Research shows that one of the best things we can do to help ourselves from getting sick is to frequently wash our hands. A regular habit of washing our hands can not only protect us from a virus, but also from things such as the common cold.
Along with the need for washing our physical hands is the need for washing our spiritual hands. Consider these words from the book of James –
“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” (Jas 4:7-10 NLT)
Every day we come in contact with the germs of spiritual warfare. Such germs come from a world that is filled with evil; an old nature within us that has an appetite for sin; and an adversary that is always plotting and scheming ways to tempt us. Though many of these germs can enter us undetected, once inside of our hearts and minds, they can seriously weaken our spiritual immune system. What can we do to help keep ourselves spiritually healthy?
1. Humble yourselves before God. Scripture teaches us that God understands the weakness of our fleshly nature. Jesus Himself endured such temptation while He was here on earth. God understands and, therefore, God encourages us to seek His help. Jesus taught His disciples to pray daily -“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil”. James says, “Admit your weaknesses and seek God’s help.”
2. Resist the devil. Rather than resisting the devil, too often we accommodate the devil. We willfully allow him to arouse our sinful nature through his various forms of entertainment. Then we wonder why we fail so much spiritually. James tells us that if we want victory, we have to actively resist the devil.
Join me again tomorrow as we continue to examine ways to protect ourselves from Satan’s spiritual germs.