Felicitous greetings and salutations,
Reformer’s Unanimous is a faith-based addictions program dedicated to helping those bound by the shackles of sin to find liberty through Christ. They have assisted me greatly in the time that I have spent in their program and in the study of their materials. They have shown great wisdom in their understanding of the problems that beset us in our struggles in the process of sanctification. One of the bits of wisdom that Steve Currington, its founder and president, has propagated is the Ten Principles of RU. These ten principles are founded in Scripture, and are true and helpful to every Christian who is wanting to find Christ’s victory over sin in his life. Therefore, I am expounding these ten principles in a series of posts spread out over this month. This is the eighth.
IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO FIGHT A FLESHLY TEMPTATION WITH FLESHLY WEAPONS.
First off, let us define some terms.
A temptation (in this context) is pressure from the world, your flesh, or the devil on you, trying to get you to go against what God wants you to do. When the world tempts you, it always appeals to your flesh in some way or other, and the devil does the same thing. Therefore, all these temptations are fleshly.
But what is a fleshly weapon? A fleshly weapon is anything that you use to combat those temptations that is not what God wants you to use. You are deciding, in your flesh, to do what God wants, but not in the way that God wants.
So this principle is simply stating that the only way to live life God’s way in the face of temptation, is to combat that temptation God’s way, and not your way. Pretty simple, isn’t it?
So why do we forget it?
Because we don’t want to remember it.
We don’t want to be humbled, we don’t want to have to give up and give it to God, we don’t want to admit that we can’t do it, we don’t want to let go of our pride.
We want to win.
But when we win, we are actually losing. We are giving up the ground to the enemy. Even if we do not do what the temptation told us to, we yielded to another temptation, and we made the stronghold of pride yet stronger. And it is from that stronghold that all the armies of hell march.
With joy and peace in Christ,