How to help us shut off lust and temptation in our daily life and Christian walk.
First of all, I must tell you that we have been empowered by Christ through our baptism to go into battle with Satan. In our baptismal liturgy, we ask this question. Do you accept the freedom and power that God gives you to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves? Our answer is “I Do”
The first defense we have in fighting the evils of this world is: Integrity- our ability to be honest, upright and forthwith.
In Eph 6:14-15NIV Christ equips us with integrity or the belt of truth. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth
buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
In Ephesians, the apostle Paul says the first thing to do in spiritual warfare is to wear truth like a belt around your waist. Truth is the foundation for you to fight against the enemy. If you don't have a foundation of truth, you will fall apart when temptations and turmoil
attack your life. God’s Truth is what holds you together.
The belt of truth is integrity. It means you not only know the truth, but you carry out truth. You hold firm on truth. If I know the truth but don't act on it, then I don't have integrity. You don’t let anything or anyone interfere with your personal moral compass. In fact, if
you do not only are you practicing hypocrisy, you are living a lie and are on Satan’s team. God says if you are a hypocrite, you have no defense against Satan.
In order to defend against Satan, God says we must maintain integrity. This doesn’t mean you are perfect, but it does mean you are honest and authentic. You don’t wear masks with different groups of people. People who know you intimately can honestly describe you as: “What you see is what you get.”
The opposite of integrity is labeling your life into different pieces. I act this way when I’m alone and I act this way when I’m with my spouse, with my family with my church. The word "integrity" comes from the word "integer," which means a unit of one. It means you don't slice and dice your life like pieces of a pie. Integrity means all parts of your life are integrated together. You act the same no matter where you go. You don’t act one way at work, another way at church and another way with your friends.
Integrity is being truthful in every area of your life.
Unfortunately, Satan doesn't have to work hard against some believers, because their lack of integrity makes them pushovers for his temptations. They don't have the belt of truth around them, so they are easy prey. The Bible says we are to stand ready with the truth wrapped tightly around us.
Have you compartmentalized your life? Are there some areas where you lack integrity? God wants you wrapped in the truth. Confess your sins to him and ask him to strengthen your ability to live transparently before others.
*Some excerpts from Sermon Central