Step/Week 7, Day 7 – Victory: Choosing Testimony
May 6, 2020 178
“But He gives us more and more strength to stand against all such evil longings….So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. And when you draw close to God, God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and let your hearts be filled with God alone to make them pure and true to Him” (Jam. 4:6-8, TLB).
I had a real problem with making the right choices, whilst addicted and when going through recovery. My old mindset was very much still at work trying to get me to feed my addictions and to derail any progress I was making towards my recovery.
I wasn’t serious, then, about being in a spiritual battle, but I am now! The devil doesn’t want me or you, for that matter, to recovery from being addicted. Whilst we feed our addictions, we are never mindful of God, because we are selfish and want to gratify our own desires.
But we have a choice. Today’s verses show us what can happen in our lives and what God will do when we make the right choices, daily. We can make a choice to give ourselves “humbly to God.” We release our control and give Him full control. He, in turn, gives us all the strength we need to stand against the lies and tactics of the devil.
We also have a choice to resist those lies and to be aware of the devil’s tactics. As a rule, the devil will attack you at one of your weak points—don’t be fooled, he knows all of them. But our continual resistance to the devil, coupled with us drawing close and seeking God on a daily basis, will ensure that the devil will flee from us, until next time, anyway. When this happens, we need to recognise and give thanks to God for the victory in making the right choice, and not succumbing to temptation.
I have found that confessing my sins daily, helps me to place no barrier that will affect my relationship with God. Just being mindful of God and His ways, is another tactic you can use. This way you are filling yourself with Him and not with “something” that can hurt you.
I have learnt that making the right choices didn’t always come easy, but God helped me to do that over time. He can help you do that, too!
– Graham Hood
Prayer: Father God, In You is victory! Your Son, Jesus, was victorious over death. The victory is won! I confess all my sins and shortcomings (you may want to specially name these at this point). I thank You and receive Your forgiveness, now. Thank You for the work You have and are continuing to do in my life. Help me to make the right choices. May I always choose You and Your ways, and not my old way of doing things. Help me to resist all temptation and to stay in Your Word, each day. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.