Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, see you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worst thing come upon you Scripture reading, John 5: 8-14 NKJV

The above cited scripture conveys the story of a man who had infirmity for 38 years. The bible says Jesus found the man sitting by the pool of Bethesda and hoping for a miracle. Henceforth, Jesus commanded him to take his mat and walk. Suddenly, the man was healed and he went into the temple of God. Afterwards, when Jesus found him in the temple, He told him to embrace his healing by staying away from sin. Lest a worst thing than his previous condition befalls him.

When we heed to the words that were spoken by Jesus, we can perceive that Jesus was couching the man on how to maintain his deliverance. After the man was delivered from his infirmity he had to stay away from sin because if he continued with his sinful life worst things were going to befall him. Hence, the book of Matthew 12:43-45 says: “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first…”

Child of God, all of us can identify with this man’s story. We were once wretched and afflicted, carrying the yoke of the enemy and living in hopelessness. Jesus found us struggling and He set us free from our infirmities and the torments of the enemy. Now that we have found Jesus and we have escaped from the sword of the enemy, we have to pursue righteousness and depart from our sinful lives. We cannot afford to relax lest the enemy comes back and finish us off! Brethren, you need to understand that there is an enemy that is roaring like a lion seeking for whom he might devour (1 Peter 5:8). You know that the devil hated you before you were even born and he closed your life up while you were still in sin. Now that you have received Jesus and He has delivered you, the devil will not accept defeat easily; he will keep trying to get to you. As a Christian, you need to understand that you are in a battlefield, right in the midst of war between good and evil. The devil is fighting for your soul and he will not rest until he has dragged you to hell with him. When the devil has lost your soul to Christ, he does not give up. For some people, the devil starts by quenching the zeal of the Lord from their hearts. Suddenly, they start to miss services or purposely arrive late for services. If you find yourself doing that, you are already defeated before you can even fight. You have failed at the foundation stage and if you have lost it at this stage, there is no way that you can fight bigger battles. The devil does not even have to rally his army of demons to fight you. Your lack of commitment to basic godly principles renders you powerless against the devil. How will you command demons out of your life if you are powerless?

For other people, when the devil sees that they are faithful in attendance and punctuality, he comes with a different strategy and discourages them from giving offering, praying and reading the Word of God. Such people are already defeated before they can even fight because they have opened a doorway for the enemy by their lack of commitment to godly things. As a result of their passivity, the Spirit of God stops flowing and the testimonies also stop. They experience stagnancy in certain areas of their lives and start complaining about being stuck and not having testimonies. You find such people dragging themselves to come to church because serving has become a burden for them. Lastly, the devil tempts Christians to give in to fleshly desires. When the devil sees that he has exhausted all his tactics and yet you prevail, he will bring all sorts of temptations to lure you back to the life of sin. If a Christian gives into lustful temptations, that would be an epic defeat for them. You cannot hope to cast demons out of your life if you are living in sin.

My brethren, always remember that a Christian life is a fight, an on-going battlefield. This is the reason why Paul called Timothy a good soldier in Jesus Christ (2Timothy 2: 3-5). Therefore, you cannot afford to be entangled with the things of this world. You need to fight the good fight of faith. Pursue holiness and work out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). Maintain your salvation through righteousness and you will have true victory over the enemy. May the Lord give you strength to resist all the wiles and fiery darts of the enemy and may He keep you pure until the coming of our Lord Jesus. Receive the empowerment in the name of Jesus!