Those of us, who focus on the natural aspects of our earthly existence, live a very limited life. We live in physical bondage to the flesh, the world and the devil. Bad habits and sinful thoughts caused us to live independently from God. However, those who focus on the spiritual aspects of life here and in eternity, reap the benefits of living by God’s Spirit (Romans 8:5). We still function in this physical world, but we do not focus on things pertaining to the flesh.
Our weapons for spiritual warfare are not carnal, but divinely powerful against speculation and prideful beliefs that were ingrained in us from birth (2 Timothy 2:23). They may become strongholds in us, which come against the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5). However, by God’s Spirit, we are able to coral our thoughts until they come into submission to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). God’s Spirit makes us a new creation in Christ, by His redemptive work on Calvary’s cross (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The longer we fellowship with the iniquity in the world, the more it takes a toll on us (2 Peter 2:8). Our spirit is grieved, our emotions are drained, our thoughts are cluttered, and we may even be tempted to join in with the ungodly behavior around us (Matthew 24:12). The only way to survive living in this world is to preserve our faith in God, and our standards of conviction. If we compromise even a little bit, to go along in order to get along, Satan has us right where he wants us.
Jesus destroys the satanic strongholds in our life one by one. He teaches us new habits and turns our negative thinking into acceptable, lovely and pure thoughts (Philippians 4:8). He reveals all the lies, which Satan planted in our subconscious mind, and which formerly controlled our decisions and emotions. This allows us to hear God’s truth about each one of them, so He can replace them with the beauty of His truth (John 8:32).
We live in the world, but we guard against being part of the world (2 Timothy 1:13-14). As God frees us from satanic lies, we are able to live a healthy life apart from the influence of this world. As we surrender all to Him, He enables us to supernaturally accomplish greater works than He did on this earth (John 14:12). He draws us closer to Himself and never lets us go. He is our Savior and Lord, but He is also our fellow heir, brother and friend (Isaiah 43:11; 2 Peter 3:18; Romans 8:17; Hebrews 2:10-18; John 15:12-15).
Prayer:Father God, You are the most significant person in our life. We want to please You in all things and to bring You glory by our thoughts, words and deeds. Remind us that being unequally yoked in marriage, work and friendships with unbelievers just does not work for Believers (2 Corinthians 6:14). Help us to exist as the pure temple of Your Holy Spirit and to live righteously in the midst of this unrighteous world (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Thought for the Day:
Light has no fellowship with darkness. - Ephesians 5:11