Day 33 – How a real servant should act

How a real servant should act

In our world today greatness is defined in terms of power, possession, prestige and position; yet being a servant is not a very popular concept of greatness. Jesus however, measured greatness by how many people we serve, and in order for us to be like Him (which is one of the main reason why we were created), we need to be servants, and only through having a servant heart can we implement our shape by being able to find and use our shape for the glory of God. Therefore, since our primary role is in the area we’ve been shaped for, our secondary purpose is to serve where an immediate need is required, as it is possible to serve but not have a servant heart [Matt. 7 vs. 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?]

Consequently, as servants of God we need:

To make ourselves available to do what’s needed even when it’s inconvenient [2 Tim. 2 vs. 4 – No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs—he wants to please his commanding officer]; and to give God the right to control our schedule and interrupt it whenever He needs to.

Also to pay attention to need, to always be on the look out for ways to help others [Gal. 6 vs. 10 – Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers; Prov. 3 vs. 28 – Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”—when you now have it with you]

Do our best with what we have, to never procrastinate or wait for better days [Ecc. 11 vs. 4 – Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap]; because God expects us to do the best with whatever we have;

To do every task with equal dedication, regardless of the size of the task [Col. 3 vs. 23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men; Gal. 6 vs. 3 – If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself]. We have seen from Jesus’ example that He specialized in menial task that every one tried to avoid, because nothing was beneath Him as He came to serve, and for this reason He expects us to follow [John 13 vs. 15 – I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you; Acts 28 vs. 3; Luke 16 vs. 10 – 11];

To be faithful in what God has given us to do, in our ministry. This is because as servants we need to be known to finish our tasks and fulfill our commitments. Not to leave a Job half undone, or quit when discouraged. As we are expected to be trustworthy and dependable [Psalm 12 vs.1; Prov. 20 vs. 6 – Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find?; Philippians 2 vs. 19 – 22].

Finally to maintain a low profile [1 Pet. 5 vs. 5 – Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,”God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”]; Not to turn helping others into a performance [Eph. 6 vs. 6 – Obey them not only to win their favor when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart; Col. 3 vs. 22; Matt. 6 vs.1]; as real servants don’t serve for the approval or applause of others [Gal. 1 vs. 10 – Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ]; And to remember that whenever we find ourselves serving God, He has placed us there for a purpose [Col. 3 vs. 4]; so though we might feel that we are serving in obscurity, our service matters in God’s kingdom as the most significant service is often the service that is unseen [1 Corinth. 12 vs. 22 – 24; 1 Corinth. 15 vs. 58; Matt. 10 vs. 42] .

Day 32 – Using What God gave me

Day 32 – Using What God gave me

Since God has taken the time to form me and endowed me with gifts to do His work. I am expected to make the most of what He has given me, not to covet the abilities of others or try to be someone else, but instead to focus on my gifts. To serve God out of my SHAPE [Eph. 5 vs. 17- Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is]. To resolve to stay focused on finding out what god wants me to do for Him.

To enable me to do this I am required to examine myself:

Need to asses my gifts and abilities [Rom. 12 vs. 8 – if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully]. To do this, I can make a list of all the things I know / think I have the ability to do. Can also ask others for their honest opinions not their compliment. This is because spiritual gifts and abilities are always confirmed by others. Imagine for example, if someone thinks that they are born to be a leader, a simple test to find out if this is true, will be to look over their shoulder and find out if anyone is following them – if not one – duh – its doesn’t take a genius to tell them they are not. We need to experiment with different areas of service, because only when we are involved in serving will we be able to find out what we are good at.

Need to consider my heart (i.e. passion) and my personality [Gal. 6 vs. 4]. Under this form of assessment I need to find out what it is I enjoy doing. For example, do I like routine or variety; or do I prefer to work in a team or by myself. Am I introverted or extroverted. Am I a thinker or a feeler? Do I enjoy competing or cooperating?

I also Need to examine my experiences and extract lessons from them. I have learned through the book of Deuteronomy 18 vs. 2 – They shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them; that forgotten experiences are worthless [Gal. 3vs. 4]. Only in hindsight will I be able to understand God’s intended purpose for the experiences that I have gone through [John 13 vs. 7].

