Winning the Spiritual Battle! Pt 2

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

When the enemy attacks the believer must remember:

It was permitted by God.God, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear 1 Cor 10:13.

It is to prove or reprove us. Many times, this permission (for the true follower of Jesus) is so we can see or know areas that need to be purged out of us, “…working out our own salvation in fear and trembling” Phil 2:12-13.

We are drawing closer to God in our surrender – Jesus becomes our sufficiency, as 1 Cor 1:30-31 declares (also see Winning the Spiritual Battle – Part 1).

As 1 Cor 1:30-31 tells us:

my wisdom…

my righteousness…

my sanctification…

my redemption…

…are all l resting fully on Jesus “who became for us” – He is my all in all! I bring nothing to the table. He is my everything. So that 1 Cor 1:31 is true in my life that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

So all of my hope, my strength, even my entire eternity – all of it – is resting in that surrender….

Jesus is my everything!

Anything that hinders, that is being “worked out of us.” It is like God permits a mental “house cleaning” of our pride. So the end result becomes, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

This happens to all of us, none of us are alone in this real need to die to our flesh… The enemy hits our faith, our belief with a key focus. To move it from hope in Christ to something we can attain or merit… The questions will pound our head: Do you believe?

– One Man’s death means you can be forgiven?

– You don’t really think God spoke the world into existence?

– Do you think God even cares for you? Look at all you have done.

All of these ‘fiery darts” Eph 6:10-18 are an attempt to move our focus off of Jesus, “my everything,” and move it on us. 

When we are hit with ‘Do you really believe?’ This question, that pounds our ‘faith,’ is really – “DO you really think that simply placing your faith in Jesus is enough? Even if that were true your faith is not strong enough to hold on is it! And you know it!”

You see how the attack really transfers ownership of salvation or even ‘faith’ from “I rest in Jesus” to “how strong is my faith?”  It is true – “the just shall live by his faith” (Hab 2:4), but it is never about how great I am or how much faith I have….Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent” (John 6:29,  NKJV).

And let us be reminded of how much faith is needed – Jesus said “faith like a child” in Matt 19:14 and let us never forget “a mustard seed faith” Matt 17:20.  It is NOT us – it is all HIM!  We must realize the day we trusted in the LORD, we died & Grace covered us – Gal 2:20. We placed our faith in God’s plan of redemption.

Jesus Christ in my place….

It is no longer me anything, but me dying, making room for Christ to work through me – Phil 2:12-13. So it is not about what you think, it is about what Jesus did…. You placed your faith in Christ and the enemy will do all he can to make you think “you” didn’t do that or you need more that faith…. It’s all lie, but the great aspect of this attack is it reveals to the believer parts of our flesh that we still cling to.

To say this in another way –  It is not in what we do, it is what He has done. The attack is permitted so we can see areas of “self sufficiency” that need to removed.  

This is It is an Absolute Surrender in “Christ is my sufficiency” – He is my all in all. 

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