Friday, March 28, 2014

Armed and Righteous

Proverbs 30:30
English Standard Version (ESV)
30 the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
    and does not turn back before any;
1 John 4:4
New International Version (NIV)
4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
James 1:13
New International Version (NIV)

13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
Hebrews 2:18
New International Version (NIV)

18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
James 4:7
New International Version (NIV)

7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Romans 6:18
New International Version (NIV)

18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

Because I know that God is real; I know the devil is also real; and only God has my good in mind.  While the devil can't make me sin, he can certainly encourage me and that is all he can do.  I'm fully equipped to resist him, because God has armed me to do so.   Yes, I sin, but I'm no longer a slave to sin.  I am happily and gratefully a slave to righteousness.  Satan will never, never be my master because God has claimed me for His own.  
"Way Down In the Hole" - The Blind Boys of Alabama
When you walk through the garden, you gotta watch your back
Well, I beg your pardon, walk the straight and narrow track
If you walk with Jesus, he’s gonna save your soul
You gotta keep the Devil way down in the hole

He’s got the fire and the fury at his command
Well, you don’t have to worry if you hold on to Jesus’ hand
We’ll all be safe from Satan when the thunder rolls
We just got to keep the Devil way down in the hole

All the angels sing about Jesus’ mighty sword
And they’ll shield you with their wings, and keep you close to the Lord
Don’t pay heed to temptation, for his hands are so cold
You gotta help me keep the Devil way down in the hole

Down in the hole
Down in the hole
Down in the hole
Down in the hole
Down in the hole

Down in the hole

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