, no one is exempt from temptations.
Not the clergy, deacons, missionaries, ministry leaders, famous Christians in the limelight, or regular folks who love Jesus. We each struggle with our flesh.
Even Saul who had been converted into Paul struggled with this. He said, "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate." Romans 7:15 (ESV)
Oftentimes, it’s dedicated Christians who may find themselves in higher spiritual positions who unexpectedly fall from their faith. We’ve seen it on TV, social media, and in our own communities.
The higher we climb, the further we can fall. Satan’s motive is to steal, kill, and destroy our faith and our powerful testimony.
King David is a perfect example. Despite him having a tender heart for God, he too, was enticed by the enemy with Bathsheba. One night of self-indulgence. Adultery. Murdering Bathsheba's husband.
One sin led to another. It spiraled out of control. And there were painful consequences for his sin. The tragic death of King David And Bathsheba's newborn son. (2 Samuel 11, 2 Samuel 12)
Never underestimate the evil tactics of the enemy. He knows your weaknesses. He knows your dark secrets. He has cunning ways to slyly lure you into his traps.
We must always be on the lookout for subtle signs of Satan who tries to get a foothold in our lives. When your heart says one thing, but your head says another, pay attention.
An inner wrestling match is a clue that the enemy is working overtime to trip you up in your faith walk. It’s essential for you to pray for wisdom, strength, and discernment.
Ultimately, as we near end times, the battle for our faith could be an outright war. Do not remain lukewarm.
Why? Because the Bible clearly states that lukewarm Christians will not survive. And it will not end nicely. "But since you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth." Revelations 3:16 (CEV)
My friends, guard your heart, mind, and soul. Arm yourself in God’s Word. Speak over yourself the promises that Christ will not let your fleshy temptations overtake you.
This spiritual struggle is real. Be aware of potential dangers, especially on social media and in your private life.
Faith is messy. Today, may you have the courage to fight the good fight for your soul.
“Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. They would not be like their ancestors—a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.” Psalm 78:7-8 (NIV)
“Pay close attention to your life and to your teaching. Persevere in these things, for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” 1 Timothy 4:16 (BSB)