So since God knows what’s best for me, I need only accept His decisions [Rom. 9 vs. 20 – 21 – But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this”? Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use]. Not to resent or reject the gifts He has given me, or how He has created me. So instead of trying to be someone else I’m not, I need to celebrate my “shape” [Eph. 4 vs. 7 – But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it]; and recognise my limitations. As I am not created to be good at everything [Gal. 2 vs. 7 – 8; 2 Corith.10 vs. 13]. To stay focused on the race God has given me to run [Heb. 12 vs. 1; Gal 6 vs. 4]; and not to compare myself with others, as this will affect my walk [2 Corinth. 10 vs. 12];

Lessons learnt on day 32

God expects me to make the most of what He has given us. To cultivate my gifts and abilities, to keep my heart aflame, to grow my character and personality and broaden my experiences, so that I am able to increasingly become more effective in my service to Him [Philip. 1 vs. 9; 2Tim 1 vs. 6]. To use my talents or run the risk of loosing them [Matt. 25 vs. 28; 1 Tim. 4 vs. 14–15; 2 Tim. 2 vs.15; 1 Corith.9 vs.25]. To practice to do our best.

Day 31 – Understanding my SHAPE, understanding me

Understanding my SHAPE, understanding me

Today’s lesson continues from yesterday.

I have found that since I have been uniquely made, no other person God created could play the role the Lord created me for, so if I don’t play the unique role He has created me for in the body of Christ, no other person will [a truth that must be at the back of our minds constantly] – [1 Corinth. 12 vs. 4 – 6 – There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.].I also understood that God equipped me with Spiritual gifts and a Heart (passion) as part of the capabilities used in serving Him.

In today’s lesson the rest of the capabilities will be looked at: Ability, Personality and Experience.

I found that my abilities are the natural talents that I have been born with, such as my natural athletic abilities and excelling in physical co-ordination. For others their capabilities include solving problems mathematically or mechanics. Still others include artistic capabilities, all abilities that come from God given to us to be used in serving Him [Ex. 31 vs. 3-5 – ; Rom. 12 vs. 6- We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith]. The only difference between these and the previously mentioned capabilities is that it is given to us at birth; and our ability if used properly (i.e. not misused) can be used for the glory of God – [1 Corinth. 10 vs. 31 – So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God; 1 Corinth. 12 vs. 6].

With this in mind we need to find where we can use our speciality to shine, to be used for the glory of God [Even in making money through business Deut. 8 vs. 18 – But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today; Deut. 14 vs. 23; Malachi 3 vs. 8 – 11 ]; since He has already equipped us with our abilities for His purpose – [Heb. 13 vs. 21]. With this in mind, in order to discover God’s will for my life I therefore need to seriously examine what am good at doing and what I’m not good at, since He will never ask me to dedicate my life to a task I have no talent for. Subsequently, the talent I do have are strong indications of what God wants me to do with my life, which are clues of knowing God’s will for my life. I know for example that I am good at drawing or organising, I guess it safe to assume that God’s plan includes these skills, because He doesn’t waste abilities [1 Pet. 4 vs. 10].

The Next capability I looked at was Personality. I found that since we are as individual as our DNA, a variety of people with different combination of personalities – [1 Corinth. 12 vs. 6]; we will sometimes have interpersonal conflicts. This is why our personality affects how and where we use our gifts; and why mimicking others will not work for each of us, however, we can learn from their examples, but need to filter what we learn through our own capability.

Finally our Experience is also a vital capability, as; most of our experiences which have been beyond our control have shaped us in one way or another – [Rom. 8 vs. 28 – 29 – And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.]. So in determining our SHAPE for serving God we need to examine: Family experiences (what we learned growing up); Educational experiences (our Favourite subject in school); Vocational experiences (what jobs have we been most affected in and enjoyed); Spiritual experiences (what have been our most meaningful times with God); Ministry experience (how have we served God in the past); and finally Painful experiences (what problems, hurts, thorns and trials have we learned from?).

Examining our painful experiences to a great extent, is important, as God uses these experiences the most to prepare us for ministry, since He never wastes a hurt [When we think about it, who can better minister to someone battling with lust except for someone who fought that demon and found freedom]. So God intentionally allows us to go through painful experiences to equip us for our ministry to others – [2 Corinth. 1 vs. 4 – who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God].

