You have enemies: vindictive Satan, your sinful flesh, the godless world. These enemies LONG to see your destruction. As you read this blog post, there are a thousand temptations vying for your affections. Porn is screaming, selfishness if rearing its ugly head, laziness is creeping, anger is brewing. Sin is out there, and it is attacking. It's ready to kill you and eat your eyeballs. Satan is hunting you (1 Peter 5:8).
And we tend to forget this battle. We think we're doin' pretty good (1 Corinthians 10:12). We are prone to get soft on sin, to let down our guard, get careless, and that's when we get wrecked.
The only way to ensure our victory over these constant dangers is through constant violence. Like God said to Cain in Genesis 4, sin's desire is for you... but you must master it. Every moment of every day we must be vigilant, sober, alert, making war against our sin. A great example of this kind of wartime mentality is Colonel Quaritch from the movie Avatar. Consider his speech:
"You are not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora, ladies and gentlemen. Respect that fact every second of every day. If there is a Hell, you might wanna go there for some R & R after a tour on Pandora. Out there beyond that fence every living thing that crawls, flies, or squats in the mud wants to kill you and eat your eyes for jujubes. We have an indigenous population of humanoids called the Na'vi. They're fond of arrows dipped in a neurotoxin that will stop your heart in one minute - and they have bones reinforced with naturally occurring carbon fiber. They are very hard to kill. As head of security, it is my job to keep you alive. I will not succeed. Not with all of you. If you wish to survive, you need to cultivate a strong, mental aptitude. You got to obey the rules: Pandora rules. Rule number one..." (quote and video link here)In the fight against sin, we must cultivate a wartime mentality. Get pumped! Get focused! Put your game face on and get serious about the fight! As John Owen says, "Always be killing sin, or it will be killing you." The price of victory is constant violence.
The Relentless Fight