by Chino Eze
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. II Corinthians 2:11 (KJV)
SCRATCHING HEALING BRUISES
Run away from anything that triggers sin. If immorality had a vice grip on you in the past life, it would have most likely have left bruises on your mind. These bruises could come in the form of images that fleet through your mind at unexpected intervals.
Bruises take time to heal so it is vital that during the healing period the new believer (in fact any believer) runs away from anything that might have a likelihood of disturbing the healing process.
Scratching the bruises (dwelling on sinful memories) left by past sins prolongs the healing process which causes a setback in spiritual progress.
Use the healing period to fortify yourself against those sinful desires…
In the life you lived before conversion, there were certain things (drugs, alcohol, pornography, sinful habits etc.) that you might have been addicted to that might still be an area of weakness for you. You know them now and it is mandatory that you stay away from them completely.
Use the healing period to fortify yourself against those sinful desires because the enemy is relentless. He will surely attempt to capture you in those addictions again in the future so you must be ready to withstand him when he does.
USING THE BIBLE AS A WEAPON
…strength to overcome temptation comes from God.
To be able to recite Bible passages is not enough. It is only through constant meditation on God’s word that we can ensure constant victory over sin. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” (Psalms 119:11)
We must remember that our strength to overcome temptation comes from God. The moment be begin to rely on ourselves we will begin to fall. Therefore we must connect daily to our source of strength, by praying and daily studying the Bible. Renewing our minds and lives daily.
It is an unending supply of strength so we should not be afraid of it ever running out. If you adhere to these essential practices, there is no way you will be drawn back into sin.
The Bible is a powerful weapon against the enemy. Just like a swordsman has to train regularly to become a sword master, we have to train consistently, efficiently and effectively with the Sword of the Spirit so that we will be able to dish out deadly blows to the enemy whenever he dares to confront us.
…an individual sensitive to his spiritual life will always see temptation coming…
Recently, I was made to realize that an individual sensitive to his spiritual life will always see temptation coming, God will surely not leave us blind to the enemy. And He will certainly not allow temptations that are too big for us to handle to come to us (1 Corinthians 10:13). It is even stated in that verse “…but with the temptation also make a way to escape…” this means that if by any chance you are not strong enough to fight the temptation, God will create an avenue for you to escape…to run away from it. Therefore it is only one who is careless with the grace of God that will fall into sin.
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Chimnomnso Eze (Chino)
Chino is a leader in a students-based church in Kharkiv Ukraine. He serves as a minster, brother’s coordinator and assistant choir director. He is passionate about spiritual leadership and consecrated service to God.