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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Lock (03/06/06)

TITLE: Onward Christian Soldier
By Ashley J P
03/08/06


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The mind is the battlefield. A powerful statement, which clearly points to the battle, we fight against the forces of evil every moment of our life. But the beautiful part is, we are not fighting for victory. The battle has already been won. The judgment on the defeated Satan has already been passed. The cross-nailed the final blow to the coffin of Satan. We are not fighting for victory.

Then why do we need to worry? The blood of Jesus has cleansed us completely and given us a new life, but the ‘freedom to choose’ that Adam and Eve ate in the garden of life still remains in us. And that is the biggest stumbling block for we choose to follow the devil’s lures. A defeated foe – the devil has a simple laid out task. He wants to entrap you and me by beautiful pictures of pleasure and achievement and then slowly, steadily take us away from victory.

So how do we fight against this prince of evil? As Paul beautifully states in Ephesians, we need to arm ourselves with the armor of God. We need to mediate day and night on His Word and then with prayer and petition live this life. The devil is watching and waiting. All he needs is one slip, one diversion, and one step in the wrong direction. And that is why we need to lock our minds with cords that cannot be broken.

Our loving Lord has given us cords of love to bind our heart and mind in him. But the process of binding is ours. He teaches us how to bind it properly, but we can decide to tie it loose or leave it open. The choice is clearly our own.

A story is told of a man of God who chanced to go to a certain city for a meeting. After a time of great fellowship, he decided to spend time enjoying the cityscapes. Even as he neared his hotel, he found scantily clad women in acts of pleasure and calling him with gusto. He was a man armed with the armor of God, yet in that moment his cords became lose because his eyes lingered and the devil started pumping him with various thoughts. The man of God was deeply shaken but he managed to rush into the hotel room wherein he still faced the attacks of the devil. He was struggling from the victory the Lord had got for him. Bowing down to the floor, he cried to the Lord for deliverance but because he knew that the women were just outside, he got up, locked the door, took the key and threw it outside the window in the opposite direction. Then he knelt and prayed and sang and the devil, defeated finally left him.

Dear friends, like the man of God we are also tempted in many ways. Though we have the armor of God upon us, we must be ever ready to physically close the avenues that cause us to be tempted. Remember we have the holy cords of love. We can lock our heart and mind the way we please, but unless it is locked properly we will fall.

We have the victory and the doors of heaven await our entry with joy. Let us be careful, always watchful, locking ourselves in the embrace of our Father and being ready to shut and lock physical doors in our victorious journey to claim our glorious inheritance in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen


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Jan Ackerson 03/14/06
Your 5th paragraph is very compelling;; consider expanding that into its own story. Otherwise, you might want to edit to keep down the number of metaphors--you've got battlefields, armor, cords, locks.
Written with great passion and conviction, this one really preaches!
Marie Hearty 03/14/06
A lot of great encouragement in your words. You are so right when you say that Satan can lure us with his deceit, and he can do it very well and in ways that we don't know at first. Then after the damage is done, we look back and think, all that was going on and I didn't even see. The good thing, is that the next time he tries something, we are ready for him. Always cling to Jesus and don't ever let go. Not even for a minute
Jessica Schmit03/16/06
a GREAT challenge to all of us Christians!
Kurt Youngdale03/16/06
Sin is concieved when we are drawn away by our own lusts and enticed. We must choose to reject our lusts.