Disclaimer: This was the Bible lesson that I used in one of my Bible Study in FHLM, derived from (CEF) manual.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.”
2 Corinthians 5:17
As someone who have accepted the free gift of God in Jesus Christ; who believed that Jesus died for our sins on the cross, was buried and resurrected and as believers we know for sure that we are already in Christ, we are already a new creature and our old selves are gone.
But we also know that we still live in a fallen world, and being a Christian won’t give us the exemption to sin, hurt, ache, disappointments, discouragements and so on. So as a Christian, how to we really combat and prepare for the battle?
1. We are in a fight
- First, we have to remind ourselves that we are in a continuous battle and that we shouldn’t be complacent. We are in a day to day battle of our old self – who we are before we come to know the Lord VS. our new self – who we are and should be in Christ.
2. We have to know our enemy
- Second, ofcourse in a battle you have to know your enemy. Hindi lang basta know, but you have to study who that enemy is.
Part of that enemy is who you are before you came to know the Lord. Were you insecure? Jealous? Liar? Gossiper? Remember that those things are just part of your past and YOU ARE NO LONGER THAT PERSON.
“So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir” Galatians 4:7
Satan will do everything he can to deceit us; sins, doubts, and temptation. Remind yourself John 10:10 that says “The enemy comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” He will steal your joy, kill your hope and will destroy your relationship with God, with other believers and even with your own self.
You are no longer slave of sin but slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:18
3. As Christians, we need to be strong
- Just like an athlete preparing for his fight, we also need discipline and exercise to make us strong and prepared for the battle. And how can we do it?
- Watching what we feed ourselves.
What do we eat? Do we devour in ‘unhealthy – worldly things? Or we guzzle with the word of God and prayer?
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8
2. Exercise and Discipline
The best exercise your new nature can have is prayer. A gymnasium of prayer every morning, before you get up and face the world is a good jump start.
3. Listen to your coach which is the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is the best coach in the world and if you listen to what He says in the Bible you will conquer and win.
4. Seek help to win.
- In this battle where you have thousands of thousands enemy, you need a help of a great team.
That team should be lead by the Lord Jesus Christ himself for He alone will help you overcome it. Along side him, a family of believers who will pray for you, even fight the battle with you, encourage you, motivates you and will held accountable for you
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Galatians 10:24-25
So now, as we continuously face the battle, let’s examine ourselves;
- Is there some sin in your life which you need to beat and control? You have tried and you failed?
- Do you really want help to beat and control it?
- Will you ask the Lord Jesus to give you that help today?
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.