Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17 (NIV)
Stand And Fight
Do you want to be able to resist temptation? Do you want to be able to fight against evil? Yes, I want to be able to resist temptation and fight against evil. How can I resist temptation and fight against evil? You will never be able to resist temptation with your own strength. You will never be able to fight against evil under your own power. That does not come as a surprise to me. Why is that? I have been overcome by temptation and defeated by evil many times despite my very best efforts. I know without a doubt that I need all your help to resist temptation and fight against evil. My word will make you able to resist temptation. My word will make you able to fight against evil. My word is like a sword that will fight in you, with you and for you.
How will your word fight in me? You must take my word into your heart and mind. You must meditate on my word day and night. You must let my word dwell in you richly. You must feast on my word. Then my word will fight in you by changing your heart and transforming your mind. My word will help you will help to think my thoughts. My word will help you to turn away from the principles, patterns and practices of this world. You will come to want what I want. You will desire to go where I lead you to do all that I ask of you. Your word will help me to turn away from evil that is in the world. Yes, it will.
How will your word fight with me? My word will fight with you by changing all that you think, say and do. It will become your desire to do whatever pleases me. Temptation will lose its appeal to you. Evil will lose its grip on you. You will come to know my will and walk in my ways. I do want to know your will and walk in your ways. That is very good.
How will your word fight for me? My words will be in your heart. My words will be on your mind. My words will come out of your mouth. My word will speak against every temptation and evil that you will face. My word will strengthen you. My word will make you able to stand and fight. My word will do battle for you as you rely on me. My word will lead you in victory. I will rely on you and your word to fight in me, with me and for me. I will allow your word to lead me in victory. I will rely on you and your word to make me able to stand against temptation and fight evil of every kind. That will be very good.
Holy Spirit, thank you that the word of God is a sword in my hand that I can use to fight battles in life. You have used God’s word to fight in me, with me, and for me. The word of God has strengthened me so I can resist temptation and stand against every evil. Amen
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