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I Lift Up My Soul

Dr. Charles F. Stanley

June 20, 2017

Well Equipped for Victory

Romans 13:14

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provisions for the flesh, to

fulfill its lusts.

In the lifelong struggle with temptation and natural desire, believers are

told to "put on" the Lord Jesus Christ. this becomes a daily activity by

which you decide who is going to live your life for you today. Are you going

to live in the flesh, or is Jesus going to have the privilege of living His life

through you?

People have different terms for the "flesh," but simply put, it is the

natural part of each person that desires to operate in opposition to God.

It usually manifests itself by challenging the restrictions that the Lord set

for mankind's good.

Once we are saved, we fluctuate between two mind-sets-that of the

Spirit leading toward God and that is the flesh leading away from Him.

While we will always retain old fleshy patterns of thinking, we do not

have to succumb to living by them, because we have the Holy Spirit dwelling

within us.

But since our two ways of thinking are in opposition to each other,

conflict and warfare naturally result. We are in a real battle, which requires

real weapons. The Lord has given us the helmet of salvation so that we

will not surrender our minds to ungodly thinking. The breastplate of

righteousness protects our emotions from giving way to natural desires.

We also put on the belt of truth, which enables us to walk in keeping with

godly principles rather than according to the flesh. And the Lord has provided

a true shield of faith for us because there are actual darts of doubt.

In other words, we are at war, but we are well equipped for it. God

always leads us in triumph.

Thank you, Lord, that You always lead me in triumph. Thank you for the

weapons of spiritual warfare that assure my victory.

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