In summary – If I really desire to be used by God I must understand that the very experiences that I have resented or regretted most in life – the ones I’ve always wanted to hide and forget are the experiences God wants me to use to help others – [2 Corinth. 1 vs. 8 – 10]. So I ask you, what will you do with what happened to you?

In concluding, I am told I will be most effective when I use my spiritual gifts and abilities in the area of my hearts desire, and in a way that best expresses my personality and experiences. As the better the fit, the more successful I will be.

Day 30 – I was shaped for serving God

I was shaped for serving God

Following from yesterday’s topic on our assignment, we all as God’s creation have been shaped with a particular area of expertise. And before we were created our intended function and how we are to serve God was already determined and planned by God – [Eph. 2 vs. 10]. Each of us have been custom designed a one-of a kind original master piece carefully formed with a unique way to serve God – [Psalm 139 vs. 13 – 14; 16For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be]. This is why nothing that happens in our life is insignificant, as God uses it all to shape us for our individual service to Him. No ability, experience, gifts interest are waste as God intended to use them all for His glory [An example here, could be my very post here on blogger where I was asking if I had taking the wrong route. I am now assured that I couldn’t possibly have because it was all part of my shaping process]. So only by identifying and understanding them can I discover God’s will for my life.

Whenever God gives us an assignment, he always equips us with what we need to accomplish them with. The list of capabilities include: Spiritual gifts, our Heart, Abilities, Personality and Experience.

We as believers each have spiritual gifts that God has given to us – [Rom. 12 vs. 4 – 8; 1 Corinth. 12; Eph. 4 vs. 8-15; 1 Corinth. 7 vs. 7I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that; 1 Corinth.2 vs. 14The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned]. We did not earn these gifts [Eph. 4 vs. 7But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it] neither did we choose them, God gave them according to how He shaped us – [1 Corith. 12 vs. 11All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines; 1 Corith. 12 vs. 29 – 30].

And the gifts were given to us for the benefits of others, just as theirs are given for my benefit – [1 Corith. 12 vs. 7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good]. This is why it is important to discover our gifts so that others are not cheated. Also so that we are not dissatisfied with what God has given us and become resentful or jealous of how God uses others – 1 Corinth. 12 vs. 5 – There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. However our gifts are not the total picture of what God has given to us.

The other is our heart, which motivates our hope, interest, ambition, dreams and affections we have [Prov. 27 vs. 19 – As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man]. It our heart that reveals us, determines why we say the things we say and do, how we feel and act, and not what others think of us [Matt. 12 vs. 34; Prov. 4 vs. 23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life]. This is why we are unique from each other. The nature of our heart is revealed through what we are passionate about, experiences or activities that turn us on and captures our attention, or circumstances that interest us – not to ignore our interests, but to consider how they might be used for God’s glory, because there is a reason why we love and have them in the first place. This reason being to used them to serve God with all our hearts, passionately and dutifully – [Deut. 11 vs. 13; 1 Sam. 12 vs. 20; Rom. 1 vs. 9; Eph. 6 vs. 6 – Obey them not only to win their favour when their eye is on you, but like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart]. To use our natural interest to serve Him, as people rarely excel at tasks they don’t enjoy doing or feel passionate about.

Lessons learnt on Day 30

Not to settle for achieving the life others perceive as good, but for the better life for which God has given us gifts, interest, experience and circumstances to motivate and keep us focused on. Because there is a reason why we feel passionate about them and only through use of them can we express our heart, the heart God gave us to serve Him for His glory.

Day 29 – Accepting my assignment

Accepting my assignment

What is my assignment here? And why has God placed me here on earth. This series has been particularly useful in helping me answer this question.

From my bible, I am told that:

I have been put on earth to make a contribution. I was created to serve God [Eph. 2 vs. 10 – For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do] with a service of good deeds. So whenever I serve others I am serving God [Col. 3 vs. 23-34; Matt. 25 vs. 34-45] and this is my special assignment – Jer. 1 vs. 5Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations

I was saved to serve God. God redeemed me to do His work which is holy, to be of great significance and value to His Kingdom – 2 Tim. 1 vs. 9who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time; so since I have been purchased at a cost by Jesus having to loose His life for me, with deep gratitude for what He has done, I will follow Him [1 Corinth. 6 vs. 20; Rom. 12 vs. 1therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship; 1 John 3 vs. 14] and desire to serve others, since I have been blessed to bless others.

