The Battlefield of the Soul

Léon Cogniet (1794 - 1880) - The Battle Of HeliopolisOr Be Still and Know part 2

Those in the Harem to often rush about our daily tasks, keeping ourselves too busy to give ourselves time to think. For we know that in the quiet, our hidden guilt will be self-evident, and what we fear most, that experience of an undertone of self-judgment, will manifest. Like Adam and Peter we know we are unworthy.

And he said, “I heard the sound of thee in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” Gen. 3:10

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Luke 5:8 

We want God to be on the throne of our lives, at the same time there is nothing more horrifying than the thought that He is there. To be constantly accountable to a holy God is to be brought invariably into judgment. The self revelation of who we really are in light of His perfection is truly awful. Even if one triumphs in business, sports, scientific discovery, etc. our inner soul know that there is still a sense of unworthiness, and weakness.

For the man of faith (those in the harem) know that they must sally forth into this battlefield, to stand face to face with this most difficult task, a task of struggle, defeat, and failure to put aside all sin.

22 Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, Eph. 4:22-23

That renewal of our minds is a daunting task as Paul put it-

19 For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20 Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin which dwells within me. . . 

Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Rom. 7:19, 20, 24

The throne room of our soul is always a battlefield. Where daily we must struggle to keep God on the throne of our live.

Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking some one to devour. 1 Pet. 5:8

Once we are standing in the middle of the battlefield we begin to realize that we are wholly inadequate to the task. We are not prepared for a roaring lion. We do not know how to surrender all to God. We need a Champion, who is experienced at dealing with this lion. But for that to happen we need to-

. . . give no opportunity to the devil. Eph. 4:27b

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7

We can’t depend on our Champion at the same time we are assisting the devil. This little verse from Ephesians four is in the middle of a long explanation of things we as believer should and should not be doing. Getting it wrong gives Satan opportunities to devour souls. We need to wholly surrender to the Lamb of God,  our Champion, and stop doing all the bad things in the list, and start doing all the good things in the list. We also need to stop spending time correcting the things that the Bible does not call sin, or things that the Bible does not require that we do.  There is enough in these lists already. [c.f. Ex 20; Eph 4-6; Jam 3:13-5:11]

The war is over, the victory was won at the cross, however the battles for individual souls go on.

As David stood up to Goliath for the nation of Israel, so Messiah must Champion our cause.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Rom. 8:1 

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Col. 3:17


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