The Arsenal

Jesus said in John 10:10 that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…” The enemy uses sin as an arsenal to take us out. How many of his tactics have you fallen prey to?

Rage: Even small things can cause rage to take over your life. It escalates from calling people #1 with your finger, to yelling, to fighting, to murder like Cain in Genesis 4. It started out small for him, but Cain let rage take control.

Ego: Pride edges God out of your life. “My life is more important than everybody else’s.” “Look at my kid/family/career/accomplishment!” There is even humble pride: “I’m just not as good as they are,” which still causes you to think of yourself more than of God.

Numb Out: Are you just numb to it? To the pain, the addictions, the drugs, the alcohol? Numbing is a form of isolation, and when we get isolated, we get trapped. We hide, we cover up, and miss the freedom found in God.

Good Stuff: Good deeds and religious acts and traditions can be used by the enemy to make us miss the Great life God has designed for us. Being so focused on doing good can cause you to miss the great! Trying to do good in order to find God’s favor is a lie from the enemy.

Cravings: When our passion overrides our purpose, we miss on a relationship with our creator. Cravings of the flesh such as lust (desiring sex with someone that you are not designed to be with) make us miss out on that relationship.

Being Insecure: Insecurity comes from not letting go of your past, from hesitation, doubt, and failure. It comes from not understanding your true identity. We are created in God’s image, and He desires a relationship with everyone.

Idols: Idolatry is placing your affections, desires, hopes, or trusts in anything or anyone but God. When we create idols, we take the things that God gifts us with and enjoy them more than God. Idolatry is worshipping the creation more than our Creator, and it is an enemy of our relationship with God.

Remember John 10:10? Jesus said that “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy,” but the second part of the verse gives us the answer to mastering sin: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

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