There are times in our lives when it seems nothing is working. Not even the new wristwatch you got. Nada! Zilch! Then you somehow remember some of God’s promises; ‘You’re the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath’. You laugh hard ‘cause you’re way below ‘beneath’. You’re flat ass broke, lonely, depressed, helpless; basically, you’re pretty low. But soon enough you catch a tiny glimpse of hope; a deal, a proposition from a friend, a promise made by someone to send you funds, a connection that seems to be just what you needed. Read the rest of this entry »
We cannot talk about victorious living without talking about vices.
The dictionary defines it as an immoral or evil habit or practice. It is also defined as a fault, defect, or shortcoming. Other synonyms include failing, weakness, flaws, sin or imperfection.
When we view vices in the general term of the word, we still realize that young people play the major role in what is termed as vices in a society.
However, they didn’t begin to do that overnight. It all started from an inner struggle with their evil habits and weaknesses.
What are your vices?
I need you to take some time to think about that question. Truth is, the first step in overcoming and gaining victory is in knowing what the enemy is. Possibly, you’re the only one who knows about it. But then again, you can fool everyone but not yourself and definitely not God.
From my experience with vices, I know it ties the victim with cords of shame; the feeling of not being good enough or perfect enough or even ‘godly’ enough comes along with it. It’s a sad, depressing feeling. While society might go all out to punish young people for performing such vices, I’ve come to know it’s not always as willful as we think it is.
It’s a constant battle between good and bad, right and wrong. We want to be moral but we find ourselves doing what is tagged ‘immoral’. We want to do good but we find ourselves doing bad. We want to be free but day after day we fall into bondage. This is a struggle Paul faced as well;
I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions. Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time.
It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.
I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question? -Rom 7:19-24 (MSG)
This struggle from within has resulted in suicides for some people and for others, prison sentences. Of course, that’s when the vice leaves the secret corner of our personal space to the public space. For some of us, it is still an internal battle which we somehow feel is ‘controlled’ enough. But if vices could become so destructive, we need to nib it in the bud!
Am I a pro in overcoming vices? Nah. I’m still overcoming mine. But I know someone who is a pro in thrashing everything that isn’t good in us- God! The triune God makes this possible for us by; 1. Jesus died and His blood cleanses us from all unrighteousness. 2. The Holy Spirit lives in us, searches our hearts for these evil habits and helps us deal with them.
Paul also admits:
The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.- Rom 7:25 (MSG)
Don’t struggle with the vices alone. I know you may not be comfortable telling anyone about it. I know how people could change in a second when they hear the vices we deal with! But it’s okay. They are humans, they have the right to freak out and probably stay away from us as the plague. But God- He wouldn’t flinch for a second when you tell him about the vices you struggle with. He will gladly help you get free from them.
Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free. –John 8:36
It’s pretty dangerous to get stuck in your head. A lot of people have been destroyed by their vices. If you’re reading this right now and you’re honest enough to admit you also have some vices of your own, then it’s time for you to get free. It’s time to tell God about it and stop struggling on your own. Stop trying to hide it from Him.
I pray for you right now, that you overcome the vices in your life and you begin to walk in the victory Christ won on the Cross for you. You are free from today, in Jesus precious name. Amen!
It’s always my desire that you live victorious lives!
Lots of love,
©Mfon Etuk, 2016
It’s day 22 of the A-Z Challenge! Woo-hoo! Just 4 more to go! 😀
For the letter V, I decided to do a form of redefinition to ensure my vision for the blog is clear and concise.
Victorious living has been the ultimate goal for this blog. You can read the intro on this page.
The dictionary defines victory as an act of defeating an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.
Victory often comes from overcoming battles and wars. When you say you’re living victoriously, you’re saying ‘hey, the devil came at me with all the forces he could harness but I stood with the full armour of God and the backing of the most high’.
Victorious living isn’t handed on a platter of gold. It’s a constant battle. A battle against fear, against depression, against addictions, against the sin that so easily pull us down, against persecutions and temptations- against the devil and his stealth agents. A battle we must fight. A war we must win.
Those who live victoriously have scars to show, wounds to heal, and tougher battles to face. It’s like a game where you start with the easy level one and with each conquest, you go higher to face tougher enemies. When you’ve won the easy level, don’t fold your hands because the devil is always quick to recoup. He will come at you fiercer than before.
So you just won the battle over addictions, wonderful! The devil would come at you with the real deal. The temptress who would subtly snare onlookers into a deadly trap. If you’re yet basking in the euphoria of overcoming addictions, you might just miss the traps set for you. Flop! You’re back to level one. Now that’s just an example but I hope you get the drift.
This blog, through its contents, seeks to show readers of the constant battles I also face and how God causes me to triumph in all things. I’ve never liked the battles, but I’m fully aware the only way I get to the next level is to overcome the devil I see manifested in the works of flesh and so on. I’ve been stuck in some levels for a long time. Feels like I’m just not gonna destroy the enemy in that regard. Almost seems the enemy is die hard- can I get a witness? But no worries, for greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. We will overcome as long as we don’t surrender.
As I said previously, one can never really arrive and say ‘hey, I’m done with all the battles’ (well, except in death). The whole earth is a war-zone and your mind is the battleground. Stay alert! Remember for every next level, there is a next devil, more vicious than the last.
But thank God for victory! For we do not fight on our own. Take a look at David’s life. Do you think he won all those battles alone? Definitely not! He fought and won because God fought on his behalf. Stick with God and live victoriously. Once again I say, stick with God and live victoriously.
If you aint got God, you aint got nothing.
God bless you for reading.
Lots of love,
Death has died!
Scream it in the streets!
Let the world know
The darkness is gone
The light has come
Death has died!
The unrestricted restricted Himself
To set us free from the chains
That have restricted us
Where is your sting?
Where is your victory?
The end has come! They cheered
It is finished! He said
They thought it was over
They thought they had Him bound
But He could never be put down
By His strong hands death has died!
Oh death that scares the sons of men!
Oh grave that has swallowed up warriors!
What power do you have
To keep the one who is Life, dead?
Victory! He shouts
Bursting out of the belly of hell
With the keys of death in His hands
Death has died!
Shout it in the streets
Let the world know!
He is risen!
With an empty grave left in His wake
Nothing can hold Him bound
Not even the clenched jaws of death!
And as for you,
For the victory won
Was a gift to give
Death was the bride price
To make you His very own adorned bride
Do not be afraid
Do not be sad
For your groom is alive!
And by His mighty hands
Death has died!
©Mfon Etuk, 2016