I’m not going to lie. Lately I have been trying to take on the largest demons in my closet. I am speaking of those strong sins that don’t seem to ever go away. In scripture it is written you should be able to overcome all sin. But how? How to beat sin? Maybe it was just easier in the ancient days to be righteous. But for whatever reason in our life and times this can be a real struggle. It can be harder than Romans 6 or Matthew 5 make it sound to conquer sin.
Because of this I am constantly seeking that consistent state of mind that guards me against any and all temptation thrown my way. Sometimes I can find this righteous zone but it can be incredibly challenging to stay in this zone for good. You know what I am talking about if you are trying to accomplish this. And if you are not trying to accomplish this may I ask what are you waiting for?
Very recently I have had some success with this mentality for how to beat sin more often. It can be summed up in one sentence …
Stay focused on the Kingdom.
Did you know that Jesus mentioned the kingdom 100+ times in the New Testament? I would say Jesus was focusing on the Kingdom in his preaching. Maybe we should follow suit. Have you heard the scripture “put on the full armor of God” mentioned in Ephesians 6? I speak now of the helmet of salvation. Consider the Kingdom is the logical dwelling place for those saved. Also consider the definition of salvation is “preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss”. The two concepts are not far removed.
I encourage you to constantly remind yourself how incredible the Kingdom is for Jesus to mention it 100+ times. Remind yourself of it again and again. As humans we walk on the earth immersed in this world. Our minds try to justify and scheme a way to “convert” this world into heaven in my opinion. But we know who runs this world. Jesus told us who runs this world in John 15:19 and John 16:11. No matter what we try to do this world will not be that glorious Kingdom that we desire. I feel like I am writing this for myself as much as you – but so be it lol.
Look beyond the here and now to overcome here and now. When you can’t stand your crummy job and you want to sprint through the exit door never to return again stay focused on the Kingdom. When you are frustrated with being alone often because you don’t even know anyone saved stay focused on the Kingdom. When you see a political social media post from a friend that has you ready to unleash fire and fury stay focused on the Kingdom. Be citizens of the Kingdom before you approach the gate.
Everything rots here. Everything dies here. Everything beautiful here will age into ugly some day here. In the Kingdom not so!
P.S. If you get attacked in your dreams for this kind of thinking you are not alone. It means you are doing it right. From personal experience the demons hate this line of thinking and they don’t appreciate you acknowledging it one bit. Do not be surprised at all if you experience some “hostile” dreams because of your focus on the Kingdom. I experience this often.