In the promotional trailers of the movie Lord of the Rings, three phrases flash across the screen: Fate has chosen him; The Fellowship will protect him; Evil will hunt him. These three statements describe some of the key principles of following Christ. We are called and chosen by God. He places us in a body of believers who fight for our success, and we have a real enemy who is striving to destroy our lives. In this message, our focus is on the battle for the heart.
In a book entitled The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority: Getting an Upper Hand on the Underworld, Dr. Adrian Rogers, writes: “We may think our enemy is flesh and blood. But the true enemy is not the government or the Republicans or Democrats, your wife or your wife’s family, or your boss. Your enemy is not the pornographer, the liquor baron, or the drug pusher. They are only victims of our common enemy. The reason that so many times we don’t win the battle is that we never show up for the war! We are not wrestling against flesh and blood! The enemy is a spiritual foe, and the battle is a spiritual battle.”
As with an battle, in order to be successful, we need a strategy.
A few years ago, I saw a witticism on a t-Shirt that expressed a spiritual truth. It was a take-off of a line from the Lord’s Prayer. It read: “Lead me not into temptation, I can find it for myself.” How true that statement is.
Every day there is a battle going on for the heart of the believer, which of course, is why we need to guard our hearts. The battle can be won when we surrender our own ability, and stand with authority—the authority of Christ—against our most potent adversary who is the Devil.