And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. 19 And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?”
We all stumble one time or another in our Christian walk. It might be with a particular sin that we struggle with or just an impulse reaction to something. Usually, after these series of events, we buckle down and eliminate the things in our lives that are a hindrance and start climbing the mountain again. We begin to read our Bible again, attend bible study regularly, and pray more often. As days and weeks and even months go by without any serious slip ups into this sin, we begin to get a false sense that we are infallible or won’t ever be tempted again. Ask the Senator who cheats on his wife if he ever thought he would do it. We need to be more like the disciples who asked Jesus if they were to be the ones who would betray him. What a crazy question. right?
The disciples had been with Jesus for three years. They lived with him, learned from him, and ate with him. Yet, they wondered if they were going to be the one to betray him. We learn later on that Peter denies Jesus three times (Mark 14:66-72), and this is the man who was to be the founder of the church! Let’s learn from the disciples and remember that at anytime we can be susceptible to sin. We must always be on guard (1 Corinthians 16:13) no matter how well we are doing in our walk with Jesus. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, when a brother or sister in Christ repents of sin, we must remember to receive them back graciously. Because, after all, we could easily be the one caught in sin.
James 1:14 says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.” So there you have it, James says it clearly, we will be drawn away at some point or another.
With that said, we must arm ourselves with the full armor, the full armor of God that is. What is the full armor of God? Ephesians 6:13-17 explains, “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. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;”
As Christians, we have full life when we are aware of the reality of the presence of evil. As we struggle to stand firm in our faith, we must realize that the enemies we are up against are not merely human ideas, but real forces that come from the powers of darkness. The Bible says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
So not only do we arm ourselves with ‘The Full Armor Of God’, James 4:7 tells us to also, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Why will resistance cause the devil to flee? Because he knows he cannot have victory over us if we are prepared to do battle against him.
Only a true believer wears the full armor because only those who have received God’s forgiveness by grace through faith have eternal salvation and the righteousness of Christ imputed to them.
Don’t let your guard down because, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy….” (John 10:10)
Let us pray for strength to resist evil and to actively battle against it; pray for wisdom in the conflict and most of all, we remain steadfast in our prayers, both for the ability to resist the devil and also for other believers who struggle with the temptation to sin. When the church, the body of Christ, stands united against evil, fully equipped with the armor of God, we present a formidable foe to the evil one and we will see God get the glory for the victory.
Amen and Amen!
Scripture of the day: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” ~ 1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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