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August 10, 1999

Down but Not Out (Part Two)

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[T]hey have greatly oppressed me from my youth, hut they have not gained the victory over me. PSALM 129:2
External enemies are not the only source of oppression in our lives. Our own flesh wars against us, fighting against what we know to be good, right, and holy. Despite our best efforts, we do what we don’t want to do (Romans 7:15).
The world and its desires run contrary to our faith and besiege our eyes, our ears, and our minds with their persuasive and seductive call. It is nearly impossible to resist. As if that weren’t bad enough, our enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). There is a real but unseen enemy who wants more than anything to see us fail miserably. That any of us finish at all, let alone finish well, is truly a miracle and a testimony to the faithfulness of God.
As followers of Jesus, we are white as snow and wearing the white robes of righteousness bestowed upon us, not by our own works, but by faith alone in Christ alone. And yet we still have to live and work in a fallen world. If we are going to be effective in our ministries, we have to go to war. We have to put on the armor of the Lord (Ephesians 6:10—17) and face our enemies, whether they are internal or external, seen or unseen. We cannot simply stand on the sidelines and shout encouraging words onto the field. It won’t work. We have to be willing to get down and dirty. This is a war, after all, not a social gathering.
Are you aware of the enemies that come at you from every side? Are you passively letting them attack you, or have you enlisted the help of the only One Who can win the war for you?

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