Let’s talk about bondage to sin — that is, your battle with the flesh. Under the New Covenant, God allows situations to enter your life to show your helplessness and total dependence on Him to deliver you through faith. God never leads us into temptation but He allows us to come to our wits’ end at times.
If you have a besetting sin, lying spirits come against you continually with demonic lies: “You’re not going to make it. You’re going down! You will end up destroyed.” You wonder, “Lord, how will I ever get up from this? I’ve gone down so low!”
You know you can’t outrun the enemy and you are no match for him in a fight. So you stand before him, cowering, trembling, terrified. Perhaps you run to friends or counselors, anyone who will listen as you weep and pray. You are doing everything except being still and trusting the Lord to bring deliverance.
The Old Testament gives us example after example of how we have no power in our flesh to fight spiritual battles. Our old man is utterly weak and powerless, but we have a new man inside us and he is to submit his life totally into the Lord’s hands. This new man understands there is no human way out and God must do all the fighting for him. We resist the devil by the power of the Holy Spirit, which is revealed in us by faith alone.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you” (Isaiah 41:10).