January 2, 2013 by eimrick
This morning I met with one of the guys I meet with and we started talking about things Christ-following guys talk about and encourage each other with. As he was sharing some of his temptations that he was facing this past week, I asked him to share specific times and places that he struggled. As he talked, there were four factors that created a “perfect storm” to his struggle. It seemed that if just one of these four occurring, he was less likely to struggle, but when all four happened, he was most vulnerable to temptation.
They were when he was:
4. Nothing worth fighting for
As we were talking, we decided to talk about these four things together. Let’s study them a bit. It seemed as we talked that Ephesians 6 was a good passage to use as a platform for conversation. As many of you know, Ephesians 6 is the famous “Armour of God” passage. I’d encourage you to read it in light of these 4 things.
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Here were some initial thoughts on the four aspects that created his struggle.
1. We tend to take off our armour when we’re tired.
2. We are more likely to set down our weapons when we’re alone.
3. We lack passion to fight when we’re bored.
4. We forget our calling when we don’t have anything worth fighting for.
We began talking and encouraging each other to look forward to the days and times that these 4 things are likely to happen in the future and intentionally gameplan and prepare for those times of battle.
Our enemy will be most likely to get us when our armour is off.
What is your gameplan?