I was called to serve God. Each and every one of us has been called for service. This is because our call for salvation included our call for service regardless of our Job or career. My bible tells me that I have been called for full time service [Eph. 4 vs. 4 -14; Rom. 1 vs. 6-7; 8 vs. 28-30; 1 Corinth. 1 vs. 2, 9, 26; 7 vs. 17; Philippians 3 vs. 14; 1 Pet. 2 vs. 9; 2 Pet. 1 vs. 3]. So by using my abilities that God has given me to help others I am fulfilling my calling – Rom. 7 vs. 4So, my brothers, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit to God; because I am a very important and integral part of the body of Christ – [1 Corinth. 12 vs.27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it]; as my service matters, and if I refuse to do my part, the body suffers. Can the kidney decide to go on holiday without affecting the rest of the body, so is the significance of my part to the body of Christ.

I am commanded to serve God. For me service is not optional, or something to spare time for, since the heart of my life is in Christ. So since Jesus came to serve and give to others, not just to sit and take, why should I have to warm benches or pews in church [Matt. 20 vs. 28]. So as I mature in Christ, the focus of my life should increasingly shift to living a life of service.

Lessons to bear in mind

Since God when I see Him will evaluate the time I spent on myself compared to the time I spent on others, isn’t it time I start taking my life in service very seriously – Rom. 14 vs. 12– So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. I have also been told that only when I help others I’m I alive [Mark 8vs. 35; Matt. 10 vs. 39; 16 vs. 25; Luke 9 vs. 24; 17 vs. 23] which is the truth and was repeated five times in the Gospels.

So to summarise, if service is the pathway of real significance, then it is through service that I will discover the meaning of my life [Rom. 12 vs. 5 – so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others]. Because as I serve with others in God’s family, my life takes on an eternal importance [1 Corinth. 12 vs. 14 – 19 – Now the body is not made up of one part but of many]. As God wants to use me to make a difference in the world, to know that the duration of my life is not what matters but the donation of it. To have and use no more excuse for not being able to work in His Kingdom.

Day 28 – Growing up in God takes time

Growing up in God takes time

We as individual are always in a rush and we need to learn that the development of Christ-like character in us and the fruit of the Spirit cannot be rushed because like physical growth and cultivated fruit maturing takes time. So if we burden ourselves with the worry of how fast we grow, our God in heaven is only interested on how strong we grow and how we grow – Philippians 1 vs. 6being confident of this that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Therefore, since discipleship is the process of conforming to Christ, the bible tells us that until we reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the son of God and become mature, attending to the whole measure of the fulness [Eph. 4 vs. 13] – being Christ like is our final destination, a journey that will take us a life time to achieve. So far in our life we have seen the journey through believing (through worship) and belonging (through fellowship), but maturity is never the result of a single experience, no matter how powerful or moving it is, as it’s a gradual process – 2 Corinth. 3 vs. 18 – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. So although God could instantly transform us into being like Christ, He chooses to do it little by little – Deut. 7 vs. 22The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you, so that we are not overwhelmed. As He prefers to work in incremental steps in our lives since:

· we are slow learners – we often need to relearn a lesson many times to really get it, as no sooner have we learnt it have we forgotten it. The history of the Israelites illustrates this, how quickly we forget lessons taught to us by God.

· we have a lot in us to unlearn – since most of our problems and bad habits didn’t develop overnight it’s unrealistic to expect them to go away over night, this is where taking off old self and putting on new self comes in – [Rom. 13 vs. 12; Eph. 4 vs. 22 – 25 – You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; Col. 3 vs. 7 – 10, 14]. So since we have been given new nature at our conversion we still have old habits that needs to be worked on.

· we are afraid to humbly face the truth about ourselves – even though we know the truth will set us free, the fear of what we might discover if we honestly face our character defects holds us in bondage, so unless we allow God to shine His light on our failures and hang ups, we cannot begin to work on them, so we need to have a humble, teachable attitude.

