Romans 6:12 (NASB) 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,
We persist this month with the spiritual warfare series identifying the triad of enemies: Satan, the flesh and the world. The battle against the flesh we have linked to unbelief. Why is this continuation so necessary at such a deep concentration?
If a believer in the slightest degree is tempted to treat sin lightly, or attribute it to evil spirits when it is from himself, he is equally on false ground, and lays himself open to the old fallen nature regaining mastery over him with redoubled force. This warfare must be accompanied with a vigorous, unflinching warfare against sin. Any known sin must not be tolerated for a moment. It must be cast off or put away; on the basis of Rom. 6:6 &12.
Two misconceptions which give great advantage to the watching triad are the beliefs in many believers’ minds, that if a Christian commits sin he will at once (1) know it himself, or (2) that God will tell him. They, therefore, expect God to tell them when they are right or wrong, instead of seeking light and knowledge according to John 3:21.
Believers seeking victory must take an active part in dealing with sin. For a life of perpetual victory, it is very important that the believer should understand, and detect any inconsistency between the attitude of the will and the actions in his life. He should read himself from his actions as well as from his will and motives.
On the Godward side of our walk, the cleansing power of the Blood of Christ is needed (1 John 1:7) continuously for those who seek to walk in the light, cleansing themselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. (2 Cor. 7: 1).
Please drink in the first four devotions this month from the pen of Charles Spurgeon. They are incredibly encouraging and uplifting to one engaged in spiritual warfare. It seemed beneficial as a prelude to the continuation of the subject of warfare against unbelief.