I was talking to someone today. I was confessing some… non-sin-but-could-turn-into-sin-so-let’s-just-go-ahead-and-watch-this-thing-and-surrender-it-to-Jesus-now things. I was mad and I was frustrated, and I was madstrated and all I could muster in my holy moment was “The enemy is just… a sneaky, lying, jerk face JERK.”
Okay. That’s probably a lie, because it probably came out significantly more unrefined than that, but you get my drift.
I’ve been “strategizing with Jesus” so to speak for the last 48 hours or so. Like, actually going through battle strategy for this non-thing thing I confessed. Because it’s not sin yet, but it could become it. And I will be… ahem… danged, if that happens on MY ground.
Not today satan.
This is what I’ve learned so far. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. John 10:10 tells us this. So, boom. The enemy is exposed right then…
However. I also have a sneaky suspicion that our enemy is lazy. And before he gathers all the “demonic troops and forces of hell to battle against little ol’ us”… he’s probably just gonna walk up to most of us and just ask for it. And. Most. Of. Us. Will. Just. Give. It. To. Him.
This is called temptation.
And many of us, as believers, will just hand it to him. There’s no stealing, no killing, no destroying (well, not right away at least) but we willingly surrender our birthright, like Esau, and we just roll over and hand it over. Uhm. No. Sir.
Friends. Friends. Friends. Let’s be smart soldiers and smart generals in the battle that rages against our souls. Temptation is made to be resisted and we are fully equipped, with every tool and gift from heaven, to do just so. We do not have to give the enemy our birthright. We can say no.
Then. That pesky worm comes in and tries to steal, to kill and destroy. After we say no. Through our circumstances. Through relational brokenness. Through physical hardship. You know the drill. You’ve lived it and you’ve seen me and our brothers and sisters in the Lord live it. But I’m kinda thinking that most of the time… most of the time, we just willingly hand over birth rights and inheritances. It isn’t taken or stolen. We. Just. Give. It.
[Enter Face Palm Emoji Right. Here.]
So. I propose this becomes a call to arms. Don’t be afraid of your temptations. Don’t make them more than they are, which is an invitation from hell itself that we do not have to actually accept. We get to say no because Jesus is better. Because, let me tell you… holy redemption tastes sweeter than any matter of temporary pleasure. Trust my words. So, let’s fight a war because we’re actually the enemy, not because we’ve sold ourselves into slavery.
Let’s do this dang thing.