1 Corinthians 16:13 Are You Ready For Battle?

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Very few people like the idea of going into a battle. Fewer yet prepare themselves for any type of battle. They sit back believing that they will never have to go into any battle or that the battle will never come to them.

Others are naive or will turn coward and run away fleeing any type of battle. Some will go into battle, but will lack the strength or wisdom in how to fight the battle.

As Paul closes out his first letter to the Corinthian church he gives them some guidelines to live by and be ready for. He tells them to be on their guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous and be strong.

Any soldier who is in a war zone must always be on his guard. He never knows when, where or how the enemy will attempt to attack. He needs to use all of his senses to remain alert.

Every believer is a soldier in God’s army. There is a battle going on for his soul and the all the souls of every other person. All of his senses, along with the Holy Spirit’s guidance, must be used to keep him alert and on guard as to what the enemy is trying to do.

Along with being alert, all throughout the bible believers are told to have faith, be courageous and be strong.

The faith is in God’s word, abilities and strength. The courage is that God is on his side and as long as he does what God leads, he cannot fail. The strength is found in what God gives him the ability to do by His Holy Spirit–to do the impossible.

As a believer, you are enlisted into God’s army and are in the battle for your life and soul. The world does not care about you, nor love you in any way. All the world wants is to see your destruction.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to open all of your senses to be on your guard for the enemies attacks in your mind, physical and spiritual realms.

Trust and have faith that God will give you what you need in the time of battle. Don’t back down, but go in with the courage and strength of the Lord. With God, all things are possible and God never fails.

Are you ready for battle?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to keep you alert to the tactics of the enemy; that you will have faith in God’s abilities; that you will have God’s courage to stand and fight the battle; and that you will have God’s strength to continue the battle until it is won.

1 Corinthians 16:13 On Guard And Strong In Faith

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

Security guards have a job that must be done to protect someone or a given place or thing. As they are doing their job, they must be alert at all times as to what is going on around them. They must also be filled with courage and strength to face possible dangers.

Depending upon what a guard is guarding, will depend upon on how dangerous his position is. The higher and greater the value, the greater the chance is of someone trying to steal or destroy it.

As Paul finishes out this first letter to the Corinthian church, he tells them to be on their guard with a firm, strong faith that is full of courage.

While the world has many things that have great value that must be guarded, the believer has something that has greater value than anything the world can offer. The believer has forgiveness of sins and eternal life.

There is no price tag that can be put on how valuable life is. Most people are willing to stand strong to guard their life. Very few are willing to die. The world strives to hold on to what they call life, but which is in reality, death.

Every believer has been forgiven of his sins and give eternal life. Yet, many believers do not guard the life that has been given them. They are willing to play with sin and live in fear. The enemy of their souls is allowed to intimidate them. They have very little courage to stand strong upon God’s word and promises.

Every believer must be aware that the enemy is out to destroy him. He must stand firm on what Jesus has done and be very bold and courageous. In the end he will win, if he holds on to his faith and is bold.

The enemy of your soul is out to get you. The world does not want you, as a believer, to win. Fill your mind with God’s word and believe it. Know that you know God’s word is true for you.

As you know God’s word for your life, keep alert, watching out for the attacks of the enemy upon your mind and life. Be willing to stand strong for God, pushing the attacks of the enemy away.

God is with you and will protect you as you trust in Him and stand strong for Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will help you be alert to the tactics of the enemy; that you will have the courage God provides; that you will walk in the strength of God; and that you will not give in to the attacks of the enemy.

Mark 14:38 Prevent Falling To Temptation

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38

The standards of the world are that a person can do whatever he desires as long as it does not directly hurt another person. These standards can be found everywhere. Advertisements are focused on telling a person needs and deserves to have whatever he desires.

People cannot have or do too much, according to the world. This type of thinking causes people to do things that go against God and His standards.

As Jesus was about to be betrayed in the garden, He was praying and wanted the disciples to pray also. They had fallen asleep. Jesus told them that they needed to watch and pray to keep from falling into temptation.

Temptation is the pressure put on someone to go against a set of standards for a different set of standards. Most often this is going against God’s standards–sinning against God.

No true believer really wants to sin, but do continue to fall into the temptation to sin. The world wants nothing more than a believer to sin against God. The best way for a believer to prevent this from occurring is to watch and pray.

One must watch and be alert to the deception of the world to get him to sin. He must also pray. Prayer will keep his focus upon God and His standards, taking his eyes off of the lusts and temptations of this world.

God is willing to show a person the way out of temptation as the pressure arises. He will be able to bring to memory His word to turn from all sin.

Without prayer, a person is trying to do it on his own and will fall to the temptation to sin.

Every day there will be times of temptation that will come up in your life. You have to be ready to combat those temptations.

The first way to beat them is be watching for those temptations. Be ready for when the enemy tries to trip you up.

The next thing you need to be doing is praying, without stopping. Rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide you to turn away from all temptation to sin. Refuse to sin against God.

Watch and pray that you will not fall into temptation.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will pray to God continually; that you will rely upon God’s strength; that God will open your eyes to temptations before you; and that you will refuse to sin against God.