· growth is often a painful and scary process – we need to know that there is no growth without change and no change without fear, to let go of old ways in order to experience new. Not to fear that we may loose our identity if we let go of our habits which will ultimately slow us down.

· habits take time to develop , as character is the sum total of our habits – we can’t claim to be faithful if we are only some of the time, or to have integrity if we are not honest. So to develop habits of Christ like character we need to practice them – 1 Tim. 4 vs. 15 – Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress; so if we practice things over time we are bound to get good at it.

Lessons learnt on Day 28

So as we grow spiritually we need to believe that God is working in our lives even when we don’t feel it, to expect gradual improvement – Ecc. 3 vs. 1There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven; to try and keep a journal of lessons we’ve learnt – Psalm 102 vs. 18 – Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD; 2 Tim. 3 vs. 14 – But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it; and review them – Heb. 2 v. 1 – We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away; to be patient with God and ourself as God’s timetable is not the same as ours and is always on time – as great souls are grown through struggles and storms and seasons of suffering – James 1 vs. 4 – Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything; and for us not to be discouraged, as a delay is not a denial from God – Hab. 2 vs. 3 – For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.

Day 27 – Defeating Temptation

Defeating Temptation

We might feel sometimes that temptation is too overwhelming for us to bear, but we need to keep in mind that it’s a lie from the devil, because God always filters whatever that comes our way and will not allow more than we can bear.

To do our part in defeating temptation:

we need to refocus our attention on other things and by doing this resists the devil. This is because if we were to resist the thought this strengthens the thought, as the more we fight the thought, the more we give thought to it; and since temptation begins with a thought what better way to fight it than to place our mind and channel on other things, since the battle of sin is won and lost in our mind – James 4 vs. 7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you; Job 31 vs. 1 I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl; Psalm 119 vs. 37Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.

we need to focus our attention on God, as ignoring the temptation is far more effective than fighting it. We need to implore affirmative measures, to literally take ourselves out of tempting situations [a one time it is ok to run], such as walking away from a group that is gossiping, as spiritually, our mind is our most vulnerable organ and need to be occupied with the word of God – Rom. 12 vs. 2aDo not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind; Heb. 3 vs. 1Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess; 2 Timothy 2 vs. 8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David

we need to be selective of what we put in our mind – 2 Corinth. 10 vs. 5We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ – which will require a life time of practice. To reveal our struggle to a godly friend or support group, not to broadcast it to the whole world, but to at least one person. To request the help of others if struck in a repeating cycle of good intention, failure or guilt, as we wont get better on our own. This is because some temptation can be overcome with the help of a prayer partner who encourages us – Ecc. 4 vs. 9 – 10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up; James 5 vs. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective; not to repress the temptations that trouble us but to confess it, not to conceal it, but revealing it.

we need to expose our problems instead of allowing them to grow in the dark, because in darkness that’s where they become bigger – 1 Corinth. 10 vs. 13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it; to remember that we all have fallen [Rom. 3 vs. 23], and if we chose to hide our faults its due to our pride, and it signifies its spiralled out of control. To bear in mind that whatever the problem is if we could handle it on our own we would have been out of it. Reminding us the need of others that can love us unconditionally and hold us accountable of our actions.

Lessons learnt on Day 27

We need to ask ourselves questions concerning what we’ve been pretending isn’t a problem in our lives, or afraid to talk about, since we are not be able to solve them on our own. It is hard to admit our problems to others, and we are told that it is lack of humility that keeps us from getting better – James. 4 vs. 6-7 – But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you; but in order to be held accountable of our actions and to pray with us concerning our problems we need others, godly friendly trustworthy others. Therefore in resisting the devil, after we humble ourselves and have submitted ourselves to God we can defy the devil – Eph. 6 vs. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. In order to do this we need to accept God’s salvation for our life, to accept Jesus, as without Christ we are defenceless against the devil. Only then can the devil not be able to get to us to do anything he suggests. And finally, to use God’s word as a weapon against the devil. Not to try arguing with him, but to know and memorise the word of God to be used as bullets against the enemy. To know we are vulnerable, not to be over confident or to think we are beyond temptation is also a godly way of defeating temptation – Jer. 17 vs. 9The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?; not to think we are beyond temptation; Prov. 14 vs. 16A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless; 1 Corinth. 10 vs. 12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!